Omaha beat Round Rock, 6-3.
Aaron Brooks won his first Triple-A game, as he allowed two runs on four hits over 6.1 innings. He struck out five, threw 57 of his 76 pitches for strikes, and induced ten ground outs. Brooks handed the ball off to lefty Buddy Baumann in the seventh with a man on base, which came around to score.
Baumann went on to allow an unearned run in the eighth, before Spencer Patton earned his fifth save of the season with 1.1 scoreless innings. Patton entered in the 8th inning with two men on base and stranded both. He struck out three.
The Storm Chasers collected 13 hits, as every hitter but Johnny Giavotella collected at least one. Christian Colon had two hits, including a solo home run in the fourth, and two RBIs. The bottom four in the order, Matt Fields, Paulo Orlando, Francisco Pena, and Pedro Ciriaco, each had two hits.
NW Arkansas was off. They will begin a four-game series at home against Springfield on Thursday night. The Naturals are looking to change their luck at home, as they are just 2-14 in Springdale.
Wilmington lost the pitcher’s duel to Salem, 2-1. The Blue Rocks also lost the series, though they went 4-3 on the road trip. They return home to begin a seven-game homestand beginning Thursday night against Lynchburg. It will be their first meeting against a divisional opponent at home.
The Blue Rocks went back to their six-man rotation, as Yender Caramo made just his fourth start of the season. He allowed just one run on six hits over five innings.
Unfortunately, his offense gave him nothing. They collected just two hits, their first coming when Terrance Gore singled with one out in the sixth. The Blue Rocks scored their lone run in the 8th inning when Jack Lopez led off with a double and came around to score on an error.
Blue Rocks reliever Glenn Sparkman allowed a run in the sixth, but it could have been worse. On a one out ground ball to short, Raul Mondesi made a great throw home to gun down a runner (it was his second such play of the game). Sparkman actually walked three and allowed two doubles over 2.2 innings of work. Johnny Walter made his first appearance since April 6th and induced a ground out from the only batter he faced.
*The Blue Rocks were errorless in six of the seven games of this road trip. Hunter Dozier‘s 15-game on-base streak came to an end (0-for-4 with two strikeouts).
In their three-run 2nd inning, the Legends were aided by two errors and three stolen bases. Overall, they had just five hits, two by Michael Antonio, who also drove in an insurance run in the eighth. Humberto Arteaga also had two hits and an RBI. He did commit two errors at shortstop (his fourth and fifth of the season).
Luke Farrell earned his first win of the season with six solid innings of work. He allowed two runs (one earned) on just three hits while striking out ten. Luis Santos earned his second save with three scoreless innings of relief.