Omaha guaranteed a series victory over OKC with a 5-3 win tonight. They two teams finish up the series on Friday before heading to Round Rock.
Ryan Verdugo was solid in picking up his first win of the season (in just his second start). He allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits over 5.2 innings. He struck out two. Ramon Troncoso entered with a runner on base and left him stranded, while throwing a scoreless seventh.
Lefty Francisley Bueno allowed a run in the eighth (did I miss where he was optioned back to the minors?), before handing the ball over to closer Spencer Patton. Patton threw just 11 pitches in picking up his tenth save of the season.
On offense, the Storm Chasers collected just six hits, three by Mike Moustakas (two of which were doubles). Four of the six hits went for extra bases. Moose also drove in three runs.NW Arkansas lost to San Antonio, 3-0, as they were swept by the Missions. The Naturals now head to Corpus Christi for a weekend series.
The Naturals collected just two hits, but committed four errors. The two hits came from the 3-4 hitters: a single by Jorge Bonifacio and a double by Cheslor Cuthbert. Cuthbert committed two errors at third base (his 14th and 15th), while shortstop Orlando Calixte made two throwing errors (his fourth and fifth).
Tim Melville was the hard luck loser, as he allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks over six innings. He struck out four and threw 101 pitches (a little high for a guy coming back from Tommy John surgery). Malcom Culver allowed two hits and a walk over two scoreless innings. He struck out four.
The Royals welcomed Max Ramirez back to the organization and he made his 2014 debut with the Naturals. He was the DH tonight and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. The Naturals roster is at 26 players, so I’m still waiting to hear who was dumped from the roster.
It was a tough night for Jonathan Dziedzic, who saw his ERA climb to 2.94 after three straight rocky starts. The Blue Rocks led 4-1 before the Mudcats four-run 5th inning that chased Dziedzic. They sent eight men to the plate and had four straight singles before Dziedzic recorded an out. After another RBI single, Dziedzic was pulled in favor of Yender Caramo, who allowed a two-run single before getting out of the inning.
Caramo allowed another run (though it was unearned) in the 8th inning before Daniel Stump pitched a scoreless ninth. Both were in the starting rotation when the season began.
Cody Stubbs continues to see his batting average climb with more regular playing time. He went 3-for-4 with a home run and three two out RBIs. All three of his homers have come over his last four games. Michael Antonio drove in the other run with a two out double in the first.
The top two in the Legends order, Dominique Taylor and Ramon Torres, each had two hits in the loss. Samir Duenez also had two hits. Frank Schwindel hit his 14th double of the season and Fred Ford hit his first triple of the season.
After Jake Junis allowed four runs on five hits and three walks over five innings, Kevin Perez took the loss after allowing two runs on one hit (a solo home run in the 7th inning) and one walk over 2.2 innings. Jose Miguel Rodriguez allowed an inherited runner to score in the eighth.
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