Omaha pounded out twenty hits en route to their 14-4 win in Colorado Springs. The Storm Chasers led 8-4 before a six run outburst in the ninth inning.
The bottom of their order, Adam Moore, Willy Taveras, and Paulo Orlando went a combined 8-for-12 with seven runs scored and four RBIs. Taveras and Orlando each stole a base. Moore followed Chad Tracy‘s two-run home run in the ninth with his own solo shot.
Ryan Verdugo was the recipient of all the run support. He allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and three walks over 7.1 innings.
*In roster news, reliever Dan Wheeler was released on Saturday to make room for fellow reliever Brian Sanches who was on the inactive list. It is a shame because Wheeler pitched well during spring training and may have made the team if he was on the 40-man roster.
NW Arkansas lost their finale in Springfield on Sunday by a 7-4 score. That was despite out-hitting the Cardinals, 11-8. The Naturals now head to play Arkansas for four games beginning Monday.
Noel Arguelles lasted just two batters into the 3rd inning, as he walked eight. Meanwhile, the Naturals bullpen allowed just one run on four hits and three walks the rest of the game.
*In roster news, utility man Whit Merrifield was placed on the DL and reliever Buddy Baumann was added to the roster, He made his debut and pitched three scoreless innings of relief while striking out four.
Wilmington jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the second inning and never looked back, en route to their 8-2 win in Frederick. The Blue Rocks collected 15 hits. The two teams finish up their series on Monday.
Six of the Blue Rocks hitters had multi-hit games. The top three in the order, Justin Trapp, Daniel Mateo, and Jorge Bonifacio went 6-for-14 with four runs scored and three RBIs. Cheslor Cuthbert hit three doubles and drove in two runs.
All of that offensive output made a winner of Kyle Smith. He allowed one run on five hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out four.
*In roster news, outfielder Chris Elder was activated from the DL.
Lexington lost their series finale to West Virginia, 6-2. Two of the Legends six hits came in the bottom of the ninth. They now welcome Kannapolis to town Monday night.