Omaha split their series at home versus Tuscon with a 5-1 win in the finale. Chris Dwyer had one of his best games of the season, as he allowed one run on six hits and three walks over eight innings. He struck out six.
In the top of the third with runners at first and second base and one out, the Padres got a base hit, but Paulo Orlando threw a runner out at the plate. Dwyer then got a strike out to end the inning. In the bottom of the inning, the Storm Chasers put three runs on the board to take the lead. Christian Colon drove in two runs with a single (one of his three hits).
In the top of the fourth with runners at second and third and no out, Willy Taveras threw a runner out at the plate after a fly ball out in left field.
Anthony Seratelli, Taveras, and Orlando each collected two hits in the win.
*For those of you wondering, Johnny Giavotella played third base, but committed an error and went 0-for-4 at the plate to drop his average to .264.
NW Arkansas has now lost four in a row, with another loss to Corpus Christi. They lost 10-4.
The Naturals collected nine hits, but hit into two double plays and went 3-for-7 with runners in scoring position. They also struck out ten times, two times each to the top three hitters. The 7-8 hitters (Rey Navarro and Roman Hernandez) each collected three hits.
On a positive note, reliever Sam Runion threw two scoreless innings.
Wilmington took two of three games from first place Lynchburg with a 5-1 win on Thursday morning. They are still in last place in the Northern Division of the Carolina League, but are just three games out. The Blue Rocks now have Friday off as they head to Myrtle Beach for two games and then on to Carolina for four games.
After being no-hit for 3.1 innings, the Blue Rocks recorded their first hit (a Daniel Mateo single) and then scored four runs in the 4th inning. That was more than enough for the Blue Rocks starter.
John Lamb went a season-high seven shutout innings to pick up his third win of the season. He allowed three hits and one walk while striking out eight. He never had more than one base runner on in an inning. Twice the base runner was eliminated on the bases (one he picked off, the other was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double). The walk came in his final inning of work.
Lexington lost their first game in Hagerstown, 7-0 in front of less than 800 fans.
The Legends collected just four hits, two by left fielder Terrence Gore. He stole his 25th base, though he was also caught for the fifth time. They committed three errors. However, they also had three outfield assists, one by Gore and two by Ethan Chapman (who was in right field).