Omaha scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth and loaded the bases with two outs, but lost to Sacramento, 10-8.
The Storm Chasers sent nine men to the plate in the ninth with four hits, a walk, and a hit batter. Overall, they collected 14 hits, but just three for extra bases. Paulo Orlando went 3-for-5 with a homerun and two RBIs. Chris Getz, Christian Colon, Anthony Seratelli, and Gorkys Hernandez each had two hits.
After starter Chris Dwyer struggled through 3.1 innings (8H, 7R, 6ER, 4BB), Buddy Baumann pitched three scoreless innings of relief. He did leave with two men on base, but Ryan Verdugo got out of the jam. He could not get out of his own jam in the 8th inning, when he allowed a two-run homerun.
NW Arkansas lost their second straight game in San Antonio with a 4-1 loss.
Aaron Brooks was the hard luck loser, as he allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits and one walk over seven innings. He struck out four.
The Naturals collected seven hits and stole three bases, but went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. They also struck out 11 times (six times by the top three in the order).
John Lamb (Jen Nevius)
Wilmington blew the best start of the season for John Lamb, as the Blue Rocks lost the home final to Lynchburg, 5-3.
Lamb was masterful, mixing in his slow offspeed pitches (anywhere from 68-73) with his fastball (regularly 88-89, but he topped out at 92 mph). Over seven scoreless innings (his third straight start of seven innings), he allowed just three hits and a walk while striking out six. Lamb threw 59 of his 84 pitches for strikes.
Lamb actually left the game with a 3-0 lead, as the Blue Rocks scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh (though the Hillcats defense helped them out).
Unfortunately, Lamb could not pick up his first win since May 28th. Cody Fassold entered and allowed a three-run triple in the 8th inning with two outs (all after there were two outs and nobody on base and he had only thrown five pitches). It got worse in the ninth, when Fassold went back out there and allowed two more runs on three hits.
Lamb talked after the game about his outing and how he feels physically:
*Injured starter Angel Baez is back and will start on Monday against Salem (he had been rehabbing in Arizona for about a month).
Lexington lost to Hagerstown, 8-3.
Greg Billo took his first loss, as he allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks over four innings. This outing raised his ERA to 1.42.
Bubba Starling walked, stole a base, and scored in the first. He was pulled in the top of the third on defense.