Omaha lost in Sacramento, 3-2. The Storm Chasers led 2-0 through five innings.
The River Cats chased Omaha starter Aaron Brooks in the 6th inning. He was hurt by his defense. A fielding error loaded the bases with one and and the first run came around to score on a passed ball. After a strikeout and an intentional walk, Brooks allowed a two-run single. Brooks was a ground ball machine, inducing eight of them.
Louis Coleman came on in relief and threw 2.1 perfect innings of relief with two strikeouts.
Tim Melville took the loss (1-6), as he allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks over four innings. Matt Murray allowed an unearned run in his two innings of work, before Malcom Culver allowed a run over the final two innings.
On offense in the loss, the Naturals collected six hits by six different players. However, the team combined to strike out 11 times (the first seven players in the order). Orlando Calixte and Micah Gibbs each hit doubles.
They lost the first game by a 8-2.
Starter Miguel Almonte left after three warm up tosses in the 5th inning. He had already allowed four runs (one earned). The Dash’s three-run 3rd inning started with a Hunter Dozier error. Reliever Johnny Walter came in and allowed four runs in the bottom of the sixth. He was also hurt by a balk and a wild pitch.
In the second game, the Blue Rocks lost 6-5 in eight innings. They came back to take a 5-2 lead in the sixth, only to see the bullpen blow it.
Jonathan Dziedzic left after four innings, having allowed two unearned runs on four hits and three walks. He struck out six. In came Daniel Stumpf, who pitched a perfect fifth before facing problems in the sixth. A single and an RBI double to leadoff the innings chased Stumpf in favor of closer Mark Peterson, who had not pitched since blowing his first save of the season on June 5th. With two outs, he allowed an RBI single.
In the 7th inning, Peterson allowed an RBI single (after a wild pitch moved the runner into scoring position) before inducing an inning ending double play to send the game into extra innings. However, in the bottom of the eighth, Grant Buckner led off the inning with a walk off home run. It was originally ruled a ground-rule, but overturned after protest.
Lexington‘s game versus Asheville was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as part of a Wednesday afternoon doubleheader.