The downward spiral continues for Omaha, as they lost all four games in Reno, losing the finale, 4-2. The loss drops the Storm Chasers two games back of the American Northern Division lead.
Andy Ferguson made his Triple-A debut and was beat by the long ball. He allowed back-to-back-to-back shots in the fourth that gave the Aces the lead. He allowed another solo shot in the seventh. Overall, he allowed five hits and a walk over seven innings.
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Tim Collins returned from the DL and threw just ten of his 22 pitches for strikes in his one inning of work. He allowed a run on one hit and two walks.
The Storm Chasers had a 2-0 lead after three innings, as Pedro Ciriaco drove in a run with a ground out and Johnny Giavotella followed with an RBI single. They collected a total of five hits, two by Gio.
NW Arkansas lost again to Tulsa, this time by a 7-3 score.
The Naturals actually led 2-1 heading into the fifth and 3-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth. The Drillers scored five runs in the sixth.
The duo promoted from Lexington made their Double-A debuts. Luke Farrell got the start and allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks over 5.2 innings. He allowed two home runs that accounted for three runs. Kevin Perez entered with a runner on base in the sixth and allowed him to score. Perez went on to allow a solo homer in the sixth (2.1IP, 3H, R, 0BB, K).
*In roster news, the Naturals will receive big leaguer Aaron Crow, as he was demoted today from the Majors.
The downward spiral also continues for Wilmington, as they were swept in tonight’s doubleheader by Potomac. The P-Nats clinched the second half Northern Division title (they also won the first half). The Blue Rocks dropped into last place with their fourth loss in a row, 1.5 games back of Lynchburg, who holds the second playoff spot.
The Blue Rocks collected just three hits total in the two games.
In the 3-0 loss in Game 1, Brooks Pounders took the loss. He allowed all three runs on seven hits (three doubles) and two walks over 6.2 innings. He struck out seven and picked a runner off second base.
In the 3-0 loss in Game 2, Johnny Walter took the loss. He allowed a two out, two-run home run in the third. Over 4.2 innings, he allowed three hits and walked four while striking out six. Daniel Stumpf allowed a run in the seventh (2.1IP, 2H, R BB, 4K).
Ramon Torres collected the Blue Rocks lone hit, a two out single in the third.
Lexington held on for the 4-3 victory over West Virginia. Rain delayed the game for over an hour at the start.
In his fourth inning of work, Legends reliever Ashton Goudeau allowed two runs in the top of the ninth (though an error did not help). With the lead down to one run with two outs, closer Tim Hill entered and got a fly out to end the game and picked up his eighth save.
Niklas Stephenson made his Legends debut and earned the victory. He allowed an unearned run on three hits and three walks over five innings. Stephenson did throw three wild pitches.