Omaha lost for the second straight night in Colorado Springs, this time by a 4-2 score. However, the Storm Chasers out-hit the Sky Sox, 14-5 (2-for-15 with runners in scoring position).
All of the runs were scored in the first two innings. Omaha took a short-lived 2-1 lead in the top of the second. Lane Adams hit his third home run in Triple-A and later in the inning, Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to 16 games with an RBI single.
Clayton Mortensen took the loss, as he allowed all four runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks over five innings. Casey Coleman followed with two hitless innings of relief before Buddy Baumann pitched a scoreless eighth.
*In roster news, Casey Kotchman was added back to the roster. He was the DH and went 1-for-4 with a run scored.
NW Arkansas extended their winning streak to seven games, as they won in Tulsa, 4-1. The series moves back to Springdale for the next two games.
Alex Liddi hit his seventh home run of the season to tie the game at 1-1 in the second. The Naturals took the lead in the fifth on a Terrance Gore bunt and tacked on another run on a ground out. Gore also stole his seventh base of the season, though he is only hitting .238.
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added some insurance in the ninth with his first home run of the season (one of his two hits).
That was enough for Matt Murray, who made his first start of the season. He allowed one run on four hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out three. Mark Peterson pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, before Daniel Stumpf earned his first save with 1.2 perfect innings.
Wilmington lost the pitcher’s duel to Winston-Salem, 2-0.
The Blue Rocks had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but back-to-back strikeouts ended the game.
After almost being no-hit on Friday night, Lexington pounded Asheville, 12-3 on Saturday.
The Legends collected 16 hits, with all but three players having multi-hit games. Brandon Downes hit his first two home runs of the season, both two-run shots (one in the fourth and one in the fifth). His homer in the 5th inning was part of the Legends six-run outburst.
That made a winner of Pedro Fernandez, who allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk over 5.2 innings. He struck out five. Torey Deshazier picked up the save, as he pitched 3.1 perfect innings of relief.