Omaha used a ton of offense to win both games of their doubleheader over OKC. They now head to Round Rock to begin an eight-game road trip.
The Storm Chasers won the first game by a 10-0 score. They collected 18 hits and went 11-for-20 with runners in scoring position.
Whit Merrifield led off the bottom of the first with a single (one of his three hits) and came around to score with two outs. Dusty Coleman led off the third with a triple (one of his two hits) and came around to score on J.C. Boscan‘s double (one of his two hits).
The Storm Chasers broke through with six runs in the fourth, capped by Casey Kotchman‘s three-run home run.
That was more than enough offense for John Lamb, who improved to 3-0 on the season. He allowed three hits and walked one over six scoreless innings. Lamb struck out eight.
The Storm Chasers won the second game by a 10-4 score. They scored four runs in the bottom of the first.
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Merrifield led off with a single (one of his three hits) and came around to score on aJose Martinez
double (one of his four hits). Martinez drove in five runs, three coming on his homer in the sixth (he fell a triple short of the cycle).
Fuentes had two more hits in the second game, while Kotchman had three more hits and two RBIs. Kenny Diekroeger made his Triple-A debut (replacing Gabriel Noriega, who was placed on the DL) and went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored.
Joe Blanton also earned his third win, as he allowed three runs on five hits over 5.2 innings. He allowed two home runs.
NW Arkansas won their third straight over Arkansas to open a 1.5 game lead over the Travelers with a 5-3 victory.
Balbino Fuenmayor got the scoring started with a two out, two-run home run in the first (he added a solo shot in the sixth). Jorge Bonifacio also hit a solo homer in the third (one of his two hits). Alex Liddi and Ethan Chapman both went 2-for-4.
Miguel Almonte earned his third win, as he allowed two hits and two walks over five scoreless innings. He struck out three. Mark Peterson followed with two scoreless (H, BB, K) innings before the Travelers broke through in the bottom of the eighth against Ali Williams and Malcom Culver (who entered with the bases loaded and allowed all three to score).
Wilmington blew a lead and lost to Lynchburg in 11 innings, 11-7. The Blue Rocks won the four-game series and now welcome Potomac to town for three games.
The Blue Rocks led 7-4 heading into the ninth. Andrew Edwards went back out for his second inning of work and got the first out. Then things fell apart. Andrews then allowed a solo homer and back-to-back doubles to score another run. After an infield pop up, Cleveland prospect Clint Frazier doubled in the tying run.
Nick Green replaced Edwards and got out of the ninth. However, in the 11th inning, Green allowed four runs (though just two were earned) on Frazier’s bases loaded single (and a Mauricio Ramos throwing error).
Eric Skoglund had his worst start of the season, throwing just 3.2 innings (5H, 3R, 2BB). Kevin McCarthy made his Blue Rocks debut and allowed just one hit over 3.1 innings (a Bradley Zimmer homer) while striking out five.
Lexington lost to Kannapolis, 7-3. The Intimidators led 7-0 after three innings.
Colin Rodgers was great in relief for the Legends, as he allowed just one hit and two walks over six scoreless innings. That came after Corey Ray allowed seven runs (five earned) on five hits and five walks over the first three innings. His two wild pitches scored two runs.
On offense, the Legends collected just five hits, three by Humberto Arteaga (who doubled twice).