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Omaha lost their doubleheader in Round Rock. The Storm Chasers lost the first game by an 8-5 score. The two teams combined for 25 hits.

It was a rough Triple-A debut for Jonathan Dziedzic. He allowed all eight runs on ten hits and two walks over just 3.1 innings. He struck out four, but allowed three home runs (one to the first batter he faced). Dziedzic left in the fourth with two men on base, but Louis Coleman allowed both to score (2.2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K).

The Storm Chasers collected 12 hits, just two for extra bases. The top three in their order: Reymond Fuentes, Dusty Coleman, and Cheslor Cuthbert each had two hits. Cuthbert drove in two runs. Casey Kotchman and Jose Martinez also had two hits.

In the second game, Omaha lost 2-0, collecting five hits. Three of those hits were doubles.

Casey Coleman took the loss in the start, as he allowed the two runs on five hits (two solo home runs) and two walks over 3.1 innings. Michael Mariot allowed three hits over 2.2 innings.

NW Arkansas won their series opener over Springfield by a 9-5 score. Errors were a theme, as just six runs were earned (six combined errors).

Daniel Stumpf got the spot start and allowed two runs on three hits (including a solo homer) over three innings. He struck out four. Benino Pruneda followed, allowing three runs (two earned) on one hit and a walk over 2.1 innings. Mark Peterson (who earned the win) entered with two on and one out in the sixth and allowed both runs to score on a double (which gave the Cardinals the lead). After getting a double play to end the inning, Peterson then retired the final nine batters he faced.

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The Naturals came right back with five runs in the bottom of the sixth. The first run scored on a single and an error. A bases loaded walk tied the game at 5-5.

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doubled in three runs with two outs to give the Naturals the lead (he had three hits and five RBIs).

Rafael Furcal made his NWA debut, batting second and playing shortstop. He went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs. He also committed an error. Angel Franco hit two doubles, while Balbino Fuenmayor and Terrance Gore each had two hits in the win.

Wilmington won the pitching dominated series over Potomac, with a 1-0 victory in the finale. The Blue Rocks now head to Lynchburg for four games with a one game lead in the Northern Division of the Carolina League.

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth when the Blue Rocks offense finally broke through against P-Nats starter (and Washington’s top prospect) Lucas Giolito (he struck out 11). Back-to-back singles started the inning and with one out, Frank Schwindel came through with an RBI single to right field.

That made a winner of Cody Reed, who allowed five hits over six scoreless innings. He struck out nine and threw 62 of his 89 pitches for strikes. His piggy-back partner Luke Farrell followed with three scoreless innings. He allowed two hits while striking out four (37 pitches, 24 strikes).

*In roster news, catcher Santiago Nessy was added from Double-A.

Lexington won their series opener in Savannah, 5-2.

The Legends collected nine hits, two each by Carlos Garcia, Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado, and Humberto Arteaga. Garcia stole three bases, as the Legends stole eight bases. Escalera-Maldonado threw a runner out at the plate from left field and Elier Hernandez threw a runner out at third base from right field.

Pedro Fernandez improved to 3-0 on the season, as he allowed two runs on two hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out five. Ashton Goudeau threw two scoreless innings of relief (3H, 0BB, 2K) before Matt Strahm earned his third save with two scoreless innings (H, 0BB, K).

*In roster news, Samir Duenez was activated.

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