Omaha opened up their series in Nashville with a 4-3 victory. With the game tied in the eighth, Dusty Coleman doubled in the go ahead run (he also hit a solo home run in the third).
Casey Coleman earned the win in relief. He walked one over 2.2 scoreless innings while striking out three. John Lamb made the start and allowed three runs on five hits over six innings. He struck out two and allowed a two out, two-run homer in the fourth that gave the Sounds the brief lead.
Matt Fields once again batted ninth and went 2-for-4 with his first triple of the season.
NW Arkansas had their game in Springfield postponed due to rain. However, the Naturals still clinched the first half North Division in the Texas League, as second place Arkansas was postponed for the second straight day (they cannot make up one of the games).
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In Friday night’s doubleheader,Kris Medlen
will make his 2015 season debut in the first game.Miguel Almonte
will start the second game for the Naturals.
On Monday, Danny Duffy will start for the Naturals, continuing his rehab assignment.
Wilmington beat Frederick, 2-0 in the series opener to eliminate the Keys from the first half Northern Division title. Since Lynchburg was rained out, the Hillcats are still in contention. The Blue Rocks just need a victory or a Hillcats loss on Friday night to clinch the title.
Cody Stubbs hit a two out, two-run home run in the top of the first. The Blue Rocks pitching made it stand up.
Alec Mills dominated the Keys offense, shutting them out over 8.1 innings. He allowed three hits and walked one while striking out seven. Mills also picked off a base runner and retired the final nine batters he faced. He struck out the final three batters he faced.
Luis Rico earned his third save, though he walked one over 2/3 of an inning.
Lexington lost their series in Augusta by losing the finale, 11-6.
The Legends collected 15 hits, but went 5-for-20 with runners in scoring position. Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado went 4-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI. Brandon Downes went 3-for-5 with a double and a solo home run. Mike Hill also went 3-for-5 with a double. Corey Toups went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
Unfortunately, the pitching left a lot to be desired. Foster Griffin made the start and allowed seven runs (six earned) on seven hits and two walks over 2.1 innings. Kyle Zimmer entered with the bases loaded and walked in two runs. The third scored on his fielding error. He was pulled after recording just one out.
Brennan Henry recorded the final out in the 3rd inning, but allowed two runs on two hits and two walks over 3.2 innings. He left in the 7th inning with two men on base and both scored once Evan Beal entered (1.2IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, K, HR).