Omaha beat OKC for the third straight day, winning 10-7.
The Storm Chasers pounded out 16 hits, including three by leadoff hitter Whit Merrifield. Christian Colon had two more hits since being sent back from the KC Royals (three straight multi-hit games). Balbino Fuenmayor went 4-for-5 with two doubles, giving him a .500 Triple-A batting average.
Orlando Calixte went 3-for-5 and fell a homer short of the cycle.
Yohan Pino earned the win. He allowed four runs on five hits (two home runs) and three walks over 5.1 innings. He was pulled after allowing a two out, three-run home run in the sixth. After Clayton Mortensen allowed three runs on three hits (including a solo homer) and a walk over 1.2 innings, Michael Mariot earned his sixth save with two scoreless innings.
NW Arkansas fell to Midland for the second straight day, 5-4.
The Naturals scored three runs in the top of the ninth and had the tying run on second base with two outs. Unfortunately, their newest player, Ramon Torres, couldn’t provide the same heroics he had been providing to Wilmington during the first half of the season. Torres, who was promoted to NWA earlier in the day, struck out to end the game (he entered on defense at shortstop in the eighth).
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The Naturals collected ten hits, though four came fromTerrance Gore
. He also stole two bases, giving him 30 on the season.Zane Evans
had two hits and a run scored. They got on the board in the top of the first onJorge Bonifacio
‘s 15th home run of the season.
Jonathan Dziedzic took the loss, as he allowed all five runs on eight hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out five, but allowed two, 2-run homers. Benino Pruneda allowed a hit and struck out two in the sixth, before Kyle Zimmer pitched two scoreless innings of relief (two hits and three strikeouts).
Wilmington beat Potomac, 2-1 in ten innings. Cam Gallagher led off the top of the tenth with a solo home run.
The win came despite the fact that the Blue Rocks struck out 16 times, three times each for Jack Lopez and Alfredo Escalera. Escalera struck out nine times in 12 at-bats in the three-game series in Potomac.
*In roster news, the Blue Rocks put starter Eric Skoglund on the DL. He has struggled in his last two starts and in pro ball, he has thrown 61.1 more innings this season than last season. The Blue Rocks are expected to add pitcher Zach Lovvorn and outfielder Elier Hernandez to their roster. The addition of Hernandez would give them six outfielders and just two middle infielders.
Lexington lost 6-3 in 11 innings to Asheville.
Just added to the roster reliever Brennan Henry took the loss, as he allowed four unearned runs on three hits and a walk over four innings. He struck out three, but allowed a two out, three-run home run in the top of the 11th inning. Henry also allowed an inherited runner to score in the eighth.
Leadoff hitter Corey Toups went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Chad Johnson and Samir Duenez each had two hits in the loss. Duenez hit two doubles, drove in a run, and scored a run. However, Johnson committed two errors and had a passed ball.
Emilio Ogando took the no decision. He allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk over seven-plus innings. He struck out seven.
Burlington‘s eight-game winning streak came to an end with a 10-6 loss to Bluefield. The Royals were winning 6-3 before a seven-run bottom of the seventh for the Blue Jays.
First round pick Nolan Watson made his second professional start and allowed just two hits and a walk over three scoreless innings. Chase Darhower took the loss, as he allowed eight runs (four earned) on eight hits and a walk over 2.2 innings. He allowed two home runs to the same guy (Juan Tejada).