KC Royals Alex Gordon Continues Swinging a Hot Bat for Omaha

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Omaha won their series opener against Pacific Northern Champion Fresno, 5-1.

Alex Gordon was once again the DH for the Storm Chasers. He went 3-for-5 with a double in the first and an RBI single in their four-run 2nd inning (they sent nine men to the plate).

Yohan Pino returned from the DL and threw a perfect first inning (17 pitches, 10 strikes). Casey Coleman was credited with the victory, as he allowed a run on five hits and three walks over four innings. He struck out two.

Brian Broderick struck out two over 1.1 scoreless innings. Wandy Rodriguez followed with 1.1 scoreless innings, though he allowed a hit and walked two. Michael Mariot finished out the game, throwing just 13 pitches over 1.1 innings.

NW Arkansas beat Springfield for the third straight night, winning 5-4.

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With the game tied at 4-4, the Naturals took the lead in the bottom of the seventh on a

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single and ensuing error.

Ramon Torres led off the Naturals four-run 3rd inning with a home run. Later in the inning, Zane Evans drove in three runs with a double.

Brooks Pounders earned the win, as he allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks over seven innings. He struck out seven. Sam Selman had one of his best relief outings, throwing two perfect innings in earning his third save. He threw 17 of his 23 pitches for strikes.

Wilmington won their second straight, winning the series opener in Myrtle Beach, 3-2.

With the game tied at 2-2, the Blue Rocks took the lead in the top of the eighth on a strikeout, wild pitch, and throwing error by the catcher.

Zach Lovvorn earned the victory, as he allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk over seven innings. He struck out three. Evan Beal followed with 1.1 scoreless innings of relief. He struck out three, but allowed a double in the ninth. That brought in Estarlin Cordero for his tenth save (two ground outs).

Santiago Nessy broke out of an 0-for-34 slump with a 9th inning single. Jack Lopez (who scored the go ahead run) and Elier Hernandez both went 2-for-4 with a stolen base. Hernandez doubled and tripled.

Lexington lost their third straight to Rome, 3-1.

Foster Griffin was the hard luck loser, as he allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and a hit batter over six innings. He struck out five, but allowed a two-run home run in the sixth (a fielding error started the inning). Griffin allowed a single in the first.

The Legends collected six hits, two by Austin Bailey.

Idaho Falls lost to Ogden, 4-3. The Raptors scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth (on two homers).

Jeckson Flores drove in three runs, one on his first professional home run in his 808th at-bat (7th inning). D.J. Burt extended his professional baseball best on-base streak to 44 games with a 1st inning single (he went 2-for-3). Joshua Banuelos also had two hits in the loss.

Brian Bayliss took the loss, as he entered in the 8th inning with a runner on base and allowed a two-run homer. Chukars reliever Alberto Rodriguez allowed three runs on three hits over 2.1 innings. He struck out three.

Derek Gordon took the no decision, allowing six hits and two walks over five scoreless innings. He struck out seven.

Burlington beat Greeneville, 5-2.

Igol Feliz earned the victory, allowing an unearned run on one hit and two walks over five innings. He struck out three. The hit came with one out in the fifth. Gabriel Cramer followed with two perfect innings of relief while striking out three. Eric Sandness allowed a run in the eighth and left with a runner on base in the ninth. Jacob Bodner earned his fourth save by striking out the final batter of the game.

Jose Martinez and Meibrys Viloria had two hits in the win.

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