Omaha swept Fresno, winning the finale, 4-2. The Storm Chasers are still in third place in the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division, but are now just 4.5 games back of OKC.
Yohan Pino got the start and allowed two runs in the first on a two out home run (1.2IP, 3H, 2R, 2BB, K). Buddy Baumann earned the victory in relief, as he entered with two men on base in the 2nd inning and left them stranded, then threw four scoreless innings (H, BB, 2K).
Miguel Almonte recorded just two outs in the seventh, as he allowed a hit and a walk (and threw just seven of his 15 pitches for strikes). Wandy Rodriguez followed with two scoreless innings (2K). Michael Mariot earned his eighth save by throwing just two pitches in getting a game ending fly out.
Alex Gordon got the start in left field and went 2-for-3 with a walk. He scored Omaha’s first run in their three-run fifth and drove in a run in the sixth on a two out single.
NW Arkansas beat Arkansas, 7-2. The Naturals scored five runs in the bottom of the first.
The Naturals sent nine men to the plate in the first, with three reaching via a walk. Lane Adams capped the scoring with a three-run home run.
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NWA only collected six hits, two each by Adams andAlex Liddi
Jonathan Dziedzic earned his tenth victory, as he allowed two runs on four hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out three, but allowed a two-run homer in the second. After that 2nd inning, Dziedzic faced the minimum.
Wilmington had their series finale rained out in Myrtle Beach. With the Pelicans heading to Wilmington to end the season, the game will be made up sometime over the last four days. The Blue Rocks return home to face Winston-Salem on Tuesday night.
Lexington lost to West Virginia, 5-1. The Power clinched the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League.
With the game tied at 1-1, the Power scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth. Nick Green took the loss in relief, as he allowed all four runs on four hits and two walks in an inning of work.
The Legends collected five hits, two from Austin Bailey. Bailey doubled twice, including a run scoring double in the sixth with two outs.
Matt Tenuta took the no decision, as he allowed an unearned run on four hits and two walks over seven innings. He struck out five.
Idaho Falls beat Grand Junction, 16-7. The Chukars scored nine runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead (were down 6-3).
In that 6th inning, the Chukars sent 13 men to the plate and forced three pitching changes (one started the inning). There were two errors, with the Chukars collecting two doubles, a triple, and three singles.
Infielder Gabriel Noriega began a rehab assignment with the Chukars. He started at shortstop, batted fifth, and went 2-for-5 with a run scored and two RBIs.
Amalani Fukofuka went 5-for-6 and fell a homer short of a cycle. He drove in two runs. Nick Dini went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored. D.J. Burt extended his on-base streak to 47 games by going 1-for-5.
Tripp Davis earned the win in relief, though he did allow an inherited run to score in the fourth. Davis allowed one hit and walked one over 2.1 scoreless innings. Matt Portland allowed a run on a hit and two walks over two innings before Stephen Milligan pitched a perfect ninth.
Burlington‘s comeback fell short, as they lost to Bluefield, 10-9. The Royals scored six runs in the top of the ninth.
In the ninth, the Royals worked two walks, reached on an error, and Tanner Stanley hit a three-run homer. Brandon Dulin also doubled in two runs, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple for the first out (he went 3-for-5 with four RBIs).
Nolan Watson took the loss, as he allowed five runs on four hits, a walk, and two hit batters over just 1/3 of an inning. Chase Darhower entered with the bases loaded and allowed one to score. He allowed two of his own runs on five hits and three walks over 4.1 innings.