Rain, rain, go awayâ€¦
Thatâ€™s what fans of the Omaha Storm Chasers were saying today. Omaha had their home opener postponed to Saturday with a double-header scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
The Kane County Cougars also were rained out tonight, though they are at Clinton.
NW Arkansas may wish they were rained out in San Antonio as starter Will Smith gave up six runs on six hits in the 1st inning and his night was over. Harold Mozingo came on in the 2nd inning, but allowed five runs on five hits and two walks in just 2/3 of an inning. Eduardo Paulino came on for the Naturals to shut the door on the Missions. It was 11-1 after two innings. Missions first baseman Cody Decker hit another homerun giving him four against the Naturals in five games (he would hit another one later in the game). However Paulino ran into trouble in the 5th, as he and Buddy Baumann allowed seven runs. Jaff Decker hit two homeruns (one against Mozingo and one against Paulino), while Daniel Robertson hit a grand slam against Baumann.
WAVE THE WHITE FLAG! Iâ€™m sure the Naturals wished there was a run rule in pro ball. It got so bad that Naturals catcher Ben Theriot came in to pitch in the 7th inning, but gave up a grand slam to Blake Tekotte. First baseman Jamie Romak pitched the 8th inning and had a clean 1-2-3 outing. Best pitching performance by a Natural all night. Every Missions player had at least one hit, though all but one had a multi-hit game (they collected 26 hits and seven homeruns). When the game finally ended, the Missions won 26-5.
The Wilmington Blue Rocks celebrated their home opener in front of over 7,000 fans and treated them to some late inning heroics. Down 4-1 heading into the bottom of the 7th, the Blue Rocks put a 4-spot on the board against the Potomac Nationals and the bullpen. Alex McClure hit a two-run homerun off Kyle Morrison. John Whittleman drove in the game-winner with an RBI double off Rob Wort. Tim Sample earned the win with three no-hit innings of relief.