Omaha out-hit Fresno 12-11, but lost the game, 6-4. The Storm Chasers tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the 8th inning, only to see the Grizzlies score two runs in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead.
Omaha was just 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position and hit into two double plays. The Robinson‘s (Derrick and Clint) went 5-for-9 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Tony Abreu, Anthony Seratelli, and Kevin Kouzmanoff each had two hits.
The Naturals hit three solo homeruns to account for their runs, including Rey Navarro‘s first of the season (he went 2-for-3).
Chris Dwyer followed up his combined no-hitter with another solid outing. He allowed one run on three hits and two walks over 5.1 innings. He struck out six. Bryan Paukovits entered in relief and allowed the lone run. He allowed one hit over 2.2 innings.
It seems every time Wilmington receives a strong starting pitching performance, they lose a pitcher’s duel by one run (5-11 in one-run games). That is exactly what happened Tuesday night in Lynchburg when they lost 1-0.
Santiago Garrido made his first start for the Blue Rocks and made just one mistake over six innings: a solo homerun to Robby Hefflinger in the 5th inning. Garrido allowed six hits and walked one while striking out four, but picked up the hard luck loss.
The Blue Rocks collected just four hits, three off Hillcats starter Gus Schlosser in seven innings. It was the Blue Rocks fifth shutout loss of the season (which is worst in the Carolina League). They have now lost 9-of-13, seven of those losses came by one run each. (Former Royals minor leaguer Tim Smith, who played for the Hillcats, was promoted to Double-A following the game).
The offense busted out for 15 hits. Dean Espy and Tim Ferguson picked up two hits each. Jorge Bonifacio went 4-for-5 with three runs scored. Michael Antonio went 3-for-5 with two RBIs.
Brooks Pounders pitched five innings in relief to pick up the win. He allowed one run on three hits and two walks while striking out seven.