The Omaha Storm Chasers had a big inning from their offense (a six run inning) and also received excellent starting pitching (and a good relief effort). The six run inning came in the top of the 5th inning, as the Storm Chasers led just 1-0. David Lough had a two-run single (he had three hits), which was followed by Clint Robinson’s RBI single (who had two hits). Mike Aviles followed with an RBI double (he had two hits too) before Kila Ka’aihue made the inning’s first out (though he drove in a run with a sac fly). The OKC RedHawks second error of the inning allowed Omaha’s sixth and final run to score.
That big inning helped make a winner of Luis Mendoza, who allowed just one hit (and one unearned run) over seven innings. He did walk four while striking out five. Jeremy Jeffress pitched two scoreless innings of relief (though he walked three). The downside in the game was the walks and the four errors committed by the Omaha defense.
The NW Arkansas Naturals took a thumping in their series finale with the San Antonio Missions. Up 2-1 and facing SD Padres top pitching prospect Casey Kelly, the Naturals did not score another run. Meanwhile, the Missions scored nine more runs en route to their 10-2 win. Kelly allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings. The blip in his radar was the two-run homerun he allowed to Jamie Romak in the top of the 3rd inning. The Missions hit three homerun in the game, two coming off Naturals starter Zach Miner (he allowed eight runs on seven hits and four walks over just 4.2 innings). The big homerun came off the bat of Jedd Gyorko, who hit a grand slam in the 3rd inning with two outs.
Holding a 6-2 lead heading into the 6th inning, the Wilmington Blue Rocks lost to the visiting Myrtle Beach Pelicans 7-6 in ten innings. The Pelicans scored two runs in the top of the 9th inning to tie the game at 6-6. In the top of the 10th inning, Vincent DiFazio hit a solo homerun off Blue Rocks reliever Ryan Dennick for the win. The Blue Rocks bullpen wasted a solid effort from Noel Arguelles, who allowed three runs over 5.2 innings, and Carlo Testa’s offense (he went 2-for-5 with a first inning two-run homer). The Blue Rocks collected just five hits, four coming from the top of the order (Yem Prades and Testa).
With the game tied at 4-4, the Kane County Cougars scored single runs in the bottom of the 6th and 7th innings to defeat the visiting Burlington Bees 6-4. In the 6th inning, Cheslor Cuthbert doubled in a run and in the 7th, a wild pitch scored a run. Brian Fletcher went 3-for-3 in the win. The Cougars bullpen combination of Allen Caldwell and Nick Rogers threw 4.2 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win and save. Caldwell struck out seven over 3.2 innings while allowing just one hit.