Omaha used a solid pitching effort and a good offensive night from Anthony Seratelli to beat Salt Lake, 4-2. Seratelli hit a solo homerun in the 3rd inning that gave the Storm Chasers the lead and drove in a run in the team’s two-run 4th inning that re-gained the lead.
Sean O’Sullivan earned the win, as he allowed two runs on three hits and two walks over five innings. Brandon Sisk and Tommy Hottovy followed up with two scoreless innings each.
The Naturals were not out-hit by Midland (10-10), but were just 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position. Eric Duncan and Ryan Jenkins collected two hits.
Three Naturals relievers allowed eight runs (five earned) on eight hits and five walks over the final 3.2 innings. Starter Justin Marks wasn’t bad; he allowed three runs on two hits and five walks over 5.1 innings.
Andrew Dobies was reinstated from the DL and then released. Taking Dobies place is lefty Jon Keck, who was promoted from Wilmington. Keck was 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA over 11 appearances. I had seen him pitch five times this season.
The Blue Rocks had Thursday off, as they made their way to Myrtle Beach for a weekend series.
Kane County won the slugfest over Burlington 13-12 in walk-off fashion. After watching the Bees take the lead in the 8th inning and add insurance in the top of the 9th inning, the Cougars went to work in the bottom of the 9th inning.
It all started with Lane Adams striking out, but reaching base via a passed ball. Michael Antonio followed with a single. Orlando Calixte attempted to sacrifice the runners, but there was an error to load the bases. Up came Dean Espy, who cleared the bases with a double to give the Cougars the victory.
Espy finished with three hits, as did Justin Trapp. Daniel Mateo went 4-for-5 with three runs scored. Antonio and Jorge Bonifacio each had two hits, as Antonio hit a two-run homerun in the first inning.
The two teams combined for 32 hits and seven errors.