Out on the road, the Omaha Storm Chaser couldn’t capitalize on three Albuquerque errors or get to their bullpen (three one-hit innings), as they lost 7-4. They were just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
Sean O’Sullivan has looked bad since clearing waivers and heading back to Omaha. He lost for the second time this season, as he allowed three runs on six hits and three walks over four innings of relief.
Offensively for the Storm Chasers, Johnny Giavotella, Irving Falu, and Cody Clark each collected two hits. Falu and Clark also scored two runs each.
For the second straight night, the NW Arkansas Naturals were pounded by the visiting Corpus Christi Hooks, this time losing 12-2. It got so bad that infielder John Whittleman pitched in the final inning. He came on with the bases loaded and allowed all three runs to score.
Patrick Keating did pitch well out of the Naturals bullpen. He allowed just one hit over 2.2 innings (though he did allow an inherited runner to score). He also struck out three.
The Naturals collected just one extra-base hit (a double by Wil Myers) and Sharlon Schoop was the only hitter to collect two hits.
The Wilmington Blue Rocks, down 3-0 heading into the bottom of the 9th inning, scored four runs in the inning to celebrate their home opener in front of a record crowd. Two dropped fly balls led to two unearned runs scoring for the Blue Rocks. You can read more HERE.
Kane County used a seven-run 3rd inning and a two-run 9th inning to defeat Burlington, 11-9. The Cougars needed all of those runs because the Bees scored four runs in the bottom of the 9th inning and actually had the bases loaded. Nick Graffeo struck out the final batter to end the game.
The Cougars pounded out 15 hits, with six players collecting two hits. Michael Antonio and Edul Escobar drove in two runs each, while Orlando Calixte and Tim Ferguson scored two runs each.
Jonathan Dooley earned the victory after pitching four shutout innings in relief. He allowed three hits and no walks while striking out three.