I apologize for not updating for Friday night’s minor league games. Reality hasn’t been too kind as of late, so I’m combining Friday and Saturday night’s recaps.
Omaha scored a run in the top of the 5th inning, only to see Round Rock score two runs in the bottom of the inning en route to their 2-1 victory on Friday night. Will Smith took the loss, as he allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings. He struck out five. Jeremy Jeffress followed with a shutout inning of relief and was called up to the big leagues to take the place of the injured Greg Holland.
On offense for the Storm Chasers, Irving Falu went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases.
Francisley Bueno was in his third inning of work for the Storm Chasers in the 9th inning Saturday night, when he allowed a two-run homerun to tie the game at 5-5. The game went into extra innings. Make that the 13th inning to be exact.
The Storm Chasers loaded the bases on an error with nobody out. Jarrod Dyson came to the plate and provided the heroics with a walk-off single and the 6-5 win. They pounded out 16 hits, as five players had two hits.
Tommy Hottovy earned the victory with three hitless innings of relief. He struck out five.
NW Arkansas was rained out in Little Rock on Friday so the two teams played a doubleheader on Saturday. In Game 1, the Travelers used two 3-run innings en route to their 7-1 victory. The Naturals lone run came via a Wil Myers homerun.
In the loss, Ben Theriot went 2-for-2. Elisaul Pimentel put together his first good relief outing for the Naturals, as he allowed one hit and a walk over 1.1 innings. He even left an inherited runner stranded.
The second game was ugly for the Naturals, as starter Tim Melville lasted just 1.2 innings. He allowed eight runs on eight hits and two walks, as the Naturals lost 10-3. The Naturals did not get on the board until they were already losing 10-0.
So was there any good in this game? Well…yes. Reliever Bryan Paukovits threw two scoreless innings while striking out two. John Whittleman went 2-for-3 with a two-run homerun. Kurt Mertins also went 2-for-3.
Wilmington Blue Rocks starter Greg Billo put together a start on Friday night similar to the one’s he put together last year in Kane County. He pitched five shutout innings en route to his first High-A victory. The Blue Rocks beat Winston-Salem, 6-0.
Billo allowed four hits and two walks while striking out four. Angel Franco so far has played his way into the struggling Blue Rocks lineup. As the DH on Friday, he went 3-for-3 with a run scored, an RBI, a walk, and a stolen base to raise his batting average to .343. Catcher Kevin David went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
The Blue Rocks won Saturday’s wild affair, 9-6. They had taken a 6-2 lead in the top of the 6th inning only to see Winston-Salem score four in the bottom of the inning to tie that game at 6-6. In the top of the 9th inning, the Blue Rocks scored three runs, capped by a Cheslor Cuthbert two-run single.
Brian Fletcher finally hit his first homerun, while also going 2-for-5. Jake Kuebler also hit a homerun, while driving in four runs.
There wasn’t a whole lot of good that came out of Kane County’s loss on Friday night. They lost to Fort Wayne, 12-1. They allowed 6 hits and committed three errors. The Cougars’ pitchers issued seven walks.
On Saturday, Fort Wayne put up five runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back, as they won 7-2. Orlando Calixte accounted for both runs, as he went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Three errors for the Cougars cost starter Jason Mitchell three runs (4IP, 5H, 6R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K). Scott Alexander followed with 2.2 perfect innings of relief. He struck out three.