AAA - Omaha: Storm Chasers 4, Memphis 2
1B Ka'aihue 3-5, 3 RBI (12) -- .267
RF Dyson 3-5, RS -- .267
CF Cain 2-5, 2B (13), RBI (20), 2 K -- .300
DH Falu 2-4, K, CS (4) -- .218
3B Moustakas 2-5, K, RS -- .264
2B Giavotella 1-5 -- .282
LF Lough 1-4, HBP, K, 2 RS -- .318
Omaha stranded 11.
Mazzaro 6 IP, ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 K, WP -- W, 2-0, 4.34 ERA, he probably needed that
M. Santiago 3 IP, ER, 2 H, K -- SV, 2, 4.26 ERA
* Omaha put together a key rally in the 3rd and made it stick. Kila Ka'aihue hit a 2-out RBI single in the 1st, then added a 2-run single in the 3rd before a Lorenzo Cain single made it 4-0 Omaha. Vin Mazzaro pretty much cruised until allowing a run in the 4th, and Omaha stranded 2 in each of the 4th, 5th and 6th. Mario Santiago allowed a run in the 7th but recovered to retire the last 7 in a row. RF James Rapoport and LF Andrew Brown had 2 hits for the 'Birds with Brown rapping 2 doubles (5) and driving in his 29th run. Omaha is 27-21. Kevin Pucetas will start game 2 on Saturday. 1B Clint Robinson is dealing with a calf injury. RP Robinson Tejeda may be rejoining Omaha after being DFA'd yesterday, as the Royals picked up RP Felipe Paulino from the Rockies.
AA - NW Arkansas: Naturals 7, Frisco 4
2B Mertins 4-4, BB, 2B (6), HR (2), 3 RBI (11), RS -- .255
1B Seratelli 3-5, K, 3 RS, SB (7) -- .283
C Theriot 1-4, 2B (4), RBI (5) -- .176
SS Colon 1-4, BB, SB (9), E (7) -- .250
CF-RF Van Stratten 1-3, BB, 2B (4), K, RS, OF assist at home -- .256
LF Tim Smith had an assist at third.
Miner 5 IP, ER, 5 H, BB, 2 K, balk -- W, 1-1, 3.27 ERA
Sisk 2 IP, H, BB, 2 K -- 3.98 ERA
Mozingo 2/3 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 3 H, K -- 13.97 ERA
Keating 1 1/3 IP, 2 H, 2 K -- SV, 6, 4.35 ERA
* The Naturals had the offense clicking in taking down the RoughRiders. A wild pitch and Kurt Mertins single scored runs in the 1st but Zach Miner allowed an RBI double in the bottom of the inning. Nick Van Stratten kept it tied with an assist at the plate to end the inning. An error helped the Naturals extend it to 3-1 in the 3rd, and Mertins led off the 4th with his 2nd homer of the season before a Ben Theriot RBI double made it 5-1. The Nats got an assist from Tim Smith to keep Frisco off the board in the 4th. NWA stranded 2 in the 6th but scored a run on an error and added a Mertins RBI single in the 7th. Harold Mozingo started the 8th but didn't finish it as the Riders scored 3 runs and Patrick Keating came in to strand 2. He stranded 1 in the 9th for his 6th save. CF Leonys Martin and 1B Jose Ruiz had 3 hits for Frisco. Ruiz had 3 doubles (11) and 2 RBI (15) as he improved to .336. Martin is hitting .339. Two others had 2 hits. NWA is 23-19. A 3-game set at the Midland RockHounds (19-27, AA A's) starts Saturday. Edgar Osuna will start.
A-Adv. - Wilmington: Myrtle Beach 3, Blue Rocks 2
CF Ferguson 1-2, BB, HR (4), RBI (19), RS -- .177
SS Navarro 1-4, RBI (27), K -- .312
LF Merrifield 0-3, S -- .304
DH Testa 0-4, 2 K -- .306
RF Prades 1-4, 2B (3) -- .333
Odorizzi 3 1/3 IP, ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 7 K -- 2.31 ERA, no injury, I guess, just not that efficient
Dennick 2 2/3 IP, H, K -- 2.70 ERA
Chapman 2 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, BB, 4 K, 2 WP -- BS, 2, L, 0-1, 3.98 ERA
* Wilmington made the most of only 4 hits to take a lead late, but Kevin Chapman couldn't hold it. The Pelicans scored a run on 3 hits off Jake Odorizzi in the 1st, and he stranded 2 on walks in the 3rd. Ryan Dennick took over with 1 out in the 4th, and Yem Prades got the Rocks' first hit with a double in the 5th. Rey Navarro hit an RBI single in the 6th to tie it but the Rocks stranded 2. Tim Ferguson put the Rocks on top with a solo homer in the 7th for his 4th of the season. Chapman hit trouble in the 8th as 2 doubles tied the game and a wild pitch third strike kept the inning alive. The Pelicans got a go-ahead single from DH Jared Prince to take the lead. The Rocks went down in order in the 9th. RF Jared Bolden and 3B Mike Olt had 2 hits with Bolden cracking 2 doubles (7) and scoring 2 runs. Olt drove in 2 runs (28). The Rocks are 28-18. Noel Arguelles and Mike Mariot will try to do their thing in Saturday's game 2.
A - Kane County: Cougars 2, Wisconsin 1
RF Beltre 2-2, BB, S, OF assist at first -- .255
3B Cuthbert 2-4 -- .286
C Jones 1-3, RBI (5) -- .171
CF Llanos 1-4, 2 K -- .257
SS Calixte 1-4, RS -- .250
Ventura 5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 10 K -- 7.36 ERA, nice night for Yordano
Billo 4 IP, ER, 2 H, BB, 8 K -- W, 3-1, 1.42 ERA, 18 K night for the Cougs
* Yordano Ventura and Greg Billo combined for 18 Ks and only 3 walks as a Rattlers error came up huge in the victory. Ventura allowed 2 hits in the 1st, then retired 12 in a row (including at least 2 Ks in each of the first 4 innings), walked 2, then retired 2 more before handing it off to Billo in the 6th. The problem was Wisconsin SP Jameson Dunn handed a 3-hit shutout to the bullpen in the 6th as well. KC put some pressure on in the 7th but Cheslor Cuthbert got thrown out at the plate. Travis Jones singled in a run to break the stalemate. Billo struck out the side in the 6th, then had the T-Rats down to their last out in the 9th before an RBI double tied the game. Ryan Stovall led off the bottom of the 9th with a double, Cuthbert singled and, after an intentional walk loaded the bases, a throwing error allowed Stovall to score the winning run. Dunn lowered his ERA to 1.54 in the game. Kane County is 21-27. Game 2 is Saturday. Jason Adam is set to make his third start.