AAA - Omaha: Storm Chasers 6, Iowa 3
SS Aviles 2-4, HR, 3 RBI (4), K, RS -- .182
2B Giavotella 2-4, HR (5), 2 RBI (47), 2 RS -- .310
CF Cain 2-4, HR (5), RBI (28), RS -- .295
LF Lough 2-4, 2B (16), 2 RS -- .317
1B C. Robinson 0-4, K -- .349
DH Ka'aihue 0-3, BB -- .292
Chen 4 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, K, HRA -- 4.50 ERA
Davies 5 IP, ER, 4 H, 5 K, WP -- W, 1-0, 1.80 ERA
* Bruce Chen and Kyle Davies made their first AAA rehab appearances as Omaha got past the I-Cubs. Johnny Giavotella slammed a 2-run homer in the 1st for his 5th of the season but Chen gave up a solo homer in the 2nd and a triple that led to the tying run in the 3rd. Chen stranded the bases loaded in the 4th and then handed it off to Kyle Davies in the 5th. Davies allowed the go-ahead run on 3 hits in the 5th but Mike Aviles went deep in the bottom of the inning for a 3-run homer to make it 5-3 Chasers. Lorenzo Cain added his 5th longball in the 6th to make it 6-3. Davies retired the last 10 Cubs. C Welington Castillo had 3 hits and two others had 2 hits. 1B Bryan LaHair hit his 17th homer and drove in his 50th RBI. Omaha is 36-28. Game 2 is Tuesday. Mike Montgomery is set to start.
AA - NW Arkansas: Tulsa 9, Naturals 7
LF Smith 3-4, 2B (6), HR (7), 3 RBI (28), 2 RS, SB (7) -- .282
CF D. Robinson 2-3, BB, S, RS, SB (20) -- .267
RF Myers 1-4, S, HR (3), RBI (12), 2 RS -- .265
1B Seratelli 1-4, BB, 3B (2), RBI (28), K, 2 RS -- .319
2B Bianchi 1-4, RBI (26) -- .276
SS Colon 1-5, K -- .245
C S. Perez 1-4, E (6) -- .247
Lebron 3 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 6 H, 4 BB, 3 K -- 4.26 ERA
Rollins 2 2/3 IP, ER, H, 2 BB, 3 K -- 3.76 ERA
Herrera 2 IP, 2 H -- BS, 2, 1.76 ERA
Keating IP, 3 ER, 3 H, K, HRA -- BS, 5, L, 2-3, 5.02 ERA
* NWA blew not one, not two, but three leads in Monday's tilt with Tulsa. Willy Lebron made the spot start and gave up 2 runs before stranding the bases full in the 1st. NWA came through with an answer in the bottom of the inning as an error scored a run, Anthony Seratelli hit an RBI triple, Tim Smith singled in a run and Jeff Bianchi hit an RBI single to make it 4-2 Naturals. Tim Smith doubled in a run in the 3rd but Lebron and Heath Rollins gave up 3 runs in the 4th to tie it at 5. Wil Myers took the ball downtown in the 4th for his 3rd homer of the season to make it 6-5. Kelvin Herrera came in for the 7th and a Salvador Perez error helped lead to the tying run on a sac fly. Smith gave the lead back to NWA in the 7th with his 7th homer of the season and it was 7-6 going into the 9th. Patrick Keating gave up 2 1-out singles and then a 3-run homer to C Lars Davis (his 3rd) to turn the game around. The Naturals got 2 in scoring position with 1 out in the 9th but Seratelli popped out and Nick Van Stratten flew out to end it. 2B James Cesario had 3 hits and three others had 2 hits. NWA is 29-30. Game 3 is Tuesday as Zach Miner will start. Naturals IF Anthony Seratelli and C Salvador Perez have been named Texas League North all-stars. The game is June 29 in San Antonio. Seratelli is the starting DH for the North after hitting .320 with 6 HR and 27 RBI thus far. Perez is a reserve on the team as he is hitting .247 (these stats are entering tonight) and leads the league in assists and caught stealing % (44.4).
A-Adv. - Wilmington: Lynchburg 5, Blue Rocks 0
LF Merrifield 2-4, K, SB (14) -- .278
SS McClure 2-4 -- .178
2B Navarro 1-3, BB -- .284
Marks 6 IP, 5 ER, 9 H, 4 K, 2 HRA, pickoff -- L, 2-5, 5.12 ERA
Barrera 2 IP, H, BB, 4 K -- 3.00 ERA
* Wilmington racked up 9 hits but 0 runs as the Hillcats shut them out. The Rocks left 2 in scoring position in the 2nd and Justin Marks gave up 3 runs on 4 hits in the bottom of the inning. Lynchburg added single runs in the 3rd and 4th to make it 5-0. Rey Navarro ran into an out in the 6th and it probably cost the Rocks a run as it was followed by 2 more singles. The Rocks got the first 2 on in the 9th but made nothing of it. Lynchburg SP Blaine Sims allowed 7 hits and a walk with 4 Ks over 6 IP to improve to 2-0 with a 2.16 ERA. 3B Joe Leonard had 2 hits, including his 3rd homer, and 2 RBI (20). C Shawn McGill also had 2 hits, and RF Adam Milligan hit his 10th homer with 2 RBI (32). Wilmington is 32-30. The teams will play 2 on Tuesday as Elisaul Pimentel and Mike Mariot are set to start.
A - Kane County: off day
* The Cougars start a 3-game set at the Burlington Bees (41-23, A A's) on Tuesday with Jason Adam set to start.
Rookie - Idaho Falls: The Chukars' pitching staff is set to include at least 5 2011 draftees/signees, including 7th rounder Kellen Moen, 9th rounder Aaron Brooks, 19th rounder Matt Flemer, 22nd rounder David Middendorf and 24th rounder Spencer Patton. Other pitchers include Robert Penny, Tyler Graham, Mike Giovenco, Brian Peacock and Ryan Wood, among others. The position players are set to include 15th round 1B Ryan Espy, 23rd round C Lance Harper, 25th round 3B Mark Threlkeld and 43rd rd OF Tyler Chism. Other catchers are non-drafted free agent Jared Dyer and Edul Escobar, the IFs are Henry Moreno, Luis Piterson, Mike Liberto, Adrian Martinez and Daniel Mateo, and the OFs are Ysmelin Alcantara, Cameron Conner, Juan Polonia and Darren Sandford. Espy, Moen and Patton joined 33rd round lefty Abel Gonzales and 46th rd 3B Adrian Bringas as newly signed 2011 draftees announced Monday. Idaho Falls was 27-49 in 2010. The rookie levels are hard to gauge, but I'm feeling a 32-44 record in 2011.