AAA - Omaha: Storm Chasers 6, New Orleans 4
CF Cain 2-4, 2B (15), HR (4), 2 RBI (24), K, RS - .298
C Clark 2-3, BB, HR, 2 RBI, RS -- .500
LF Lough 2-3, S, 3B (5) -- .326
2B Giavotella 2-4, 2B (13), RBI (35) -- .300
1B C. Robinson 1-3, HBP, RBI (41), RS -- .354
RF Dyson 1-4, BB, 2 RS -- .290
3B Moustakas 0-4, K -- .286
DH Ka'aihue 0-3, BB, 2 K -- .296
Montgomery 6 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 3 H, 4 BB, 3 K, 2 HRA -- 5.23 ERA, still finding his AAA way
Jeffress 1 2/3 IP, H, 3 BB, 4 K, WP -- W, 1-1, 4.91 ERA, does this mean his starting days are done for now?
Mendoza IP, BB -- SV, 2, 4.07 ERA
* Lorenzo Cain had the big hit in the 8th for Omaha Friday. Johnny Giavotella doubled in Jarrod Dyson in the 1st but Zephyrs 3B Matt Dominguez cranked a 2-run homer for his 4th of the season to flip the lead around. Clint Robinson tied it with an RBI single in the 3rd but Giavotella was gunned down at the plate on the play to end the inning. Montgomery gave up a 2-run homer in the 5th to make it 4-2 Zephyrs. Cody Clark hit his 1st homer of the season in the 5th to trim into the lead then came back up in the 6th and tied the game with an RBI single. Jeremy Jeffress stranded the bases full in the 8th and Cain smoked his 4th homer of the season for a 2-run shot in the 8th to make it 6-4. Luis Mendoza followed to pick up his 2nd save. Dominguez was 1-3 with the homer and 2 RBI (15) with his 2nd error to improve to .259. I think he's just trying to out-do Mike Moustakas in their first head-to-head meeting as pros. He did that Friday as Moustakas was 0-4. Omaha is 31-24. A 4-game set at the Iowa Cubs (25-29) starts Saturday as the Chasers have a chance to put some distance in the divisional race. They're up 5 games on the second-place Cubs at the moment. With Sean O'Sullivan getting placed on the KC DL with a biceps problem, RP Jesse Chavez was promoted despite some recent struggles. Mario Santiago is set to start Saturday's opener according to the team site.
AA - NW Arkansas: Frisco 18, Naturals 5
2B Seratelli 1-3, BB, HR (5), 3 RBI (20), K, RS -- .308
LF T. Smith 1-4, RBI (15) -- .261
CF Van Stratten 1-2, BB, 2B (7), RBI (24), 2 RS -- .258
SS Colon 1-3, BB -- .234
DH Bianchi 0-4, K -- .253
C S. Perez 0-3 -- .257
Osuna 4 IP, 8 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 3 K, HRA, 4 WP -- L, 4-2, 8.69 ERA, plate's over there
Baez 2 2/3 IP, 8 R (7 ER), 7 H, BB, 2 K, HRA, WP -- 20.25 ERA
Mozingo 2 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, BB, 2 K, WP -- 12.75 ERA
* One night after Woodshed Night in Omaha, it was Slaughterhouse Night in Springdale as Frisco pounded NW Arkansas pitching for 18 runs. The RoughRiders wasted little time as they notched 4 runs in the 1st on 2 hits, a walk and 2 wild pitches off Edgar Osuna. A solo homer made it 5-0 in the 2nd. Kurt Mertins doubled and scored on a Nick Van Stratten groundout in the 3rd and Frisco made NWA pay with 10 runs over the next 3 innings. Tim Smith singled home a run in the 6th and, after a Frisco run in the 7th, the Naturals scored 3 in the 8th on a 3-run dinger by Anthony Seratelli for his 5th of the season. Of course, Frisco got 2 runs back in the 9th to make it 18-5 and finish the scoring. Six Riders had multiple hits led by 3-hit nights from 1B Jonathan Greene and LF Michael Bianucci. Bianucci doubled twice (12) and drove home 6 (40). All but 1 Rider had an RBI in the game. NWA is 24-24 and has lost 5 straight. A 3-game home set with the Midland RockHounds (22-31, AA A's) starts Saturday. Chris Dwyer (1-4, 6.14) starts the opener.
A-Adv. - Wilmington: Potomac 5, Blue Rocks 1
DH Testa 2-3, S, CS (2) -- .279
C Bonilla 2-4, 2B (3) -- .269
2B Navarro 1-4, RBI (33) -- .300
CF Merrifield 0-3, HBP -- .274, suddenly slumping
RF Prades 1-4, OF assist at home -- .262
Arguelles 5 IP, ER, 6 H, K, WP -- 2.74 ERA
Lafferty 3 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 BB -- L, 1-2, 2.86 ERA
Gibson IP, 2 UER, 2 H, K -- 3.38 ERA
* Potomac took command in the 7th and brought home a W on Friday. A caught-stealing came in handy in the Potomac 1st as a later triple went for nothing off Noel Arguelles. Rey Navarro hit an RBI groundout in the 3rd and Arguelles allowed his only run on 2 hits in the 5th. Brendan Lafferty gave up 2 runs in the 7th and, after Yem Prades threw a runner out at the plate from right in the 8th (via Navarro), Glenn Gibson gave up two run-scoring XBH after a 2-out error. Wilmington stranded 2 in the 9th. SP Cameron Selik went the distance and struck out 4 to improve to 1-4 with a 4.50 ERA. RF Destin Hood and DH Cutter Dykstra had 3 hits each. Dykstra drove in 2 runs (15) and Hood was a homer shy of the cycle. Wilmington is 29-24. Elisaul Pimentel is set to start game 2 Saturday.
A - Kane County: Fort Wayne 5, Cougars 0 (1-hitter)
DH Stovall 1-3, 2B (11), K -- .279
CF Llanos 0-4, 2 K -- .249
Marimon 6 IP, 3 R (1 ER), 5 H, BB, 4 K, WP -- L, 3-4, 2.98 ERA
Keck IP, 2 K -- 3.86 ERA
Mitchell IP, 2 ER, 3 H, BB -- 6.00 ERA
* The Cougars had more errors - 2 - than hits - 1 - which is, I'm pretty sure, a bad sign in the game of baseball. The TinCaps got all they needed in the 1st with 2 runs on a walk, double and error by Yowill Espinal. The Cougars made SP Adys Portillo look like Randy Johnson for a while (in a performance way, I doubt very much in a physical way) as he struck out 4 straight early on. Sugar Ray Marimon settled down after the 2nd, but a Ryan Stovall double in the 4th was KC's only hit. A wild pitch and throwing error in the 6th scored Ft. Wayne's other run off Marimon. Matt Mitchell gave up 2 runs in the 8th and the last 17 Cougars went down in order. Portillo struck out 8 over 5 IP to pick up his 1st 2011 win and improve to 1-6 with a 7.32 ERA. 3B Jake Blackwood and DH Wes Cunningham had 2 hits. KC is 24-31. Leondy Perez will start game 2. Marimon leads 3 Cougars on the MWL West All-Stars along with Greg Billo (yes, I feel slightly vindicated in my support) and Leonel Santiago. Gerard Hall is the only KC position player to make the team, which goes into action 6/21.