HR Roll Call: Ryan O’Hearn (4), Anderson Miller (4), Corey Toups (3), MJ Melendez (8), Brewer Hicklen (4), Sebastian Rivero (4), Ricky Aracena (2)
BPKC Co-Hitter of the Day: Brewer Hicklen 4-6, 2R, 2-2b, HR, 3 RBI
MJ Melendez 3-6, 2R, 2-2b, HR, 6 RBI
BPKC Pitcher of the Day: Andres Sotillet 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 11-4 GO-FO, 99p/74k
Lexington Legends 18, Rome Braves 2
The Legends offense exploded in a win over the Rome Braves on Monday, with the nine hitters in the lineup combining for 22 hits and 18 runs in an absolute laugher. The top five hitters in the Lexington lineup all reached base at least three times with Brewer Hicklen and MJ Melendez each hitting a pair of doubles and a home run. The team connected on four home runs and six doubles among the 22 hits, scoring four or more runs in three of their final four times up at the plate. The offense was quite a bit more than needed for starting pitcher Andres Sotillet as the right-hander tied a career high for strikeouts while setting a new career high with eight innings pitched. Efficient as usual, Sotillet attacked the zone with 74 strikes on 99 pitches while giving up just an unearned run on five hits allowed.
Nick Pratto: 3-5, 3R, 2b, 3 RBI, SB, BB
Dennicher Carrasco: 5-6, R, 2 RBI
Travis Jones: 2-4, 3R, 2b, 2 BB
Potomac Nationals 3, Wilmington Blue Rocks 1
The Rocks offense didn’t muster much offense in the first game of their series, a loss in Potomac. Starting pitcher Jace Vines worked six scoreless innings to start the game, getting staked a 1-0 lead in the fifth when Nick Heath came through with a two-out RBI single. That would be the only hit with a runner in scoring position and the only run in the game for Wilmington. Two innings later the Nationals evened the game up with a solo home run off the bat of Rhett Wiseman. That home run would end Vines’ night but not Wiseman’s, as the former Vanderbilt Commodore would connect on his second home run just an inning later off reliever Vance Tatum to give Potomac the lead and the eventual win.
Jace Vines: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 9-4 GO-FO, 99p/64k
Kort Peterson: 1-4, 2b
Khalil Lee: 2-4, 2b
Springfield Cardinals 9, NW Arkansas Naturals 7
The Naturals offense was hitting again but the pitching staff couldn’t match their effort in another loss to Springfield. Home runs by Anderson Miller and Corey Toups accounted for four of the Naturals six runs, with Toups seventh inning homer giving NW Arkansas a brief 7-5 lead. Reliever Pedro Fernandez couldn’t keep the lead, allowing two runs in the seventh after a leadoff walk and a double started the inning for the Cardinals. An inning later, after a two-out walk, catcher Nick Dini let a high foul pop up elude his grasp allowing the inning to continue. One pitch later, the Cardinals took a 9-7 lead with a Blake Drake home run deep to left off Yunior Marte to take the lead and the eventual win.
Erick Mejia: 1-4, RBI
Nicky Lopez: 1-4, R, CS (4)
Corey Toups: 2-3, 2R, 2b, HR, 2 RBI, BB
New Orleans Baby Cakes 9, Omaha Storm Chasers 5
They may have to rename Werner Park the official home of the Baby Cakes soon if New Orleans domination in Papillion continues after the Cakes took down Omaha on their home field for the fifth time in a row. The Chasers used six different pitchers, starting with reliever Wily Peralta and using five different relievers after. Only Richard Lovelady worked a scoreless appearance as the bullpen gave away a 5-3 Omaha lead with two runs off recently promoted Luis Vazquez in the sixth. The game stayed tied until the ninth when the combination of Justin Grimm and Mike Broadway gave up four runs to put the offense well behind in the loss.
Adalberto Mondesi: 1-4, RBI, K
Ryan O’Hearn: 1-5, HR
Humberto Arteaga: 3-4, K
Omaha – Heath Fillmyer 2-3, 5.45 ERA, 1.63 WHIP
NW Arkansas – Scott Blewett 2-3, 5.53 ERA, 1.80 WHIP
Wilmington – Anthony Bender 1-2, 6.21 ERA, 1.93 WHIP
Lexington – Nolan Watson 2-4, 7.34 ERA, 1.79 WHIP