HR Roll Call Kort Peterson (6), Seuly Matias (16, 17)
BPKC Hitter of the Day Seuly Matias 2-3 2 HR, 4 RBI, IBB
BPKC Pitcher of the Day Josh Staumont 4.2 IP 3 H 1 R 1 ER 0 BB 5-2 GO-FO 72p/52k
The Legends bats were alive in this one, powering their way to a second consecutive win over the Giants Low-A squad. The scoring got started in the second inning when Seuly Matias jumped on a first pitch fastball, sending it 372 feet to left to put Lexington up 2-0. Starter Andres Sotillet wasn’t quite as sharp as he’s been as of late, yielding three runs in five and two-thirds innings on nine hits including two runs in the sixth inning to draw the game closer at 4-3. Fortunately for him, a Brewer Hicklen double scored a pair in the seventh to expand the lead and another Matias blast in the eighth pushed the advantage too far out for the Augusta rally to even it up in the ninth. The Legends will attempt to secure the series win and draw within 3.5 games of first place Augusta on Sunday.
Brewer Hicklen 2-3 2-2b, 3 RBI
Cristian Perez 2-4 2R, 2b
Nick Pratto 0-3 BB, 2 K, SB (7)
The Rocks snapped their seven-game road losing streak to Salem Saturday night with a late comeback. A fielding error in the first inning opened the door to a pair of runs off starter Ofreidy Gomez to quickly put Wilmington down 2-0. The score was evened up in the fifth but Wilmington quickly fell behind in the bottom half of the inning when piggybacking pitcher Anthony Bender was tagged for three runs on a pair of home runs allowed in the inning. The Wilmington offense which has struggled mightily to cash in on scoring chances got things going in this one to dig out of that hole, scoring a run on a hit by pitch and a pair of singles in the sixth before loading the bases and scoring twice via a hit by pitch and a wild pitch in the seventh. With the game tied up 5-5 into the ninth outfielder, Kort Peterson obliterated a pitch to right, scoring Khalil Lee to push the Wilmington advantage to two runs. After giving up the two home runs Bender worked the final four innings scoreless to secure the win, working around a single in the ninth.
Khalil Lee 1-4 R, BB
Kort Peterson 1-4 2R, HR, 2 RBI
Nick Heath 2-4 2R, 2 SB (12)
The Naturals halted their poor start streak with Scott Blewett’s seven innings of one-run ball against Midland in the second game of their series with the Oakland org. The right-hander worked around seven hits, giving up his only run on a solo home run by Tyler Marincov. Other than that Blewett used 10 groundouts and three strikeouts to navigate those six other hits before handing the game off to the bullpen. The Naturals took a 2-1 lead in the eighth when Nicky Lopez singled in Donnie Dewees following his one-out double. That lead held up until the ninth when a one-out double off Michael Mariot came home when reliever Sam Selman came in and uncorked a wild pitch to even up the game. In extras, both teams navigated the tenth inning without a run scoring before the Naturals cashed in their free runner in the eleventh inning on an Elier Hernandez rbi single. From there Jake Newberry didn’t allow the free baserunner to advance a base, getting a flyout, a groundout, and a strikeout to put away Midland in order to secure the win.
Jake Newberry 2 IP 0 H 0 R 0 ER 1 BB 2 K 2-2 GO-FO 20p/15k
Nicky Lopez 2-5 RBI
Elier Hernandez 2-5 R, RBI
On Saturday the Chasers starting pitcher did something for a Royals organization team that he hadn’t done to that point in his career with the Royals. For Josh Staumont he started a game and didn’t walk a hitter in his time on the mound, working four and two-thirds innings without allowing a free pass while pounding the zone with 52 strikes on 72 pitches. A leadoff double by Henry Ramos in the third inning led to the only run against Staumont when Tim Locastro singled him in with two outs in that inning. The Chasers tied the game up in the sixth frame on an Adalberto Mondesi single but an error by Mondesi in the seventh helped the Dodgers take the lead back before Locastro added a solo home run in the eighth as part of a two run inning that helped put the game in hand late.
Adalberto Mondesi 2-4 3b, RBI
Ryan O’Hearn 1-2 2BB
Justin Grimm 1 IP 0 H 0 R 1 BB 3 K 21p/11k
Omaha – Wily Peralta 0-0 5.33 ERA 1.74 WHIP
NW Arkansas – Emilio Ogando 3-2 6.02 ERA 2.06 WHIP
Wilmington – Gerson Garabito 1-5 3.96 ERA 1.39 WHIP
Lexington – Nolan Watson 3-5 6.56 ERA 1.83 WHIP