HR Roll Call: Paulo Orlando (5), Meibrys Viloria (2)
BPKC Hitter of the Day: Meibrys Viloria 2-4, HR, 4 RBI
BPKC Pitcher of the Day: Tyler Zuber 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 23p/14k
The Lexington bats struggled early against Giants starter Jose Marte, striking out 10 times in his 6.1 innings, but made a late comeback to take down the first place squad for the third time in the four-game series. Lexington’s starter Nolan Watson allowed five runs (3 ER) despite nine strikeouts in his 5.2 innings. Trailing 5-2, Lexington got their offense moving in the bottom of the seventh inning with the help of Augusta’s defense when leadoff man Brewer Hicklen reached on a strikeout-wild pitch in front of Dennicher Carrasco reaching base on a throwing error by the third baseman. A Cristian Perez single to left scored Hicklen before another wild pitch scored Carrasco and a sacrifice fly by Ricky Aracena knotted the game up at five. An inning later, Nick Pratto singled to open the inning, moved to second on another wild pitch before advancing to third on a fly ball to right. Finally, the fourth wild pitch in two innings brought home Pratto for the lead and eventual winning run.
Nick Pratto: 3-4, R, 2b, K
Cristian Perez: 2-3, R, RBI
Tyler Zuber: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 K, 23p/14k
Rocks catcher Meibrys Viloria led the way to a win over Salem on Sunday to finish off a road series win. In the fourth inning of a 1-1 game with two on, the young catcher tagged his second home run of the season to quickly put his squad up 4-1. After starter Gerson Garabito gave back two runs the next inning, Viloria added an insurance run in the eighth with a two out single to center to score Kort Peterson. In the bottom of that inning, reliever Josh Mitchell ran into some trouble, allowing an unearned run, but teammate Bryan Brickhouse came in and shut the door getting a groundout in the eighth before scoreless ninth with two strikeouts.
Bryan Brickhouse: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GO-FO, 18p/13k
Kort Peterson: 2-4, 2R, 2-2b, RBI
Khalil Lee: 1-4, R, 3 K
The Naturals struggled to cash in opportunities, going 2 for 8 with runners in scoring position and dropping the game despite outhitting Midland. On the other end, the Naturals pitchers struggled with free passes, walking six, including four from starter Emilio Ogando. The lefty gave up three runs on four hits in just four innings while both relievers Yunior Marte and Pedro Fernandez gave up runs in the loss.
Elier Hernandez: 1-4, CS (4)
Nicky Lopez: 2-4, 2b, 2 RBI
Donnie Dewees: 2-4, R, K
The Chasers, lacking starters with the promotion of Trevor Oaks, turned to the bullpen on Sunday, using six different pitchers. Omaha struck out 16 hitters during the 12 inning affair. The two teams exchanged single tallies until the ninth inning, sending the game into extras tied at three. After the two teams navigated the free baserunner in the tenth, Omaha got on the board in the eleventh with a two-out single by Parker Morin. A wild pitch/third strike thrown by Luis Vazquez on a potentially game-ending strikeout scored a run for the Dodgers in the bottom half of the inning to even the game. The Chasers put the game away in the twelfth inning, starting the frame with a run-scoring triple by Adalberto Mondesi. That was followed by a single by Frank Schwindel to score Mondesi, and another triple by speedster Terrance Gore tacked on two runs to push the cushion to four, which turned out to be more than enough to earn the win.
Adalberto Mondesi: 2-6, R, 3b, RBI, SB (6)
Richard Lovelady: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2-2 GO-FO, 39p/27k
Frank Schwindel: 1-5, R, 2 RBI
Monday – No Minor League Games
Hitter of the Day Leaderboard: Elier Hernandez (5), Seuly Matias (4), Travis Jones (4)
Pitcher of the Day Leaderboard: Dan Tillo (3), Trevor Oaks (3)