From the best record in baseball to 11 consecutive losses off a sweep by the Detroit Tigers. YIKES.
AAA Omaha (6-3): W 8-6
While the big league club continues to fiddle around with the lowly Tigers, the affiliates just keep on winning. Edward Olivares drove in a pair of runs and finished the game 1-4 with a 2B and a BB. Grant Gavin was forced into action in the first inning in relief of Andres Sotillet after Ronald Bolanos was suspiciously scratched from his start ahead of today’s DH with the big league club. Gavin struck out 6 in 3.1 IP Ryan McBroom hit his 2nd HR of the year in the victory. Emmanuel Rivera was 2-4 with a 2B. Jake Kalish will be on the mound for Omaha tonight.
AA Northwest Arkansas (5-3): L 3-9
Clay Dungan and Brewer Hicklen continue to impress offensively for the Naturals. Dungan finished the game 2-5 and Brewer Hicklen finished 1-2 with his first HR of the year and a pair of walks. It was a rough day on the mound but Josh Dye did look good in a scoreless inning of relief. Alec Marsh will be on the bump tonight for NWA.
A+ Quad Cities (6-2): W 5-4
The River Bandits logged just 4 hits again on Thursday night but this team continues to find ways to win. Jimmy Govern doubled and drove in a run. Seuly Matias finished 0-1 but he did walk twice and was hit by a pitch. It’s been something of a slow start for Matias early on, but his BB% is now up over 12% on the young season so it would seem he’s been a little more patient lately. Great sign for the kid early on. Nolan Watson made his first start since undergoing Tommy John Surgery last year. Zach Haake fired 4 scoreless innings in relief, striking out 7 and walking just 2. Adam Lukas, he of the 100 mph fastball, struck out 5 batters in 2 IP to close out the game. The River Bandits will send Anthony Veneziano to the mound to start tonight’s game.
A- Columbia (5-4): L 0-2
It’s been a little bit of a roller coaster offensively for Columbia so far. A real all or nothing approach. The pitching staff was lights out last night. Ben Hernandez struck out 3 in 4 innings of 1-run ball to start the game. Christian Cosby struck out 4 in 3 innings of 1-run relief. Then Nate Webb came in and struck out 5 in 2 perfect innings to close the game out.