Minor League Minutes: 5/16/2021

(The featured photo of Jackson Kowar was taken by our friend Minda Haas Kuhlmann. You can find all of her work on Twitter @minda33. She does a great job of capturing the Omaha Storm Chasers.)

AAA Omaha (7-4): W 4-2

Jackson Kowar was absolutely fantastic on the mound again for Omaha last night. The 2018 1st round pick struck out 8 batters in 5.1 IP and walked just 2. The only run that scored reached on an infield single and scored once Kowar had exited the game. Kowar’s ERA now sits at 1.15 after 3 starts and 15.2 IP. Edward Olivares hit another RBI 2B in the game. Meibrys Viloria finished 3-4. Lucius Fox was 2-3 with a BB. Kyle Zimmer and Gabe Speier combined for 4 K in 2 scoreless innings to close out the game. Carlos Hernandez will head to the mound today at 1:05 to close out this 6-game series for Omaha.

AA Northwest Arkansas (5-5): L 3-4

Offense has been sort of hard to come by the last few nights for the Naturals. Adalberto Mondesi was the only player in the lineup last night with multiple hits. Nick Pratto did hit his second 2B of the year, and MJ Melendez hit his 3rd HR. Rudy Martin finished with a 2B and a BB. The bullpen was fantastic in relief of Stephen Woods Jr. LHP Derrick Adams, RHP Peyton Gray, and LHP Josh Dye fired 6 scoreless innings with a combined 6 K. Jonathan Heasley goes for NWA this afternoon.

The stream for the Naturals game last night didn’t work, at all, so here’s the only video we have of last night’s game:

A+ Quad Cities (7-3): W 7-6

The River Bandits offense was pretty quiet for a few games, and looked that way again on Saturday night, and then they scored 5 runs in the final 3 innings. Seuly Matias’ first hit of the night was a walkoff single that delivered Quad Cities their 4th win of the series. 2020 1st round pick Nick Loftin and 2019 4th round pick Michael Massey both finished 2-5 on the night. Tyler Gentry hit his 2nd 2B of the year. Will Klein struck out 6 in 2.1 relief innings, allowing just 1 run. Yohanse Morel fired 3 scoreless innings of relief, walking no one and striking out 2. Angel Zerpa gets the series finale today.

A- Columbia (6-5): L 6-19

Some days you’re the pigeon, some days you’re the statue. In the minor leagues, especially in the lower levels, this happens on occasion. Tyler Tolbert hit his first 3B of the season for Columbia. Brady McConnelll hit his 2nd HR on the year, a grand slam that cleared the batter’s eye in CF. Maikel Garcia finished 1-4 with a BB. Anderson Paulino gets the finale today.

Photo Credits: Minda Haas Kuhlmann (@minda33)

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