AAA Omaha (8-5): L 4-5
The final line on Daniel Lynch won’t represent how good he was for Omaha yesterday. Lynch finished with 6 IP, 7 H, 3 BB, 7 K, and 4 ER on the afternoon, but had just 6 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 7 K, and 2 ER on his ledger before he was sent back out for a 7th inning of work at 80 pitches. Considering what Lynch had just been through in the big leagues, this felt entirely unnecessary. Felt like a great opportunity to put your reliever in the game (wound up being Grant Gavin), secure a win, and leave with Lynch feeling great about himself. He had finished on a high note, striking out 7 over his last 4 innings of work, and was clearly working on a new delivery during the game pitching solely out of the stretch with his hands closer to his body than normal. Hindsight is always 20/20, just don’t put too much stock into that final line. Lynch was really good yesterday.
Offensively for Omaha, Edward Olivares continued to be scorching hot finishing 2-3 with his 4th HR of the year and a pair of walks. He also stole his 5th base of the season. Lucius Fox finished 3-5 with a pair of doubles that split the opposite field gap. Omaha is back in action at 12:08 PM again today.
AA Northwest Arkansas (6-6): Suspended after 6 innings due to rain, score was 5-5
Clay Dungan and MJ Melendez are both 1-2 with a pair of walks in this one. Yefri Del Rosario had looked good in 2 scoreless innings of relief, striking out a pair. They’ll make this game up eventually.
A+ Quad Cities (10-3): W 2-0, W 5-3
I said before the year started that this team would probably have my attention every single night due to the talented roster the Royals assembled in the Quad Cities. The River Bandits are off to a 10-3 start thanks to some timely hitting and outstanding pitching performances on the mound. Asa Lacy finally looked like the guy the Royals drafted at #4 overall last night. He threw 5 scoreless innings with 6 K and just 2 BB. Drew Parrish followed with 2 scoreless innings of relief with 3 K and that was all she wrote for game one. Eric Cole hit his 2nd HR of the year for QC.
In game two, Zach Haake struck out 6 in 4 scoreless innings and Adam Lukas cleaned up by striking out 3 in 2.1 scoreless innings of relief. Vinnie Pasquantino hit his 5th HR of the season. John Rave and Nick Loftin both finished 1-3 with a walk. The River Bandits will be back in action tonight at 6:35 PM.
A- Columbia (8-6): W 8-2
Columbia beat up on a Kannapolis team that is now 1-13 on the season pretty good last night. The Fireflies out hit Kannapolis 15-6 and struck out 13 Kannapolis hitters and walked just 4. Omar Hernandez hit a pair of doubles. Maikel Garcia and Kale Emshoff both doubled. Rubendy Jaquez finished 2-4 with a triple. Ben Hernandez struck out 4 and walked just 1 in 3.1 innings. Christian Cosby struck out 5 in 3 scoreless innings of relief. Columbia takes on Kannapolis again tonight at 6 PM.