Mike Montgomery made his return to the Naturals
The organization split its six games on Wednesday, with the Omaha Royals, NW Arkansas Naturals, and Wilmington Blue Rocks all collecting victories. The biggest news of the day involved the return of Mike Montgomery to the Naturals' rotation. The 21-year-old southpaw tossed 3.1 effective innings before reaching his pitch count. Click inside to read the entire report.
AAA: Omaha 8, Portland 7
W: Victor Marte (4-1, 3.90)
HR: Jai Miller 2 (14), Lucas May (14)
The O-Royals scored five unanswered runs, rallying back from a four-run deficit to defeat the Portland Beavers, 8-7. Jai Miller smashed two home runs, and Lucas May also went deep. Jarrod Dyson had two hits, including a double, while Ed Lucas and Scott Thorman added doubles. Anthony Lerew pitched 5.2 innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and six walks. Victor Marte pitched the final 3.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits.
Omaha plays the second game of its series against Portland Thursday.
AA: NW Arkansas 3, Tulsa 2
W: Henry Barrera (2-1, 1.38)
Mike Montgomery returned to the Naturals’ rotation, and NW Arkansas scored on a walk-off error in the bottom of ninth to defeat the Drillers, 3-2. Anthony Seratelli hit a hard grounder to first, which was booted by the Drillers first baseman, allowing Paulo Orland to score from second. Orlando and Derrick Robinson both had two hits, and the red-hot Johnny Giavotella went 3-for-3 with a triple. Montgomery allowed one run on three hits while fanning five over 3.2 innings before being lifted for Ben Swaggerty, who allowed one run three hits in 3.1 innings while striking out three. Henry Barrera held Tulsa scoreless over the final two innings to earn the victory.
NW Arkansas looks to sweep Tulsa when the clubs finish their series Thursday night.
High-A: Wilmington 9, Winston-Salem 5
W: Will Smith (1-1, 4.15)
HR: Christian Colon (2), Nick Francis (9)
The Blue Rocks collected 15 hits Wednesday, smacking their way to a 9-5 victory over the Dash. Salvador Perez went 3-for-5 with two doubles, and Wil Myers also collected three hits. Adrian Ortiz went 2-for-4 with a triple, while Christian Colon and Nick Francis smoked round-trippers. Will Smith tossed six innings, allowing five runs on nine hits while striking out five batters and issuing no walks. Ivor Hodgson, Kevin Chapman, and Barry Bowden each threw a shutout inning of relief.
Wilmington continues its road trip Thursday with a series against the Salem Red Sox.
Low-A: Beloit 7, Burlington 2
L: Keaton Hayenga (1-9, 6.59)
Keaton Hayenga pitched his third consecutive quality start but still suffered the loss in the Bees’ 7-2 loss to the Snappers. Hayenga allowed three runs and five hits over six innings before being removed for Scott Kelley, who allowed four runs to cross in the seventh inning. Ryan Dennick tossed a scoreless eighth, recording three strikeouts. On offense, Jake Kuebler contributed a double, but the Bees struggled to drive in runs, stranding seven baserunners.
Burlington continues its series against Beloit Thursday night.
Rookie: Ogden 3, Idaho Falls 2
L: Greg Billo (3-4, 4.40)
The Chukars were swept by the Raptors, falling 3-2 in the series finale Wednesday. Greg Billo took the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits over six innings of work. Brennon Martin held the Raptors scoreless over the final two innings. At the plate, Lane Adams went 2-for-4 with a double, while Malcom Culver and Tom Zebroski added doubles.
Idaho Falls looks to snap its three-game losing streak Thursday when the club faces the Orem Owlz.
Rookie: AZL Angels 6, AZL Royals 2
L: Angel Baez (0-1, 8.31)
Poor pitching and defense hurt the AZL Royals Wednesday, as three errors led to six runs in the Royals’ 6-2 loss to the AZL Angels. Gary Cuevas was perfect for the first two innings before Angel Baez relieved him and gave up four runs on two hits and two walks over 2.1 innings. Jonathan Rodriguez allowed two unearned runs over the next 3.2 innings before Kyle Kriech pitched a shutout ninth. On offense, Daniel Mateo roped two doubles , but the team went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position, stranding six runners.
The AZL Royals square off against the AZL Indians Thursday night.