Right-hander Felipe Paulino’s first rehab start Tuesday was a beauty, although Class AA Northwest Arkansas lost 3-2 to Arkansas.
Paulino, who had Tommy John surgery last year, threw 67 pitches (42 strikes) in five innings, and allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out six.
He got a no-decision as Arkansas scored three runs in the eighth. The Naturals got single runs in the eighth and ninth, but couldn’t come all the way back.
Noel Arguelles, who took over for Paulino, took the loss despite allowing just one run. Arguelles left with one out and the bases loaded and watched as Santiago Garrido walked home a run and gave up a two-run single.
The Naturals got a run back in their half of the eighth when Mitch Canham doubled and scored on a Rey Navarro’s sacrifice fly.
In the ninth, Angel Franco led off with a single and scored on a one-out double by Orlando Calixte. Brian Fletcher lined out and Matt Fields grounded out to end the game.Class AAA Omaha
One bad inning doomed Yordano Ventura as the Storm Chasers lost 5-2 at Nashville.
Ventura gave up a three-run homer as part of a four-run third inning and the Sounds added a single run in the fifth. Ventura, who was making his second start at Omaha after being promoted from Northwest Arkansas, gave up eight hits and walked two in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out five and had a wild pitch. Of his 93 pitches, 59 were strikes.
Irving Falu hit a solo homer for the Storm Chasers, who also got a run when Brett Hayes singled and later scored after an error.
Jarrod Dyson, who is on a rehab stint (high ankle sprain), had two hits and raised his average with the Storm Chasers to .278.High-A Wilmington
Starter Tyler Sample gave up six hits and four walks in five innings as the Blue Rocks lost 3-1 at Salem.
Sample, 0-2, only gave up three runs (two earned) and struck out five as his ERA climbed to 1.76.
Wilmington got its run in the third when Tyler Chism hit a one-out double, moved to third on Justin Trapp’s single and scored when Jack Lopez singled.
The Legends had just two hits and struck out 15 times in a 4-1 loss to Rome.
Lexington did walk seven times, and Bubba Starling drew two free passes. One of those walks to Starling came in the sixth when the Legends drew four of them and scored their lone run.
Crawford Simmons, 0-1, took the loss as he gave up three runs on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts.