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Tim Collins strikes out five as Omaha splits doubleheader

05/02/2014 9:51 AM

05/02/2014 9:53 AM

Class AAA Omaha snapped a six-game losing streak Thursday by winning the second game of a doubleheader 8-6 at Iowa.

The I-Cubs won the opener 1-0. Both games were seven innings.

The Storm Chasers trailed 6-2 after three innings, but got three back in the fourth. In the sixth inning, Omaha tied the game after an error allowed shortstop Brian Bocock to score following a Christian Colon single. Second baseman Johnny Giavotella’s single broke the tie as Colon came in.

Brian Fletcher added a solo shot in the seventh inning and finished with three hits. Colon went two for two with a walk.

P.J. Walters started and allowed six runs, but just two were earned, in 2 2/3 innings. He walked five, allowed four hits and struck out four. Justin Marks, 2-1, pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk with four strikeouts.

Spencer Patton got his fourth save by pitching two hitless innings. He struck out three and walked one.

In the first game, Tim Collins, who was continuing a rehabilitation assignment, got the start and he pitched two hitless innings, striking out five. He walked one and hit a batter. Ramon Troncoso allowed the game’s only run in his three innings of work. He struck out four and walked one. Buddy Baumann struck out two in a scoreless inning.


**Jason Adam allowed a three-run homer as part of a four-run sixth inning as Class AA Northwest Arkansas lost 7-3 to Springfield. Third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert’s two-run home run in the top of the sixth tied the game at 3-3. But in the bottom half of the inning, the Cardinals got three straight hits that pushed a run home. After an out, Adam gave up the home run. Adam allowed the seven runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked two. Cuthbert had two hits and first baseman Mark Threlkeld had three hits.

**Miguel Almonte allowed four runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings as Class A-Advanced Wilmington lost 6-3 at Carolina. Aroni Nina gave up the other two runs in his one inning of work. Third baseman Hunter Dozier hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot, in the first inning. He had all three RBIs. Center fielder Bubba Starling had a double and catcher Cam Gallagher had two hits.

**Class A Lexington was swept in a doubleheader by Lakewood, losing 3-1 and 10-5. Both games were seven innings. In the opener, Legends pitcher Luis Santos pitched a complete game, allowing the three runs on four hits with one walk. He struck out four. The big blow was a two-run homer. In the second game, left fielder Fred Ford hit a two-run homer for the Legends and second baseman Ramon Torres had four hits, including two doubles. However, starter Luke Farrell allowed nine runs in four innings. He gave up seven hits, walked six and struck out seven.

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