Omaha's rally comes up short, Naturals win

Chris Dwyer was roughed up early Tuesday and Class AAA Omaha’s late rally fell just short in a 7-6 loss at Iowa.

Dwyer, 9-11, allowed six runs in 5 2/3 innings. He walked six, gave up seven hits and struck out three.

The I-Cubs had a 7-2 lead heading to the eighth, but Omaha scored four times on three hits, a walk and two errors. Johnny Giavotella had the key hit, a two-run single and Ben Broussard had an RBI single as well.

Broussard finished with three hits, while Giavotella, Irving Falu and Christian Colon each had a pair of hits. Giavotella played left field the entire game.

The Storm Chasers saw their lead cut to one game over Memphis in the Pacific Coast League’s Northern America Division.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

The Naturals scored four runs in a variety of ways in the eighth inning and beat Tulsa 5-1.

Rey Navarro’s bunt was misplayed by the catcher for an error that allowed Lane Adams to score from second base. Juan Graterol’s fielder’s choice force out got Matt Fields home, and Navarro scored on Whit Merrifield’s bunt single.

Graterol scored after two straight wild pitches.

Andrew Triggs, 1-0, got the win after tossing two hitless innings. He walked two and struck out three. Starter Sugar Ray Marimon allowed one run on five hits and five walks in six innings. He struck out three. Scott Alexander also pitched a scoreless inning.

Jorge Bonifacio left the game, and Paul Nielsen of The Morning News tweeted that Bonifacio possibly has a foot injury.

The Naturals remained two games behind first-place Arkansas in the Texas League North Division.

Class A-Advanced Wilmington

Angel Baez pitched six shutout innings and the Blue Rocks beat Myrtle Beach 5-2.

Baez allowed five hits, walked four and struck out five as his ERA dropped to 3.94. After Daniel Hernandez allowed two runs in two innings, Malcom Culver got his fourth save by pitching a perfect ninth.

First baseman Sam Bates had two doubles, scored twice and had an RBI. Shorstop Jack Lopez also had two hits, including a double.

Class A Lexington

Daniel Stumpf gave up four runs in 4 2/3 innings in a 6-2 loss to Augusta.

Stumpf, 10-9, allowed six hits, walked three and struck out six. Zeb Sneed gave up two runs in 3 1/3 innings.

Catcher Cameron Gallagher had two hits and scored a run, while Bubba Starling was one for four. Terrance Gore doubled and scored. Hunter Dozier returned after being hit in the hand by a pitch Saturday and was zero for three with a walk.

Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls

Dominique Taylor’s two-run homer staked the Chukars to a lead and they went on to a 9-5 win at Great Falls.

Taylor also walked twice and scored four times, while center fielder Daniel Rockett had three hits, including a solo homer, and scored twice. First baseman Cody Stubbs also collected three hits, including a double with a walk and an RBI.

Shortstop Humberto Arteaga had two hits, including a triple, and two RBIs.

Starter Luis Santos, 3-0, gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out two.

The Chukars moved within a half-game of Orem in the Pioneer League’s South Division. Orem’s game was suspended by rain.

Rookie Burlington

Bristol scored four in the eighth inning and beat the Royals 8-2.

Right fielder Alex Newman had a two-run single in the ninth inning for Burlington. Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado had two doubles.

Starter Zach Lovvorn, 2-3, allowed three runs on six hits with five walks and no strikeouts. Niklas Stephenson gave up 10 hits and five runs, while walking two in 2 1/3 innings. Ben Tomchick got two outs, but didn’t strike out anyone.