Omaha sweeps doubleheader behind solid pitching

Class AAA Omaha got great starting pitching from Clayton Mortensen and Ryan Verdugo and swept a doubleheader at Fresno on Saturday, winning 3-2 and 5-0.

Mortensen gave up two runs (one earned) in six innings in the opener. Louis Coleman got his second save by pitching a scoreless seventh inning. Fresno scored in the fifth inning on a throwing error by catcher Francisco Pena, ending Mortensen’s scoreless streak at 20 1/3 innings. He has a 0.41 ERA this season.

Paulo Orlando’s two-run homer was the key hit in the game.

In the nightcap, Verdugo scattered four hits over 6 2/3 innings. He gave up four hits, struck out nine and didn’t walk a batter. Verdugo, 4-1, has a 2.52 ERA. Justin Maxwell hit a solo homer and Christian Colon had two RBIs.

Other games

Andrew Triggs allowed a game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth, then gave up the winning run in the 10th inning Saturday as Class AA Northwest Arkansas lost 5-4 at Springfield. That ruined a great night by a pair of Naturals. First baseman Max Adams hit a solo home run in the second inning, then clubbed a three-run shot in the third inning. Jason Adam gave up three runs on six hits in 7 1/3 innings. He struck out eight and didn’t walk anyone. All three runs came via home runs. Jorge Bonifacio and Ethan Chapman each had two hits.

Class A-Advanced Wilmington scored four in the seventh and two in the eighth and rallied for a 6-1 win over Carolina. The Blue Rocks were down 1-0, but Michael Antonio singled with one out in the seventh and he scored on a double by Cody Stubbs. Zane Evans followed with an RBI single and stole second. After an out, Kenny Diekroeger singled home Evans and took second on the throw home. Terrance Gore’s single scored Diekroeger. Starter Sean Manaea tossed three scoreless innings. He gave up one hit, walked four and struck out four.

Jake Junis gave up three runs on five hits in seven innings, but took the loss as Class A Lexington fell 3-1 to Charleston. Junis, 7-4, struck out seven and walked three.