Brent Rooker leads the Saints. Jordan Balazovic and Spencer Steer lead the Wind Surge. A big inning chews up the Kernels.
ST. PAUL 7, OMAHA 4 IN ST. PAUL
Brent Rooker hit a two-run homer in the first and the Saints led all the way.
Batting stars: Rooker was 2-for-3 with a home run (his thirteenth), two walks, three runs, and two RBIs. Willians Astudillo was 2-for-4 with a walk. Roberto Pena was 2-for-4. Damek Tomscha was 2-for-5 with a double. Mark Contreras was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer (his sixth) and a walk.
Pitching stars: Andrew Albers struck out six in six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and no walks. Beau Burrows pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk.
Opposition stars: Bubba Starling was 3-for-4 with three doubles and two RBIs. Ryan McBroom was 2-for-4 with a home run (his fifteenth) and two runs. Erick Mejia was 2-for-4 with a double.
Good stats: Jose Miranda was 1-for-5 and is batting .545. Drew Stankiewicz was 1-for-3 in his AAA debut and is batting .333. Nick Vincent gave up a run in two innings and has an ERA of 2.25.
Bad stats: Albers has an ERA of 5.53. Burrows has an ERA of 5.89.
Record: The Saints are 23-26, tied for fourth place with Columbus in the AAA East/Midwest, nine games behind Omaha.
WICHITA 8, AMARILLO 1 IN AMARILLO
Spencer Steer hit a three-run homer in the fifth to give the Wind Surge a 5-0 lead.
Batting stars: Steer was 2-for-4 with a three-run homer, a walk, and three runs. B. J. Boyd was 2-for-4 with a home run (his third), two runs, and two RBIs. Trey Cabbage was 2-for-5 with two RBIs.
Pitching stars: Jordan Balazovic struck out six in 5.2 scoreless, hitless innings, giving up two walks. Alex Phillips retired all four men he faced, striking out three.
Opposition stars: Luis Alejandro Basabe had the Sod Poodles' only hit, a home run with one out in the ninth.
Good stats: Chris Williams was 1-for-2 and is batting .400. Aaron Whitefield was 0-for-3 and is batting .301. Adam Lau retired both men he faced and has an ERA of 2.25.
Bad stats: Peter Mooney was 0-for-3 and is batting .164. Jhonleider Salinas gave up a run in 1.1 innings and has an ERA of 13.50.
Record: The Wind Surge is 29-21, in first place in the AA Central/North, a half game ahead of Tulsa.
QUAD CITIES 9, CEDAR RAPIDS 4 IN QUAD CITIES
it was 2-2 through six, but the River Bandits scored six in the seventh.
Batting stars: Gabriel Maciel was 2-for-3 with a walk. Daniel Ozoria was 2-for-4. Seth Gray was 2-for-5. Edouard Julien was 1-for-5 with a home run. Alex Isola was 1-for-4 with a home run, his fourth.
Pitching star: Ben Gross struck out five in five innings, giving up one run on two hits and two walks.
Opposition stars: Nick Loftin was 3-for-4 with a walk, two runs, and two RBIs. John Rave was 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs. Michael Massey was 2-for-4 with a home run (his seventh) and four RBIs.
Good stats: DaShawn Keirsey was 1-for-4 and is batting .304. Gross has an ERA of 2.66.
Bad stats: Allante Hall was 0-for-1 in his professional debut and is batting zero. Julien is batting .125. Michael Helman was 0-for-2 and is batting .185. Derek Molina allowed two runs in two-thirds of an inning and has an ERA of 5.46. Owen Griffith allowed five runs in 1.1 innings and has an ERA of 6.94.
Record: The Kernels are 27-23, in second place in the HIgh-A Central/West, six games behind Quad Cities.
BRADENTON AT FORT MYERS
Rained out. Will be made up as part of a doubleheader Friday.
6:00 Bradenton at Fort Myers
6:30 Cedar Rapids (Cody Laweryson, 0-0, 3.00) at Quad Cities
7:05 Omaha at St. Paul (Charlie Barnes, 3-2, 3.94)
7:05 Wichita (Bryan Sammons, 0-3, 6.45) at Amarillo