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May 13, 2014

Paredes hits for cycle, drives in 8 for Omaha

Third baseman Jimmy Paredes hit a grand slam as part of hitting for the cycle as Class AAA Omaha thumped New Orleans. Class AA Northwest Arkansas won in 12 innings, while Class A Wilmington won on a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Third baseman Jimmy Paredes and Class AAA Omaha took out a season’s worth of frustration on New Orleans on Monday.

The Zephyrs had won the previous six meetings between the teams heading into Monday night’s game at Werner Park. But Paredes hit a grand slam as part of his cycle and the Storm Chasers rolled to a 19-1 victory.

Paredes hit for the cycle the hard way. He made outs in his first two at-bats, then hit a grand slam in the fourth inning. He followed that with a triple and a double. He came to bat in the eighth inning with clear-cut instructions from his teammates.

“They told me, ‘If you hit a double or hit it in the gap stay at first base,’” Paredes told the Omaha World-Herald. “No matter what.”

Paredes was kidding, of course, but he did single in that at-bat, completing the first cycle at Werner Park. And, oh by the way, he had eight RBIs.

That’s not a season high for the Storm Chasers, because Brett Eibner had nine in a game last month. On Monday, Eibner scored five runs after reaching on two singles and three walks.

Catcher Francisco Pena also hit a home run, his eighth of the season, and knocked in two runs. Shortstop Christian Colon scored four times and had two doubles among his three hits.

Center fielder Paulo Orlando had three hits and knocked in three runs. Every Storm Chaser had at least two hits, except one who went hitless, as the team knocked out 20 hits and drew eight walks.

The beneficiary of the big showing by the offense was Aaron Brooks, who pitched six scoreless innings. He gave up five hits, walked three and struck out four.

Here is video of Paredes’ single to complete the cycle from


**Whit Merrifield’s double in the top of the 12th scored Ethan Chapman as Class AA Northwest Arkansas won 6-5 at Arkansas. Chapman opened the inning with a walk and took third on Juan Graterol’s single. Merrifield then doubled. The Naturals had taken the lead in the 10th on Lane Adams’ RBI single, but Arkansas got the run back in its half. Noel Arguelles got the win after his best outing of the season. The left-hander retired all six batters he faced. Starter Jason Adam gave up four runs in six innings. He allowed three hits, walked five and struck out four. Chapman had one of the best box score lines of the season: 0-2-0-0. He came on as a pinch runner in the 10th and scored, then drew the walk in the 12th and scored again.

**Second baseman Jack Lopez hit a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning as Class A-Advanced Wilmington beat Salem 5-4. Down a run in the ninth, the Blue Rocks got a leadoff single from Johermyn Chavez. Michael Antonio hit into a force play and Lopez followed with his game-winning hit. Starter Miguel Almonte struck out seven in six innings of work. He allowed three runs on six hits with no walks. He threw 88 pitches and 56 were for strikes.

**Luis Santos gave up three runs (two earned) in six innings and Class A Lexington beat Greensboro 7-3. Luke Farrell got his first save by pitching three perfect innings. He struck out two. Right fielder Dominique Taylor had three hits, including a solo homer and a double, and scored twice. Third baseman Carlos Garcia also had three hits and catcher Chad Johnson hit a solo homer.

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