NW Arkansas lost to Springfield, 5-2. Newly minted All-Star Justin Marks took the loss, as he allowed three runs on six hits and a walk over 5.2 innings. He struck out six.
The Naturals collected just four hits and their lone RBI came via Sharlon Schoop sac fly in the 7th inning.
Wilmington lost the pitcher’s duel to Winston-Salem, 2-1. The Blue Rocks had their chance to at least to tie the game in the bottom of the 9th inning. They had runners at second and third base with just one out, but Dash reliever Terance Marin struck out the next two batters to pick up the save.
Sugar Ray Marimon of the Blue Rocks was bested by Spencer Arroyo of the Dash. Arroyo allowed just five hits over six shutout innings. Meanwhile, Marimon allowed two runs in the top of the 7th inning. He allowed nine hits and two walks over 6.2 innings, but took the loss.
The Dash did not clinch the first half title, as Salem also won. The Dash lead the Southern Division by two games with two to go.
Over 9,000 fans showed up to watch Kane County commit five errors, have two passed balls, collect just four hits, and lose to Cedar Rapids, 6-0. Daniel Mateo committed four errors at second base, giving him 21 on the season. Shortstop Orlando Calixte committed his 24th error of the season. Catcher Kenny Swab had two passed balls.
Andrew Ferguson started for the Cougars and allowed three runs (one earned) on eight hits over 5.1 innings.