Omaha lost in extra innings to Memphis, 6-4. The Storm Chasers received a solid outing from starter Everett Teaford, who pitched six shutout innings. He allowed just two hits while striking out five. They also received a solid relief outing from Brandon Sisk, who pitched two shutout innings. But between those two and after was where all the runs were given up.
Wil Myers played third base, but made an error (though it did not cost them a run).
NW Arkansas lost the finale of their series with Tulsa, 5-4. The Drillers scored five runs in the top of the 6th inning. That was after John Whittleman gave the Naturals a 2-0 lead in the first inning with his 13th homerun of the season.
The Naturals did receive a good relief outing from Elisaul Pimentel. He allowed three hits over 3.2 innings. 27 of his 39 pitches were thrown for strikes.
Lorenzo Cain continued his rehab, but started as the DH on Thursday night. He went 0-for-4 with a run scored and two strikeouts.
Wilmington started the second half much the way they played during the first half. They lost to Carolina, 7-3. The Blue Rocks had 12 hits, but went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
The Blue Rocks had a few base-running blunders. Whit Merrifield went too far on a double and was thrown out at second base. They failed on a double steal (second and home) and both were thrown out.
It could have been much worse, as the Mudcats had 18 hits, but on consecutive singles in the 8th inning, Carolina had base runners thrown out at the plate. That allowed Cole White to give up five hits in one inning but only allow one run.
The Blue Rocks welcomed Orlando Calixte to the lineup (who was promoted to replace the promoted Alex McClure). He started at shortstop and went 2-for-4 in his High-A debut. It was a tough night for Brett Eibner: he went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.
The short-season Burlington Royals lost to Pulaski 4-3. Royals starter Daniel Hernandez threw five perfect innings and struck out five. His relief quickly hit a batter, gave up a hit, and then the lead. Still no Bubba Starling.
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