Nashville scored all five runs over the second and third innings and held on for the 5-4 win over Omaha. The Storm Chasers actually had the tying run on second base with two outs, but Sounds closer Rob Wooten struck out Jarrod Dyson to end the game (Wooten struck out the side and Dyson struck out for the third time in the game).
It was another rough start for Justin Marks, who allowed all five runs on four hits and five walks over five innings. Francisley Bueno pitched two scoreless innings of relief with four strikeouts. Will Smith continued his successful transition to the bullpen with a hitless inning of relief.
The Storm Chasers out-hit the Sounds (10-7), but went just 4-for-16 with runners in scoring position. Only one of the hits went for extra bases. Christian Colon and Willy Taveras each picked up three hits. Colon drove in two runs.
NW Arkansas lost their opener to Springfield by a 9-5 final.
Jason Adam lost his eighth game of the season, as he allowed five runs (two earned) on nine hits and two walks over five innings. He did commit an error and allowed a two out, two-run homerun in the fourth to give the Cardinals the 4-0 lead.
The Naturals collected ten hits, but went just 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Brett Eibner, Roman Hernandez (who did not start), and Angel Franco each collected two hits. Franco drove in three runs, including a two-run triple in the eighth.
Kyle Zimmer finally picked up his first win of the season, as Wilmington salvaged the road finale with a 9-5 win in Salem. Zimmer was solid, as he allowed two runs on six hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out four. He allowed a single run in the bottom of the first (on three hits and a walk) and another in his final inning.
The Blue Rocks collected 17 hits in the win, though only two went for extra bases. Parker Morin went 4-for-5 with three RBIs. Lane Adams and Geulin Beltre each collected three hits. Justin Trapp and Jared Schlehuber each picked up two hits.
The Blue Rocks were eliminated from winning the first half, but they could ruin the playoff chances of Winston-Salem, who they welcome to town for four games beginning on Thursday night. The Dash are two games back in the Southern Division.
Lexington lost their first half home finale to Rome, 3-2.
Alec Mills lost his first game as a starter, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk over 4.1 innings. He did strike out five. Both runs scored after Mills was pulled in the fifth (on bases loaded walks). Kevin Allen made his first appearance of the season and allowed one run on two hits and a walk over two innings. Mark Peterson returned from the DL to pitch a perfect ninth inning.
They were also officially eliminated from the first half crown, but finish up the first half in Asheville beginning Thursday night.