Omaha won in Iowa, 3-1 as Yordano Ventura picked up his first Triple-A victory.
Ventura allowed a one out solo homerun in the first inning and then did not allow another hit until back-to-back singles led off the fourth. He lasted five innings while striking out five.Will Smith followed with three scoreless innings of relief. He struck out four.
The Storm Chasers collected just five hits, two from Quintin Berry (who also drove in two runs in the fourth).
NW Arkansas won in 13 innings in Arkansas, 3-2. Rey Navarro hit his second solo homerun of the game in the top of the 13th to put the Naturals ahead.
All three of the Naturals run came via the long ball (Manny Pina hit a solo homerun in the fifth).
First baseman Mitch Canham, who went 2-for-5 at the plate, earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief. It was his second relief appearance of the season and he threw just 23 pitches. Whit Merrifield, who started the game at second base, picked up the save with a perfect inning of relief. He threw just 14 pitches.
Wilmington lost their first half finale, 7-0 to Winston-Salem. How bad has it been this season against the Dash? They are just 2-12 against them and have been out-scored 67-29.
The Blue Rocks collected just four hits, all singles.
Two of the newer Blue Rocks pitchers came on in relief of loser Tyler Sample. Daniel Hernandez is back for his second stint of the season and allowed three runs on five hits and three walks over three innings. Ben Tomchick, who was just added on Saturday night at game time, threw a scoreless ninth inning (his first appearance of the season).
After battling back to tie the game in the eighth, Lexington lost in 11 innings, 8-7 on a walk off homerun to lead off the bottom of the inning.
The Legends collected 17 hits (four for extra bases), but went just 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Bubba Starling went 5-for-5 but did not score a run. Raul Mondesi went 4-for-6 with two runs scored and two RBIs. He cleared the bases in the 8th inning with a two out single (and helped out by a fielding error in center field).
Mark Peterson pitched three scoreless innings of relief (the eighth through the tenth).