Omaha won their first game in Memphis with a 5-1 victory. They scored three runs in the top of the eighth to break the game open. Chris Getz drove in two of the three runs in that inning with one of his two doubles (he drove in three runs on three hits).
Justin Marks picked up just his third win of the season, as he allowed one run on seven hits and one walk. Over 7.2 innings, he struck out seven. Michael Mariot struck out four over the final 1.1 innings.
NW Arkansas erupted for five runs in the 3rd inning to beat Frisco in their finale. The Naturals won 7-3.
The RoughRiders collected just four hits in the loss. Brooks Pounders picked up the win, as he allowed two runs on three hits and four walks over six innings. He struck out eight. Jon Keck followed with two perfect innings of relief before Santiago Garrido allowed an unearned run in the ninth.
The Naturals pounded out 16 hits, four for extra bases. Brett Eibner and Whit Merrifield each had three hits. Brian Fletcher and Juan Graterol collected two hits each, with Graterol hitting a homerun. Cheslor Cuthbert went 2-for-3, but was ejected in the fourth.
In a sloppy game, Wilmington came back to beat visiting Frederick, 8-7 in ten innings.
After the Keys scored a run in the top of the tenth, the Blue Rocks scored two runs in the bottom of the inning. After two walks sandwiched around a double loaded the bases, they tied the game on a sac fly. A wild pitch put the winning run on third base. However, Alex McClure tried to steal home and was tagged out, but the catcher’s throw to third base to get Daniel Mateo was off and Mateo scored the winning run.
The Blue Rocks only had seven hits, but worked nine walks. Dennis Raben collected two of the hits and none were bigger. He hit a game-tying three-run homerun in the third and another game-tying homerun, this one a two-run shot, in the seventh.
Both teams had to use their bullpens on Monday night, with neither starter escaping the 3rd inning.
*In roster news, outfielder Jorge Bonifacio returned from the DL and fellow outfielder Tyler Chism was sent to rookie ball Burlington. Bonifacio started in right field, batted third, and went 0-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored.