Omaha lost again to Iowa, this time by a 5-2 score. Despite the loss, the Storm Chasers remain a game up as Memphis lost in extra innings.
The Storm Chasers took the 2-0 lead in the top of the first with four straight singles to lead off the game. That looked like it was going to be enough for rehabbing starter Felipe Paulino, who cruised through the first three innings (with five strikeouts). Then things fell apart in the fourth.
In the 4th inning, the Cubs scored four runs on four hits and a walk. Buddy Baumann entered in the fifth and allowed a run. Overall, he allowed four hits and a walk over 3.1 innings.
The Naturals scored four runs in the 2nd inning, capped by Mitch Canham‘s two-run triple (he would later add another RBI triple). That burst made a winner of Aaron Brooks, who allowed three runs on ten hits and a walk over 5.2 innings. He struck out five. Spencer Patton entered with two men on base in the sixth and struck out the final batter of the inning. He would throw 1.2 scoreless innings with four strikeouts.
On offense in the win, Brett Eibner went 3-for-4 with a home run. Whit Merrfield batted third and went 2-for-4.
Wilmington was rained out and they will play a doubleheader on Thursday against Myrtle Beach. The Blue Rocks still have slim playoff hopes, as Lynchburg lost the first game of their doubleheader (with the second one rained out). Both teams play doubleheaders on Thursday with the Blue Rocks 5.5 games back.
Lexington was blown out by first place Augusta, 13-4. The Legends were eliminated from postseason play.
That all came after Bubba Starling gave the Legends a 2-0 lead with his 13th home run of the season (he went 2-for-5).
Things all fell apart very quickly for starter Christian Binford, as the GreenJackets scored runs over the first three innings (and five more in the sixth). Binford allowed seven runs (six earned) on six hits and a walk over just three innings. Things were not any easier for Aroni Nina, but errors (the Legends committed four of them) also hurt (six runs, but only two earned over 2.2 innings).
*Catcher Cameron Gallagher, who was out from April 24-June 10th with a broken left hand, broke his right hand when he was hit by a pitch in the fifth. He will miss the rest of the season. Hunter Dozier was back in the lineup and went 0-for-4.