Omaha beat Tacoma, 2-1. Both teams scored in the first.
The Storm Chasers started the game with back-to-back doubles by Whit Merrifield and Johnny Giavotella. With two outs, Francisco Pena singled to drive in the eventual game winning run. Omaha would collect just two more hits the rest of the way.
NW Arkansas was swept by Springfield, losing 3-2 in the finale. The Naturals dropped to eight games back and now head out on the road for eight games beginning Saturday night at first place Arkansas.
The Cardinals scored all three runs in the top of the 3rd inning, while the Naturals scored both of their runs in the bottom of the fourth.
JC Sulbaran took the loss, as he allowed all three runs on three hits and two walks over just 2.2 innings. He left with two men on base and both scored once Aroni Nina entered in relief (2.1 IP, 3H, 0BB, K). Noel Arguelles allowed one hit and walked two in his two innings of work. Malcom Culver struck out three in his two innings of work.
The Naturals out-hit the Cardinals 10-8, but all of their hits were single and they went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Justin Trapp had three hits, while Juan Graterol added two hits in the loss.
Wilmington lost in ten innings to Salem, 4-3. The Red Sox walked off on a bases loaded, nobody out single off Andrew Edwards.
Brooks Pounders made his 2014 Blue Rocks debut and was solid in his return from arm surgery. He allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out six. Luis Santos followed with three innings of relief, though he allowed an unearned run (he had an error) in the seventh.
On offense, the Blue Rocks collected just six hits (all but one was a single). Brett Eibner still has not collected a hit, as he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. He played right field.
The Blue Rocks remain one game up on Lynchburg for the final playoff spot.
The Legends scored four runs in the top of the ninth on four hits, two walks, and a wild pitch. Of their seven total hits, Elier Hernandez had three of them.
Alex Mills was once again solid in the start, as he allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk over five innings. Robinson Yambati followed with 1.2 scoreless innings of relief, saved by Kevin Perez, who entered in a bases loaded jam. Perez earned the win in relief and Tim Hill picked up his sixth save, despite allowing a run in the ninth.
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