Omaha lost to Iowa, 5-1.
Meanwhile, the Cubs collected 16 hits, but Justin Marks (who allowed four runs on ten hits) and Brian Sanches (who allowed one run on six hits) limited the damage. Sanches returned to the Omaha roster and pitched four innings of relief.
One day after Brooks Pounders pitched a no-hitter, the Rockhounds led 3-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth. In the eighth, the Naturals scored five runs. Whit Merrifield delivered the big blow, a three-run double (he had three hits).
The Naturals originally led 2-1 after the first on Matt Fields‘ 20th homerun of the season (he had two hits).
Andy Ferguson was solid in the start, as he allowed two runs on five hits and three walks over six innings. Zach Jackson, who spent time over the All-Star break in Triple-A, picked up the win with 1.2 scoreless innings of relief.
Wilmington‘s series opener against division rival Potomac was postponed and the two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday.
Lexington came back to beat Hagerstown, 3-2. The Legends scored three runs in the top of the ninth.
Mark Threlkeld‘s two-run homerun tied it and Fred Ford (who followed with a triple) scored on Bubba Starling‘s sac fly to take the lead. Mark Peterson sent the Suns down in order to pick up his eighth save of the season.
The Legends bullpen did not allow a run over the game’s final 4.1 innings.