Omaha was swept out of Iowa by a 4-2 score. They are now tied for first place, as Memphis won in New Orleans.
The Cubs got to Storm Chasers starter Yordano Ventura for two runs in the bottom of the first. Ventura ended up allowing all four runs on eight hits and one walk over 5.1 innings. He struck out five.
Omaha got on the board in the top of the seventh on Carlos Pena‘s two-run home run. It was his third at-bat in the KC Royals organization (his first game).
Jul 17, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ryan Verdugo (62) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
NW Arkansas beat Tulsa, 2-0. First place Arkansas is currently winning and if the score holds, the Naturals would remain two games back.
Ryan Verdugo picked up the win, as he allowed four hits over five innings. He struck out five and only threw 58 pitches (42 for strikes). Four relievers combined to throw four scoreless innings and allowed just one hit and two walks while striking out two.
Wilmington split their doubleheader with Myrtle Beach, thus ending their postseason chances.
The Blue Rocks lost Game 1, 3-0. The Pelicans scored all three runs in the top of the sixth.
JC Sulbaran took the loss, despite pitching well. He left with one out in the 6th inning with a man on base. That runner, along with two more allowed by reliever Kellen Moen broke the scoreless tie. Sulbaran allowed three hits and three walks over 5.1 innings. He struck out three. Big leaguer Louis Coleman struck out one batter in a perfect 7th inning.
The Blue Rocks collected just two singles in the loss and those came in the second and fourth innings.
The Blue Rocks won the second game, 1-0.
Sam Selman was brilliant for his second consecutive start, in his final start of the 2013 season. He allowed just two hits and a walk over five innings. The Pelicans’ first hit came to lead off the fourth. Selman struck out eight and induced six ground outs (to zero fly outs). Malcom Culver worked around three 7th inning singles to pick up his fifth save of the season. He struck out the final two batters of the game with the bases loaded.
The Blue Rocks scored their lone run in the fourth on Micah Gibbs‘ two out RBI double.
*To make room for Coleman, reliever Ali Williams was put on the temporarily inactive list.
One day after being eliminated from postseason play, Lexington was swept by second half champion Augusta, 5-4. The Legends led 4-1 before allowing four runs in the bottom of the sixth (after the Legends took the lead in the top of the inning).
Legends starter Crawford Simmons allowed an unearned run on two hits and two walks over four innings. Clayton Schulz took the loss, as he allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits over two innings. Mark Peterson pitched the final two scoreless innings and struck out two.