Omaha won their series over Colorado Springs to move back into first place in the American Northern Division of the Pacific Coast League. They won 7-1 heading into the All-Star break.
The Storm Chasers beat their former teammate, Brett Tomko. Matt Fields hit a two out, two-run home run off him in the 4th inning (one of his four hits). Paul Janish also had four hits in the win. Johnny Giavotella had two hits, scored two runs, and drove in two.
Joe Saunders made his Omaha debut, allowing a run on three hits and a walk over the first three innings. Tim Collins earned the win in relief, pitching three perfect innings. He struck out four. Aaron Brooks finished it out with three scoreless innings.
NW Arkansas remained in first place in the Texas League’s North Division, as they beat Tulsa, 5-1.
Angel Baez allowed a run in his two innings without allowing a hit. He hit a batter to lead off the seventh. That base runner stole second base, went to third base on a fly out, and scored on a wild pitch. That cut the Naturals lead to 2-1.
The Naturals offense came back with three runs in the bottom of the seventh. The inning started with back-to-back walks. One scored on a throwing error, one on a sac fly, and the final run scored on Jorge Bonifacio‘s triple.
Wilmington lost their second straight to Salem, this time by a 5-1 score. The Blue Rocks dropped to 2.5 games back, as every team in the Northern Division except first place Potomac is in the middle of a losing streak.
The game was scoreless until the fourth, when the Red Sox scored four runs off Blue Rocks starter Miguel Almonte and chased him from the game. He allowed nine hits, walked one, and hit a batter over 3.2 innings.
Zeb Sneed entered and only allowed a hit and a walk over the next 3.1 innings. Johnny Walters followed with a scoreless inning before Yender Caramo allowed an unearned run in the ninth (he had the error on a pickoff).
The Blue Rocks collected just five hits, two by Michael Antonio. He tripled in the sixth and scored on a sac fly.
The Suns scored five runs in the top of the ninth off Jose Miguel Rodriguez. Four scored on a two out grand slam. Timothy Hill entered with two outs and runners at first and second base. He induced a ground out to end the game and earn his first save of the season.
The Legends have Monday off before heading out on the road for seven games starting in Charleston.