Omaha lost their finale to Iowa, 7-4. The loss pushed them 1.5 games back of the Cubs for first place.
With the game tied at 1-1 after one inning, the Cubs scored five runs in the top of the third. The inning was capped by Mike Olt‘s grand slam.
Buddy Baumann took the loss, as he allowed six runs on five hits and three walks over just three innings. Tim Collins allowed a solo home run over 3.1 innings of relief. Jason Adam scattered three hits over 1.2 innings. Louis Coleman walked two in a scoreless ninth.
The Storm Chasers collected nine hits. Seven of those hits came from the top three in their order: Whit Merrifield (three), Johnny Giavotella (two), and Paulo Orlando (two). Two of their runs scored via sac flies.
NW Arkansas lost to Corpus Christi, 5-4. The Naturals are still in second place, but are now five games back.
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The Hooks scored three runs in the top of the ninth off Naturals closerAndrew Triggs
. He allowed a two-run home run and four hits overall. The Naturals went down without a fight in the bottom of the ninth.
That came after Matt Murray got the start and allowed two runs on four hits and two walks over four innings. Malcom Culver followed with two scoreless (one hit and two walks). Next up was Blake Wood, who struck out two in one inning of work (one hit). Mark Peterson, who has not gotten many chances to pitch since his promotion to Double-A, struck out two in his scoreless inning of work (13 pitches).
Wilmington lost the first game of their series against Myrtle Beach by a 2-0 score. The Blue Rocks dropped into third place, four games back of first place Potomac (and just 1/2 game over last place Frederick).
The Pelicans scored an unearned run in the first after stealing third base (and an error allowed the run to score). They scored a run in the second and that was it.
The Blue Rocks collected six hits and worked four walks, but went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and struck out 11 times. They stranded runners on third base four times. They left the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth.
Lexington lost to Rome, 3-2.
The Legends scored two runs in the bottom of the third, only to see the Braves score three runs in the top of the fourth.
Dexter Kjerstad had his third straight multi-hit game (2-for-4 with a double and a run scored). Kenny Diekroeger had the lone RBI with two outs. The Legends collected just six hits and struck out 13 times.
Luke Farrell took the loss, as he allowed all three runs on five hits and three walks over five innings. All three runs were driven in by home runs (a solo shot and a two-run shot). Kevin Perez followed with three scoreless innings of relief (just one hit) and Tim Hill pitched a hitless ninth.
Lane Adams and Brian Fletcher continued their rehab with Burlington. Adams led off, played centerfield, and went 1-for-3 with a double and two walks. Fletcher was the DH, batted third, and went 1-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, and three strikeouts.