Omaha beat Tacoma, 5-1 and continue to lead in the American Northern Division.
With the game tied at 1-1, the Storm Chasers took the lead in the top of the seventh on three straight hits. Matt Fields doubled in the first run of the inning. Fields went on to lead off the top of the ninth with a solo home run, his 24th of the season.
Aaron Brooks earned his 11th win of the season in the complete game victory. He allowed the one run on six hits and a walk while striking out four. He threw 111 pitches, 81 for strikes. Brooks retired the final 17 batters he faced.
The Storm Chasers collected eight hits, two each by Fields and Paulo Orlando. Orlando also stole his 33rd base of the season (tied for first in the Pacific Coast League). The Storm Chasers executed a double-steal in the first (when Orlando stole his base), as Johnny Giavotella stole home. Terrance Gore pinch ran in the eighth and stole his tenth Triple-A base.
NW Arkansas has now lost seven in a row as they lost their series opener in Arkansas, 7-3. With the game tied at 2-2, the Travelers scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth.
The Naturals two runs scored via Mark Threlkeld‘s ninth home run. They had just five hits.
Sugar Ray Marimon took the loss, as he allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks over four-plus innings. He left with two men on base in the fifth and both came around to score once Angel Baez entered. Baez allowed two runs of his own on two hits and two walks.
Wilmington fought back to take the lead in Salem, but the rains came again (two hour rain delay to start), suspending the game until Sunday in the 6th inning with the Blue Rocks leading 4-2. They are just a 1/2 game up on Lynchburg for a playoff spot.
Matt Tenuta earned his sixth win of the season with six scoreless innings. He allowed just two hits while striking out four. The first hit Tenuta allowed was a double with two outs in the first and then he retired 13 in a row before allowing a single to lead off the sixth. Pedro Fernandez was credited with his third save, though he allowed two runs over the game’s final three innings.