NW Arkansas Naturals (3-5 in second half, 40-38 overall)
Corpus Christi 13, NW Arkansas 7
LP: Noel Arguelles (2-8)
Corpus Christi has taken the first two games of the series, scoring 13 runs Saturday night. Northwest Arkansas starter Arguelles was only able to make it through 1 2/3 innings, allowing six runs (five earned) and walking three. Brian Fletcher and Eric Duncan led the offensive attack for the Naturals, each posting a pair of hits and driving in two. Shortstop Alex McClure also had a pair of hits and is batting .375 since his promotion from Wilmington.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (4-6 in second half, 33-47 overall)
Lynchburg 1, Wilmington 0
LP: Nick Rogers (2-3)
Wilmington was shut out on just four singles, spoiling the sensational work of starter Yordano Ventura. The 21-year-old, who is headed to KC a week from today to play in the Futures Game, tossed 5 2/3 shutout innings on three hits, walked one and struck out 10, which matched his career high for punchouts. Ventura has now recorded 95 strikeouts in 73 2/3 innings with the Blue Rocks. Angel Franco, Whit Merrifield, Juan Graterol and Kevin David had hits for Wilmington.
Kane County Cougars (5-4 in second half, 39-40 overall)
Kane County 5, Burlington 4
LP: Aaron Brooks (4-9)
Just like Wilmington, the Cougars were shut out on Saturday night on four singles. Brooks was solved for four runs through six innings to suffer the loss. Jack Lopez was 2-for-4, recording half of Kane County's hits, and stole two bases.
Idaho Falls Chukars (6-7)
Ogden 10, Idaho Falls 5
LP: Kevin Allen (0-1)
Idaho Falls dropped below .500 on the young season, losing a shootout. Both teams plated five in the first and it remained that way until the fifth. Parker Morin had three of the Chukars' 11 hits with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Elier Hernandez drove in a pair as well.
Burlington Royals (7-5)
Johnson City 6, Burlington 4
LP: Freddie Rodriguez (1-1)
Burlington could not hold on to an early 4-0 lead, as it lost the game late. The B-Royals scored three in the first, highlighted by a two-run single from 2011 first-rounder Bubba Starling, his first two RBIs as a pro. Starling reached three times on a single, walk and a hit-by-pitch. Jake Junis started and allowed four runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings for a no-decision.
Surprise Royals (2-7)
Arizona Cubs 12, Surprise Royals 8
LP: Aroni Nina (0-1)
The Surprise Royals scored four runs in the ninth, but it was not enough. Starter Nina allowed six runs in 2 2/3 innings for the loss. Alexis Rivera went 3-for-3 with a pair of walks, driving in a run and scoring one. Catcher Manuel Pina went 1-for-3 with an RBI as he continued his rehab.