NW Arkansas Naturals (15-30 in second half, 52-63 overall)
NW Arkansas 5, Midland 4
WP: Ryan Dennick (6-4 with NW Arkansas, 8-5 overall)
HR: Whit Merrifield (1 with NW Arkansas, 9 overall)
Manuel Pina's single plated Whit Merrifield as the Naturals walked off with the win on Wednesday. Pina finished 2-for-3 with two walks, two RBI and the game-tying run in the eighth. Merrifield went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in his Double-A debut. Starter Michael Mariot yielded four runs on nine hits and two walks over 4.0 IP+3. Buddy Baumann stranded two runners in the fifth en route to 2.0 shutout innings. Ryan Dennick picked up the win, tossing 3.0 scoreless stanzas.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (21-23 in second half, 50-64 overall)
Winston-Salem 8, Wilmington 0
LP: Brooks Pounders (4-4 with Wilmington, 7-6 overall)
Wilmington dropped into a tie with Frederick for first place in the second-half division race. The Blue Rocks were blanked for the 13th time this year, tops in the Carolina League. Geulin Beltre posted two singles and a stolen base while Cheslor Cuthbert added a base hit. Beltre recorded his 18th outfield assist, which is second in the league. Brooks Pounders (4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO) took the loss.
Kane County Cougars (23-22 in second half, 57-58 overall)
Clinton 6, Kane County 2
LP: Aaron Brooks (9-11)
Kane County dropped the opener in Iowa. Clinton's Guillermo Pimentel and Kevin Rivers each hit a pair of home runs off of Aaron Brooks (6.0 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO). Jorge Bonifacio and Dean Espy posted two hits apiece for the Cougars. Danny Mateo and Alex Llanos each drove in a run.
Idaho Falls Chukars (6-5 in second half, 23-26 overall)
Ogden 8, Idaho Falls 6
LP: Fernando Cruz (1-3)
HR: Diego Goris (5 with Idaho Falls, 8 overall)
Idaho Falls missed a chance for a three-game sweep as Ogden scored four in the eighth. Diego Goris drove in four, including a three-run blast in the sixth. Nick DelGuidice added two hits, an RBI and two runs. Rainier Bello had two hits, an RBI and a run.
Burlington Royals (29-15)
Danville 7, Burlington 1
LP: Daniel Hernandez (3-1)
The B-Royals scored an early run but were held to 2 hits in a road loss. Humberto Arteaga scored on a fielder's choice in the first. Danville's Williams Perez was brilliant from that point, retiring the next 19 batters through the seventh. Mark Threlkeld added a single in the eighth.
Surprise Royals (14-24)
AZL Rangers 9, Surprise 3
LP: Zach Lovvorn (0-2)
HR: Pedro Gonzalez (1)
The Royals lost a 'road' contest to their complex co-tenants. Justin Marks made a rehab start, limiting the Rangers to a run on two hits and two walks over 3.0 innings. Pedro Gonzalez hit a solo homer in the third. He added an RBI single in the ninth.