Omaha 4, Tucson 3
WP: Nate Adcock (7-4)
SV: Donnie Joseph (one with Omaha, 19 overall)
HR: Anthony Seratelli (17)
Omaha won the first of four in Tucson and, in the process, shrunk their magic number to clinch the division to 10. Seratelli's 17th homer of the season, a solo shot in the sixth, snapped a 3-3 tie. From there, Brandon Sisk, Tommy Hottovy, Juan Gutierrez and Joseph combined for four scoreless relief innings. Seratelli and Wil Myers recorded two hits each for the Storm Chasers.
NW Arkansas Naturals (16-31 in second half, 53-64 overall)
NW Arkansas 5, NW Arkansas 4
WP: Ethan Hollingsworth (3-7)
SV: Sam Runion (two with NW Arkansas, eight overall)
HR: Brian Fletcher (nine with NW Arkansas, 14 overall)
Northwest Arkansas took the finale of the three-game series against Midland. Fletcher quickly erased a 2-0 deficit in the first, blasting a three-run homer, his ninth at the Double-A level. J.C. Sulbaran made his second start since coming over in the Jonathan Broxton trade with Cincinnati, allowing one earned run with five strikeouts in four innings. Runion fanned the side in the ninth for his second Double-A save. Yem Prades and Whit Merrifield each collected three hits.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (22-24 in second half, 51-65 overall)
Wilmington 9, Salem 1
WP: Jason Adam (4-11)
HR: Matt Fields (15, 16)
Wilmington used a tremendous pitching performance from Blue Valley Northwest alum Adam and two homers from Fields to blow out Salem. Adam allowed just two hits and no earned runs with a walk and six K's in seven strong innings, retiring the final 13 he faced. Fields went 5-for-5 with two solo homers and four runs scored, tying club records in hits, homers and runs in a game. Murray Watts added three hits, including two doubles, and drove in two.
Kane County Cougars (24-23 in second half, 58-59 overall)
Kane County 5, Clinton 0
WP: Kyle Zimmer (1-2 with Kane County, 2-2 overall)
Kane County took the finale in Clinton behind the arm of the 2012 first-round pick Zimmer. The righty earned his first win at Class A, tossing 6 2/3 shutout innings on three hits with no walks while striking out 10. Malcom Culver and Cody Fassold combined for 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Alex Llanos had a pair of doubles and drove in two.
Idaho Falls Chukars (7-6 in second half, 24-27 overall)
Idaho Falls 12, Orem 5
WP: Zeb Sneed (2-1)
Idaho Falls took the second game of the set vs. Oren, plating 12 runs on 13 hits. Nick DelGuidice had three hits, including two doubles, along with four RBIs. Jin-Ho Shin added three hits, two runs and two RBIs. Nic Cuckovich drove in three and scored three, while Adalberto Mondesi went 2-for-4 and is hitting .302.
Burlington Royals (31-16)
Burlington 12, Bluefield 5 (completion of July 9 game)
WP: Mark Peterson (3-0)
SV: Daniel Stumpf (1)
HR: Mark Threlkeld (3)
Bluefield 7, Burlington 5 (seven innings) LP: Lincoln Rassi (1-1) HR: Patrick Leonard (12)
Burlington split a pair of games in Bluefield. The clubs resumed a suspended game from July 9, with Burlington scoring six in the seventh and four in the eighth to win. Leonard went 4-for-5 with two RBIs. Threlkeld had three hits, including a two-run homer in the seventh. Bubba Starling added two hits and three RBIs. Leonard hit a grand slam to give Burlington a lead in the nightcap, but Bluefield rallied with the final three runs to take a 7-5 decision.
Surprise Royals (15-25)
Surprise 6, Tempe Angels 5
WP: Miguel Almonte (1-0)
HR: Pedro Gonzalez (2)
Surprise snapped an eight-game skid with a walk-off win. Tempe plated three in the ninth to take a 5-4 lead only to see Surprise score two in the home half. Jerrell Allen's two-out, two-run single was the difference. Tim Melville continued his rehab, allowing one unearned run on two hits with three strikeouts in three innings.