NW Arkansas Naturals (17-35 in second half, 54-68 overall)
Midland 13, NW Arkansas 3
LP: J.C. Sulbaran (0-1 with NW Arkansas, 7-8 overall)
Northwest Arkansas trailed 11-0 by the third inning as Conner Crumbliss and Jeremy Barfield belted grand slams off of Sulbaran. Crumbliss had a career night for the RockHounds, hitting three homers and driving in seven. Ryan Dennick pitched well in relief for the Naturals, yielding a hit and a walk over four scoreless innings. Northwest Arkansas scored all three runs in the sixth. Brian Fletcher doubled home a pair and scored the third run on a Manuel Pina sac fly.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (27-25 in second half, 56-66 overall)
Wilmington 2, Lynchburg 1 (10 innings)
WP: Robinson Yambati (1-0 with Wilmington, 3-1 overall)
Wilmington won the series opener against Lynchburg on Jose Bonilla's bases-loaded walk in the 10th. Andy Ferguson fanned nine, while limiting Lynchburg to four hits, a run and two walks through six. Nick Rogers (three innings) and Yambati (one inning) held the Hillcats scoreless in relief. Cheslor Cuthbert recorded two hits, a walk and the game-winning run.
Kane County Cougars (27-25 in second half, 61-61 overall)
Kane County 5, Clinton 3
WP: Kyle Zimmer (2-2 with Kane County, 3-2 overall)
SV: Rudy Brown (one)
Kane County evened the series at a game apiece on Thursday. Zimmer limited Clinton to two unearned runs, on seven hits and two walks over seven innings. KC's first-round pick lowered his ERA with Surprise and Kane County to 2.41 (nine earned runs in 33 2/3 innings). Michael Antonio recorded two RBIs and two runs.
Idaho Falls Chukars (10-8 in second half, 27-29 overall)
Idaho Falls 12, Missoula 5
WP: Clayton Schulz (3-6)
SV: Andrew Stueve (two)
HR: Diego Goris (six with Idaho Falls, nine overall)
Idaho Falls built a 12-1 lead en route to an opening win at Missoula. Goris hit a grand slam in the sixth, extending the lead to 11-1. Jerico Blanco tripled twice, finishing with three hits, two RBIs and two runs. Schulz held the Osprey to a run on four hits and three walks over six innings.
Burlington Royals (34-18)
Princeton 5, Burlington 4
LP: John Walter (3-1)
HR: Patrick Leonard (13)
Princeton's Brandon Martin hit a two-run homer in the ninth to spoil Burlington's bid for a sweep. Colin Rodgers (five innings, seven hits, two earned runs, one walk, three strikeouts) held Princeton scoreless until the fifth. Leonard led Burlington with three hits, including a two-run homer in the sixth. He is tied for the league lead in home runs.
Surprise Royals (17-27)
Surprise was off on Thursday. They host the AZL Diamondbacks tonight.