Omaha 7, Las Vegas 6 (11 innings)
WP: Roman Colon (3-0)
The Storm Chasers lowered their magic number for a second straight division title to two, with an 11-inning win. Omaha scored four in the ninth to force extras and Irving Falu doubled home Adam Moore for the go-ahead RBI. Derrick Robinson recorded three hits, three runs and an RBI while Anthony Seratelli added three hits and an RBI. Starter Chris Dwyer permitted six runs (five earned) on 11 hits over four innings. A quartet of relievers tossed seven scoreless stanzas, capped by Colon (three innings, zero hits, two walks, two strikeouts).
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.