Omaha 11, Memphis 7
WP: Doug Davis (8-4)
HR: Jason Bourgeois (3), Max Ramirez (16)
Omaha scored five in the first en route to an opening win at Memphis. Every batter recorded a hit, with six players posting multiple safeties. Irving Falu reached six times, going 4-for-4 with three doubles, two RBI and two walks. Max Ramirez compiled three hits and three RBI, including a two-run homer. Jason Bourgeois added a solo homer. Doug Davis (6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO) held Memphis to a run until the seventh.
NW Arkansas Naturals (19-43 in second half, 56-76 overall)
Tulsa 7, NW Arkansas 3
LP: Mike Montgomery (2-5 with NW Arkansas, 5-11 overall)
The Naturals were swept in a three-game set as Tulsa scored six in the sixth to take a 7-3 lead. Mike Montgomery allowed seven runs on eight hits and a walk over 6.0 innings. Tulsa's first run came on a homer by two-time All-Star Troy Tulowitzki, who is on a rehab assignment. All of the scoring in the sixth came with two outs. Paulo Orlando doubled twice and scored a run for Northwest Arkansas. He is batting .341 (29-for-85) in August.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (33-31 in second half, 62-72 overall)
Wilmington 9, Myrtle Beach 1
WP: Andy Ferguson (4-2 with Wilmington, 6-3 overall)
Wilmington opened the final homestand of 2012 with a season-high 18 hits. The 1-2-3 combination of Orlando Calixte, Nick Van Stratten and Lane Adams went 9-for-14 with five RBI and six runs. Juan Graterol was 3-for-3 with two runs. Andy Ferguson won a third straight decision, holding the Pelicans to a run on eight hits and a walk over 5.1 innings. The Blue Rocks hold a 1.0 game lead over Frederick in the second-half division race.
Kane County Cougars (32-31 in second half, 66-67 overall)
Kane County 4, Burlington 0
WP: Kellen Moen (4-10)
SV: Andrew Triggs (4)
The Cougars are now 2.0 games behind Burlington in the wild card chase with seven to play. Rudy Brown fanned six over 3.0 innings in his first start of 2012. Kellen Moen (4.0 IP) earned the win and Andrew Triggs (2.0 IP) picked up the save. Michael Antonio put Kane County on top with a two-run double in the first.
Idaho Falls Chukars (14-14 in second half, 31-35 overall)
The Chukars enjoyed an off day on Monday. They host Grand Junction (Rockies) tonight.
Burlington Royals (40-25)
Burlington 7, Bristol 4
WP: Tyler Mack (2-0)
HR: Humberto Arteaga (2)
Burlington reached 40 wins for the first time since 1993, when they were affiliated with Cleveland. Tyler Mack tossed 8.0 innings, limiting Bristol to two hits and three walks. Mack's lone run allowed came on a homer in the fifth. Humberto Arteaga put Burlington on the board with a solo homer in the first. Jose Rodriguez posted three hits and two RBI.
Surprise Royals (21-32)
Arizona Rangers 3, Surprise 2
LP: Matt Tenuta (3-5)
John Lamb worked 3.0 perfect innings as he continues to recover from "Tommy John" surgery. The lefty recorded three strikeouts, with the other six outs on grounders. Mauricio Ramos and Bobby Fisher-Brown each scored a run in the second for Surprise.