Brett Hayes belted a go-ahead homer in the sixth to lead Omaha past New Orleans. The former Zephyr hit six home runs in the series while playing in four of the five games. Pedro Ciriaco was 2-for-4 for Omaha while his brother, Audy, hit a home run for New Orleans. Brian Sanches (6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO) earned his team-leading 10th win. Maikel Cleto tossed 3.0 scoreless innings for the save.
NW Arkansas Naturals (31-31 2nd half, 56-76 overall)
NW Arkansas 3, Arkansas 2
WP: Jon Keck (4-4)
SV: Zach Jackson (16)
Jorge Bonifacio's two-run double in the seventh lifted Northwest Arkansas to a home win. Emilio's younger brother scored the first Naturals run and finished 3-for-4 and is batting .303 (27-for-89) since being promoted from Wilmington. Starter Andy Ferguson scattered two runs, four hits and two walks over 5.0 innings. Jon Keck tossed 2.0 scoreless innings to earn the win.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (26-37 2nd half, 59-74 overall)
Potomac 6, Wilmington 2
LP: Tripp Davis (0-1 with Wilmington, 2-4 overall)
HR: Dennis Raben (10)
Wilmington dropped to 1-1 at Potomac. Tripp Davis (4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) allowed all three of his runs in the fourth. Dennis Raben was 2-for-3 with both RBI for Wilmington, including a solo homer in the fourth. Geulin Beltre and Ethan Chapman added hits for the Blue Rocks. Tonight's contest is the last road game of the year for Wilmington.
Lexington Legends (35-28 2nd half, 68-63 overall)
Lexington 4, Greenville 2
WP: Miguel Almonte (6-8)
SV: John Walter (8)
HR: Bubba Starling (12)
Lexington earned a rubber game win at home. Miguel Almonte fanned seven while yielding seven hits and two runs over 5.0 innings. Bubba Starling was 2-for-4 with a solo homer and his team-leading 60th RBI. Terrance Gore had two hits, two runs, a walk and two steals, bringing his league-leading total to 68 stolen bases.
Idaho Falls Chukars (13-11 2nd half, 32-30 overall)
Great Falls 12, Idaho Falls 5
LP: Yender Caramo (4-3)
HR: Daniel Rockett (9)
The Chukars lost a second straight, with Great Falls adding to a 6-5 lead with six in the eighth. Daniel Rockett was 2-for-3 with his third home run in four games. He leads the team in home runs and is third in RBI (39). Carlos Garcia posted three hits and a run. He's batting .332 (62-for-187) on the year and .400 (14-for-35) over his last 10 games.
Burlington Royals (27-35)
Bristol 6, Burlington 5
LP: Jose Miguel Rodriguez (3-2)
Burlington dropped a back-and-forth opener, with Bristol walking off on a bases-loaded walk. Tyler Chism drove in two runs for the Royals. Pedro Gonzalez and Desmond Henry added two hits and a run apiece. Andres Machado tossed 4.2 innings, allowing two runs (one earned).
Surprise Royals (11-14 2nd half, 21-32 overall)
Arizona Padres 2, Surprise 1
LP: Chase Darhower (0-3)
The Padres plated a pair in the third to take a 2-1 win in Surprise. Noel Arguelles made a rehab start, fanning two in a perfect first inning. Chaser Darhower (5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER) took the loss while Dylan Sons tossed 3.0 scoreless innings. Samir Duenez drove in the lone run for Surprise, finishing 2-for-4.