The Storm Chasers dropped their first game after the PCL All-Star Break as New Orleans hit six home runs. Christian Colon posted his first multi-homer game as a professional, driving in three. Whit Merrifield added two hits, extending his hitting streak to 14 games (.393, 33-for-84). The pregame ceremony featured a jersey retirement for former Omaha skipper, and current Royals third base coach Mike Jirschele.
NW Arkansas Naturals (12-15 second half, 37-60 overall)
Springfield 6, NW Arkansas 4
LP: Tim Melville (1-9)
The Naturals lost the first game of a three-game series at Springfield. Thursday's loss was the Naturals' fourth straight defeat overall. Northwest Arkansas scored four in the fourth, with Springfield plating a pair of runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Justin Trapp doubled home two for the Naturals, Edinson Rincon was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run and Jorge Bonifacio picked up two hits and a run. Tim Melville (6.0 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO) took the loss.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (13-13 second half, 46-48 overall)
Potomac 2, Wilmington 1 (Completion of 7/10 game)
LP: Kyle Bartsch (5-4)
Wilmington 4, Potomac 1 (Seven Innings) WP: Glenn Sparkman (6-2)
SV: Mark Peterson (20)
The Blue Rocks dropped the completion of a suspended game, then won 4-1 in the regularly scheduled contest. Potomac's Randolph Oduber delivered a walk-off single in the seventh inning of the suspended contest. Glenn Sparkman continued his excellent season in the nightcap, holding the Nats to a run on seven hits and a walk over 6.0 innings. Sparkman struck out five and maintained his league leading 1.43 ERA. Mark Peterson posted his 20th save, which is now nine more than any other pitcher in the circuit. Jared Schlehuber had three hits, an RBI and a run.
Lexington Legends (11-17 second half, 40-58 overall)
Charleston 6, Lexington 2 (Game One - Seven Innings)
LP: Luke Farrell (1-8)
Charleston 5, Lexington 1 (Game Two - Seven Innings)
LP: Tripp Davis (2-2)
The Legends finished with a 1-2 mark at Charleston after losing both halves of a doubleheader. Humberto Arteaga posted three hits in game one. Alexis Rivera added two hits and was responsible for both RBI. Dex Kjerstad was a combined 4-for-6 with a run scored in the two games. Carlos Garcia doubled home Fred Ford for the lone Lexington run in game two. Tripp Davis fanned a career-high nine batters while allowing four runs over 4.2 innings.
Idaho Falls Chukars (17-13)
Idaho Falls 14, Billings 3
WP: Torey Deshazier (3-0)
The Chukars won easily at home, their ninth straight victory over Billings, including six in 2014. Brandon Downes was 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs. Robert Pehl posted three hits, two RBI and a run. Torey Deshazier picked up a relief win, striking out seven over 5.0 scoreless innings.
Burlington Royals (12-15)
Kingsport 5, Burlington 2
LP: Yunior Marte (1-1)
Burlington dropped to 1-1 in the opening set of an eight-game road trip. The Royals built a 2-0 lead as Lee's Summit native Brandon Dulin singled home a pair of runs in the first. Blue Springs product Logan Moon singled and scored a run, extending his hitting streak to eight games (.400, 12-for-30).