Omaha moved into a tie for first in the division. Carlos Peguero gave the Storm Chasers a 2-0 lead with a homer in the first. Salt Lake scored three in the second off of Aaron Brooks (7.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO) and Omaha regained the lead on Francisco Pena's two-run shot in the sixth. Chris Dwyer (2.0 IP) earned his first professional save.
NW Arkansas Naturals (25-25 second half, 50-71 overall)
Corpus Christi 6, NW Arkansas 5
LP: Brandon Finnegan (0-1 with NW Arkansas, 0-2 overall)
HR: Hunter Dozier (4 with NW Arkansas, 8 overall)
The Naturals built a 4-0 lead in the sixth before losing 6-5. Orlando Calixte singled home the first two Naturals runs. He scored on Hunter Dozier's two-run homer. Christian Binford held the Hooks to one run and three hits over 6.0 innings, striking out eight without a walk. Brandon Finnegan (1.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO) took the loss in relief. Binford is ranked eighth among Royals prospects by MLB.com, Dozier fourth, Finnegan sixth and Calixte 12th.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (24-25 second half, 57-60 overall)
Wilmington 4, Frederick 0 (Game One - Seven Innings)
WP: Sean Manaea (5-8)
HR: Raul Mondesi (6), Fred Ford (1 with Wilmington, 11 overall)
Wilmington 1, Frederick 0 (Game Two - Seven Innings)
WP: Daniel Stumpf (3-8)
The Blue Rocks tossed 14.0 innings of shutout ball against Frederick on Wednesday. Third-ranked Royals prospect Sean Manaea went the distance in game one, striking out seven while holding the Keys to two hits and a walk. Raul Mondesi hit a two-run homer in the first and Fred Ford recorded his own two-run shot in the fifth. Mondesi's home run was his fourth in as many games. He is the top Royals prospect according to MLB.com. Glenn Sparkman followed Manaea with 6.0 shutout innings in game two, striking out seven while allowing one hit and two walks. The Blue Rocks were walk-off winners as Ramon Torres scored on a wild pitch.
Lexington Legends (19-34 second half, 48-75 overall)
Kannapolis 9, Lexington 5
LP: Luis Rico (3-8)
HR: Dominique Taylor (7), Elier Hernandez (7), Frank Schwindel (19)
The Legends were swept at Kannapolis, their fifth straight loss overall. Dominique Taylor and Elier Hernandez hit solo homers, with Frank Schwindel recording a two-run shot. Hernandez is rated 16th among Royals prospects by MLB.com. Alexis Rivera had three hits and an RBI. Taylor, Schwindel and Chad Johnson posted two hits apiece.
Idaho Falls Chukars (8-8 second half, 28-26 overall)
Helena 3, Idaho Falls 0
LP: Brooks Pounders (0-1)
Idaho Falls dropped to 1-1 at Helena. Brooks Pounders made a rehab start, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits over 4.2 innings. He fanned six and walked none. Mike Hill, Ryan O'Hearn, Robert Pehl and Corey Toups had singles for the Chukars.
Burlington Royals (22-30)
Danville 7, Burlington 6 (Completion of July 23 game)
LP: Estarlin Cordero (0-1)
Danville 8, Burlington 3 (Regularly scheduled game - Seven Innings)
LP: Chase Darhower (3-2)
Burlington lost the completion of a suspended game and a seven-inning contest. Danville scored five in the eighth inning of game one to take a 7-5 lead. D.J. Burt and Logan Moon had four hits apiece, with Moon posting three doubles. Leland Clemmons swiped three bases and scored two runs. Danville used a five-run third to take control in the nightcap, adding three in the fifth. Joshua Banuelos and Logan Moon had two hits apiece.