The Storm Chasers dropped a second straight at Tacoma, cutting their division lead to 1.0 game. Starter Buddy Baumann allowed four runs, five hits and two walks with five strikeouts over 4.1 innings. Paul Janish was 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and both Omaha runs. He's batting .350 (43-for-123) since joining the Storm Chasers. Cheslor Cuthbert recorded a pinch hit RBI single.
NW Arkansas Naturals (26-31 second half, 51-77 overall)
Springfield 8, NW Arkansas 5 (12 innings)
LP: Tripp Davis (0-1)
HR: Mark Threlkeld (8)
Northwest Arkansas lost a third straight to Springfield as Jonathan Rodriguez hit a three-run homer in the 12th. Jorge Bonifacio posted his first career five-hit game, recording four singles, a triple, an RBI and two runs. Mark Threlkeld gave the Naturals a short-lived 5-4 lead with a pinch hit homer in the eighth. Justin Trapp added two hits and two RBI. Matt Murray held the Cards to an unearned run over 6.0 innings.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (28-28 second half, 61-63 overall)
Myrtle Beach 3, Wilmington 2
LP: Miguel Almonte (6-7)
HR: Frank Schwindel (2 with Willmington, 22 overall)
The Blue Rocks fell short in a bid for a three-game sweep. Myrtle Beach scored all three runs in the first off of Miguel Almonte (3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO). John Walter recorded 4.0 scoreless innings in relief, allowing three hits with a strikeout. Frank Schwindel homered for a second straight night, giving him two in three games with Wilmington after hitting 20 for Lexington.
Lexington Legends (23-37 second half, 52-78 overall)
The Legends had Thursday off. They are at Augusta (Giants) tonight.
Idaho Falls Chukars (11-12 second half, 31-30 overall)
Grand Junction 18, Idaho Falls 8 (7 innings - Completion of Wednesday's Game)
LP: Emilio Ogando (1-2)
HR: Brawlun Gomez (4)
Idaho Falls 7, Grand Junction 0 (Game Two - Suspended in the third)
Rain showers hit Idaho Falls for a third straight day. A suspended game from Wednesday was completed, with the Rockies winning 18-8. Brawlun Gomez hit his third homer in his last five games. Idaho Falls jumped to a 7-0 lead in the first inning of the nightcap before rain suspended play in the third. Brandon Thomasson cleared the bases with a three-run double in the first. Brandon Downes capped the inning with a two-run double. Jake Newberry struck out four over 3.0 scoreless innings.
Burlington Royals (26-33)
Burlington 10, Bristol 1
WP: Scott Blewett (1-1)
The Royals rolled to an opening win, their fourth straight overall. 2014 second-round pick Scott Blewett (5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO) earned his first professional win. Blue Springs native Logan Moon had three hits, two RBI, two stolen bases and a run. Leland Clemmons posted two RBI, two steals and a run. It was the first time that Burlington had hosted a Pittsburgh affiliate since 1989.