Omaha Storm Chasers (72-67)
Omaha 7, Colorado Springs 2
WP: Aaron Brooks (12-3)
HR: Brett Hayes (2), Johnny Giavotella (6)
The Storm Chasers gained a half-game on idle Oklahoma City in the division race and are 1 1/2 games behind with four to play. Hayes and Giavotella crushed homers in the third as Omaha built a 4-0 lead. Giavotella's was a three-run shot, and he finished a triple shy of the cycle. Brooks posted seven shutout innings, limiting the Sky Sox to two hits and a walk while striking out seven.
NW Arkansas Naturals (28-37 second half, 53-83 overall)
NW Arkansas 2, Tulsa 1
WP: Aaron Crow (1-0)
SV: Malcom Culver (7)
HR: Orlando Calixte (11)
Brian Fletcher's sac fly in the eighth lifted the Naturals to a road win. Royals No. 12 prospect Calixte hit a solo homer in the fourth. Lane Adams had two hits and scored the go-ahead run. Sugar Ray Marimon tossed six scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Crow (two innings) picked up the win after allowing a homer in the seventh.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (30-34 second half, 63-69 overall)
Wilmington 8, Potomac 0
WP: Jonathan Dziedzic (6-7)
SV: Andrew Edwards (1 with Wilmington, 2 overall)
Dziedzic (six innings, five hits, eight strikeouts) and Andrew Edwards (three hitless innings with two walks and three strikeouts) combined to shut out Potomac. Wilmington scored all eight runs from the sixth inning on. Brett Eibner had three hits, an RBI and scored a run, while Zane Evans and Jack Lopez drove in two runs apiece. Top-ranked Royals prospect Raul Mondesi posted two hits and two runs.
Lexington Legends (27-39 second half, 56-80 overall)
West Virginia 12, Lexington 7 (10 innings)
LP: Robinson Yambati (0-1 with Lexington, 0-3 overall)
HR: Humberto Arteaga (1), Kenny Diekroeger (4 with Lexington, 5 overall)
Lexington lost the finale as West Virginia tied the game on a solo homer in the ninth inning, then scored five in the 10th. Diekroeger and Arteaga hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth, with Diekroeger's a two-run shot. West Virginia's Edwin Espinal drove in seven runs.
Idaho Falls Chukars (14-17 second half, 34-35 overall)
Orem 4, Idaho Falls 3
LP: Torey Deshazier (5-2)
HR: Mike Hill (3)
The Chukars dropped below .500 on the year, and they were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Deshazier (six innings, four hits, two earned runs, nine strikeouts) pitched well, with his only runs coming on a pair of solo homers. Hill brought Idaho Falls to within a run with a two-run shot in the eighth.
Burlington Royals (28-39)
Princeton 4, Burlington 3
LP: Julio Pinto (4-3)
HR: Josh Banuelos (3)
Burlington will look to end the season with a win Friday night after a 4-3 loss on Thursday. Blue Springs native Logan Moon was 4-for-5 with an RBI and three stolen bases. Banuelos hit a solo homer to keep his average above .300. Foster Griffin -- selected 27th overall in June's First-Year Player Draft and ranked ninth among Royals prospects -- struck out two over three scoreless innings.