NW Arkansas Naturals (3-3 in second half, 40-36 overall)
NW Arkansas 3, Arkansas 2
WP: Ryan Dennick (4-1)
HR: Lorenzo Cain (1)
Northwest Arkansas headed into the Texas League All-Star break with a matinee walk-off. Alex McClure's single plated Carlo Testa for the winning run. Lorenzo Cain hit a solo homer in the fifth, the first of his rehab assignment. Sugar Ray Marimon (6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR) carried a shutout into the sixth in his Double-A debut. Six Naturals are scheduled to take part in the Texas League All-Star Game on Thursday at Tulsa.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (1-4 in second half, 30-45 overall)
Wilmington 7, Potomac 3
WP: Matt Ridings (1-0)
HR: Orlando Calixte (1 with Wilmington, 11 overall)
Orlando Calixte's three-run homer broke a 3-3 tie in the ninth as Wilmington stopped a seven-game losing streak. The Blue Rocks did not record a hit until the eighth inning. Wilmington scored three in the frame, with former Tampa Bay farmhand Matt Fields knotting the game on a two-run single. Futures Game representative Yordano Ventura (7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO) held Potomac to a two-run home run in the second inning. He has 85 strikeouts in 68.0 IP.
Kane County Cougars (2-2 in second half, 36-38 overall)
Beloit 4, Kane County 2
LP: Aaron Brooks (4-8)
Kane County opened a six-game homestand with a loss to Beloit. Starter Aaron Brooks fanned seven, walked one and permitted four runs (three earned) on seven hits over 5.0 IP. Cody Fassold and Malcolm Culver each recorded 2.0 scoreless innings. Justin Trapp and Jack Lopez scored runs for Kane County in the first inning.
Idaho Falls Chukars (5-3)
Idaho Falls 8, Ogden 6
WP: Andrew Ferguson (1-0)
Idaho Falls is within a game of Ogden in the division after a series-opening win. The Chukars broke open a 1-1 game with three in the sixth and three more in the seventh. Rainier Bello recorded two hits and four RBI on the night. Andrew Ferguson yielded a solo homer in the third, his lone hit and run allowed in 6.0 IP.
Burlington Royals (4-3)
Bluefield 10, Burlington 5
LP: Jake Junis (0-1)
HR: Mark Threlkeld (2)
Burlington dropped the series opener to Bluefield. Jake Junis (4.0 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO) allowed a pair of two-run homers to cleanup hitter Art Charles. Burlington scored four in the fourth, including a three-run homer by Mark Threlkeld. Terrance Gore notched his fourth stolen base of the season, tops in the Appalachian League.
Surprise Royals (1-4)
Arizona Athletics 9, Surprise Royals 5
LP: Joe Lopez (0-1)
HR: Mauricio Ramos (1)
Surprise let a 5-3 lead slip away as the Athletics plated six in the ninth. Aroni Nina (4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO) allowed a solo home run in the third. Nina's battery mate was Manuel Pina, who recorded an RBI double, a sac fly and a walk in his first rehab game (right knee surgery).