Omaha lost a fourth straight overall while falling to 0-3 vs. the RedHawks. Ethan Hollingsworth (4.0 IP+3, 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO) made his first start with Omaha. The 24-year old started twice for Triple-A Sacramento in 2011. Oklahoma City scored five in the eighth and a run in the ninth. Clint Robinson reached base five times, recording two singles, three walks, an RBI and a run. Irving Falu added two hits, an RBI and a run.
NW Arkansas Naturals (5-20 in second half, 43-52 overall)
Arkansas 8, NW Arkansas 2
LP: Michael Mariot (3-3)
The Naturals have lost seven in a row after a third straight defeat vs. Arkansas. The Travelers plated five in the fifth off of Michael Mariot (6.0 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO). Brendan Lafferty retired all five batters he faced, including four strikeouts. Rey Navarro and Yem Prades each recorded an RBI. Prades joined Kevin Kouzmanoff with two hits.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (12-14 in second half, 41-55 overall)
Myrtle Beach 3, Wilmington 2
LP: Antonio Cruz (1-1)
HR: Whit Merrifield (7)
The Blue Rocks allowed the go-ahead run in the eighth as they dropped to 0-3 at Myrtle Beach. Starter Andy Ferguson (7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO) allowed both runs in the fifth. Antonio Cruz yielded his first run in five appearances with Wilmington (7.2 IP). Whit Merrifield led off the game with a home run. Matt Fields scored the second run on Brett Eibner's single in the fourth. Fields recorded two hits, boosting his average to .300 (27-for-90).
Kane County Cougars (14-11 in second half, 48-47 overall)
Bowling Green 5, Kane County 0
LP: Kellen Moen (3-7)
Kane County was held to two hits in the opener at Bowling Green. Michael Antonio and Alex Llanos recorded singles for the Cougars. Bowling Green righty Jake Floethe improved to 9-1 as he held Kane County to a hit and three walks over 5.0 IP. Kellen Moen (5.0 IP+2, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO) took the loss.
Idaho Falls Chukars (12-17)
Idaho Falls was off on Wednesday. They begin a weeklong visit to Montana tonight in Helena (Brewers).
Burlington Royals (17-8)
Burlington 4, Danville 3 (11 innings)
WP: Mark Peterson (3-0)
HR: Henry Moreno (3)
Burlington walked off in the 11th to move a game ahead of Danville in the East Division race. Jose Rodriguez was hit by a pitch, scoring Bubba Starling for the winning run. The extra-inning win was set up by a two-run ninth for Burlington. Starter Christian Binford held the Braves scoreless on a hit and a walk over 3.2 IP.
Surprise Royals (8-13)
Arizona Angels 5, Surprise 3
LP: Ashton Goudeau (0-1)
The Angels broke a 2-2 tie with three in the ninth on their way to a 5-3 win over Surprise. Starter Leondy Perez scattered four hits and a walk over 3.0 scoreless innings. Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado was 3-for-5 with a run scored. Christian Colon was 1-for-3 as he continues his rehab assignment.