Omaha dropped to 2-1 in a four-game set. Chris Dwyer made his third Triple-A start, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk over 6.0 innings. New Orleans-area native Johnny Giavotella extended his hitting streak to 21 games (.414, 36-for-87), going 3-for-3 with a walk. Giavotella homered in the first and finished a triple shy of the cycle. He is 8-for-10 with six RBI in the series.
NW Arkansas Naturals (7-26 in second half, 44-59 overall)
NW Arkansas 3, Tulsa 2
WP: Ethan Hollingworth (1-7)
SV: Juan Gutierrez (2)
HR: Brian Fletcher (7 with NW Arkansas, 12 overall), Yem Prades (6)
Yem Prades broke a 2-2 tie with a homer in the eighth as Northwest Arkansas snapped a six-game skid. Brian Fletcher started the scoring with a two-run blast in the first. Christian Colon was 2-for-4 with a run in his second appearance and first start since returning from a rehab assignment. Ryan Dennick scattered three hits and two walks over 5.2 scoreless innings.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (17-16 in second half, 46-57 overall)
Wilmington 0, Frederick 0 - Suspended in the third inning
Wilmington's contest vs. Frederick was suspended in the third inning due to wind and rain. The teams do not play again this season in Wilmington. The game will resume in Frederick at a date and time to be announced. Wilmington hosts Carolina (Indians) tonight.
Kane County Cougars (16-16 in second half, 50-52 overall)
Wisconsin 4, Kane County 0
LP: Kyle Zimmer (0-1 with Kane County, 1-1 overall)
The Cougars lost a second straight vs. Wisconsin. First-round pick Kyle Zimmer made his Kane County debut after being promoted from Surprise. Zimmer limited Wisconsin to a run on five hits while fanning five over 4.0 IP. He has yet to walk a batter in 14.0 innings as a pro. Dean Espy and Danny Mateo recorded two hits apiece.
Idaho Falls Chukars (17-19)
The Chukars were off on Thursday. They host Grand Junction (Rockies) tonight.
Burlington Royals (23-8)
Burlington 9, Pulaski 2
WP: Mark Peterson (4-0)
HR: Fred Ford (10), Patrick Leonard (10)
Burlington rolled to a ninth straight win in the series opener. Fred Ford hit a two-run blast and Bubba Starling doubled home two in the second inning. Patrick Leonard recorded four RBI, including a three-run homer in the fourth. Ford and Leonard are tied for the league lead with 10 home runs apiece. Yender Caramo tossed 6.0 shutout innings in relief.
Surprise Royals (12-16)
AZL Giants 11, Surprise 1
LP: Torey Deshazier (0-2)
Surprise lost a lopsided game in Scottsdale that featured a combined 10 errors. The Royals managed just two hits and finished 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.