NW Arkansas Naturals (18-40 in second half, 55-73 overall)
Springfield 12, NW Arkansas 8
LP: Patrick Keating (2-2)
Northwest Arkansas let an 8-2 lead slip away, capped by a five-run ninth for the Cardinals. Starter Michael Mariot allowed seven hits, four runs and a walk through 6.0 innings. Yem Prades was the offensive catalyst for Northwest Arkansas, finishing 4-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI and two runs. Michael Liberto added two hits and two runs. The Naturals look to split the four-game set tonight.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (30-30 in second half, 59-71 overall)
Frederick 6, Wilmington 5
LP: Robinson Yambati (2-1 with Wilmington, 4-1 overall)
Wilmington dropped four of five at Frederick as the Keys parlayed a pair of errors in the ninth into two runs. The loss puts Wilmington a half-game behind Frederick in the second-half division race. Starter Brooks Pounders scattered four runs on seven hits over 6.0 innings. He fanned seven without issuing a walk. Orlando Calixte doubled, walked and scored two runs. Nick Van Stratten added a hit, an RBI and 2 runs. The Blue Rocks are at Lynchburg (Braves) tonight.
Kane County Cougars (29-30 in second half, 63-66 overall)
Quad Cities 2, Kane County 0
LP: Kyle Smith (4-2 with Kane County, 5-2 overall)
Kane County fell to 0-2 at Davenport's Modern Woodmen Park. Kyle Smith held the River Bandits to six hits and two runs over 6.0 innings. Malcom Culver followed with 2.0 perfect frames. Justin Trapp posted two singles for the Cougars, with Julio Aparicio recording the third.
Idaho Falls Chukars (13-12 in second half, 30-33 overall)
Billings 5, Idaho Falls 4
LP: Matt Strahm (1-3)
HR: Jin-Ho Shin (6 with Idaho Falls, 7 overall), Parker Morin (3)
Idaho Falls settled for a 2-2 split as Billings plated the go-ahead run in the ninth. Starter Zeb Sneed allowed two runs on six hits and two walks over 4.0 innings. Ethan Chapman recorded three hits, a walk and a run. He is ninth in the league with a .325 average (74-for-228). Jin-Ho Shin and Parker Morin hit solo homers.
Burlington Royals (39-22)
Burlington 6, Johnson City 3
WP: Yender Caramo (4-3)
HR: Mark Threlkeld (10), Fred Ford (13)
Burlington clinched the East Division title with a series-opening win. Mark Threlkeld hit a grand slam in the third and Fred Ford followed with a solo shot, pushing the team total to 64. Yender Caramo limited Johnson City to two runs (one earned) on eight hits and no walks over 7.0 innings.
Surprise Royals (20-30)
Peoria Mariners 11, Surprise 7
LP: Zach Lovvorn (0-3)
Surprise scored seven runs over the final three innings before falling short at home. Mauricio Ramos posted two hits and three RBI. Mark Donato and Pedro Gonzalez each added two hits and an RBI.