NW Arkansas Naturals (19-40 in second half, 56-73 overall)
NW Arkansas 3, Springfield 2 (14 innings)
WP: Sam Runion (1-0 with NW Arkansas, 4-1 overall)
Yem Prades singled home Michael Liberto with two outs in the 14th, as the Naturals earned a 2-2 series split. Prades drove in two on the night and Liberto led the way with three hits. Yordano Ventura (4 2/3 innings, three hits, two earned runs, one walk, 5 strikeouts) made his first appearance with the Naturals since July 30 due to a carpal tunnel injury. Ethan Hollingsworth (6 1/3 innings) and Runion (three innings) kept Springfield scoreless in relief, with Runion earning his first Double-A win.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (31-30 in second half, 60-71 overall)
Wilmington 11, Lynchburg 5
WP: Leondy Perez (4-4)
HR: Murray Watts (4 with Wilmington, 13 overall), Nick Van Stratten (1)
Wilmington posted 11 runs for the second time in August, with both outputs coming against Lynchburg. Cheslor Cuthbert recorded three hits, three runs and an RBI for the Blue Rocks. Watts drove in two, including a solo blast. Van Stratten capped the night with a two-run homer. Perez (5 1/3 innings, eight hits, four earned runs, one strikeout) picked up the win, which nudged Wilmington (31-30) ahead of Frederick (30-30 in the second-half division race.
Kane County Cougars (30-30 in second half, 64-66 overall)
Kane County 11, Quad Cities 10
WP: Jose Brazoban (1-0 with Kane County, 2-3 overall)
SV: Andrew Triggs (3)
Dean Espy capped a four-run ninth with an RBI single as Kane County won a wild game at Davenport. Espy posted four hits, two RBIs and a run. Justin Trapp went 3-for-4 with two walks, three RBIs and four runs. Starter Aaron Brooks (five innings, six hits, four earned runs, two walks, eight strikeouts) took a shutout into the fifth.
Idaho Falls Chukars (14-12 in second half, 31-33 overall)
Idaho Falls 13, Missoula 12
WP: Sam Lewis (1-0)
HR: Rainier Bello 2 (5, 6), Jin-Ho Shin (7 with Idaho Falls, 8 overall)
Idaho Falls outslugged Missoula in the series opener. Bello hit a grand slam in the third and a solo shot in the sixth. Shin preceded Bello's second blast with a two-run round tripper, his second homer in as many days.
Burlington Royals (39-23)
Johnson City 6, Burlington 5
LP: Daniel Hernandez (5-2)
HR: Patrick Leonard (14)
Burlington could not overcome Bruce Caldwell's first-inning grand slam in a narrow loss at home. Caldwell homered twice and drove in five for Johnson City. Leonard put Burlington on the board with his 14th homer, which ties him for first in the league. Mark Threlkeld added two hits and two RBIs.
Surprise Royals (21-30)
Surprise 6, Peoria Mariners 2
WP: Cole White (1-0, with Surprise, 4-1 overall)
SV: Dylan Sons (1)
HR: Mauricio Ramos (2)
The Royals and Mariners played again on Friday, with this contest at Peoria. Bobby Fisher-Brown gave Surprise a 3-2 lead with a two-run single in the third. Sons tossed four scoreless innings for the save.