NW Arkansas Naturals (19-44 in second half, 56-77 overall)
Arkansas 12, NW Arkansas 2
LP: J.C. Sulbaran (0-3 with NW Arkansas, 7-10 overall)
The Naturals dropped the opener at North Little Rock. J.C. Sulbaran (4.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO) is 0-3 since joining the Royals organization in the Jonathan Broxton trade. He allowed back-to-back homers in the third and 2 runs in the fourth. Julio Rodriguez was 2-for-3 with a double and a run.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (34-31 in second half, 63-72 overall)
Wilmington 6, Myrtle Beach 5
WP: Santiago Garrido (3-2 with Wilmington, 6-2 overall)
SV: Edwin Carl (2)
HR: Brett Eibner (14)
Brett Eibner's two-run homer in the sixth lifted Wilmington to a 2-0 series lead. Starter Matt Ridings yielded all five runs (four earned) through 5.0 IP. Santiago Garrido worked around a hit for a scoreless sixth. Edwin Carl stranded an inherited runner in the seventh. He fanned five while allowing just one walk over 3.0 IP. Wilmington's second-half division lead is now 2.0 games over Frederick.
Kane County Cougars (32-32 in second half, 66-68 overall)
Burlington 3, Kane County 1
LP: Kyle Smith (4-3 with Kane County, 5-3 overall)
HR: Justin Trapp (11)
The Cougars dropped a pivotal finale vs. Burlington, falling 3.0 games behind the Bees in the wild card chase. Kyle Smith fanned eight while permitting two runs on five hits and three walks over 5.0 innings. Smith has 91 K's in 67.0 IP with Idaho Falls and Kane County. Justin Trapp was a triple shy of the cycle. He has 11 homers in 441 at bats after entering 2012 with seven in 629 at bats.
Idaho Falls Chukars (14-15 in second half, 31-36 overall)
Grand Junction 7, Idaho Falls 6
LP: Spencer Patton (0-7)
Idaho Falls lost the opener of a two-game set vs. Grand Junction. Nic Cuckovich continued his hot hitting, finishing a homer away from the cycle with an RBI and a run. He is batting .432 (16-for-37) over his last 10 games. Jin-Ho Shin added two hits, two RBI and a run. Shin is hitting .351 (13-for-37) with a .442 on-base percentage over his last 10 games.
Burlington Royals (41-25)
Burlington 3, Bristol 1
WP: Yender Carmo (5-3)
SV: Lincoln Rassi (2)
Burlington wrapped up the regular season with a rubber game win. Yender Caramo held the Sox to a run on three hits over 5.0 innings. Kenny Diekroeger and Alex Marquez each drove in a run in the second. Burlington opens the playoffs tonight at Johnson City (Cardinals).
Surprise Royals (22-32)
Surprise 17, Peoria Padres 14
WP: Darwin Castillo (2-0)
Surprise won a high-scoring matinee at Peoria. Bobby Fisher-Brown posted four hits, four RBI and two runs. Pedro Gonzalez added three hits and four RBI while Ramon Torres recorded two hits, two walks, two RBI and four runs. The Royals' three highest-scoring games on the year have been against the Padres. They scored 19 on June 22 and 22 on July 8.