The Omaha Storm Chasers were shut out by the Albuquerque Isotopes, 2-0, despite collecting more hits (6-5). Jon Ely pitched seven scoreless innings for the win, while Jeff Suppan took the loss. Suppan allowed a 5th inning two-run homerun to Russell Mitchell. Robinson Tejeda pitched two perfect innings of relief in the loss.
The NW Arkansas Naturals were pounded early and often in their loss to the Corpus Christi Hooks. The Hooks scored six in the top of the first against Naturals starter Edgar Osuna (he lasted just two innings and allowed seven runs). The Hooks had two four-run innings, the 5th and the 8th, as they won 16-3. Ben Theriot had three of the Naturals seven hits, while hitting a solo homerun in the 3rd inning. Two Hooks players hit grand slams, Chris Wallace and JD Martinez, the first time in their club’s history.
The Wilmington Blue Rocks and Potomac Nationals were suspended in the bottom of the 5th with the Blue Rocks leading 4-2. Heavy rains, thunder, and lightning came with one out and the bases empty. Whit Merrifield led off the game with a triple (he was in a 1-for-28 skid) and scored on Nick Van Stratten’s single (who is 6-for-14 since joining the Blue Rocks). John Whittleman followed with aÂ two-run homerun. Blue Rocks starter Tim Melville got the start and allowed one earned run over 4.1 innings. The game will be resumed at 5pm ET on Monday, followed by a seven inning game (with Noel Arguelles getting the start).
Despite collecting just three hits, the Kane County Cougars beat the Quad Cities River Bandits, 2-1. The Cougars scored single runs in the first and second innings and the pitching made them hold up. Brian Fletcher drove in one of the runs. Cougars starter Greg Billo allowed six hits over seven innings while striking out six. Chas Byrne earned his sixth save by pitching two scoreless innings of relief.