It was a pitcher’s duel between the Albuquerque Isotopes Dana Eveland and the Omaha Storm Chasers Luis Mendoza. Eveland pitched a complete game shutout, as he allowed just three hits while striking out six. Mendoza allowed two runs (none earned) on four hits over 6.1 innings. The Isotopes scored two runs in the top of the 5th inning on a ground out and Ivan De Jesus’ RBI double.
Another spot start for Edgar Garcia led to a loss for the NW Arkansas Naturals. Garcia allowed three runs on five hits over four innings. They lost 5-1 to the Tulsa Drillers. The Naturals collected just four hits in the game, with three of them coming from the top three hitters in the order (Derrick Robinson, Christian Colon, and Wil Myers). Two of the Naturals hits came in the bottom of the 9th inning, as they scored their lone run and sent seven men to the plate.
Homerun balls from the Potomac Nationals Francisco Soriano and Cutter Dykstra did in Wilmington Blue Rocks starter Justin Marks as the Blue Rocks dropped further behind in the Carolina League’s Northern Division (11.5 games out). They also dropped three out of four to the Nationals. This was after the Blue Rocks scored two runs in the top of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. Marks allowed four runs on eight hits over seven innings. He did strike out seven. The Blue Rocks mounted a comeback against Nationals reliever Neil Holland, as Julio Rodriguez hit a three-run homerun in the bottom of the 9th inning to cut the deficit to 7-5. However Rob Wort came on to retire Gerard Hall to end the game.
The Kane County Cougars defeated the Cedar Rapids Kernels 6-5 and scored all of their runs in the first two innings (three in each inning). Cheslor Cuthbert hit a three-run homerun in the first inning. Jake Kuebler and Yowill Espinal had two hits each in the win. Nick Rogers picked up the save for the Cougars as he allowed just one hit over two scoreless innings.