Triple-A Omaha won their series opener against Iowa, 6-5.
After the Cubs scored a run each in the seventh and eighth, the Storm Chasers tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth on a bases loaded walk (the inning started with two outs and nobody on base).
That was much needed, as Kyle Zimmer allowed a sac fly in the ninth and had the tying run on third base (2IP, 3H, 2R, 3BB, 3K). Starter Onelki Garcia improved to 6-2, as he allowed two runs on six hits and two walks over five innings.
Brayan Pena went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Frank Schwindel and Corey Toups each had two hits in the win. Both drove in a run and scored a run. Toups stole his seventh base.
Bubba Starling started his first game off the DL and walked in both of his plate appearances before being replaced on defense by Terrance Gore (2 strikeouts).
Double-A NW Arkansas won their series opener against Frisco, 2-1.
With the game tied at 1-1, Samir Duenez hit a solo home run in the sixth to put the Naturals ahead (his 17th of the season).
Zach Lovvorn was back in the rotation and allowed a run on five hits and a walk over 5.1 innings. He struck out three and threw 40 of his 59 pitches for strikes. Matt Tenuta earned the win in relief, allowing a hit over 2.2 scoreless innings (28 pitches, 18 for strikes).
Paulo Orlando continued his rehab assignment and went 2-for-3 with a walk. Hunter Dozier was back in the lineup, this time playing left field. He went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Dozier was replaced on defense in the seventh.
High-A Wilmington won their series opener in Salem 4-2. The Blue Rocks are now 1.5 games back of the Red Sox for second place.
The Blue Rocks overcame three errors and being out-hit 8-7. They worked eight walks. Leadoff hitter Nick Heath scored two runs, walked three times, and went 1-for-2. Wander Franco drove in two runs with a two out single in the third.
Starter Jace Vines improved to 2-1, as he allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits and a walk over 6.1 innings. He struck out two. Franco Terrero earned his sixth save with a dominant 2.2 innings. He allowed one hit and struck out six of the nine batters he faced (37 pitches, 27 for strikes).
Low-A Lexington lost their second straight to Charleston, this time by a 7-3 score. It was the Legends sixth straight loss.
Anthony Bender took the loss, as he allowed six runs on seven hits and a walk over three innings. He allowed three home runs. Cody Nesbit followed with two scoreless innings (2H, 0BB, 3K). Arnaldo Hernandez allowed a run on three hits and two walks over the final four innings. He struck out four.
The Legends collected six hits, including two by Khalil Lee. He tripled and scored in the first, hit a solo home run in the sixth (his 14th of the season), and stole his 19th base.