Hickory 6, Asheville 3
Hickory went deep three times, doing what it does best to win games. Joey Gallo hit his ninth homer, Lewis Brinson hit his fifth and Nomar Mazara hit his fourth.
Asheville's prized pitcher, Eddie Butler, was touched up for five runs, but only two were earned over 5.2 innings. He walked three and struck out eight, allowing two of the three Hickory home runs. Crawdads starter Kelvin Vasquez allowed three hits over five scoreless innings, walking three and striking out seven.
Rome 7, Greenville 4
Rome took its second straight over Greenville behind a double, homer and three RBI from Casey Kalenkosky. Nick DeSantiago went 2 for 2 with two doubles and two RBI.
Rome's Rafael Briceno went five innings, allowing three earned runs and four total on five hits, walking two and striking out three. Briceno has gone at least five innings in each of his past three outings after making it to five just once in his first three. He has a 6.49 ERA with 15 walks and 12 strikeouts this season.
Savannah 5, Kannapolis 3
Savannah's hot hitting faced a tougher test against Kannapolis' Myles Jaye, but the Sand Gnats continued to hit, led by Kevin Plawecki's 2 for 4, double and RBI day. Jayce Boyd went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI.
Jaye struck out nine, but he allowed four runs - three earned - over six innings, giving up five hits and two walks. Savannah starter Gabriel Ynoa went seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits with no walks and eight strikeouts.
Brent Tanner went deep for Kannapolis, a rare home run at Grayson Stadium. Along with Eric Sim's home run at Lake Olmstead Stadium in Augusta, the two toughest parks to hit a home run in the minors each had a long ball Thursday night.
Lakewood 6, Charleston 0
Lakewood's Nicholas Hanson allowed two hits over five scoreless innings, walking three and striking out five. The bullpen combined for four scoreless innings to shut Charleston out.
BlueClaws speedster Roman Quinn stole two bases, bringing his season total to 13. He was also caught for the second time this season, and picked off. Quinn is hitting .200/.269/.295 with three doubles and two home runs, recording a .270 wOBA and 64 wRC+.
Greensboro 8, West Virginia 1
Greensboro starter Scott Lyman went five innings, allowing one unearned run on four hits with no walks and six strikeouts, lowering his season ERA to 5.33.
Grasshoppers first baseman Viosergy Rosa hit a home run and drove in two, while Matt Juengel had a double and three RBI. West Virginia's Stetson Allie went 2 for 3 with a double.
Lexington 3, Delmarva 2 (10 innings)
Delmarva's Branden Kline allowed one run on three hits over six innings, walking one and striking out five. Lexington's Christian Binford allowed two runs on six hits over five innings, walking two and striking out six. Binford's ERA sits at 3.71 with eight walks and 28 strikeouts in 26.2 innings.
Humberto Arteaga went 2 for 5 with an RBI. Adalberto Mondesi went 2 for 4 with a double. Michael Antonio had two hits and a walk for the Legends.
Delmarva's Tucker Nathans went 2 for 4 with a double and RBI. Christian Walker had two hits and an RBI.