Cleburne 12, Fargo-Moorhead 9 (12 Innings) – Box Score
With a three-run home run from RF Hunter Clanin, the Cleburne Railroaders walked off on the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 12-9 in 12 innings.
The Railroaders (7-5) were trailing 9-6 heading into the seventh inning but tied things up when 3B Chase Simpson hit a solo home run and DH Kenny Meimerstorf (2-for-5) singled home 1B Jonathan Rodriguez (3-for-5) and SS Angel Rosa (3-for-5). The score remained level at 9-9 until the pivotal 12th frame. In the 12th, the RedHawks went down in order but the Railroaders quickly put runners on. Both Rosa and C John Nester were hit by pitches, setting the stage for Clanin (3-for-5), who turned on the first pitch he saw for a walk-off homer. It was Clanin’s first roundtripper of the year.
Simpson’s blast was his sixth of the young season and Meimerstorf also homered in the game, giving him three for the season.
For the RedHawks, 3B Leobaldo Pina went 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBIs and 1B Chris Jacobs, 2B T.J. Bennett and SS Yhoxian Medina each added two hits apiece.
Sioux City 5, Texas 0 – Box Score
Behind a strong outing from starting pitcher Jason Garcia, the Sioux City Explorers (3-8) blanked the Texas AirHogs 5-0.
Garcia (3-0) earned the win by tossing seven scoreless innings and striking out 10 batters. He gave up just two hits and issued only one walk. In his seven innings, only one AirHog made it to third base (only due to an error) and he was quickly retired. Relievers Nate Gercken and Matt Pobereyko finished off the game by adding two and three strikeouts, respectively, and not allowing another hit.
Offensively for the Explorers, CF Kyle Wren went 2-for-3 with an RBI and both SS Nate Samson and 3B Jose Sermo and each went 2-for-5 with an RBI.
Lincoln 6, St. Paul 3 – Box Score
A four-run third inning proved to be the difference as the Lincoln Saltdogs (6-6) topped the St. Paul Saints 6-3.
The Saints struck first with a RF Max Murphy (2-for-4) RBI single in the first inning but the Saltdogs equalized in the second as 3B Christian Ibarra drew a bases-loaded walk. DH Brady Shoemaker (2-for-4) pushed the Saints briefly back in front with a solo home run in the top of the third but Lincoln’s 1B Cody Regis (3-for-4) hit a lead-off home run in the bottom of the inning to tie things back up. Three batters later, LF Nick Schulz (2-for-3) doubled in a pair of runs and eventually came around to score when SS Ivan Marin (2-for-3) singled later in the inning.
The Saltdogs never relinquished that lead thanks to the efforts of the pitching staff. Starting pitcher Nick Tepesch (3-0) earned the win for working seven innings and allowing two earned runs on seven hits while striking out five batters. Reliever Cameron McVey picked up the save by working the ninth without giving up a hit and striking out two batters.
Winnipeg 4, Gary SouthShore 2 – Box Score
The Winnipeg Goldeyes (5-5) built and early lead and never trailed on the way to a 4-2 win against the Gary SouthShore RailCats.
1B Kevin Lachance (1-for-1) scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning when CF Reggie Abercrombie reached on an error. In the second, Lachance lifted a sac fly to right that plated SS Adrian Marin (2-for-2) and, in the next at-bat, RF Josh Romanski (2-for-5) singled home 2B Alex Perez to push the lead to 3-0.
RF Colin Willis (2-for-4) hit a lead-off home run in the top of the fourth for the RailCats for their first run of the game. The RailCats’ only other run came in the top of the seventh when 1B Randy Santiesteban drew a bases-loaded walk.
The Goldeyes added an insurance run in the bottom of the frame as LF James Harris scored on a sacrifice fly from DH Kevin Garcia.
Sioux Falls 4, Chicago 2 Game 1 Final/7 – Box Score
Sioux Falls at Chicago Game 2 – Postponed (Rain)
The Sioux Falls Canaries (6-5) took the first game of a scheduled doubleheader with the Chicago Dogs 4-2 with a pair of two-run innings.
The Canaries took the lead in the top of the third inning when DH Adrian Nieto singled home CF Brett Vertigan (2-for-4) and SS Andrew Ely (2-for-3). The Dogs tallied their first run of the game in the bottom of the inning as LF Tony Rosselli singled home CF David Olmedo-Barrera (2-for-4). But the Canaries added to the lead in the fifth as 3B Mitch Glasser tripled to plate Vertigan and then scored on a sac fly from Nieto in the next at-bat.
Olmedo-Barrera scored again in the bottom of the seventh after a single from DH Kelly Dugan but that would be the final run of the game.
The second game of the doubleheader between was rained out. The game will be made up as a part of a doubleheader tomorrow, May 29, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Central Time. Both games will be seven innings.
Milwaukee at Kansas City – Postponed (Weather)
Due to weather in the area, the game between the Milwaukee Milkmen and Kansas City T-Bones was postponed. The game will be made up tomorrow, May 29, as a part of a doubleheader set to begin at 5:15 p.m. Central Time. Both games will be seven innings.