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Milwaukee 3 Sioux City 1

Ryan Zimmerman and Zach Hartman combined to allow only two hits for the Milkmen (3-1) on Friday night in a 3-1 win over Sioux City at Mercy Field at Lewis and Clark.  Adam Brett Walker II and Liam Scafariello supplied the necessary offense with their first home runs of the year.  Sebastian Zawada homered for the Explorers’ (3-1) lone run.  Danny Hrbek took the loss, allowing three runs in two innings of work. Zimmerman went seven strong innings on 105 pitches while walking three and striking out seven for the win.


Cleburne 9 Lincoln 1

A six-run fifth inning broke a scoreless tie and sent the Railroaders (2-2) on their way to an easy 9-1 win over the Saltdogs (2-1) at The Depot at Cleburne Stadium.  The first seven batters reached in the fifth for Cleburne against starter John Richy, led off by an error.  That was more than enough for Railroaders starter Maverik Buffo, who tossed six shutout innings, allowing only three hits while punching out eight.  Ramon Hernandez added a home run in the seventh for Cleburne.


Houston 6 Gary SouthShore 4

Leadoff hitter and CF Nick Anderson homered and the Apollos (1-3) came back from an early deficit for a 6-4 win over the Railcats (1-3) at the U.S. Steel Yard on Friday night.  Daniel Aldrich scored the go ahead run in the sixth off an error by pitcher Tasker Strobel.  Ryan Richardson picked up the win in relief by throwing 4 2/3 scoreless innings allowing just two hits while striking out five for Houston.


Kane County 4 Sioux Falls 2

2B Josh Allen connected on a go-ahead 2-run home run in the ninth off Caleb Frare as the Kane County Cougars (2-2) beat the Sioux Falls Canaries (2-2) by a 4-2 count Friday night at Sioux Falls Stadium.  That swing made a winner out of reliever Jamal Wade while Jake Cosart earned the save.  Trey Michalczewski homered for the Canaries.  Scott Harkin (5 IP, 2 R, ER) and Eddie Medina (6 IP, 2 ER) started the game.


Kansas City 9 Fargo-Moorhead 4

The Kansas City Monarchs used a six-run fifth inning to turn a close game into an easy first win of the season in a 9-4 win over the RedHawks (2-2) at Legends Field on Friday night.  The Monarchs (1-2).  Johnny Field hit a two-run home run to make it 5-2 in the fifth before Colin Willis followed suit with a two-run homer of his own later in the inning.  Will Kengor also had the eventual game winning two-run home run in the fourth for Kansas City to take a 3-2 lead which they would not relinquish.  Leobaldo Pina had a run scored and a run driven in for Fargo-Moorhead.


Winnipeg 5 Chicago 4 F/10

Kevin Lachance singled and later scored the game winning run on an error in the tenth and the Goldeyes (2-2) got a 5-4 win over the Dogs (2-2) on Friday night at the Ballpark at Jackson.  Trailing 3-1 in the ninth, Chicago rallied for three runs off closer Jose Jose to take the lead but Logan Hill drove home the tying run on a groundout in the bottom half to send the game to extras.  The ninth inning rally by Chicago negated a fine performance by Winnipeg starter Jorge Gonzalez (5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 K)


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