GAME 1 – Sioux City Explorers 4, Lincoln Saltdogs 7 (7 innings) – Box Score
The Saltdogs hit three home runs and rallied to take the first game of the doubleheader, 7-4, against the Sioux City Explorers.
Trailing 4-2 in the 4th inning, Welington Dotel hit a solo homer to get Lincoln within one. Later in the frame, Drew Devine gave the Saltdogs a 5-4 lead with a two-out, two-run single.
In the 5th inning, Josh Altmann hit his third homer in the second half of the season – a two-run shot to put the Saltdogs ahead by three.
After the X’s opened the scoring in the 2nd, Hunter Clanin’s two-run homer put Lincoln ahead in the bottom-half of the inning.
Matt Cronin went 1 and 2/3 scoreless innings to earn his first win of 2022, while Steffon Moore picked up his eighth save by working around a two-out hit batter in a scoreless 7th inning.
GAME 2 – Sioux City Explorers 10, Lincoln Saltdogs 5 (7 innings) – Boxscore
The Explorers broke open the second game with a seven-run 6th inning in a 10-5 over the Saltdogs.
After Lincoln took a 2-1 lead on Dotel’s RBI groundout an Garett Delano’s RBI single in the 1st, Ademar Rifaela gave Sioux City a 3-2 lead with a two-run homer in the 4th.
The X’s then scored seven times on seven hits to open things up in the 6th.
Zach Keenan allowed nine runs – eight earned – on 10 hits over five-plus innings, while Jesse Stallings pitched the remainder of the game and allowed one run over two innings.
The ‘Dogs rallied for three runs in the 7th. Ryan Long worked a bases-loaded walk before Josh Altmann’s two-run single made it 10-5. Altmann finished 3-for-4 and had four RBIs in the doubleheader.
Kane County Cougars 6, Lake Country DockHounds 10 – Box Score
The Kane County Cougars (29-29) fell to the Lake Country DockHounds (20-37) Tuesday evening at Wisconsin Brewing Company Park
The DockHounds scored on their very first at bat with a home run from Lamar Briggs to give them the easy lead. Kane County wasted no time scoring a home run of their own in the inning from Jimmy Kerrigan.
The DockHounds struck again with a two run home run from Daikan Yoh that put them in front 3-2.
Kane County’s Kerrigan homered again bringing home Cornelius Randolph and gaining the lead back but it wasn’t for long as the DockHounds hit a three run home run from Gio Brusa.
Lake Country held the lead for the rest of the game scoring three more runs in the fifth and seventh inning.
Winning pitcher Evan Kruczynski threw for eight innings, allowing ten hits and four runs.
Monarchs 9, Milkmen 8 – Boxscore
The Kansas City Monarchs (38-19) get the edge on the Milwaukee Milkmen (28-29) on Tuesday night at Franklin Field.
Milwaukee took a strong lead in the first innings scoring six runs, two coming from a single hit by Bryan Torres.
Kansas City battled back in the third, scoring a total of four unearned runs. The Monarchs continued to score as Darnell Sweeney and Chad De La Guerra found home off a single from David Thompson.
The Milkmen came close to tying in the ninth as Torres and Corelle Prime both plated home but it wasn’t enough as Kansas City pulled off the win.
Winning pitcher Jordan Martinson threw three innings allowing three hits.
Railroaders 5, Railcats 13 – Boxscore
The Cleburne Railroaders (23-34) managed to outhit The Gary Southshore Railcats (24-34) 11-to-10 but couldn’t achieve the same feat in the column that mattered.
Zach Nehrir started the scoring for Cleburne in the top of the third, singling home Edwin Arroyo to put the Railroaders up 1-0. The RailCats, however, didn’t like being down as they exploded for five in the fourth inning off Cleburne starter Garrett Alexander.
The Railroaders responded in the top of the fifth with a solo shot off the bat of Nehrir to put Cleburne within three at 5-2. Gary put up six in the bottom half of the frame to blow the doors off the contest and send them sailing to the victory and sole possession of fourth place in the East Division.
Gary would muster two more across the bottom of the eighth off Austin Fairchild.
The Railroaders sent eight to the plate in the ninth and scored three runs off a Nehrir ground out and an Eddie Hernandez two-run shot, but it was too little too late.
Arroyo, Chuck Taylor, Kacy Clemens, and Nehrir all had multi-hit games. Clemens extended his hit streak to a league-high 17 games.
Alexander picked up the loss, going 4.1 innings, allowing seven runs on six hits while walking four and striking out six.
Brendan Bell was roughed up in just a third of an inning, giving up four runs on four hits while walking two. Kevin McCarthy put up 2.1 innings of scoreless work while Austin Fairchild struggled with command, walking three and allowing two runs to score.
Goldeyes 12, Dogs 2 – Boxscore
The Winnipeg Goldeyes (31-26) beat the Chicago Dogs 12-2 at Impact Field on Tuesday night.
The Goldeyes jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Ian Sagdal doubled off the wall in left-centre with one out. Two batters later, Max Murphy ripped a two-out, two-run home run to left-centre. It was Murphy’s 20th home run of the season, and marks the 17th time in franchise history a Goldeye has reached the 20-homer benchmark.
In the top of the second, Reggie Pruitt Jr. beat out an infield single with one out and took third when Kevin Lachance doubled down the right field line. Hidekel Gonzalez ripped a double into the left field corner that scored Pruitt and Lachance. After Justin Thompson and Sagdal drew back-to-back walks, Raul Navarro hit a sacrifice fly to left that scored Gonzalez.
The Dogs (38-19) got on the board in the bottom of the second when Danny Mars was hit by a pitch with one out and scored on an RBI double from Anfernee Grier.
Grant Kay hit a solo home run down the left field line in the bottom of the third to cut Winnipeg’s lead to 5-2.
Chicago threatened in the top of the fifth with runners on second and third with one out, but Goldeyes’ starter Freisis Adames retired Kay and Ryan Lidge to end the inning with the 5-2 lead intact.
The Goldeyes then broke the game open with a seven-run top of the sixth. Logan Hill singled up the middle leading off and scored two batters later on a triple to right-centre from Lachance. After Gonzalez walked, Tanner Lawson relieved Paul Schwendel. Thompson lifted a sacrifice fly to right that scored Lachance. Sagdal followed with an RBI double to left-centre that plated Gonzalez from first. Navarro doubled to left-centre to chase home Sagdal with the Goldeyes’ ninth run. After Murphy singled up the middle to drive in Sagdal, David Washington capped the frame with a two-run home run to left-centre. It was Washington’s first career right-handed home run.
Adames (6-3) picked up the win, allowing two earned runs on five hits in five innings. Adames walked none and struck out seven.
Dogs’ starter AJ Kullman took the loss, allowing five earned runs on six hits in one and one-third innings. Kullman walked two and struck out one.
Travis Seabrooke, Zac Ryan, Erasmo Pinales, and Tasker Strobel each pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Adames to close out the game. Nine different Goldeyes had at least one hit in the game.
RedHawks 12, Canaries 3 – Boxscore
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (38-19) defeated The Sioux Falls Canaries (23-32) scoring five runs in the ninth inning to add insult to injury.
The Canaries opened the gates hot with a two-run bomb from Trey Michalczewski, but would go on to score only one more run the rest of the game which came off of a Michalczewski RBI single.
The RedHawks, however, opened up the game strong and just kept on scoring. A Leobaldo Pina single led to an Evan Alexander run in the first.
Alexander found his way home again in the third off of a Manuel Boscan two-run homer and again in the fifth on a put-out. Alexander scored yet again in the top of the ninth when Boscan hit a bases-loaded double that cleared the bases.
The RedHawks ended up putting up 12 runs through the course of the game – four of which came from Alexander.