Game 1 of doubleheader: Explorers 9, Cougars 3 | FINAL / 7 innings Box Score
The (9-13) Explorers took advantage of the recent offensive woes of the (13-11) Cougars once again. Sioux City scored in all innings but the fourth and seventh while Kane County remained scoreless until the seventh. The Cougars tallied half their hits in the last inning but it wasn’t enough. Starter Kevin McCanna pitched a complete game with six strikeouts while only allowing a walk to earn the win.
Game 2 of doubleheader: Cougars 6, Explorers 0 | FINAL / 7 innings Box Score
The Cougars took note from game one and cruised with dominant starting pitching from Ryan Tapani. The right-hander hurled a complete game shutout with nine strikeouts and no walks, giving up only three hits in the process. Kane County quickly put three runs on the board in the first inning when Jimmy Kerrigan hit a three-run homerun. The Cougars added another run in the fifth inning with a sac-groundout from BJ Lopez and then two more runs later in the sixth thanks to a two-run single from Cornelius Randolph.
RailCats 6, DockHounds 5 Box Score
The (11-14) rebellious RailCats proved they cannot fall victim to the (11-14) DockHounds following a 4-game sweep of their weekday series. All games in this series have been hard-fought, but Gary SouthShore walked away victorious all week long thanks to their persistent offense and gritty bullpen. Lake Country struck first with a grand slam in the fourth inning from Gabriel Noriega. The Railcats responded with two runs in the sixth, but the DockHounds came right back with another run in the bottom half of the inning. The turning point of the game began in the eighth inning when Gary SouthShore erupted with a three-run homerun from Daniel Lingua. Later in the ninth, Chris Burgess hit the go-ahead homerun to secure the series sweep.
Canaries 4, RedHawks 2 Box Score
The (8-17) Canaries pulled the win off against the (16-8) RedHawks in the series finale. Sioux Falls starter Neil Lang pitched six innings with five strikeouts, only allowing two runs and four walks. The Canaries runs poured in the third inning when Jabari Henry hit a 2-run homerun, but Fargo-Moorhead would come back with a couple runs of their own. Drew Ward hit a solo homerun in the third and Sam Dexter scored Evan Alexander to tie the game in the 4th. Sioux falls broke the tie in the eighth inning with a go-ahead two-run double from Wyatt Ulrich.
Monarchs 4, Goldeyes 2 – Box Score
The Kansas City Monarchs (17-7) have taken their series against the Winnipeg Goldeyes (11-13) 4-2. The Monarchs started out on fire, with a quick three runs in the bottom of the first. It wasn’t until the top of the 8th that the Goldeyes would respond, as 1B David Washington (1-for-4) would rake in a two-RBI single, which wouldn’t be enough. 3B David Thompson (3-for-3) would seal the deal with a home run, capping off a spectacular hitting night for him and a series securing win for the Monarchs.
Railroaders 6, Milkmen 2 – Box Score
The Cleburne Railroaders (6-18) are starting to rack up wins as they beat the Milwaukee Milkmen (12-12) for the second night in a row. The first inning was a scoring frenzy, as Milwaukee scored a run at the top and the railroaders scored four runs with 3B Chase Simpson (0-for-4), DH Hector Sanchez (1-for-2), and RF Cesar Trejo (1-for-3) all driving in RBIs. The Railroaders would drive in two more runs to Milwaukee’s one run to secure a confident 6-2 win.
Chicago 3, Lincoln 1 – Box Score
The Chicago Dogs (17-7) continue to stay hot as they took down the Lincoln Saltdogs (13-10) in Haymarket Park. The first score of the game came from the Saltdogs LF Eddy Martinez (1-for-3) hit a home run in the bottom of the 3rd. Later in the game, the Saltdogs would have no response as 2B Grant Kay (2-for-4) and 3B Harrison Smith (1-for-3) would both hit solo home runs, ending the game 3-1.