Sioux City 3, Texas 1 (Game 1 – 7 Innings) – Box Score
The Sioux City Explorers took game one of a doubleheader with Texas as they downed the AirHogs by the score of 3-1.
Sioux City jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning as LF Luke Bonfield doubled home 1B Dean Green and DH Dexture McCall. Texas would cut the lead in half in the fifth as 2B Cao Jie scored on a groundout by C Stephen Haviar. The Explorers came back to add an insurance run in the sixth when Michael Lang launched his first home run of the season.
Lang went 2-for-3 with an RBI while Bonfield drove in two runs in a 1-for-2 outing.
Sioux City reliever Tyler Fallwell tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the victory. Fallwell walked one and struck two in the four batters that he faced. Explorers closer Matt Pobereyko fanned two in the seventh and notched his third save.
Sioux City 18, Texas 3 (Game 2 – 7 Innings) – Box Score
Sioux City completed the doubleheader sweep of Texas as they cruised past the AirHogs in game two by the score of 18-3.
The Explorers banged out 19 hits in the contest with seven batters having multi-hit games. Sioux City RF Michael Lang went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI while 3B Jose Sermo scored three runs and drove in three in a 2-for-4 outing. Explorers 1B Dexture McCall and LF Luke Bonfield each had three hits in four at-bats along with three runs and two RBIs.
Sioux City scored in every inning except the first, including eight runs in the sixth.
Explorers starter Max Duval allowed three earned runs over six innings of work to grab the win. Duval gave up a pair of walks and nine hits to go with seven strikeouts.
Center fielder Javion Randle had a 2-for-4 game with a triple and two RBIs in the loss for Texas.
Gary SouthShore 10, Winnipeg 3 – Box Score
Trailing 3-1 after an inning of play, Gary SouthShore scored five runs in the second to take command of the game and cruise to a 10-3 victory over Winnipeg.
The RailCats had four players with multi-hit games including 1B Randy Santiesteban who went 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs. Gary SouthShore 2B Andy DeJesus had a pair of hits, including a blast, and two runs batted in while SS Marcus Mooney plated three runs and RF Colin Willis and 3B Thomas Walraven each collected two hits. In total, the RailCats had 11 hits in the contest.
Gary SouthShore starting pitcher Lars Liguori allowed three earned runs over six innings of work to pick-up the victory. The southpaw allowed a walk and seven hits to go along with four strikeouts. Liguori is now 2-1 on the season.
For the Goldeyes in the loss, DH Reggie Abercrombie had a 1-for-3 game with a run scored and an RBI.
Cleburne 4, Fargo-Moorhead 3 – Box Score
Cleburne rolled out to a 3-0 lead after just the first inning and would go on from there to defeat Fargo-Moorhead by the score of 4-3.
The Railroaders jumped out to that 3-0 advantage in the first thanks to a huge three-run home run off the bat of 3B Chase Simpson. The RedHawks would trim the deficit to 3-2 in the second as 2B T.J. Bennett and 3B Leobaldo Pena came around to score runs. Cleburne would add an insurance run in the third when Simpson scored off a fielder’s choice from SS Angel Rosa. Fargo-Moorhead added a run in the seventh to make it a one-run game but that is as close as they would get.
Simpson went 1-for-2 with two runs scored and three RBIs while LF Nick Rotola had a pair of hits in four at-bats and plated a run.
Railroaders starting pitcher Michael Gunn threw six solid innings to notch the win. Gunn gave up two earned runs on two hits with a walk and four strikeouts.
Milwaukee 12, Kansas City 1 – Box Score
It was all Milwaukee in this contest as they pounded out 14 hits and rolled to a 12-1 victory over Kansas City.
The Milkmen had four players with multi-hit games including leadoff hitter Nolan Earley who went 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and four RBIs. Milwaukee CF Adam Walker plated two runs and drove in three in a 2-for-5 night while C Manuel Boscan chipped in a pair of hits in three at-bats and an RBI. Both Walker and Boscan each launched a home run as well.
Milwaukee scored three runs in the second to go ahead 3-0 and then added seven more in the fifth and sixth to jump in front 10-0.
Milkmen starter Angel Ventura tossed seven shutout innings to earn his first win of the season. Ventura allowed only a pair of hits and struck out 10 batters.
For Kansas City in the loss, 3B/CF Darnell Sweeney had a 2-for-4 night.