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Goldeyes Mount Huge Comeback, But Fall Short in Sioux Falls

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Railcats 8, Saltdogs 2 – Boxscore

 

Drew Devine went 3-for-4 with three singles, but the ‘Dogs lost 8-2 against the Gary SouthShore RailCats at Haymarket Park on Tuesday afternoon.

 

Devine had three of Lincoln’s six hits, but the RailCats (29-42) won a second straight game to open the series.

 

Gary SouthShore opened the scoring when Sherman Graves hit a two-run homer in the 4th inning.

 

The RailCats extended the lead with six in the 5th. Michael Woodworth drove in two with a double and Victor Nova worked a bases-loaded walk. Graves then drove in his third and fourth runs of the game with a two-run double, and Thomas Greely made it 8-0 with a sacrifice fly.

 

Lincoln (32-39) got on the board in the 7th inning. Hunter Clanin reached on an error that scored Randy Norris, and Ryan Long later scored Devine with a fielder’s choice.

 

John Bezdicek allowed five runs – three earned – over four innings, while Elijah Johnson allowed three runs in one inning.

 

Carson Lance pitched for the first time in 15 days and tossed a scoreless 6th inning, and Matt Cronin faced the minimum in the 7th and 8th innings.

 

Matt Goodheart made his pitching debut with a 1-2-3 9th inning.

 

Railroaders 0, Milkmen 8 – Boxscore

 

The Railroaders recorded nine hits in the inaugural game of their three-game set in Wisconsin against the Milkmen but failed to scratch any runs across in the contest as they fell 8-0 from Franklin Field on Tuesday evening.

 

Milwaukee started the scoring in the bottom of the second when Keon Barnum launched a bomb over the right field fence off Cleburne starter Kody Bullard to give them a 1-0 lead. Another run scored in the inning to expand on the Milkmen’s lead.

 

It wasn’t until the bottom of the fourth that the Milkmen were able to get any more runs on the board. They brought three around the score in the frame, highlighted by a Bryan Torres two-RBI double. After four, it was 5-0 in favor of the Milkmen.

 

Keon Barnum struck again in the bottom of the seventh, as he hit a moonshot to straightaway center field off Austin Fairchild to make it 6-0.

 

When the eighth inning rolled around for the Milkmen, they decided to end things there once and for all. They did so on a fly ball off the bat of Torres that got caught in the wind and sailed over the left field wall. The home run brought home Trowbridge, who had drawn a walk in the inning off reliever Landon Holifield.

 

Down to their final out, Cleburne put up a bit of a fight in the bottom of the ninth. Nick Shumpert singled. He advanced to second on a walk to Edwin Arroyo. Chuck Taylor was then hit in the foot by Milkmen closer Rodrigo Benoit to load the bases for Zach Nehrir, who flew out to right field to end the game.

 

Ben Holmes got the win for the Milkmen. He was lights out in his six innings of work, scattered six hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

 

Bullard picked up the loss for Cleburne. He went five innings, and let up five runs on eight hits with four walks and only one strikeout.

 

Brendan Bell was the only Railroaders’ pitcher that did not allow a run. He pitched a shutout sixth inning, only allowing one hit.

 

Dogs 4, DockHounds 1 – Boxscore

It really is a dog-eat-dog world.

Cougars 11, Monarchs 7  – Boxscore

 

A six-run second inning for the Kane County Cougars (35-35) propelled them to an 11-7 victory over the Kansas City Monarchs (45-24). The Monarchs finished the night with seven runs but also left 13 runners on base. Kansas City also outhit the Cougars, tallying 15 hits to Kane County’s 11. 

The Cougars scored right away. After a double from Josh Rolette, Cornelius Randolph belted a two-run bomb to center field to give them an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. 

Kane County didn’t stop there as they extended their lead in the second. With the bases loaded, Ernie De La Trinidad hit an RBI-single to right field. A few batters later, Randolph roped a two-RBI double. Jimmy Kerrigan stepped up to the plate and hammered a three-run home run to center field to give the Cougars an 8-0 lead over the Monarchs.

Kane County tacked on one more run in the third inning as Galli Cribbs Jr notched an RBI-triple to make the score 9-0. 

The Monarchs finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third inning. Darnell Sweeney led off the inning with a walk. A couple batters later, Matt Adams hit a soft bloop single over third baseman Dylan Busby to bring in Sweeney. After three innings of play, the Monarchs trailed 1-9. 

Kansas City scored in the middle innings. David Thompson hammered a solo shot over the home run patio in the bottom of the fifth. The next inning, Kevin Santa hit an RBI-single up the middle to score Alexis Olmeda. After six innings, the Monarchs trailed 3-9. 

Kansas City started to make some noise in the seventh inning. Adams led off the inning with a single to left field. After J.C. Escarra notched a hit down the left field line, Chad De La Guerra worked a walk to load the bases. With two outs and two strikes, Willie Abreu hit a screaming line drive down the left field line to score Adams and Escarra. After seven innings, the Monarchs trailed by four runs. 

The Cougars scored two more runs in the ninth and the Monarchs trailed 11-5 heading to the bottom half.  

Kansas City clawed back in the bottom of the ninth. Abreu brought in Escarra with an RBI-double. Sweeney followed up Abreu’s at-bat with a sacrifice fly to right field. However, the Monarchs couldn’t bring any more runs across the plate as the Cougars won 11-7.

 

Explorers 10, RedHawks 11 – Boxscore

 

It was a hot and muggy Tuesday night as the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (45-24) welcomed back the Sioux City Explorers (30-38) in the Explorers second trip to Fargo in less than a week. The back-and-forth series from last week continued with the RedHawks pulling off an 11-10 win over the Explorers.

 

Fargo-Moorhead opened the scoring with a run in each of the first two innings and made it 5-1 by the end of the fourth inning. However, Sioux City strung together eight-straight hits and scored seven runs in the top of the fifth to take an 8-5 lead. RedHawks starter Tyler Grauer allowed all eight runs on 12 hits and was pulled after five innings pitched. 

 

Designated hitter Ben Livorsi responded for the RedHawks right away in the bottom of the fifth with a two-run homer (his first career professional home run) to cut the Explorers lead to one. Sioux City starter Tom Windle allowed seven runs (one unearned) on seven hits and five walks in four innings pitched.

 

Later In the sixth inning, Rymer Liriano hit a three-run home run to give the RedHawks a 10-8 lead. Liriano went 2-for-4 with a home run, double, a walk, drove in three runs, and scored two. 

The RedHawks brought in Tanner Riley in the sixth as he pitched a clean inning by only giving up two hits with Luke Lind coming in the seventh inning and allowing one run and one hit. Lind pitched only one inning before the RedHawks went to the bullpen again with Joe Jones coming in to pitch in the eighth and ninth innings. Jones (4-1) picked up the win after allowing the tying run in the eighth, but ended up walking three and striking out two for his fourth win of the season. 

 

Explorers relief pitchers Mitchell Verburg (0-1) and Max Kuhns pitched in the eighth and ninth innings respectively. Verburg began the ninth and allowed Sam Dexter to reach on a single before being replaced by Kuhns.

 

Dexter was able to reach second base on a Sebastian Zawanda throwing error to first. With Dexter now at second, Christian Correa attempted a bunt that popped up and was caught by the Explorers third baseman Zach Kone for the putout. Outfielder Evan Alexander followed up with a walk and gave the RedHawks two runners with one out for Peter Maris. Maris was having a hot night at the plate with three hits and a walk as the California native came in clutch with a game-winning RBI double off of Kuhns that drove in Dexter for the win. Maris went 4-for-5 with a walk, an RBI, and scored two runs.

 

Goldeyes 11, Canaries 14 – Boxscore

 

The Winnipeg Goldeyes (40-29) lost 14-11 to the Sioux Falls Canaries at Sioux Falls Stadium on Tuesday night.

 

With the Goldeyes leading 11-10 in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Canaries (26-41) rallied for four runs to take the lead.  Kona Quiggle walked leading off, took third on Osvaldo Martinez’s groundball single to centre, and scored the tying run on a Zane Gurwitz safety squeeze bunt that resulted in a single.  Two batters later, Gavin LaValley doubled to centre to drive in Martinez with the lead run.  Sioux Falls added insurance runs on an Aaron Takacs RBI fielder’s choice and an Angelo Altavilla two-out, RBI single.

 

Mitchell Walters pitched a scoreless top of the ninth to earn his third save of the season.

 

The Goldeyes had clawed back from a 10-2 deficit to take an 11-10 lead.  Trailing 10-2 in the top of the fifth, Eric Rivera singled to left leading off and advanced to second two batters later when Raul Navarro singled up the middle.  Navarro’s single extended his hitting streak to 22 consecutive games.  Max Murphy walked to load the bases, and the Goldeyes scratched out a two-out run when Reggie Pruitt Jr. was hit by a pitch.  Kevin Lachance followed with a three-run double down the left field line that pulled Winnipeg within 10-6.

 

In the top of the seventh, a Navarro infield single and a Pruitt single to left put runners on first and second with two outs.  Lachance made it a 10-7 game with an RBI single down the right field line.  After Deon Stafford Jr. walked to load the bases, Justin Thompson crushed a grand slam home run to left-centre to give Winnipeg an 11-10 lead.

 

Matthew Dunaway (3-1) picked up the win in relief for Sioux Falls after pitching a scoreless top of the eighth.  Bryan Blanton (1-2) took the loss in relief for Winnipeg.

 

The Canaries took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a one-out, solo home run to left from Gurwitz.

 

Murphy led off the top of the second with a line drive home run to left that tied the game.

 

Sioux Falls went in front 5-1 in the bottom of the third on a two-out, RBI single from LaValley that was followed by a Trey Michalczewski three-run homer.

 

David Washington ripped a solo home run leading off the top of the fourth to pull the Goldeyes within 5-2.

 

The Canaries responded with five runs in the bottom of the fourth on a John Nester RBI single, a three-run home run from Jabari Henry, and an RBI double from Michalczewski.

 

Alex Manasa started for the Goldeyes, allowing 10 earned runs on 12 hits in four innings.  Manasa walked none and struck out three.

 

Tyler Garkow started for the Canaries and also took a no-decision, allowing six earned runs on seven hits in four and two-thirds.  Garkow walked four and struck out six.

 

Lachance finished with four hits and four RBI.  With three home runs, the Goldeyes now have 100 on the season through 69 games.  It marks the sixth time in franchise history a Goldeyes’ offence has reached 100-plus home runs.

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