Grand Prairie 4, Sioux Falls 2 – Box
Grand Prairie relied on small ball tonight to take home a victory. Leadoff hitter Jamondrick McGruder reached base in all four at-bats, walking three times. He scored a run and stole two bases as well. Not to be outdone, CF Hayden Jennings also stole two bases and scored two runs. Jennings walked twice. Grand Prairie also had a solid pitching performance tonight from starter T.J. Bozeman. He pitched 7 strong innings allowing just one run and striking out eight to get the win. Bozeman’s season ERA now sits at 2.05. Reliever TyRelle Harris also gave two solid innings to earn the save.
DH Richard Stock and SS Jerome Pena scored the only runs for Sioux Falls tonight. Stock went 2-4 with a run scored. Pena reached twice on two walks. C Tyler Shover reached base on all four of his at-bats
Sussex County 5, Gary Southshore 4 (Game 1 – 9 innings) – Box
Sussex County 2B Ryan Pineda capped an excellent day at the plate by scoring the game winning run in extra innings. The game was originally scheduled to go 7 innings, but went into extras after Gary Southshore SS Ryan Brockett singled to bring home DH Zac Treece and tie the game at 4. Pineda scored all the way from second after a passed ball and an error by Gary Southshore. It was Pineda’s third run of the game. He went 3-5 with 3 runs and a double. 1B Kenny Bryant also had a big day at the plate for Sussex County, going 3-3 with a home run, a stolen base and a walk.
For Gary Southshore Brockett went 2-3 with an RBI. 1B Michael Schroeder also had two hits in the game. Relief pitcher Michael Suk earned the win after pitching two scoreless innings for Sussex County.
Wichita 14, Laredo Lemurs 7 – Box
In an offensive onslaught the Wingnuts took the victory over the Lemurs. The two teams combined for 21 runs and 33 hits in the game. SS Alberto Gonzalez led Wichita with a huge day at the plate. Gonzalez went 4-4 with three runs and three RBI. Leadoff hitter CF Jayce Ray provided the spark for the Wingnuts. Despite only being credited with one hit in the game, Ray crossed the plate four times. Nine of the 10 batters who played in the game for Wichita scored at least one run. DH Matt Padgett also had a solid performance at the plate bringing in three runs and scoring one of his own. SP Tim Brown earned the win for the Wingnuts.
The Lemurs also had a balanced offensive attack with all nine hitters reaching base at least once. C/RF Kevin Taylor went 2-4 with two runs. 1B Tim Delmonico hit his league leading 5th home run of the season.
Winnipeg 8, Lincoln 6 – Box
The top of the order gave Winnipeg everything they needed to get the win tonight. 2B Brad Boyer and 1B Casey Haerther combined to go 6-10 with three runs and two RBI. Leadoff hitter SS Casido Grider also hit his first home run of the season. Grider put the second pitch of the evening into the stands to set the table for Winnipeg. Seven different Winnipeg batters reached home plate. SP Kyle Anderson earned the win, with Jailen Peguero striking out the side to get the save.
The Saltdogs relied heavily on the long ball tonight with two different players going yard. C Mitch Canham hit a home run in the bottom of the first inning to bring home two runs. CF Jon Gaston hit his 5th home run of the season to tie the league leaders.
St. Paul 8, Joplin 3 – Box
DH Ian Gac and 1B Angelo Songco both drove in two runs to bring each of their season RBI totals to 20. Gac drove in two runs in the first inning with a double to left field. The double was his 13th of the season. 2B Sam Maus and CF Willie Argo scored on the play. Maus and Argo would combine to score 5 runs after each reaching base three times. Argo hit two double in the game to bring his season double total to four. RHP Jeff Shields was credited with the win for St. Paul after going 7 innings striking out three and only allowing two runs.
The outfield duo of CF Oscar Mesa and RF Steven Tonico was the bright spot for Joplin. They both had a double in the game, each going 2-4 with a run scored. The Blasters pitching staff struck out 11 batters.
Kansas City 9, Fargo-Moorhead 5 – Box
1B Joe Rapp powered Kansas City to victory with his three run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Rapp went 2-5 with two runs and three RBI. Leadoff hitter Adam Cavan also swung a good bat tonight going 3-5 with a double and two RBI. He also scored a run. DH Ryan Bailey went 2-5 with two runs, an RBI and a triple. SP Casey Barnes earned the win pitching 6 innings only allowing one run.
RF Chad Mozingo provided the power for Fargo-Moorhead. Mozingo went 3-5 with two doubles and three RBI. Mozingo cleared the bases with his double in the 8th inning.
Sioux City 8, Amarillo 3 (10 innings) – Box
Sioux City RF Michael Lang was a triple away from the cycle tonight. He ended up going 4-6 with three runs and an RBI. He had a double and a solo home run, as well as a stolen base. He flashed power and speed on the basepaths tonight. DH Brock Kjeldgaard also had a good day at the plate Kjeldgaard went 2-5 with a run and three RBI. He also hit his third home run of the season. Sioux City also benefited from a strong bullpen effort. After getting 7 solid innings from their starter Dustin Loggins, the bullpen came in and shut down the next three innings, with Rob Wart getting the win.
Gary Southshore 4, Sussex County 1 (Game 2- 7 innings) – Box
Gary Southshore got revenge after losing the first game of the doubleheader in walkoff fashion. They too the early lead scoring two runs in the top of the second inning and held on to the lead for the rest of the game. OF J.D. Plufer went 2-3 with a run scored for Gary Southshore. He also drove in one run. DH Adam Taylor and 3B Roger Bernal also scored for the Railcats. SP Charlie Rosario earned the victory after pitching 6 innings and only allowing one run. He struck out four and only allowed five hits.
Jayson Hernandez scored the lone run for Sussex County. He came home in the second inning after Kenny Bryant doubled.