Sioux City 2, Kane County 1 – Box Score
Behind a complete game from starting pitcher Patrick Ledet, the Sioux City Explorers (17-10) topped the Kane County Cougars 2-1.
Ledet needed just 117 pitched to finish off the Cougars, 79 for strikes, as he allowed one unearned run on nine hits while striking out seven batters. The win moves Ledet to 3-0 on the year in six starts but the Explorers have won every contest in which he’s seen the mound. The Cougars’ only run came in the bottom of the first when CF Anfernee Seymour reached on an error and eventually scored when RF Jeffrey Baez grounded out to short.
For the Explorers, C Mitch Ghelfi had an RBI double in the fifth that scored DH Sebastian Zawada (2-for-4) and, in the seventh, Ghelfi reached base on a dropped third strike that allowed LF DJ Poteet to score.
Lincoln 3, Houston 2 – Box Score
The Lincoln Saltdogs (14-11) held off the Houston Apollos 3-2 to take a 2-0 lead in the three-game set.
The Saltdogs struck first in the bottom of the first inning as DH Curt Smith doubled to score 3B Ryan Long (2-for-4). After 1B Alvaro Gonzalez (2-for-3) tied the score with an RBI double for the Apollos in the top of the fifth, SS Josh Altmann (2-for-4) singled home both CF Patrick Adams (2-for-4) and 2B Louis Martini in the home half to push Lincoln back in front.
Houston pulled back within a run when CF Brian Dansereau doubled home 2B Jordan Pontious in the seventh but that proved to be the final run of the afternoon.
Starting pitcher Carson Lance went five innings and allowed one run on three hits while striking out three batters in the winning effort. Closer James Pugliese bagged his eighth save of the year.
Milwaukee 12, Sioux Falls 10 – Box Score
The Milwaukee Milkmen (16-10) used five home runs to slide past the Sioux Falls Canaries 12-10 on Wednesday afternoon.
LF Adam Walker II had two of those home runs as he went 2-for-5 with three RBIs. 1B David Washington (2-for-3), C Christ Conley (3 RBI) and SS Anibal Sierra (2-for-5, 3 RBI) each added a homer for the Milkmen. Washington now has 11 roundtrippers on the season, tied for the most in the American Association so far in 2021.
The Milkmen scored six runs in the top of the fifth inning thanks to back-to-back jacks from Walker and Washington as well as an RBI singles from Sierra and 3B Logan Trowbridge; Sierra also scored on a pass ball later in the inning.
The Canaries rallied for six runs in the bottom of the seventh; CF Logan Landon (3-for-5) had an RBI single, 1B Charlie Valerio (2-for-4) drew a bases-loaded walk, RF Mike Hart singled to score Landon and DH Jabari Henry (3-for-5) scored on an error on the same play. Valerio scored when 3B Nick Gotta hit into a fielder’s choice and Hart scored on a sac fly from C Shamoy Christopher.
Kansas City 6, Gary SouthShore 2 – Box Score
The Kansas City T-Bones (14-10) found the scoreboard in the bottom of the first and never trailed on the way to a 6-2 win against the Gary SouthShore RailCats.
DH Jan Hernandez opened the scoring with a two-run home run in the first inning that also scored 2B Ryan Grotjohn. In the top of the sixth, SS Tyler Van Marter scored when 2B Daniel Lingua bounced out but in the home half, 1B Casey Gillaspie hit a three-run home run to push the lead to 5-1. 3B Darnell Sweeney added an RBI double for the Monarchs in the seventh.
DH Thomas Walraven recorded an RBI single for the RailCats in the eighth for the final run of the day.
Starting pitcher Gregori Vasquez allowed one unearned run on three hits while striking out two batters in six innings of work to earn the win.
Chicago 7, Fargo-Moorhead 3 – Box Score
The Chicago Dogs (18-10) maintained their division lead, and the best record in the American Association, with a 7-3 win against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks on Wednesday at Impact Field.
DH K.C. Hobson opened the scoring for the Dogs in the bottom of the first with an RBI double and he scored when C Ryan Lidge bounced out in the next at-bat. 2B Harrison Smith added a solo shot for the Dogs in the second. In the fifth, Hobson hit into a fielder’s choice that allowed 3B Cosimo Cannella (2-for-3) to score and, in the next at-bat, Lidge lifted a sac fly to right that plated LF Michael Crouse.
Lidge added his third and fourth RBIs with a single in the bottom of the seventh. That base knock extended his current hitting streak to 13 games.
For the RedHawks, 1B Jordan George (2-for-4) hit a two-run homer in the second and 3B Leobaldo Pina (3-for-4) singled home CF Alex Boxwell in the eighth. That RBI ended starting pitcher Jordan Kipper’s day but he earned the win on 7.2 innings with seven Ks.
Winnipeg 10, Cleburne 4 – Box Score
The Winnipeg Goldeyes (10-14) racked up 17 hits on the way to a 10-4 win against the Cleburne Railroaders.
Seven different Goldeyes recorded hits in the game and five of them had multi-hit performances. RF Max Murphy went 5-for-5 with three runs scored to lead the way. CF Tyler Hill went 3-for-5 with a triple and LF Kevin Lachance went 4-for-5 with two triples, two RBIs and a run scored. 3B Raul Navarro went 2-for-4, both doubles, with three RBIs and two runs scored and 1B Logan Hill went 2-for-5 with an RBI. DH Kyle Martin added his seventh home run of the year with a three-run shot in the top of the ninth.
For the Railroaders, LF Noah Vaughan and C Tyler Ryan each went 3-for-4 and Ryan added an BRI. Pinch Hitter Colton Pogue had a pair of RBIs in the bottom of the ninth.