Laredo 1, Texas 0 – Box
Laredo starting pitcher Troy Marks and two relievers combined a one-hit shutout as the Lemurs beat the Texas AirHogs, 1-0. Marks went the first six innings giving up only the one hit and two walks while fanning 11 batters. The righty earned his seventh win and is now 7-4 on the season. The relievers, Danny Reynolds and Jeff Inman tossed the final three innings and did not allow a hitter to reach base. The only run of the contest came in the sixth inning as RF Denis Phipps hit a solo home run. Laredo now sits only one game behind Winnipeg in the race for the Wild Card.
Lincoln 3, Sioux City 2 – Box
Lincoln scored two runs in the sixth inning to overcome a 2-1 deficit and beat Sioux City, 3-2. Saltdogs DH Curt Smith and 2B Cesar Valera each had two hits on the night with Smith scoring a run and Valera driving in one. Lincoln RF Jon Smith also chipped in with a solo home run, his 12th on the year. Saltdogs starting pitcher Matt Larkins notched his seventh victory and improved his mark to 7-7 on the season. Larkins threw seven innings allowing two earned runs on five hits to go along with three strikeouts. With the win by Lincoln and the losses by the Explorers and Gary SouthShore, the Saltdogs are now in first place by a game over both clubs in the Central Division.
Fargo-Moorhead 7 Kansas City 3 – Box
After two scoreless innings, Fargo-Moorhead tallied seven runs over the next three frames and defeated Kansas City by a 7-3 final. The RedHawks had 12 hits in the contest and was led by CF Kes Carter who went 2-for-5 with a run scored and a RBI. Fargo-Moorhead DH Keury De La Cruz collected two hits and a RBI, while LF Brian Humphries and C Ryan Wagner each hit a home run. RedHawks starter Dylan Mouzakes gave up two earned runs over seven innings to grab his first victory. Mouzakes allowed four walks and four hits with seven punchouts.
Sioux Falls 4, Gary SouthShore 1 – Box
Sioux Falls 3B Patrick Fiala roped a three-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie and beat Gary SouthShore by a 4-1 final. Fiala and 2B B.J. Guinn each had two hits on the night with DH J.C. Linares, SS Blake Schmit and LF Cameron Monger each getting a hit and scoring a run. Canaries pitcher Madison Boer allowed the tying run in the eighth but still won his fourth game of the season. Boer gave up an earned run on a hit and struck out a batter. For Gary SouthShore in the losing effort, SS Jarred Mederos had a perfect 3 for-3 game at the plate.
Wichita 6, Joplin 3 – Box
After falling behind 3-0 in the top of the first inning, Wichita scored four runs in the bottom of the frame to take the lead for good and beat Joplin by a 6-3 score. The Wingnuts were led at the plate by 1B Matt Chavez who had a 2-for-4 game with two runs scored and a RBI. Wichita CF Harrison Kain collected two hits and drove in three runs while leadoff hitter Christian Stringer had three hits in five at-bats and plated a run. Wingnuts pitcher Eddie Medina tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to nab the victory. Medina gave up four hits and struck out two to improve his mark to 6-5 on the year.
St. Paul 18, Winnipeg 2 – Box
In the first of a big three-game set with Winnipeg, the St. Paul Saints rolled out to an early 4-0 advantage and would cruise to an 18-2 win over the Goldeyes. St. Paul banged out 15 in the contest with five batters having multi-hit games. Saints 3B Nate Hanson went 3-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and two RBI while DH David Bergin chipped in two hits, including a home run, two runs and four RBI. St. Paul starting pitcher Corey Williams tossed 5 2/3 innings and picked up his second win of the season. Williams allowed two earned runs on four hits. The win by the Saints gives them a four-game lead in the North Division with six to play.
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