Wichita 7, Lincoln 4 – Box
Despite being outhit by Lincoln 10-8, the Wichita Wingnuts were able to outscore the Saltdogs 7-4. 3B Chris McClendon paced the offense with three hits out of the nine-hole, a pair of RBIs and a run scored. DH J.T. Wise put some runs on the board as well with his 10th home run of the season which helped him to a pair of RBIs and a run. Wichita starter Tim Brown worked around eight Lincoln hits and a walk over 6.2 innings to pick up the win. He struck out six batters and allowed four runs on 99 pitches.
Sioux Falls 4, St. Paul 3 – Box
After giving up a run in the first inning to the St. Paul Saints, the Sioux Falls Canaries bounced back with a run of ther own in the second and then a three-run effort in the fourth to beat the Saints 4-3. CF Chris Valencia and DH Chris Duffy provided most of the muscle offensively, going 3-3 and 2-4 respectively. Valencia hit his second home run of the season and Duffy doubled for the 12th time as the two combined for three runs and an RBI. Matt Wickswat threw 5.2 innings en route to the win for Sioux Falls and held the Saints to five hits and a pair of runs. He struck out six batters and walked three.
Kansas City 4, Gary SouthShore 2 – Box
The T-Bones doubled up the RailCats 4-2 Friday night after a seven-hit performance from the offense. RF Jonny Kaplan and DH David Espinosa were the only Kansas City hitters to record more than one hit, with each player picking up a pair. Daniel Barone tossed seven innings for the T-Bones after getting the start and held Gary to two runs and six hits while striking out six and walking none. He handed the ball off to Kris Regas, who pitched shutout eighth and ninth innings to cap off the win and pick up the save. Regas fanned two, walked two and gave up two hits.
Laredo 4, Grand Prairie 2 – Box
Like the T-Bones, Laredo picked up a 4-2 win Friday night after holding the AirHogs to just five hits throughout the game. Lemur starter Casey Harman did most of the work on the mound for Laredo, tossing 6.2 innings and giving up two runs on three hits en route to the win. On the offensive side of the ball, LF Denis Phipps led the team with three of Laredo’s eight hits, while SS Devin Goodwin homered for the third time of the season out of the three-spot in the lineup.
Winnipeg 4, Fargo-Moorhead 1 – Box
The Winnipeg Goldeyes held the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks to just a single run thanks to and excellent outing from Chris Salamida. The Winnipeg starter threw eight full innings and scattered five hits while allowing Fargo’s only run of the game. He struck out seven batters and walked one in the process before watching Chris Kissock throw a one-hit, shutout ninth inning for the save. 1B Casey Haerther had a 3-4 night at the plate for the Goldeyes and also drove in his 20th run of the season.
Amarillo 5, Sioux City 1 – Box
Matt Larkins was just one out short of throwing a complete game for the Amarillo Sox against the Sioux City Explorers, but even without the CG in the boxscore, he lead the Sox to a 5-1 victory. Larkins was cruising up until the ninth, having allowed just a single run and six hits while striking out six and walking one. But, after recording two outs in the top of the frame, Larkins walked two straight and was pulled for Erik Draxton who struck out an Explorer for the final out of the game. DH Kyle Nichols provided most of the juice for the Sox after a 2-4 night that featured a home run and four RBIs.