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Milwaukee 5, Chicago 4 – Box Score

The Milwaukee Milkmen (31-19) edged the Chicago Dogs 5-4 in game one of the three game series between the top two teams in North Division.

Chicago (31-20) built an early lead as C Ryan Lidge (2-for-3) hit a two-run home run in the third and, in the fourth, CF Michael Crouse hit an RBI single and then scored on a sac fly from RF Danny Mars. A four-run fifth from the Milkmen tied things back up though. DH Tony Rosselli opened the rally with a solo home run and then SS Anibal Sierra tripled before scoring when CF Brett Vertigan (3-for-5) singled. LF Adam Brett Walker II (2-for-5) hit a base knock into to center field that allowed both Vertigan and 3B Logan Trowbridge to score.

The Milkmen scored the go-ahead run in the sixth with his second homer of the day and seventh of the season.

 

Winnipeg 5, Lincoln 2 (Game 1/7 Innings) – Box Score

The Winnipeg Goldeyes (24-25) took game one of their Tuesday doubleheader with the Lincoln Saltdogs 5-2.

The Saltdogs plated a pair of runs in the top of the third as C Skyler Weber scored when LF Justin Byrd bounced out and CF Forrestt Allday singled home 2B Gunnar Buhner. In the home half, RF Max Murphy (2-for-3) doubled to score CF Jay Gonzalez and scored alongside LF Kevin Lachance when 1B Kyle Martin singled in the next at-bat. Martin scored as SS Raul Navarro singled and was thrown out trying to stretch that into a double.

Murphy added another RBI in the fifth with singled that scored Lachance. Starter Pete Perez earned the win for throwing six innings and striking out seven batters and Closer Jose Jose bagged the save.

 

Winnipeg 4, Lincoln 2 (Game 2/7 Innings) – Box Score

The Winnipeg Goldeyes (25-25) completed the sweep of their doubleheader with the Lincoln Saltdogs with a 4-2 win in game two.

Just like in game one, the Saltdogs struck first as CF Forrestt Allday drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the second. 1B Kyle Martin hit a solo shot for the Goldeyes in the fourth to tie the score and Winnipeg took the lead in the next inning when RF Max Murphy (2-for-3) doubled home DH Tyler Hill, CF Jay Gonzalez and 3B Dakota Conners. Murphy plated five RBIs in the doubleheader.

LF Justin Byrd hit a solo homer of his own in the top of the sixth but that proved to be the final run of the game.

 

Fargo-Moorhead 7, Gary SouthShore 6 – Box Score

The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks put together a late charge to take the first game of their series with the Gary SouthShore RailCats 7-6.

The RailCats were leading 5-0 after four and a half innings, but the RedHawks started to make their surge in the bottom of the fifth. There, LF Jordan George (2-for-3) hit a lead-off home run and CF Alex Boxwell added an RBI single. In the next inning, RF John Silviano, C Dylan Kelly (2-for-4) and 1B Correlle Prime each had RBI singles to tie the score at 5-5.

Gary SouthShore briefly moved back in front in the top of the seventh when 2B Jose Mercado scored as 3B Hayden Schilling bounced out but, in the home half, George hit an RBI single and DH Kevin Krause scored when Silviano hit into a double play.

 

Sioux City 7, Sioux Falls 6 – Box Score

The Sioux City Explorers (29-22) held off a ninth-inning rally from the Sioux Falls Canaries to win 7-6 on Tuesday night.

The Canaries scored first with a sac fly from 2B Zane Gurwitz but the Explorers quickly moved in front in the bottom of the frame as SS Chris Clare (2-for-4) doubled home CF Chase Harris (2-for-4) and then scored with 2B L.T. Tolbert (2-for-3) when LF Sebastian Zawada hit his 10th home run of the season. Sioux Falls eventually tied the score with a two-run homer from DH Jabari Henry in the third and CF Cade Gotta’s steal of home plate in the fifth.

In the seventh, C Mitch Ghelfi scored as Clare reached on an error, Harris scored when Tolbert singled and then Tolbert scored on a wild pitch to put the Explorers in front 7-4.

In the top of the ninth, Cade Gotta (3-for-4) hit an RBI single and 3B Nick Gotta lifted a sac fly but a strike out in the next at-bat left the game-tying run standing on second base.

 

Kansas City 10, Houston 8 – Box Score

Now right the middle of a nine-game homestand, the Kansas City Monarchs (31-18) won their fourth straight with a 10-8 win against the Houston Apollos. Kansas City, which leads the South Division, has now won nine of its last 10 games and sports the best record in the American Association.

The Monarchs racked up 14 hits on Tuesday night and saw hits from nine different batters. CF Darnell Sweeney led the way with three hits including his fifth home run of the season. Both RF Jan Hernandez and 1B Casey Gillaspie added a pair of hits and three RBIs. 3B Nick Franklin went 2-for-2 with a run scored.

For the Apollos, DH Aaron Takacs went 2-for-5 with four RBIs and LF Blake Berry and 1B Hudson Bilodeau each added a pair of hits.

 

Cleburne 7, Kane County 3 – Box Score

The Cleburne Railroaders (28-21) pulled away late to top the Kane County Cougars 7-3 on Tuesday evening at home.

2B Alay Lago (3-for-4) plated the first run of the day with a double that pushed SS Osvaldo Martinez across but the Cougars took the lead as DH Mark Karaviotis homered in the fourth and 2B Josh Allen (2-for-2) and 1B Kacy Clemens (2-for-4) followed suit in the fifth. The Railroaders took the lead back in the sixth as Martinez hit a lead-off homer and, in the next at-bat, Lago tripled and scored on an error. 1B Ramon Hernandez (2-for-4) also tripled and then scored when CF Zach Nehrir doubled.

The Railroaders added three runs in the eighth thanks to a sac fly from Lago, an RBI single from Hernandez and an RBI triple from RF Hunter Clanin.

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