Monarchs Machine Turns Back on as they Shutout the Explorers

Kansas City Monarchs

Monarchs 6, Explorers 0 – Box Score


The Kansas City Monarchs (47-29) finally ended their five-game losing streak. Matt Hall threw seven scoreless innings for Kansas City and helped the team earn a shutout win over the Sioux City Explorers (34-41) 6-0 Tuesday night. 


The Monarchs scored right away in the first inning when DH Matt Adams roped a two-run blast. RF Casey Gillaspie brought another run home with an RBI-single to right field to give Kansas City an early 3-0 lead. 


The Monarchs got on the scoreboard again in the fourth as LF Jacob Robson and 3B  David Thompson notched RBI’s to put Kansas City up 6-0. 


The Explorers were held at bay all night due to Monarchs starting pitcher, Matt Hall. He threw seven scoreless innings while striking out eight batters. Hall only allowed three hits and was a crucial part to Kansas City’s victory.


CF Mallex Smith had a night for the Monarchs as he finished 3-4 from the plate with two runs and a walk. 


RedHawks 1, Saltdogs 0 – Box Score


Peyton Wigginton earned his seventh win for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (49-26) Tuesday night at Haymarket Park. He had an exceptional performance on the mound, throwing eight scoreless innings while striking out nine Saltdogs. He was the key piece to the RedHawks 1-0 victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs (34-42)


The RedHawks only run came from a solo home run belted by RF John Silviano in the sixth inning. He finished his night 3-3 from the plate with a walk. 


Josh Norwood earned the loss for the Saltdogs. He threw two innings, allowing the home run to Silviano. 


Alex DuBord earned his 20th save of the season as he struck out Josh Altmann to end the game. 

Cougars 5, Railroaders 2 – Box Score 


The Kane County Cougars (40-36) defeated the Cleburne Railroaders (32-43) 5-2 at the Depot Tuesday night. 


The Cougars scored three runs in the first inning on RBI’s from LF Cornelius Randolph, CF Jimmy Kerrigan, and 3B Dylan Busby


The Railroaders responded as RF Hill Alexander hit a sacrifice fly to center field to make it a 1-3 ballgame. 


Neither team scored the next six innings until C Josh Rolette hammered a double to score Jimmy Kerrigan in the eighth inning to put Kane County up 4-1. 


The Cougars didn’t stop there as Randolph collected another RBI with a single to score RF Ernie De La Trinidad and put the Cougars up 5-1. Randolph finished his night 4-5 from the plate with two RBIs. 


The Railroaders made some noise in the bottom of the ninth as 1B Kacy Clemens drove in a run on a single, but relief pitcher Ryan Richardson retired C Jacob Bockelie to end the game and give Kane County the win.


Starting pitcher Jack Fox earned the win and quality start for the Cougars. He allowed one run through seven innings of work. 


Milkmen 4, Goldeyes 7 – Box Score


The Winnipeg Goldeyes (44-32) beat the Milwaukee Milkmen 7-4 at Shaw Park on Tuesday night. 


Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Raul Navarro gave Winnipeg the lead with a two-out, two-run home run to left-centre.  Max Murphy followed with a single up the middle, and scored from first when David Washington doubled to centre.


With two outs and no one on base in the bottom of the sixth, Deon Stafford Jr. extended the inning with an infield single.  Eric Rivera singled to right, and the Goldeyes stretched the lead to 6-3 when Ian Sagdal’s single through the right side scored Stafford.  Rivera dashed for the plate with the Goldeyes’ seventh run when Sagdal was caught in a rundown between first and second base.


Bryan Blanton struck out the side in a scoreless top of the seventh, while Travis Seabrooke fanned a pair in the top of the eighth.


Carl Chester led off the top of the ninth with a home run down the right field line before Erasmo Pinales retired the next three hitters to close out the game.


Jhon Vargas (4-1) picked up the win in relief, pitching three shutout innings from the fourth through the sixth.


Milkmen starter Ryan Zimmerman (4-5) took the loss, allowing seven earned runs on nine hits in five and two-thirds innings.  Zimmerman walked two and struck out five.


The Milkmen (40-36) took a 1-0 lead in the first when Aaron Hill led off the game with an opposite-field home run to right.


In the top of the second, the Milkmen made it 3-0 on a Jeremiah Burks RBI groundout and a Jordan Garr RBI single.


Murphy walked leading off the bottom of the second and scored from first when Washington doubled to right-centre.  Two batters later, Kevin Lachance doubled to centre to score Washington and pull the Goldeyes within 3-2.


Alex Hart started for Winnipeg and took a no-decision, allowing three earned runs on four hits in three innings.  Hart walked one and struck out one.


Canaries 5, DockHounds 10 – Box Score


The Lake Country DockHounds (25-50) break their losing streak in a cross-divisional match-up against the Sioux Falls Canaries (29-44).


Things were looking great for the Canaries after the top of the first inning as Jabari Henry and Gavin LaValley hit back to back home runs, but it all fell out from them in the bottom of the first. 


One run was scored for the DockHounds off of a T.J. Bennett double which was followed by another run being score due to a Jake Snider ground rule double which was followed by yet another ground rule double from Wilfredo Gimenez which scored yet another run.


The story of the game came when Casey Dykstra cleared the ducks off the pond with a 3-run HR in that same inning. 


It was a maintenance game from here as the DockHounds had a 4-run lead after one inning. 


RailCats 6, Dogs 2 – Box Score 


The Gary SouthShore RailCats struck early and supplemented late as they took down the Chicago Dogs 6-2 at Impact Field. 

Four first-inning runs set an early tone while five different arms silenced the Chicago lineup down the stretch to make it stand up, helping ignite the ‘Cats to yet another win away from home. 

The Gary SouthShore offense jumped all over Dogs starting pitcher Kyle Murphy early, sending all nine batters to the plate in the very first inning during their four-run rally.  Tom Walraven’s leadoff single and stolen base kicked off the frame, and a Daniel Lingua hit-by-pitch placed runners on first and second. Jesus Marriaga delivered the first blow, singling Walraven home to give the ‘Cats the lead.  Victor Nova chipped in a two-run triple, and after a walk to LG Castillo, Sam Abbott grounded out to plate another run, moving Gary SouthShore ahead 4-0. 

Through the first four innings, RailCats starter Adam Heidenfelder kept the score the same.  He retired each of the first 12 Dogs he faced, striking out four, as he picked up right where he left off following his six-inning shutout start against the Lincoln Saltdogs one week ago. 

However, the Dogs woke their bats up in the fifth.  Heidenfelder got the first out, but a Grant Kay two-run home run cut the Gary SouthShore lead in half at 4-2. 

Though Chicago applied early pressure in the bottom of the sixth with a one-out base hit and walk, Nick Garcia entered out of the bullpen to bail the RailCats out of trouble.  He induced an inning-ending double play to halt the Dogs rally in its tracks and keep the Gary SouthShore advantage intact. 

Using their newfound momentum, the RailCats capitalized at the plate the very next inning.  Against All-Star reliever Joe Cavallaro, Michael Woodworth launched a solo home run, adding a key insurance run and putting Gary SouthShore up 5-2. 

In response, the Dogs positioned multiple runners on base in both the seventh and eighth innings, but the Gary SouthShore RailCats bullpen proved up for the challenge.  Julio Vivas and Jack Eisenbarger both stranded two runners on base and did not allow a run, maintaining the RailCats edge at three. 

Once again, the RailCats lineup rewarded their bullpen’s efforts with another late run.  Jackson Smith and Nate Scantlin produced back-to-back singles to open the ninth, and Scantlin’s steal of second base drew a throwing error, allowing Smith to waltz home for the sixth run. 

Yeison Medina took over on the mound in the bottom of the ninth to lock down the win, and even as the Dogs moved the tying run into the on-deck circle, he did not flinch.  He left runners on the corners to finish Chicago off and secure the result.


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