Explorers 4, Goldeyes 2 – Boxscore
The Winnipeg Goldeyes (46-34) lost 4-2 to the Sioux City Explorers at Shaw Park on Sunday afternoon.
With two outs and no one on base in the top of the first, Trey Martin extended the inning with an infield single. After Gabe Snyder walked, Chase Harris lifted a three-run home run to left to give the Explorers (37-42) an early 3-0 lead.
The Goldeyes pulled within 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth. Raul Navarro reached on an error with one out, and the Goldeyes loaded the bases on singles from Max Murphy and David Washington. Jacob Rhinesmith lined a sacrifice fly to centre that drove in Navarro. Murphy then scored from third on a wild pitch.
Snyder extended Sioux City’s lead to 4-2 with a leadoff home run to right-centre in the top of the sixth.
Explorers’ starter Zach Hedges escaped a bases loaded, one-out jam in the bottom of the sixth before turning the ball over to Max Kuhns who finished the game with three shutout innings to earn his third save of the year.
Hedges (2-7) picked up the win, allowing two unearned runs on six hits in six innings. Hedges walked one and struck out six.
Luis Ramirez (10-4) started for the Goldeyes and took the loss, allowing four earned runs on seven hits in six innings. Ramirez walked one and struck out three.
Zac Ryan, Bryan Blanton, and Erasmo Pinales each worked a scoreless inning in relief of Ramirez. Murphy has hit safely in eight consecutive games.
Dogs 4, RedHawks 6 – Boxscore
With what could be a preview of the American Association Finals in September, the West Division-leading Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks picked up a big win and a series sweep over the East Division-leading Chicago Dogs, 6-4 on Sunday, in front of 2,645 fans.
RedHawks starting pitcher Peyton Wigginton came in today looking for a repeat of his last start, where he held the Lincoln Saltdogs to zero runs on five hits in eight innings of work. Wigginton was off to a great start as he kept Chicago scoreless in the first inning after the Dogs scored a combined three runs in the top of the first inning on Friday and Saturday. But it would be the RedHawks who score first when leadoff hitter Peter Maris took the first pitch from Chicago starting pitcher Kyle Murphy and crushed his 17th home run of the season, giving the RedHawks a 1-0 lead. It was also the third game in a row where the ‘Hawks were able to score in the first inning, scoring one run in all three games.
But the Dogs, who were looking to end an eight-game losing streak, would come back to tie the game in the fifth inning when catcher Ryan Lidge hit a double that scored Charlie Tillson from first. For Wigginton, it was the first run given up since August 3 against Sioux City. However, the RedHawks would take back the lead in the bottom half of the inning when Leo Pina hit a line drive down the third base line as Dogs left fielder Tony Rosselli dove for the ball and missed, giving Pina a double that scored Manny Boscan. With Drew Ward now at third and Pina at second, Chicago intentionally walked John Silviano to load the bases. Following the walk, Dogs skipper Butch Hobson decided to pull Murphy and bring in Joe Cavallaro to try and force the RedHawks into an inning-ending double play. Sam Dexter would be the first ‘Hawks batter to face Cavallaro, and Dexter hit a perfect sacrifice fly ball that scored Ward, and the RedHawks now had a 4-1 lead.
The score remained the same until the top of seven when Chicago would strike again at the plate as the Dogs Grant Kay laced a double to the gap in center field and scored Tillson and Harrison Smith and tying up the game at four. Wigginton would come out of the game following the double by Kay and pitched 6.1 innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits and four strikeouts which was not a factor in the decision. The RedHawks went to the bullpen as Tanner Riley came in on relief. Riley pitched well in 1.2 innings of work, allowing no runs and zero hits and walking one Chicago batter.
With the game tied in the bottom of the eighth, the RedHawks offense stepped up again when right fielder John Silviano blasted a two-run homer to the opposite left field that scored Pina from second and gave the ‘Hawks a 6-4 lead.
Now with the lead and heading to the ninth, manager Chris Coste went to Luke Lind instead of closer Alex DuBord, who picked up two saves in this series and leads the league with 22 saves in 2022. Lind, who has pitched in 39 games this year, closed out the game by retiring all three Dogs batters and picked up his third save of the year, which sealed up the 6-4 win and a series sweep of the Dogs. The RedHawks lead the series against Chicago this year, 4-to-3, with both teams meeting up for one last time in the regular season at Impact Field for three games, beginning on August 19.
DockHounds 6, Canaries 4 – Boxscore
The Canaries hit two homeruns on Sunday and brought the winning run to the plate in the ninth inning but ultimately fell to Lake County 6-4 at Sioux Falls Stadium.
Angelo Altavilla drew a one-out walk in the second inning and was driven in on an RBI single from John Nester. Gavin LaValley added to the lead with a two-run homerun in the third.
But Lake County scored six unanswered runs between the fifth and sixth innings and would not trail the rest of the way. Trey Michalczewski homered to start off the ninth and a single followed by a fielder’s choice put two runners on base with no outs. A sacrifice bunt put both runners in scoring position but a popout and a flyout ended the game.
Milkmen 12, RailCats 10 – Boxscore
The Gary SouthShore RailCats had the Milwaukee Milkmen on the ropes, but the visitors snatched victory from the jaws of defeat to win 12-10 in the series finale.
Early on, it looked like the RailCats would cruise to an easy win. In their first turn at-bat, they sent 12 batters to the plate, scoring eight times through a Victor Nova two-run single, Daniel Lingua two-run home run, and Sherman Graves grand slam to pull ahead 8-0.
The Milkmen responded through an Aaron Hill solo home run in the top of the second, but the RailCats responded by putting up a two-spot in the bottom of the frame. LG Castillo notched a run-scoring single, and Nate Scantlin recorded a sacrifice fly to increase the Gary SouthShore lead to 10-2.
After both teams exchanged zeros in the third inning, Milwaukee began to chip away in the fourth. Christ Conley registered a two-run double, bringing the Milkmen back within six.
Over the next four innings, however, a trio of RailCats pitchers took control. Adam Heidenfelder finished off his start by setting the Milkmen down in order in the top of the fifth before Josh Vincent took over and notched scoreless frames in the sixth and seventh. Jaylen Smith entered in the eighth, and he stranded runners on the corners to help Gary SouthShore blank the Milkmen for the fourth consecutive inning.
Down to their final two outs, though, Milwaukee’s offense came alive and fired their way into a lead. They plated nine runs on nine hits and three walks, turning a 10-3 deficit into a 12-10 advantage and placing themselves three outs away from a sweep-preventing victory.
Even so, the RailCats refused to go down without a fight. Thomas Greely walked on four pitches and Scantlin singled to place the tying run on first base, but that was all the magic they could muster. Milkmen pitching got the final three outs in order to hold on and secure the result.
Saltdogs 0, Monarchs 7 – Boxscore
Kansas City’s starting pitcher Matt Hall was lights out from the mound. He threw seven scoreless innings while conceding just two hits and striking out ten. His performance helped the Kansas City Monarchs (49-31) shutout the Lincoln Saltdogs (37-44) 7-0 Sunday afternoon at Legends Field.
The Monarchs scored right away. Darnell Sweeney led off the first with a single up the middle. He advanced to second base as Saltdogs starting pitcher, John Bezdicek, delivered a pitch in the dirt. David Thompson drove in Sweeney to give Kansas City an early 1-0 lead.
The Monarchs extended their lead in the fourth inning. Jacob Robson notched a leadoff single. Thompson followed up the at-bat with a single of his own. Casey Gillaspie worked a walk to bring Gio Brusa to the plate who notched an RBI-single to left field. After four innings, Kansas City led 2-0.
The Monarchs continued to threaten the Saltdogs in the fifth inning. Pete Kozma led off the inning with a double to left field. Robson and Thompson worked back-to-back walks to load the bases. Casey Gillaspie earned his second walk of the day to score Kozma and make it a 3-0 ballgame.
Kansas City’s offense kept rolling in the sixth inning. With the bases loaded, Jacob Robson delivered a grand slam over the home run patio in left field. The long ball pushed the Monarchs lead to seven runs entering the top of the seventh.
Matt Hall started on the mound for the Monarchs. He was phenomenal, throwing seven scoreless innings with ten strikeouts. Hall allowed just two hits and kept the Saltdogs off balance the entire game.
Jameson McGrane toed the rubber for Kansas City in the top of the ninth. After walking Ryan Long, McGrane retired three straight to end the game. The Monarchs shutout the Saltdogs 7-0 to win two of the three games in the series.
Cougars 5, Railroaders 4 – Boxscore
With a win, the Cleburne Railroaders could’ve salvaged a much-needed split against the Kane County Cougars in the finale of their six-game series. To the chagrin of the ‘Roaders, however, that did not come to pass, as they fell 5-4 in extras.
Once again, Kane County got on the board first off Railroaders’ starter Josh Lucas. Luckily for Cleburne, they employ Zach Nehrir, who had no interest in being down 1-0. In the bottom of the first, the All Star outfielder launched a home run over the left field wall to knot the game at one.
Cleburne took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the third. Chase Simpson hit a slow ground ball to the pitcher Jack Fox that allowed Chuck Taylor to cross home plate to make it 2-1.
The game stayed at 2-1 until the top of the seventh when Bryan Brickhouse came in for his Railroaders’ debut out of the bullpen. He struggled with command and surrendered the lead, allowing three runs in just a third of an inning of work.
Now down 4-2, Cleburne had nine outs to at least score two runs to send it to extras. With Nehrir at the dish and a runner on base, Cougars’ reliever C.J. Carter left a curveball hanging over the heart of the plate that Nehrir demolished over the left field fence for this second home run of the contest.
After nine innings, the score was tied at four. In the top of the tenth, the Cougars were able to put up one in the frame, giving themselves a 5-4 lead heading into the bottom half.
Up against the closer Ryan Tapani, Cleburne was unable to put across the tying run as Tapani struck out the side in order to end the game.