Fargo-Moorhead 6, Rockland 5 (Final – 11 Innings) — Box Score
It was 1B C.J. Retherford who came up with the walk-off RBI single in the 11th inning to give the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks a 6-5 win over the Rockland Boulders in an interleague matchup Tuesday.
Retherford, who went 2-for-6 with two RBI and a run scored in the game, came to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the 11th and SS Zach Penprase standing on third base. Retherford’s single to left field proved to be the final at bat of the game as Penprase touched home plate. Penprase had a team-high three hits and a game-high three runs scored.
The Boulders were trailing by a run going into the eighth inning but a single from C Marcus Nidiffer tied up the score at five runs apiece. It was DH Steve Nyisztor that scored on that plate and he was the driving force behind the Boulders offense in the game as he went 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
St. Paul 5, Lincoln 4 (Game Two – 8 Innings) — Box Score
It took an extra frame but the St. Paul Saints finished off a sweep of their Tuesday doubleheader with a 5-4 win over the Lincoln Saltdogs. Rain on Monday forced the doubleheader and the Saints took the first game 5-0 in seven innings.
The second contest was a different story as the Saltdogs jumped out to an early lead and made the Saints erase a deficit twice in the contest. The Saints trailed 4-2 going into the sixth inning but a double from Pinch Hitter Jake Taylor pushed two runs across to tie up the game. Neither team would score in the seventh keeping the score line level but 2B Sam Maus came up with a big single to left field that scored DH Willie Cabrera for the walk off win.
The Saltdogs outhit the Saints in the game 9-7 as seven batters in the lineup registered at least one hit and both 2B Luis Nunez and LF Matt Forgatch had two-hit games. For the Saints, CF Evan Bigley and 1B Angelo Songco each went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Sioux Falls 3, Amarillo 2 — Box Score
The Sioux Falls Canaries slid past the Amarillo Sox with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and held on for a 3-2 win.
The Sox broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fourth inning when a DH Kyle Nichols single pushed LF Derek Perren across the plate but 1B A.J. Kirby-Jones responded with a solo homerun in the bottom of the inning to tie up the score. Amarillo struck again in the fifth as 3B Kevin Mahoney singled in a run but the Canaries took the lead for good in the bottom of the inning as DH Chris Duffy had an RBI double and then later scored on a triple by 2B Sam Lind. Duffy had a team-high two hits for the Canaries.
That would be the end of the scoring in the game as three Sioux Falls relievers combined to finish off the last three innings without allowing a run and giving up just two hits. Reliever Alan DeRatt earned the save as he shut the door in the ninth.
Gary SouthShore 3, Grand Prairie 1 — Box Score
Behind a ninth inning surge, the Gary SouthShore RailCats rallied to top the Grand Prairie AirHogs 3-1.
The AirHogs opened up the scoring in the fifth inning when SS Jimmy Mojica scored on a single from LF Palmer Karr but that would be the only run Grand Prairie would scratch across in the contest. Until the ninth inning, that lone run looked like it might be enough to claim victory but the RailCats had other plans. Gary SouthShore loaded up the bases in the top of the ninth for C Ryan Babineau and he promptly singled in a pair of runs to give his team the lead. Babineau was 3-for-5 in the game.
CF Josh Romanski followed that at bat with another single that gave the RailCats the 3-1 advantage. Reliever Kevin Brahney came in and sat down the AirHogs in order in the bottom of the frame to earn the save.
New Jersey 4, Winnipeg 1 — Box Score
The New Jersey Jackals took the lead with a pair of solo homeruns in the bottom of the first inning and starting pitcher Gabriel Perez took care of the rest as they downed the Winnipeg Goldeyes 4-1 in an interleague affair.
Perez, who earned the win in the contest, tossed seven innings of one-hit ball and struck out five batters. For the game, the Goldeyes had just three hits and the lone RBI came from 2B Jake Blackwood in the ninth inning. For the Jackals, it was CF Alonzo Harris and 2B Jeremy Barnes who hit homeruns in the first inning to take the early lead.
Barnes finished the night 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Jackals C Tony Caldwell was the only other player in the game to have more than one hit as he went 2-for-4 with one run scored.
Sioux City 4, Kansas City 0 — Box Score
The Sioux City pitching staff combined to complete a two-hit shutout of the Kansas City T-Bones in a 4-0 win Tuesday night.
Starting pitcher Patrick Johnson went seven strong innings for the Explorers and gave up just one hit while striking out five. Then relievers Jimmer Kennedy, Kenny Long and Chris Bodishbaugh came in and finished off what Johnson started by continuing the shutout and allowing just one more hit. Then win moves Johnson to 3-1 on the season.
At the plate for the Explorers both CF Oscar Mesa and RF Peter Barrows went 3-for-4 and four other Explorers posted an RBI including 2B Andres Perez who had one hit and one base on balls in the game.
Wichita 5, Laredo 1 — Box Score
The Wichita Wingnuts rode a solid outing from starting pitcher Tim Brown to a 5-1 win over the Laredo Lemurs.
Brown went seven innings for the Wingnuts and he allowed just one earned run on five hits and his teammates provided more than enough run support to claim a road win in Laredo. Wichita took the lead in the third inning when RF David Amberson scored after SS Ryan Khoury reached base on an error. Khoury scored later in the inning when LF Carlo Testa singled to right. Testa was the only player in the game to have a multi-hit game as he went 2-for-5 with four RBI.
Testa hit a three-run homerun in the seventh inning to push the Wingnut lead out to four runs and Wichita held on to that advantage for the rest of the contest.