Texas 3, Gary SouthShore 1 — Box Score
Texas’ LF Burt Reynolds blasted his league-leading 15th home run in the third inning and it stood up as the AirHogs topped the Gary SouthShore RailCats 3-1.
The RailCats struck first in the top of the third inning when RF Masato Fukae scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of LF Cameron Newell but the AirHogs quickly took the lead back. In the bottom of the frame, CF Michael Hur singled and SS Juan Sanchez doubled to put two runners in scoring position with just one away. Reynolds came up in the next at-bat and turned on a 0-1 delivery to give the AirHogs the lead.
Neither team scored again the rest of the way and each team only had one runner reach third base in the final six innings. Texas Starter Sam Martin earned the win for working 7.2 innings and allowing the one earned run on five hits while striking out four and Reliever Carlos Misell recorded the save.
Laredo 3, Wichita 1 — Box Score
The Laredo Lemurs had just three hits in the game but one of those was a bases-clearing, three-RBI doubled from 3B J.D. Pulfer and that was enough to give his team a 3-1 win against the Wichita Wingnuts.
Two of the Lemurs three hits came in the bottom of the eighth inning when LF Ty Morrison singled and then later scored on Pulfer’s double. Laredo’s only other hit in the game was a second-inning lead-off single from RF Denis Phipps. The Wingnuts tallied seven hits in the game including two from LF T.J. Mittelstaedt but their only run of the game came on a bases-loaded walk to RF Richard Prigatano in the top of the eighth.
Laredo Starter Barret Loux took a no decision after working seven scoreless innings and striking out nine batters while walking just two. Reliever Jeff Inman was credited with the win and Reliever Troy Marks picked up the save.
St. Paul 6, Sioux City 4 — Box Score
The St. Paul Saints put up four runs in the first inning and never trailed on their way to a 6-4 win against the Sioux City Explorers.
After the four-run first, the Saints added two more in the top of the fourth on a two-run shot from 2B Alonzo Harris to take a 6-1 lead and those proved to be important insurance runs. The Explorers rallied for three runs in the bottom of the fourth after back-to-back RBI singles from DH Matt Koch and C Ralph Henriquez and a CF Matty Johnson ground out that pushed Koch across. But Sioux City never drew any closer than two runs.
The Saints had just six hits in the game, one each from six different batters while the Explorers racked up 10 including three from Koch and two each from Henriquez and RF Michael Lang.
Sioux Falls 9, Fargo-Moorhead 3 — Box Score
The Sioux Falls Canaries broke a 3-3 tie with a six-run rally and walked away with a 9-3 win against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.
In the top of the seventh inning, with the score tied at 3, the Canaries sent 11 batters to plate and scored six runs off four hits and two errors. 1B Jake Taylor pushed a pair of runs across with a single and 2B Ryan Lashley capped the rally with a double that scored Taylor as well as DH David Bergin and RF Chris Grayson. Taylor had a game-high three hits and four RBI for the Canaries and LF Cameron Monger added a pair of hits.
For the RedHawks, four different batters each had one hit including SS Josh Mazzola who hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth.
Lincoln 7, Winnipeg 3 — Box Score
The Lincoln Saltdogs used a four-run eighth inning to pull away from the Winnipeg Goldeyes and snag a 7-3 win.
With the game tied at 3-3, Lincoln broke the game open in the bottom of the eighth. 2B Dan Hennigan and SS Mike Gilmartin drew back-to-back, one-out walks and then both scored when DH Rene Leveret singled. In the next at-bat, 1B Luis Alen singled to plate RF Curt Smith – who also walked – and Leveret. Reliever Evan Reed came on in the top of the ninth inning and allowed a one-out single but forced a 4-6-3 double play to end the game in the next at-bat.
Leveret went 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored in the game and Alen also added a pair of hits. For the Goldeyes, 2B Casio Grider, RF David Rohm and C Tanner Murphy each had two-hit games.