Lincoln 1, Sioux Falls 0 (11 Innings) – Box
Third baseman Tommy Mendonca’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 11th inning plated LF Brandon Jacobs from third base and gave the Lincoln Saltdogs an 1-0 walk-off win over the Sioux Falls Canaries. This contest was a pitcher’s duel between the two starters, Sioux Falls’ Grady Wood and Lincoln’s Carlos Pimentel. Wood went eight solid innings allowing only four hits while striking out 13 batters in 104 pitches. Pimentel, on the other hand, threw eight terrific innings giving up the only hit for the Canaries and two walks while fanning 12 hitters. Neither Wood nor Pimentel factored into the decision and was left up to the prospective bullpens. Saltdogs reliever J.R. Bunda tossed a scoreless 11th inning to pick-up the victory and improve his record to 3-0 on the season.
St. Paul 10, Texas 0 – Box
The St. Paul Saints jumped out to an 8-0 lead after three innings of play and would cruise from there to a 10-0 victory over the Texas AirHogs. The Saints were solid offensively as they pounded out 14 hits with four players having multi-hit games. St. Paul leadoff hitter Danny Oh went 2-for-4 with three runs scored, two walks and a RBI while CF Breland Almadova added a pair of hits and drove in two runs. Left fielder Anthony Gallas chipped in three hits with SS Tanner Vavra plating two runs. Saints starting pitcher Mark Hamburger tossed a five-hit complete game shutout to notch his third win of the year. Hamburger walked one and struck out seven in the 32 batters faced. The victory by St. Paul was their sixth straight and are now in first place in the North Division.
Sioux City 12, Winnipeg 6 – Box
After falling behind 4-0 through four innings, the Sioux City Explorers roared back scoring two runs in the fifth and 10 runs over the seventh and eighth to rally past the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 12-6. Sioux City had 14 hits as a team and were led by RF Michael Lang who went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI. Explorers LF LeVon Washington and 1B John Nogowski each collected two hits and plated two runs while DH Tyler Ogle added an eighth inning two-run home run. Sioux City starting pitcher Kurt Heyer allowed two earned runs over seven innings pitched to grab the win. Heyer gave up three walks and six hits to go along with three strikeouts.
Cleburne 10, Salina 5 – Box
The Cleburne Railroaders continued to stay hot as they notched their seventh straight victory with a 10-5 decision over the Salina Stockade. Cleburne had good production from up and down their lineup as nine batters collected at least one hit. The Railroaders were led by 2B/RF Mitch Glasser who had a 1-for-3 game with two runs scored and a RBI. Cleburne 1B Geraldo Valentin and LF Oscar Mesa each picked-up two hits in four at-bats with a run scored while 3B Brandon Tierney plated two runs and went 1-for-3. Railroaders pitcher Bryce Beeler threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his first victory of the season. Beeler gave up two hits with two strikeouts.
Gary SouthShore 6, Fargo-Moorhead 3 – Box
Gary SouthShore plated five runs over the third and fourth innings to take a 5-1 lead and would go from there to a 6-3 victory over Fargo-Moorhead. RailCats leadoff hitter Chase Harris led the way at the plate going a perfect 3-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored and a RBI. Gary SouthShore RF Colin Willis chipped in two hits and two RBI with LF Anthony Cheky, Jr. adding a triple and a run scored. RailCats starter Braulio Torres-Perez allowed an unearned run over six innings of work to take home his second win of the year. Torres-Perez gave up a pair of hits and three walks to go with three strikeouts. For the RedHawks, CF Kes Carter had a 1-for-2 with a seventh inning two-run home run.
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