Lincoln 4, Kansas City 1 – Box Score
The Lincoln Saltdogs (26-25) salvaged the series finale with a 4-1 win over the Kansas City Monarchs (34-18) at Haymarket Park on Sunday afternoon.
LHP Greg Minier picked up his fourth win of the year after allowing just one unearned run over six innings, and now has an ERA of 2.41 through 10 starts, while the ‘Dogs held on to an early lead to beat the Monarchs for the first time this season.
Lincoln took a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, RF Gabby Guerrero dropped a fly ball from 2B Garett Delano and was charged with an error that allowed two runs to score. Lincoln’s next hitter, C Skyler Weber, hit an RBI single to score a third unearned run.
The ‘Dogs added to the lead on an RBI groundout from CF Patrick Caulfield in the 2nd inning. Lincoln held on to that 4-0 lead until the 6th inning, when Guerrero got Kansas City (34-18) on the board with a sacrifice fly.
RHP Matt Cronin struck out three batters over two shutout innings, and LHP Steffon Moore worked around a walk and a single in the 9th inning for his seventh save of the year.
RF Welington Dotel had an infield single in the 1st inning and now has hits in nine straight games – Lincoln’s longest active hitting streak.
Caulfield had four RBIs in the series and has hit safely in six of his first eight games as a professional.
Chicago 16, Gary SouthShore 12 – Box Score
The Chicago Dogs (35-17) offensively dominated from start to finish to sweep the Gary SouthShore RailCats (21-32), 16-12. Seven Dogs picked up two or more hits and eight Dogs earned a RBI.
The Dogs jumped on Gary starter Harrison Francis early. With two runners on, Chicago third baseman Stevie Wilkerson launched his fifth home run of the season to get up 3-0 early. Francis ended the game pitching four innings and allowing eight runs.
Chicago scored in six innings and put up five runs in the ninth. Right fielder Danny Mars hit a home run and center fielder Michael Crouse ended with two doubles.
Gary put up nine runs over the final two innings, headlined by catcher Michael Cruz’s home run, but the strong hitting could not keep up with Chicago’s night.
Cleburne 5, Lake Country 4 – Box Score
It was a back-and-forth night at WBC Park, but ultimately the Cleburne RailRoaders (19-33) held off the Lake Country DockHounds (19-34), 5-4.
Cleburne and Lake Country starting pitchers Garrett Alexander and Evan Kruczynski both put out strong performances by pitching six innings and allowing two runs. Alexander topped the strikeout race, however, with six.
The offensive star of the night was Cleburne second baseman Edwin Arroyo. The leadoff man finished 2-for-5 and smacked an eighth-inning home run that put his team up three. Right behind him in the lineup was left fielder Hunter Wolfe, who also earned a home run.
DockHounds third baseman Zion Pettigrew tried to single-handedly will his team to victory. In the nine hole of the lineup, Pettigrew finished 3-for-4 with two home runs. Only three other DockHounds picked up hits and that is what led to Lake Country falling and get swept by Cleburne.
Kane County 14, Milwaukee 6 – Box Score
A five run rally in the first inning sparked the momentum and kept the fire burning for the Kane County Cougars (28-25) to avoid the sweep against the Milwaukee Milkmen (24-27).
It was an all-around strong performance from Kane County. Left fielder Cornelius Randolph, right fielder Ernie de la Trinidad and designated hitter Nick Anderson all finished with two or more hits and three RBI. De la Trinidad and Randolph both put up home runs, as well.
Cougars starter Jack Fox matched the energy with six innings, allowing two runs and striking out ten. The reigning American Association Pitcher of the Year Myles Smith was roughed up for eight runs in 3.1 innings pitched.
Fargo-Moorhead 9, Sioux Falls 8 – Box Score
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (36-16) outlasted the Sioux Falls Canaries (21-31), 9-8, in the series finale at Sioux Falls Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The RedHawks scored were out-hit 14-8 but scored seven combined runs across the 5th,6th and 7th innings to win a second consecutive game. RF John Silviano went 1-for-4 with 3 RBIs, while SS Sam Dexter went 2-for-5 with 3 RBIs from the 9-hole. Silviano broke a 2-2 deadlock with a three-run homer in the 5th inning, while Dexter hit a three-run homer that gave the RedHawks a 9-4 lead in the 7th.
Alex DuBord earned a six-out save, allowing three hits but no runs and sealing a win for starting pitcher Peyton Wigginton, who allowed four runs – two earned – over 5 and 1/3 innings.
The RedHawks enter the All-Star Break with a two-game lead over Kansas City in the West Division, while the Canaries have dropped consecutive games after a season-high six-game winning streak.
Winnipeg 12, Sioux City 3 – Box Score
The Winnipeg Goldeyes (28-24) beat the Sioux City Explorers 12-3 at Shaw Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Explorers (21-30) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Tyler Rando scored on a two-out wild pitch.
After Goldeyes’ starter Luis Ramirez worked out of a first and second, no-out jam in the top of the second, the Goldeyes rallied for nine runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. David Washington led off with an opposite-field home run to left that tied the game. Logan Hill followed with a towering opposite-field homer to right-centre that put Winnipeg in front 2-1. Kevin Lachance singled up the middle and advanced to second on a passed ball. After Deon Stafford Jr. reached on an error by third baseman Blake Tiberi, Hidekel Gonzalez beat out a potential groundball double play that moved Lachance to third. Justin Thompson grounded a single up the middle that scored Lachance with the Goldeyes’ third run.
Winnipeg made it 4-1 in the second when Reggie Pruitt Jr. doubled to right-centre to drive in Gonzalez. Ian Sagdal followed with a single to left that plated Thompson and Pruitt. After Max Murphy singled home Sagdal to make it 7-1, Washington blasted his second homer of the inning, a two-run shot to right that capped the nine-run frame. The Goldeyes sent 14 batters to the plate during the rally.
Sioux City sliced the Goldeyes’ lead to 9-2 in the top of the third on back-to-back doubles from Trey Martin and Tiberi before Ramirez retired 10 consecutive batters and 15 of the final 16 he faced.
Murphy led off the bottom of the fourth with a line drive home run to left that pushed the Goldeyes’ lead to 10-2.
Thompson opened the home fifth with a long home run to right-centre. It was Thompson’s first career professional home run.
The Explorers tallied a run in the top of the eighth on an RBI single from Danry Vasquez before the Goldeyes responded in the bottom of the inning on a solo shot to right from Murphy.
Ramirez (6-2) picked up the win, allowing two earned runs on eight hits in seven innings. Ramirez walked none and struck out four.
Explorers’ starter Zach Hedges took the loss, allowing nine runs, eight earned, on nine hits in two innings. Hedges walked one and struck out two.
The Goldeyes’ six home runs and 15 base hits in the game both marked season-highs. Sagdal has hit safely in 10 consecutive games.