Canaries 14, RailCats 4 – Boxscore
The Sioux Falls Canaries put together a dominating performance against the Gary SouthShore RailCats, taking them down 14-4.
After the RailCats kicked off the ballgame by blanking the Canaries through the first two frames, the visitors broke through on the scoreboard in the top of the third. As runners stood on the corners with one out, an error enabled Sioux Falls to plate the game’s first run and go ahead 1-0.
They followed that up by putting up a crooked number in the top of the fourth. 12 Canaries came up to hit, producing eight runs on seven hits, including a grand slam, one walk, and a hit-by-pitch to propel them to a 9-0 advantage.
Two innings later, Sioux Falls pushed their run total into double digits. A solo home run added another tally, placing them up 10-0.
Despite being down by 10 runs, the RailCats refused to bow out. LG Castillo launched a two-run home run while Tom Walraven and Michael Woodworth produced run-scoring singles in the bottom of the seventh, pulling the ‘Cats within six at 10-4.
However, Sioux Falls was quick to restore their lead back up to the 10-run plateau. One run in the eighth inning preceded three runs in the ninth to completely neutralize the Gary SouthShore threat.
That cushion proved more than enough for the Sioux Falls bullpen to close out the contest, and they promptly recorded the final three outs to secure the win.
Saltdogs 4, RedHawks 2 (Game 1 of Doubleheader – 8 Innings) – Boxscore
After Friday night’s series opener between the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (47-25) and Lincoln Saltdogs (33-40) was postponed due to rain the two teams played a doubleheader on Saturday. Both were seven-inning contests and Lincoln won game one of the doubleheader by a score of 4-2 in extra innings.
Both teams starters, Davis Feldman and Zach Keenan for the RedHawks and Saltdogs respectively, pitched well and held the game scoreless until Fargo-Moorhead center fielder Evan Alexander drove in Sam Dexter on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third inning. Keenan allowed only the one run on three hits and struck out three batters in five innings pitched.
The next half inning Lincoln shortstop Rayder Ascanio hit a two-run home run off of Feldman to make it 2-1 and retake the lead for the Saltdogs. The runs were the only two that the right-handed starter allowed on seven hits and three walks in five innings pitched. Feldman also struck out four batters in the game.
RedHawks’ relief pitcher Tanner Riley came into the game in the top of the sixth inning and allowed three walks but struck out two batters and pitched a scoreless inning. Luke Lind relieved Riley in the top of the seventh inning and pitched a 1-2-3 inning, including two strikeouts.
In the bottom of the sixth inning second baseman Peter Maris hit a solo home run off of Saltdogs reliever Steffon Moore to tie the game at two. The homer was Maris’ third in as many games. Moore allowed two more walks but struck out two batters in the sixth and kept the game tied. In the seventh Matt Cronin allowed a walk but pitched a scoreless inning to send the game to extra innings.
The Saltdogs scored two runs in the top of the inning off RedHawks’ pitcher Joe Jones (4-2) on a hit, a walk, and a sacrifice fly. Jones earned the loss after Fargo-Moorhead was unable to score in the bottom of the inning. Saltdogs reliever Matt Cronin (2-3) earned the win after pitching a scoreless bottom of the eighth inning.
Goldeyes 9, Milkmen 6 – Boxscore
The Winnipeg Goldeyes (42-31) beat the Milwaukee Milkmen 9-6 at Franklin Field on Saturday night.
Trailing 4-3, and with two outs and no one on base in the top of the sixth inning, Logan Hill drew a four-pitch walk and scored the tying run on a double to right-centre from Hidekel Gonzalez. Eric Rivera followed with a single to right that scored Gonzalez with the go-ahead run, and the Goldeyes took a 6-4 lead when Ian Sagdal chased home Rivera with a double down the right field line.
After Travis Seabrooke pitched a scoreless bottom of the sixth and Zac Ryan worked a scoreless bottom of the seventh, the Goldeyes made it 9-4 in the top of the eighth on a two-run double from Raul Navarro and a sacrifice fly from Max Murphy.
The Milkmen (39-34) pulled within 9-6 on a two-out, two-run home run from Jeremiah Burks in the bottom of the eighth before Tasker Strobel pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to finish off the win.
Erasmo Pinales (1-3) picked up the win in relief after pitching around a runner on third with no outs in the bottom of the fifth to keep the Goldeyes within 4-3.
Jake Matthys (5-6) took the loss in relief for Milwaukee.
The Goldeyes took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Rivera led off the game with a triple to right-centre and scored on a double off the wall down the left field line from Sagdal. Sagdal later scored on a David Washington sacrifice fly.
Kevin Lachance led off the top of the second with a walk and scored two batters later on a double down the left field line from Gonzalez.
The Milkmen tied the game in the bottom of the second on a two-out, three-run triple from Will Kengor. Dylan Kelly’s two-out, solo home run to right in the bottom of the third gave Milwaukee a 4-3 lead.
Alex Hart started for the Goldeyes and took a no-decision, pitching one scoreless inning in the bottom of the first.
Milkmen starter Christian Young also took a no-decision, allowing three earned runs on five hits in four innings. Young walked two and struck out six.
Railroaders 4, DockHounds 2 – Boxscore
Kevin Hilton was the star of the show at Wisconsin Brewing Company Park on Saturday night. While the offense struggled, Hilton put the team on his back in an excellent start.
Cleburne got most of their scoring done right out of the gate in the top of the first. Chuck Taylor scored on a wild pitch to give the Railroaders the lead at 1-0. Kacy Clemens then stepped up and drove in Edwin Arroyo and Chase Simpson to give the Railroaders a 3-0 advantage after the top of the first.
They added on to that total in the top of the second when Nick Shumpert went deep over the right field wall to make it 4-0. The home run by Shumpert ended up being the final hit that Cleburne mustered on the night.
Down 4-0 heading into the bottom of the third, Lake Country needed some runs. They found some in an unusual way. Lamar Briggs led off the inning by getting hit by a Hilton pitch in the foot. That brought up Daikon Yoh who hit a scorching double into the right-center field gap that scored Briggs. Once the ball got back into the infield, Arroyo threw it to third, but one-hopped Simpson, and the ball got past his glove and into the Railroaders’ dugout, allowing Yoh to trot home on the throwing error.
The score held at 4-2 for the rest of the game, with each team struggling to put hits up in bunches.
Lake Country had a shot to get some scoring done in the bottom of the eighth. Kevin McCarthy came out of the bullpen in the inning and had himself in a bit of a jam. There were runners at first and second with two outs and the All Star Gio Brusa at the plate. Brusa hammered the first pitch he saw from McCarthy into deep right field, but Hill Alexander was able to track it down at the wall to keep the DockHounds off the board.
The DockHounds had another opportunity in the bottom of the ninth off Cleburne closer Nick Gardewine. Gardewine struggled with command out of the gate, loading the bases with just one out for Briggs. Briggs popped out to second base to bring Yoh to the dish. Gardewine forced Yoh to pop up to Hector Sanchez to end the ball game and clinch the victory for the Railroaders.
Hilton got the win for Cleburne after his impressive effort. The California native went seven strong innings, allowing just two runs (only one earned) with seven strikeouts and no walks. Gardewine picked up the save in the ninth.
Evan Kruczynski was awarded the loss for the DockHounds. He went six innings, allowing four runs on four hits with seven strikeouts and four walks.
The win lengthens Cleburne’s lead over the Gary SouthShore RailCats for fourth place in the East Division. The Railroaders now sit a game and a half ahead of the RailCats.
Explorers 4, Dogs 0 – Boxscore
The Sioux City Explorers (32-40) shut out the Chicago Dogs (46-27) with a final score of 4-0 at Impact Field.
Giving up only 3 hits and 2 walks over 7 innings pitched, Kevin McCanna showed no mercy to the top team in the East Division.
Danry Vasquez helped Danny Amaral score by way of a walk in the top of the 1st. Amaral would go on to score again in the 6th inning on a sacrifice fly from Gabe Snyder and Vasquez eventually found his way home on a single to center field from Ademar Rifaela in the top of the 7th. The Explorers final run came in the top of the 9th inning when Rifaela cranked a solo home run to wrap up scoring for the evening.
Monarchs 0, Cougars 3 – Boxscore
The Kane County Cougars (38-36) took the series W against the Kansas City Monarchs (46-27) Saturday night by way of the shutout, securing a 3-0 win. The big three-run fourth inning for the Cougars provided all the offense in this one, as both teams’ bullpens were lights out.
Mallex Smith got the night started off right for the Monarchs, using his blazing speed to muster a leadoff infield single in the first, but the next three batters were retired in order, keeping the top of the first scoreless. Monarchs pitcher Brock Gilliam got the spot start in this one, and continued his dominance from his last time on the bump with a 1-2-3 bottom half.
In the top of the second the Monarchs offense made a little more noise with two walks, eventually putting runners at first and third with one out, but an untimely double play would keep the game tied 0-0. In the bottom half, Jimmy Kerrigan would stay hot and lead the inning off with a single, but Gilliam didn’t let that phase him and retired the next three in order.
The third inning was more of the same for the Monarchs bats, as Caeden Harris led the inning off with a single before the next three went down in order. On the other side of things, Gilliam stayed on top of Kane County with his second 1-2-3 inning in the first three innings.
After the Monarchs bats went 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth, Alexis Pantoja led off the bottom half with a leadoff single, which was followed by a walk, putting two on for Jimmy Kerrigan. Kerrigan would do what Kerrigan does, and delivered for the Cougars with an RBI double, giving Kane County the first lead of the game. Gilliam would then record back-to-back outs, but then back-to-back walks, walking in the second run of the game. B.J. Lopez would then reach on an RBI infield single before the third out, leaving the fourth with a 3-0 lead.
The Monarchs didn’t take this lightly, however. In the top of the fifth, Kansas City loaded the bases with one out with help from a Kevin Santa double and a couple walks, which forced Cougars starting pitcher Koby Bishop from the game for relief pitcher Jack Anderson. Anderson would come in and get the job done, retiring the next twobatters and turning the inning over with no harm done. Gilliam would continue to show signs of fatigue in the bottom half, recording one out before allowing a walk and a single, placing runners at first and second and chasing Gilliam from the game for Jordan Martinson. Martinson would have the same fate as Anderson, as he would retire the next two batters in order and turn the inning over.
Anderson continued to have the number of the Monarchs bats in the sixth, putting up a 1-2-3 inning. Martinson continued the trend of relief pitcher dominance and also retired the side in 1-2-3 style, bringing the game to the seventh with the score still 3-0 Kane County.
Casey Gillaspie led off the top of the seventh with a walk, and then an error allowed Kevin Santa to reach first and Gillaspie to reach second with one out. Unfortunately for the Monarchs, the next two batters would get sat down and KC would continue to be held scoreless. Jacob Lindgren entered on the mound for Kansas City in the beginning of the bottom half and promptly retired the side in four batters.
Ex-Monarch CJ Carter would enter for the Cougars in the top of the eighth. Jacob Robson would begin the inning with a single, but a flyout and double play would end the momentum and the half-inning. Last night’s starting left fielder Brandon Koch would return to his usual role and enter on the mound for the Monarchs in the bottom of the eighth. Koch would alternate baserunners and outs, allowing a walk and a single with outs after each. The fifth batter of the inning would receive a free pass as well, loading the bases for the man who terrorized the Monarchs in the series prior, Ernie De La Trinidad. Koch delivered in the clutch, striking out the red hot bat and leaving the bases loaded.
Ryan Richardson would enter on the mound to in the ninth to stave off the last chance for the Monarchs. David Thompson would lead the inning off with a 5-3 groundout, but J.C. Escarra would drive a double and bring some life to the visitor’s dugout. The momentum would be snuffed, however, as the next two batters would be retired, ending the game with a final score of 3-0 Kane County.
Saltdogs 5, RedHawks 0 (Game 2 of Doubleheader – 7 Innings) – Boxscore
In game two of the Saturday doubleheader the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (47-26) were shut out by the Lincoln Saltdogs (34-40) and lost 5-0. Lincoln right-handed starter Garett Delano (5-3) earned the win after he pitched six innings and allowed six hits and no walks while striking out five batters.
Saltdogs center fielder Randy Norris opened the scoring with an RBI single in the fourth inning, driving in first baseman Jason Rogers. An inning later, second baseman Josh Altmann hit a three-run home run to make it 4-0 Lincoln. RedHawks starting pitcher Kevin McGovern (7-3) pitched six innings and allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks and earned the loss.
RedHawks relief pitcher Brady Stover pitched in the top of the seventh inning and allowed a run on a double, a walk, and a sacrifice fly from Altmann, his fourth RBI of the game. Lincoln turned to Carter Hope in the bottom of the seventh inning to close things out. Hope, a former RedHawks pitcher in 2019, allowed one hit, a double from shortstop Sam Dexter, but struck out two batters and held the RedHawks scoreless in the Saltdogs victory.