Sioux City 8, St. Paul 6 (11 inngs) – Box
Sioux City used three late runs in extra innings to finish off the Saints 8-6 Thursday night. DH Ryan Lashley hit a two-run homer in the first to give the Saints a lead. But Sioux City responded with three runs in the second inning. C Matt Koch and LF Tim Colwell had RBI-singles and DH Michael Lang had an RBI-groundout. In the bottom of the third, St. Paul retook the lead at 5-3 after a 1B Angelo Songco three-run homer.
Sioux City had runners on first and second in the top of the seventh inning, but failed to score any runs. Then in the bottom half, St. Paul had runners on first and second with no one out, but it couldn’t get any offense going either. In the top of the 11th, Sioux City broke the tie when Lang hit an RBI-single, Rene Tosoni hit a sacrifice fly and Noah Perio had an RBI-double.
Winnipeg 4, Trois-Rivieres 2 – Box
Winnipeg held off a late Aigle rally to win a close 4-2 match-up Thursday night. Winnipeg was up 2-0 after the first inning thanks to a two-RBI double by 3B Josh Mazzola. Aigles DH Joel Carranza hit an RBI-single in the bottom of the second to cut Winnipeg’s lead to 2-1. But in the fourth, the Goldeyes extended its lead to 4-1 – 2B James Boddicker had an RBI-walk and LF Adam Heisler’s fielder’s choice brought in an unearned run.
Aigles Kyle Lafrenz hit an RBI-single in the bottom of the seventh to cut it to 4-2. In the bottom of the ninth, Trois-Rivieres had bases loaded but the rally was ended with a strike-out. Goldeyes starting pitcher Matt Jackson went 6.2 innings, gave up five hits, two earned runs and struck-out three batters. Lafrenz led Trois-Rivieres with two hits.
Fargo-Moorhead 3, Lincoln 2 – Box
Early runs by the RedHawks was enough to take down the Saltdogs 3-2 Thursday night. Fargo-Moorhead scored the first three runs of the game in the first – CF Drew Muren had an RBI-triple and then scored on a wild pitch and DH Luke Bailey added an RBI-groundout. The Saltdogs responded in the third inning with two runs with LF Jeremy Hamilton hitting an RBI-triple and then scoring on a wild pitch, exactly like Muren.
Saltdogs starting pitcher Kevin McGovern went seven innings, gave up eight hits, three earned runs, and struck-out six batters. Fargo-Moorhead starting pitcher Tyler Alexander went eight innings, gave up six hits, two earned runs and struck-out eight batters. Lincoln had six hits while the Redhawks had eight.
Amarillo 4, Kansas City 1 – Box
A huge fifth inning pushed Amarillo passed Kansas City 4-1 Thursday night. LF Ricardo Rodriguez put Amarillo on the board in the second inning with an RBI-groundout. In the bottom of the fourth, T-Bones 1B Jake Blackwood hit a solo homer to tie the score. Kansas City had bases loaded later in the inning but didn’t produce any runs. Amarillo retook the lead with three runs in the fifth inning. 2B Geraldo Valentin had a two-RBI double and DH Stefan Gartrell had an RBI-double.
Amarillo starting pitcher Alex Koronis went six innings, gave up five hits, one earned run and struck-out four batters. T-Bones starting pitcher Dustin Loggings went six innings, gave up six hits, four earned runs and struck-out seven batters. Both the Thunderheads and the T-Bones had seven hits in the game.
Laredo 7, Sioux Falls 3 – Box
With the help of three RBI’s from 2B Abel Nieves, Laredo took down Sioux Falls 7-3 Thursday night. Laredo was on top early in the first inning after Nieves hit a two-RBI single. In the third, Sioux Falls CF Chris Grayson hit an RBI-single to cut the lead to 2-1.LF Denis Phipps scored on a wild pitch in the fourth inning to increase Laredo’s lead. Sioux Falls responded in the bottom half with a 3B RJ Perucki RBI-single to make it 3-2.
The Lemurs then exploded with four runs in the fifth inning – Nieves had an RBI-single, Phipps had an RBI-groundout and 1B Travis Denker hit a two-run homer. Laredo starting pitcher Matt Loosen went seven innings, gave up seven hits, two earned runs and struck-out seven batters.
Gary SouthShore 2, Joplin 1 – Box
Despite 10 hits, Joplin fell to Gary SouthShore 2-1 Thursday night. RailCats CF Jon Jones hit a solo homer in the first to give Gary the lead. Then in the second inning, 3B Spencer Mahoney hit an RBI-double to push the lead to 2-0. Later in the fifth inning, the RailCats had bases loaded but couldn’t increase its lead. In the top of the sixth, Joplin finally got on the board with an RBI-single by 1B Steve Tinoco.
Gary SouthShore starting pitcher Fernando Gonzalez went seven innings, gave up seven hits, one earned run, and struck-out four batters. Joplin starting pitcher Luis Chirinos went six innings, gave up four hits, two earned runs and struck-out seven batters. Joplin had two errors while the RailCats had none.
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