Lincoln 7, Cleburne 6 – Box
The Saltdogs quickly took control of the game on Saturday night, scoring seven runs in the first four innings to win their 32nd game of the year. DH Curt Smith provided the big bat in the victory, hitting a solo home run in the third inning and contributing two RBIs in the win. Smith also scored three times. The Railroaders added six runs in the seventh inning to make it a close game, but the Saltdogs stingy pitching sealed the win in the final two innings. RHP Michael Wagner locked the door with a scoreless ninth to pick up his tenth save of the season. RHP Carlos Pimentel earned the victory for the Saltdogs, pitching 6.2 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and striking out six batters in his sixth win of the year.
Gary 5, Salina 4 – Box
The Railcats opened the game by scoring three runs in the second and third innings en route to their second consecutive win. After taking a 2-0 lead, the Stockade got a run back in the third. The Railcats held a 3-2 lead before a two-run explosion in the sixth added the insurance runs they needed for victory. LF Cameron Newell was 2-4 in the victory, scoring once and knocking in a run. CF Tyler Sullivan also added a multi-hit game for the winning side. RF Jimmy Heck hit his first home run of the year in the loss. LHP Alex Gunn was impressive in the win, going seven innings and allowing just three runs on seven hits. The lefty also struck out four batters in his fifth win of the year.
Texas 8, Sioux City 4 – Box
The Airhogs used a six-run six inning to bury the Explorers on Saturday night, picking up their 22nd win of the year in the process. Three home runs were hit in the six-run inning, including a three-run blast from SS Beamer Weems. It was Weems’ fifth long ball of the year. RF Denis Phipps also homered in the win and finished the game with three hits and two runs scored. 1B Dre Gleason had the big day for the Explorers in the loss, collecting three hits and scoring twice on the night. RHP T.J. Bozeman went six innings in the win, allowing one run (none earned) while striking out seven batters. RHP Austin Kubitza earned the save, pitching three innings and allowing three runs for his first save of the year.
Wichita 9, Sioux Falls 4 – Box
The Wingnuts exploded for four runs in the first inning to earn their 38th win of the season on Saturday night. DH Brent Clevlen carried the big bat, blasting his sixth home run and providing two hits in the win. 1B Matt Chavez also picked up a RBI in the win, knocking in his 64th run of the year. RF Richard Prigatano also had a multi-hit game in the victory, contributing two hits and scoring two runs. RHP Alex Boshers went seven innings in the win to pick up his eighth win of the season. Boshers allowed two runs on five hits and struck out four batters.
Winnipeg 12, Kansas City 11 (Final – 14 innings) – Box
The Goldeyes outlasted the T-Bones in a crazy affair that went to extra innings on Saturday night. 1B Shawn Pleffner scored the winning run on a wild pitch to walk-off for the Goldeyes 31st win of the year. SS Andrew Sohn had an outstanding game finishing 6-8 from the plate and driving in seven runs in the victory. Sohn also hit a homer, his seventh of the year. LF Joe Jackson homered in the loss, going 3-7 on the day. LHP Mitchell Lambson pitched the last four innings for the Goldeyes to earn his fourth win of the year. Lambson allowed two runs on five hits and struck out three batters.
Fargo-Moorhead 17, St Paul 15 (Final – 11 innings) – Box
The Redhawks topped the Saints in a hectic, 32-run affair, scoring two runs in the eleventh inning en route to a 17-15 victory. CF Devan Ahart was 2-6 in the win, hitting his fourth home run of the year, knocking in four runs and driving in a run. LF Keury De La Cruz also had a big day in the win, finishing 3-7, and scoring three runs while knocking in three runs. 2B Tony Thomas hit two home runs in the loss and now has 13 home runs on the season. RHP Casey Weathers earned the win, going two innings and allowing three runs. RHP Tyler Thompson earned the save, his first of the year.
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