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RailCats 3, Monarchs 10 – Box Score

Kansas City Monarchs (29-16)’ All-Stars, SP Matt Hartman and DH Matt Adams, helped the Monarchs win in a dominant 10-3 victory over the Gary SouthShore Railcats (20-26). Hartman struck out nine batters while Adams hit a pair of home runs. Adams now leads the American Association in home runs with 19 after his two home runs Saturday night. He has also hit four home runs in the past four games. 


Kansas City scored five in the third inning and never looked back. In the fourth inning, SS Pete Kozma cleared the bases on an RBI-double down the right field line to give the Monarchs an 8-0 lead. Kozma finished his night 2-2 with five RBIs and a run. 


The Railcats scored late on a pair of home runs. 3B Victor Nova hit a two-run home run in the sixth, while 1B Chris Burgess hit a solo home run in the seventh. This would not be enough, as Monarchs relief pitcher Cam Hill retired the side in the ninth to end the game. 


Matt Hartman started on the mound for the Monarchs. He earned his fourth quality start of the year, allowing three hits and two earned runs while striking out nine in six innings of work. 


Saltdogs 7, RedHawks 2 – Box Score

The Lincoln Saltdogs (23-21) were able to even the series Saturday night as they defeated the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (32-13) 7-2 at Newman Outdoor Field. 

The Saltdogs scored right away. 3B Ryan Long hit a fielder’s choice to score a run and 1B Matt Goodheart notched a two-out RBI single to give Lincoln an early 2-0 lead.


The Saltdogs scored again the very next inning. After 2B Josh Altmann roped a three-run homer, Lincoln brought one more run across the plate to give them a 6-0 lead. In the top of the fourth, the Saltdogs extended their lead when RF Welington Dotel hit an RBI single to make it 7-0. Dotel finished his night 4-5 with two RBIs. 


The RedHawks scored two runs in the seventh as LF Rymer Liriano and CF Evan Alexander both hit RBI singles.  

Saltdogs starting pitcher Garett Delano allowed two runs over 6.1 innings while striking out four. He earned his second straight quality start. Relief pitcher Matt Cronin tossed a scoreless inning and Carter Hope recorded the final four outs to end the game. 


Fargo-Moorhead’s Taylor Bloye allowed seven runs over five innings in his debut for the RedHawks, who have only lost four times in their last 20 games


Goldeyes 9, Explorers 7 – Box Score

The Winnipeg Goldeyes (24-20) rallied in the ninth inning to defeat the Sioux City Explorers (18-25) 9-7 Saturday night at Lewis and Clark Park. 


The Explorers struck first again, scoring before their opponent for a sixth consecutive game. Sioux City’s four-run second inning started with a solo home run from Danry Vasquez.The Explorers offense notched five consecutive singles to give them an early 4-0 lead. 


The Goldeyes grabbed a run in the third inning on an RBI single from 3B Ian Sagdal and trailed 1-4. 


Both teams were quiet until the sixth inning when Winnipeg’s SS Raul Navarro hit a two-out double to score two runs. LF Eric Rivera hit a ground ball up the middle that the Explorers almost converted into an inning-ending out, but the bang-bang play was called in Winnipeg’s favor. Because of this, two more runs scored and the Goldeyes led 5-4. 


The Explorers regained the lead in the eighth after 3B Blake Tiberi and SS Zack Kone both recorded RBIs. After eight innings of baseball, the Explorers led 6-5.


Trailing in the top of the ninth inning, the Goldeyes rallied for four runs to take the lead.  Rivera drew a one-out walk and stole both second and third base.  After Sagdal walked, RF Max Murphy singled through the right side to score Rivera and tie the game.  Two batters later, CF Reggie Pruitt Jr. lined a single to center on a two-strike count to score a run. Winnipeg scored two more runs in the inning to take a 9-6 lead over Sioux City. 


In the bottom of the ninth, the Explorers pulled within two runs when RF Trey Martin hit an RBI single. Vasquez singled to put the tying run on base, but relief pitcher Tasker Strobel retired 2B Nate Samson on a broken bat groundout to shortstop to end the game and earn his 12th save of the season.


DockHounds 4, Cougars 11 – Box Score


The Kane County Cougars (24-21) earned a series victory over the Lake Country DockHounds (17-29) with an 11-4 win in front of 7,229 fans on Saturday night at Northwestern Medicine Field.


In his fourth straight quality start, Vance Worley (4-3) held the DockHounds (17-29) to just one run on six hits, while striking out five hitters against two walks. Over nine starts this season, Worley has only allowed four runs or more in just two starts. Following Worley’s departure, Koby Bishop and C.J. Carter finished out the game for the Cougars (24-21). Carter struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning to end the ballgame.


After scoring 23 runs last night, the Cougar bats broke out once again in the bottom of the third against DockHounds’ starter Francisco Jimenez (3-4). With one out, Galli Cribbs started a chain of four straight singles, with Steve Lombardozzi and Cornelius Randolph knocking in runs to make it 2-0. Later in the inning, two runs came in to score on an RBI fielder’s choice from Sherman Johnson to make it 4-0.


The Cougars added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. After Josh Rolette doubled and Alexis Pantoja singled, Ernie De La Trinidad drove them both in with an RBI single to make it 6-0. In the fifth, Cribbs Jr. drove in two more on a broken bat single to push the lead to 8-0. Jimmy Kerrigan added to the lead with an RBI single in the sixth to make it 9-0.


In the top of the seventh, the DockHounds finally got on the board against Worley on an RBI single by Lamar Briggs. However, the Cougars responded with two more runs in the bottom half. Cribbs drove in his third run of the ballgame with a sacrifice fly before Lombardozzi knocked in another with a single to make it 11-1.


Lake Country did cut into the lead with three runs in the top of the eighth, including a two-run homer by Gio Brusa. However, the Cougars had plenty of breathing room to claim a second straight win and series victory.


Milkmen 9, Dogs 10 – Box Score


It was a belated Canada Day celebration at Impact Field, hosted by none other than Michael Crouse. The center fielder pushed the Dogs to a a walk-off win in 10 innings to top the rival Milwaukee Milkmen, 10-9.


The night was defined by lively offense. One strike away from a victory, Milkmen first baseman Correlle Prime hit a miraculous go-ahead grand slam off of Chicago closer Brian Schlitter. It was a moment of deflation in front of a crowd of over 6,000, but the Dogs never died.


Ryan Lidge led the inning off with a single and both K.C. Hobson and Stevie Wilkerson made it aboard from the benefits of errors. Now sitting down two, bases loaded and no outs, Danny Mars had the game in his hands. On a 1-0 count, Mars swung hard and lined a ball into the right field gap. Lidge and Hobson scored easily and suddenly the Dogs tied the game and were one swing away from victory.


Milwaukee elected to intentionally walk Grant Kay and that brought up Connor Kopach. The shortstop was an integral piece to the offense all night, going 2-for-4 up to that point with a home run and double for three total RBI. Despite the hot bat, Kopach quickly fell behind in the count and eventually struck out on a hard fastball from Karch Kowalczyk.


The same went for Cosimo Cannella. He racked up three hits prior to the ninth, but couldn’t catch up to Kowalcyzk’s fastball. With a run standing 90 feet away, Charlie Tilson was thrown into the moment. The center fielder attacked early and fouled off three pitches from Kowalcyzk. Once Tilson made fair contact, it was a race between him and Milkmen second baseman Bryan Torres’ throw to decide if the night would extend. The slick gloved Torres made clean work of the chopping ground ball and fired to first to just beat out the speedy Tilson.


That out marked the second straight night that these two squads would decide the game in extra innings. Manager Butch Hobson elected to send in righty Joe Cavallaro to face the bottom of Milwaukee’s order. Leadoff man Aaron Hill came out with aggressive swings and fouled off two balls from Cavallaro to put the pressure on for an out, but the man on the mound prevailed and got Hill to swing and miss for strike three.


Christ Conley had the entire stadium hold their breath when he launched a ball high into the night sky. Mars tracked it further back and back to the warning track and bumped against the wall as the ball fell into his glove. Will Kengor tagged up from second base and hustled to third, however, which put the go-ahead run at third base with two outs.


With a growing need to tread carefully, Cavallaro stared down the hottest hitter in Milwaukee’s lineup: Logan Trowbridge. Trowbridge was only hitting .200 prior to the game and was in the nine-spot, but was 3-for-4 to that point. Cavallaro attempted to paint around the strike zone, but missed on four consecutive pitches to walk Trowbridge and bring up Torres, one of the best hitters in the American Association, up for an opportunity to be a hero.


He wanted to be one too. The All-Star swung at all four pitches delivered to him. He wiffed on the first two, fouled off the third, and on the fourth he popped one up to center field. Almost as karma, Tilson was there to retire Torres and preserve the tie.


The game was back in the hands of the Dogs. The speedy Tilson stood at second base and the hot bat of Michael Crouse stepped into the box. The Canadian earned a home run the day before, but saw his team fall. After taking a ball, Crouse jumped on a pitch in the zone and fired it back up the middle. Tilson rounded third and sprinted for home plate, slid in and made it in moments before the throw came home.


Just like that, the Dogs avenged the late-inning home run and came away with a win to even even up the series at one.


Canaries 8, Railroaders 6 – Box Score


Some free baseball was available in Cleburne as the Sioux Falls Canaries (16-29) pushed the Cleburne Railroaders (15-30) into extra innings and eventually ended up winning the game in 10 with a final score of 8-6.


In the top of the ninth the Canaries were down 5-6 with one out when Wyatt Ulrich came up to bat. Rookie of the Year last year and an All-Star in the upcoming All-Star game on July 12th, Ulrich surely delivered. The young gun, Ulrich, cranked a solo home run to tie up the game and put some pressure on the Railroaders to deliver in the bottom of the ninth. 


In the meat of their order in the ninth, the Railroaders were well positioned to win the game. Zach Nehrir, Chase Simpson, and Kacy Clemens were the three men up and the three men down for the ‘Roaders in the ninth.

Forced into extra innings, the Canaries were up to bat first and scored again while Ulrich was next to the dish. Trey Michalczewski stumbled his way home off a sacrifice fly. The Canaries scored one more run and the Railroaders failed to score any in the bottom of the tenth ceding the 8-6 victory to the Canaries.


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