Fargo-Moorhead 13, Wichita 10 – Box
Fargo-Moorhead 3B Ronnie Bourquin hit for the cycle, and the RedHawks held off Wichita, 13-10, despite a six-run surge from the Wingnuts in the bottom of the ninth.
Bourquin batted 4-for-6 with five RBIs, completing the cycle in the seventh inning with a grand slam. CF Nic Jackson went 4-for-5 with three singles and and a two-RBI double, and C Travis Higgs led off the sixth inning with a home run — his second of the season.
Right-hander Drew Bolin pitched 6 1/3 innings for the RedHawks, allowing three runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out three.
The Wingnuts showed why they’re the top team in the American Association in the ninth, stringing together five hits and a walk to score six runs and make it 13-10. The rally was capped by a three-run homer from DH J.T. Wise — his second homer of the game — who had a game-high six RBIs.
RedHawks right-hander Coty Woods entered the game at that point, with no outs, and promptly retired three Wichita batters in a row to earn his first save of the season.
Winnipeg 9, Quebec 7 (11 innings) – Box
The Winnipeg Goldeyes made the most of the Can-Am League’s extra innings rule, scoring three runs in the top of the 11th to beat Quebec, 9-7.
Goldeyes’ SS Tyler Kuhn, who made the last out in the 10th, was placed on second base to start the 11th, and the Goldeyes quickly loaded the bases when 3B Josh Mazzola and 1B Casey Haerther were hit by consecutive pitches. LF Ray Sadler then cleared the bases with a three-RBI triple to give Winnipeg a 9-6 lead.
Quebec gave the Goldeyes a scare in the bottom of the 11th, loading the bases after pinch runner Leondy Perez started the frame on second base, but relief pitcher Kyle Bellamy, in his third inning of relief, only allowed one run to score on a fielder’s choice. Bellamy, who allowed two runs on three hits in three innings, got the win.
Sadler, who had a game-high four RBIs, gave the Goldeyes a 6-5 lead in the top of the ninth with a sacrifice fly before Capitales’ 2B Mike Provencher tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with a sac fly of his own. The Capitales loaded the bases following Provencher’s fly ball, but Bellamy struck out 3B Balbino Fuenmayor swinging to end the ninth.
Rockland 4, St. Paul 3 – Box
Leading off the eighth inning, Rockland RF Ryan Stovall belted a solo home run to give the Boulders a 4-3 edge, and closer Alex Kreis pitched a scoreless ninth to preserve the lead. The Boulders completed a three-game sweep of the Saints with the win.
Rockland took a 3-1 lead in the sixth on a two-RBI single from C Joe Maloney, who batted 2-for-4. In the bottom of the seventh, St. Paul tied the game at three with DH Willie Cabrera at the plate without the bat leaving Cabrera’s shoulder. C Dwight Childs and 2B Jake Taylor both scored on separate wild pitches during Cabrera’s eight-pitch at-bat, which resulted in a walk.
Stovall’s shot, his seventh of the season, broke the tie and made relief pitcher Taylor Mangum, who allowed two runs on the wild pitches, the game’s winning pitcher.
Gary SouthShore 4, Lincoln 0 (Completion of a suspended game from June 21) – Box
Four RailCats pitchers held Lincoln to one hit, and Gary SouthShore cruised to a 4-0 win in the completion of Saturday’s game, which was suspended due to rain after two innings.
Lincoln 2B Luis Nunez broke up the no-hitter with two outs in the ninth inning when he singled on an 0-1 pitch.
RailCats relief pitcher Travis McGee replaced Saturday’s starter Stephen Bougher, and McGee allowed just two walks in four innings, striking out six. Right-hander James Parr took the mound in the seventh and retired six batters, striking out three without allowing a hit. Ethan Gibbons pitched the ninth, allowing a single to Nunez before getting Lincoln LF Matt Forgatch to fly out to right field to end the game.
Gary SouthShore scored two in the third on a groundout by 2B Zac Mitchell and an RBI single from C Ryan Babineau. Babineau had two of the RailCats four hits.
The RailCats added two more runs in the fourth on two sacrifice flies from SS Caleb Palensky and 3B Daniel Pulfer, which provided more than enough breathing room for the RailCats’ bullpen.