GASTON’S FOUR RBI LEAD SALTDOGS TO WIN

Lincoln 5, Gary SouthShore 3 Box Score

The Lincoln Saltdogs edged the Gary SouthShore RailCats 5-3 behind a four-RBI night from CF Jon Gaston.

Gaston struck first in the top of the first inning as LF Matt Forgatch scored from third when Gaston grounded out to the second baseman. In the fifth inning he extended the Saltdogs’ lead with a three-run home run that scored 2B Luis Nunez and C Tyler Smith who each singled earlier in the inning. That four advantage would have been enough for the win but Lincoln added another insurance run in the top of the ninth. Gaston finished the night 3-for-5.

Nunez and Smith were two of five Saltdogs to register two hits in the game. For the RailCats, CF Drew Muren went 3-for-4 with the team’s only RBI. Starting pitcher Marquis Fleming earned the win for going 6.2 innings and allowing two runs on five hits while striking out seven batters.

 

Grand Prairie 5, Laredo 4 (Final – 10 Innings)Box Score

The Grand Prairie AirHogs and the Laredo Lemurs completed their contest from May 25 tonight before their regularly scheduled contest and the AirHogs walked off with the win in ten innings.

The game was originally suspended in the bottom of the eighth inning due to rain with the score tied at two runs apiece. Neither team scored in the ninth inning but things heated up in the tenth. In the top of the extra frame CF Nick Van Stratten scored on a sacrifice fly from 2B Travis Denker and in the next at bat 3B/RF Harrison Kain scored on a pass ball. In the bottom of the inning, DH Vince DiFazio doubled home 1B Brian Myrow to cut the deficit to one run.

Four batters later, DeFazio and PH Frazier Hall both scored when CF Eric Baker reached base on an error by the right fielder to end the game.

 

Laredo 8, Grand Prairie 4Box Score

The Laredo Lemurs bounced back after dropping the conclusion of a rain-shortened game to claim an 8-4 win in their regularly scheduled game with the Grand Prairie AirHogs.

The Lemurs scored in the top of the first but really blew the game open in the third with seven runs. The Lemurs put up those seven runs on seven hits and six different batters had RBIs – Nick Van Stratten picked up a pair with a single to close out the rally. The Lemurs wouldn’t score again for the rest of the night but didn’t need to as the Lemurs pitching staff allowed just four runs on nine hits in the contest. Starter Jeremy Strawn earned the win as he worked the first five innings.

Van Stratten was one of three Lemurs to have a two hit game but his two RBI were a team-high. For the AirHogs 2B Alex Nunez went 3-for-5.

 

 Kansas City 5, St. Paul 3Box Score

Kansas City C Brian Erie cleared the bases with a three-RBI base hit in the sixth inning to put the T-Bones out in front for the first time in the game and they held on to top the St. Paul Saints 5-3.

The Saints scored in the first to take the early lead and were leading 3-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. DH Nick Schwaner doubled to score 1B Matt Padgett to cut the lead down to one run. Schwaner, along with LF Bryan Sabatella and SS Vladamir Frias scored on Erie’s single to give the T-Bones the lead for good.

No T-Bone had more than one hit in the game and as a team Kansas City registered just six hits. For the Saints, LF Willie Cabrera had a game-high two hits in five at bats.

 

Amarillo 5, Sioux Falls 2Box Score

The Amarillo Sox broke the game open in the bottom of the eighth inning with three runs to break a 2-2 tie with the Sioux Falls Canaries as the Sox claimed a 5-2 win.

Amarillo took the early lead in the second only to be equalized in the top of the third. The same happened in the bottom of the fifth and the top of the sixth innings. The Sox’ three-run rally in the eighth was due in large part to their ability to draw walks. LF Joe Weik and 1B Andres Rodriguez reached base to open the inning by earning four-pitch walks. SS Kyle Bellows singled to load the bases and that was the only hit of the inning for the Sox. 2B Geraldo Valentin, C Jeff Farnham and RF Johnny Bladel each drew bases-loaded walks in the inning to account for the three runs.

Reliever Kellen Moen earned the win for working a hitless eighth inning on the mound and Randy Hamrick earned the save for working the ninth.

 

Sioux City 10, Winnipeg 3Box Score

After giving up two runs in the top of the first inning the Sioux City Explorers reeled off ten unanswered runs in the first six innings on their way to 10-3 win over the Winnipeg Goldeyes.

The Explorers racked up 18 hits as a team and they were led by LF Oscar Mesa who went 5-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. 3B Amos Ramon also had an impressive game at the plate as he went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. Both SS Tommy Mendonca and 2B Andres Perez also had a pair of RBI. For the Goldeyes, LF/RF Donnie Webb went 2-for-4 with two RBI and 3B/RF Josh Mazzola added two hits.

On the mound, reliever Alex Burnett was tabbed as the winner as the worked the fifth, sixth and seventh innings without allowing a run and allowing just one hit.

 

Wichita 7, Fargo-Moorhead 4Box Score

Wichita scored at least one run in every inning from the second through the seventh to build a 7-1 lead. The Wingnuts cut a RedHawks rally short in the ninth inning to snag a 7-4 win.

DH Brent Clevlen led the way as he went 4-for-5 with a solo home run. CF Jake Luce added three hits and an RBI and C Brent Dean had a team-high two RBI as he went 3-for-3 with a pair of walks. In the bottom of the ninth inning, the RedHawks loaded up the bases and earned a walk and then registered two singles in three consecutive at bats to cut the lead down to three runs. After Sawyer Carroll’s single the Wingnuts brought in reliever Alex Hinshaw who forced a ground out to end the game.

Hinshaw picked up the save for that one batter faced while starter Justin Klipp was credited with the win for working the first five innings and allowing one run on seven hits.

 

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