Winnipeg 9, St. Paul 8 (11 Innings) – Box Score
Nine innings weren’t enough to decide a winner between the Winnipeg Goldeyes and the St. Paul Saints but the Goldeyes pulled out the win in the top of the 11th.
2B Tucker Nathans hit a solo home run in the top of the eighth inning that tied the game at 8-8 and the score was still knotted there after the ninth, forcing extras. After a scoreless 10th, the Goldeyes went to work in the top of the 11th. DH Dave Sappelt (2-for-5) hit a leadoff single and then took second on a wild pitch. After CF Reggie Abercrombie (4-for-6) was retired, Eric Aguilar singled to allow Sappelt to score.
Though the Saints had one hit in the bottom of the 11th, Sappelt’s run – his third of the game – held up and proved to be the game-winner.
For the Saints, C Justin O’Conner led the way with three hits and two RBIs and three other batters added two hits apiece.
Kansas City 5, Cleburne 4 – Box Score
After a hot start from both teams, the Kansas City T-Bones held on for a 5-4 win against the Cleburne Railroaders.
In the top of the first, 3B Patrick Palmeiro lifted a sac fly to right to score CF KC Huth (2-for-4) and in the next at-bat, his father DH Rafael Palmeiro added an RBI single to center, plating 2B Trevor Sealey (3-for-5). In the next inning, Sealey added two more runs with a single that scored SS Alex Polston and C Blake Grant-Parks (2-for-4). But the T-Bones started the comeback in the bottom of the inning as LF Dexter Kjerstad scored as Tucker Pennell grounded out and RF Keith Curcio scored on a wild pitch.
Kansas City completed the comeback in the third inning as SS Dylan Tice scored when 1B Nick Torres bounced out to second and CF Todd Cunningham scored on an error. Curcio doubled home 3B Zach Walters for what proved to be the game-winning run as both teams were scoreless in the final six innings.
Wichita 5, Fargo-Moorhead 4 – Box Score
The Wichita Wingnuts held off a ninth-inning rally from the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks to claim a 5-4 win.
Wichita scored three runs in the top of the first inning as LF Tony Thomas singled home a pair of runs and then scored later in the inning as DH John Nester (2-for-4) doubled. In the third, the RedHawks pulled one back as 2B Maikol Gonzalez (2-for-4) singled home a RF Tim Colwell and in the next inning, Colwell drew a bases-loaded walk to score another.
The Wingnuts added two crucial unearned runs in the seventh thanks to an error, giving the visitors a 5-2 lead.
In the ninth, LF Devan Ahart popped an RBI single and then Gonzalez scored as DH Keury De La Cruz grounded out to first base. But 1B Leobaldo Pina (2-for-4) struck out in the next at-bat, stranding the tying run at third an ending the game.
Sioux City 7, Gary SouthShore 0 – Box Score
The Sioux City Explorers’ pitching staff shutout the Gary SouthShore RailCats to pave the way for a 7-0 win on Saturday.
Starting pitcher Luis Mateo (5-2) did most of the heavy lifting as he threw seven innings, allowed jut six hits and one walk while striking out five batters. Offensively, the Explorers backed him up with four runs in the third, two more in the fifth and a final tally in the eighth.
RF Michael Lang provided three of those runs in the third with his third home run of the season. That was Lang’s only hit of the night but four other Explorers – CF Jay Austin, SS Nate Samson, 3B Jose Sermo and C Dylan Kelly – each had two-hit nights.
For the RailCats, 3B Randy Santiesteban and LF John Price Jr. both recorded two hits.
Lincoln 7, Chicago 2 – Box Score
The Lincoln Saltdogs led the whole way Saturday night as they picked up a 7-2 win against the Chicago Dogs.
Lincoln’s starting pitcher Kyle Kinman played a huge role in the win for the Saltdogs as he worked seven scoreless innings and allowed just five hits while striking out four. The win moved him to 2-0 on the year and leaves his ERA at 2.16.
Offensively, CF Angel Reyes went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI while C Dashenko Ricardo and DH Brant Whiting each went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Whiting also had his third home run of the season. 2B Cesar Valera and RF Randolph Oduber also added a pair of hits.
For the Dogs, SS Matt Telesco went 2-for-3.
Sioux Falls 6, Texas 2 – Box Score
Despite being outhit on the night 10-7, the Sioux Falls Canaries outpaced the Texas AirHogs 6-2.
Sioux Falls took the lead when 2B Mitch Glasser scored as DH David Bergin bounced out in the bottom of the first inning. 1B Burt Reynolds (2-for-4) doubled the lead in the second as he touched home after CF Dan Motl doubled. Texas got on the board in the top of the third as RF Stewart Ijames (2-for-5) doubled home DH Chen Junpeng (2-for-4) and then scored when 1B Correlle Prime reached on an error.
But in the bottom of the frame, Reynolds and 3B Jordan Dean hit back-to-back RBI singles to push the lead back to two. In the eighth, C Maxx Garrett doubled to score RF Jabari Henry and then scored on a sac fly from Dean to move the score line to the final margin.