Winnipeg 5, Laredo 4 – Box
A three run seventh inning powered the Winnipeg Goldeyes to a 5-4 victory over the Laredo Lemurs. LF Adam Heisler (pictured) went 3-for-5 with a run scored and SS Maikol Gonzalez launched his first home run of the year as the Goldeyes outhit the Lemurs 8-7. Starter Mikey O’Brien earned his second win of the year throwing 7.1 innings, allowing four earned runs on seven hits and reliever Jalien Peguero recorded the save. For Laredo, RF Reggie Wilson and SS J.D. Pulfer each had two hits to back starter Ryan Beckman who allowed one earned run and four hits over six innings of work.
Lincoln 5, Kansas City 1 – Box
The Lincoln Saltdogs defeated the Kansas City T-Bones 5-1 to move into first place in the Central Division. Lincoln outhit Kansas City 10-4 in the game, as starter Shairon Martis earned the win on the mound for his excellent performance striking out nine hitters over seven inning while just allowing one earned run on three hits. Saltdogs’ 1B Rene Leveret and 2B Pat Kelly each had two hits in the win. For the T-Bones, starter Casey Barnes provided Kansas City with an excellent pitching outing going six innings, giving up one earned run on five hits.
St. Paul 5, Sioux Falls 3 – Box
The Sioux Falls Canaries dropped their first game of the year, losing to the St. Paul Saints 5-3. In the game, the Saints outhit the Canaries 13-8 to back starter, Mark Hamburger, who logged the win pitching 7.2 innings, allowing just three earned runs on six hits with six strikeouts. Reliever Ryan Rodebaugh earned the save for throwing a scoreless ninth inning. Trailing 3-0 after the second, St. Paul would add five runs over the final seven innings to secure the win. Canaries’ 1B David Bergin went 2-for-4 and tied the league lead hitting his third home run of the year.
Joplin 19, Wichita 10 – Box
Recording a season high 24 hits, the Joplin Blasters defeated the Wichita Wingnuts 19-10. Every Blaster had at least two hits in the game as 1B Charlie Valerio paced the offense going 4-for-6 on the night, scoring two runs with one RBI. Reliever Jason Zgardowski earned the win throwing three innings while surrendering one earned run, striking out three. The Blasters scored eight runs in the second, and seven runs over their final three innings to record their third victory of the season. For Wichita, DH Matt Chavez had a stellar game as he hit his first home run of the season, going 4-for-4 with three runs scored, and three RBI.