Gary Southshore 4, Lincoln 1 – Box
The Railcats cruised to their 55th win of the season on Saturday night, tying the T-Bones for second place in the wild-card standings one game back with a game remaining. RF Joey Havrilak put the Railcats on the board in the first on a RBI single. The Saltdogs tied the game in the second before the Railcats took a 2-1 lead in the third on a sacrifice fly from LF Cameron Newell. The Railcats scored runs in the sixth and seventh innings to take a 4-1 lead in the eventual victory. RHP Sam Myers pitched 2.2 scoreless innings in relief, allowing two hits, walking a batter and striking out three. RHP Jorge De Leon pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 11th save of the season.
Sioux Falls 6, Sioux City 5 – Box
The Canaries jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first inning courtesy of a RBI single from 1B Chris Jacobs. The Explorers countered with four runs over the third and fourth innings. 2B Joel Davis delivered one of those RBIs, connecting with a single to give the Explorers the 3-1 advantage. In the sixth, DH Trey Vavra blasted a two-run home run to put the Canaries up 5-4. The Canaries added to the lead in the seventh when RF Jabari Henry collected on his 26th home run of the year to give Sioux Falls the two-run advantage in the eventual win. LHP Joe Bircher earned his fifth win of the year, allowing four runs in seven innings. RHP James Jones pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his second save of the season.
Fargo-Moorhead 8, Winnipeg 1 – Box
The Goldeyes took a 1-0 lead in the second inning before the Redhawks rattled off eight straight runs to win 8-1. The Redhawks hit two home runs in the win, the first a two-run shot from 3B Josh Mazzola to give the Redhawks a 4-1 lead. 1B Trever Adams blasted a solo shot in the seventh to extend the lead to four runs. His club added three more runs in the eighth to win 8-1. Mazzola was 2-4 in the win, scoring twice and knocking in four runs. LHP Tyler Alexander allowed just one run over 8.1 innings in the win. Alexander (8-6) allowed eight hits, walked two batters and struck out eight.
Cleburne 5, Texas 2 – Box
The Airhogs took the early advantage in the first, scoring a run on a RBI put out. The Railroaders tied it in the third and took a 3-1 advantage in the fifth on a solo home run from CF K.C. Huth followed by a RBI single off the bat of 1B Geraldo Valentin. The Airhogs made it a one-run game in the bottom of the fifth, but the Railroaders added two more runs en route to a three-run win. DH Nick Van Stratten contributed two RBIs in the victory. LHP Will Mathis pitched five innings and earned his first win of the season. Mathis (1-1) allowed two runs on four hits, walked a batter and struck out eight.
Wichita 13, Salina 0 – Box
The Wingnuts cruised to their 59th win of the season on Saturday, scoring six runs in the second inning to take a 7-0 advantage in the eventual win. DH T.J. Mittelstaedt highlighted the inning with a two-run single. Mittelstaedt also homered in the win, his ninth long ball of the year and knocked in five runs. 1B Brent Clevlen contributed four hits and scored four times in the win while also driving in three runs. CF Jacob Harris collected two hits, scored twice and knocked in a run. RHP Eddie Medina kept his focus even with the great run support, going for six shutout innings. Medina (9-3) allowed two hits and struck out five batters.
St. Paul 4, Kansas City 3 – Box
The Saints topped the T-Bones on Saturday night, picking up their 48th win of the season after having lost seven straight contests. The T-Bones took a 1-0 lead in the third, but the Saints rolled for three runs over the next two innings to take a 3-1 lead. Two runs scored in the fourth on an error and the third run was scored on a RBI single from 1B Dan Johnson. Johnson collected three hits, scored once and drove in a run in the win. The Saints added a fourth run in the eighth before the T-Bones struck back for two in the bottom half of the inning. LHP Kenneth Frosch collected his first save of the season, striking out two batters in the ninth. RHP Jason Hoppe threw seven innings, allowing one unearned run in the win. He allowed five hits, walked two batters and struck out two for his first win of the season.
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