SALTDOGS BLANK EXPLORERS IN PITCHERS’ DUEL

SALTDOGS BLANK EXPLORERS IN PITCHERS' DUEL

Lincoln 3, Sioux City 0Box Score

The Lincoln Saltdogs turned four hits into three runs and allowed just two hits as they beat the Sioux City Explorers in a pitchers’ duel.

Lincoln got on the board in the second inning when SS Mike Gilmartin scored on a single from LF Matt Forgatch. The Saltdogs extended their lead in the fourth inning with a two-run home run from DH Chad Mozingo. Those three runs were more than enough as the Saltdog arms were tough to tame on the night. Starting pitcher Justin Kuks (pictured) went 6.1 innings and allowed just two hits. Relievers Trey Barham and Marshall Schuler finished off the game without allowing a hit and issuing just three walks.

Sioux City’s starting pitcher Alex Caldera allowed just four hits in the losing effort and reliever Jimmer Kennedy worked three innings without giving up a single hit.

 

Laredo 10, Grand Prarie 1 — Box Score

The Laredo Lemurs rocked Grand Prairie 10-1 despite being out-hit by the AirHogs 11-8.

The Lemurs scored first in the bottom of the first inning on a sacrifice fly, a bases-loaded walk and then a bases-loaded hit by pitch. After taking the 3-0 lead, the Lemurs never trailed in the contest. SS Devin Goodwin homered twice in the game for the Lemurs and had a game-high four RBI. 2B Travis Denker was the only other Laredo batter to have more than one hit as he went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.

For the AirHogs, 3B Abel Nieves went 3-for-4 and 1B Jason Botts went 2-for-4 with the team’s only RBI. Laredo’s starting pitcher Jeremy Strawn picked up the win as he gave up nine hits but no runs in the game.

 

Winnipeg 6, St. Paul 4 — Box Score

The Winnipeg Goldeyes scored six unanswered runs to erase a four-run deficit and beat the St. Paul Saints 6-4.

St. Paul went out in front in the top of the third inning as CF Evan Bigley singled home a run and then LF Willie Cabrera hit a three-run home run to left center field. The blast was Cabrera’s fourth of the series. But the Goldeyes started their comeback in the bottom of the inning and eventually tied the game in the bottom of the fifth. Winnipeg took the lead in the seventh when 2B Brock Bond scored on a sacrifice fly. The Goldeyes added an insurance run later in the inning.

Bond was 2-for-3 on the night and scored a pair of runs. 3B Jake Blackwood also scored twice for the Goldeyes and went 3-for-5 on the night. DH Casey Hearther had a strong night at the plate as well as he went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

 

Amarillo 7, Kansas City 4 — Box Score

The contest got off a hot start as all 11 runs were scored in the first five innings and as it settled down the Amarillo Sox topped the Kansas City T-Bone 7-4.

Seven different Sox had hits in the game and five of them had more than one hit. 1B Andres Rodriguez ended up with a team-high three hits and an RBI but it was 2B Christian Figueroa that had the most RBI as he went 2-for-2 with three RBI. LF Derek Perren added two RBI on a 2-for-4 night. For the T-Bones, RF Ray Sadler went 2-for-4 – a team-high – with an RBI.

The Sox took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth inning and added a pair of insurance runs in the fifth to go ahead 7-4. That score held as four Sox relievers, including winning pitcher Kristhiam Linares, worked the final five innings without allowing a run on two hits.

 

New Jersey 9, Sioux Falls 1 — Box Score

The Sioux Falls Canaries scored in the first inning and then were held scoreless for the rest of the night as the New Jersey Jackals won the inter-league affair 9-1.

The Canaries, who were wearing throw back Pheasants jerseys in the game, scored on a solo home run from 1B A.J. Kirby-Jones in the first inning but wouldn’t score again in the contest. It was a different story for the Jackals as six different players crossed home plate and seven of the eight batters that registered a hit in the game had multi-hit games. LF Joe Dunigan and 1B/SS Steve Nikorak went 3-for-5 to lead the team and Dunigan added two RBI.

Jackals DH Jorge Cortes had a team-high three RBI. New Jersey reliever Tom Vessella worked the last five innings and picked up the win as kept the Canaries off the board.

 

Fargo-Moorhead 2, Quebec 1 – Game 1/7 Innings — Box Score

The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks claimed the first game of an inter-league doubleheader with the Quebec Capitales 2-1.

Fargo-Moorhead edged out in front of the Capitales in the top of the second when 2B C.J. Retherford scored after leading off the inning with a double.  The Capitales tied the score in the fifth on an RBI from DH Rene Leveret but the RedHawks regained the lead in the top of the sixth when RF Brandon Tripp was walked with the bases loaded. CF Nic Jackson, who scored the game-winning run, was the only batter in the game to have two hits.

Starting pitcher Taylor Stanton was credited with the win as he went six innings and allowed the one run on three hits and had five strikeouts. Reliever Nate Garcia recorded the save.

 

Quebec 7, Fargo-Moorhead 1 – Game 2/7 Innings — Box Score

After dropping the first game, the Quebec Capitales came back strong in the second game and won 7-1 to split their inter-league doubleheader with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.

The Capitales fell behind 1-0 in the third inning because of a solo home run from 2B Anthony Kaskadden but then scored seven unanswered to take control of the game. Quebec SS Jonathan Malo had a team-high three hits in four at bats and added an RBI and a runs scored. Both 3B Balbino Fuenmayor and C Josue Peley had two RBI and RF Yuniesky Gurriel added another RBI on a 2-for-2 night.

Starting pitcher Karl Gelinas went the distance in the seven-inning game for the Capitales and allowed one run on seven hits and registered 11 strikeouts. His Capitales, in comparison, were only struck out once.

 

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