Grand Prairie 5, Lincoln 1
If the Lincoln Saltdogs are going to catch the RailCats they have to take advantage of struggling teams like the Grand Prairie Airhogs. They did not do that Wednesday night. The Airhogs scored four runs in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead, and never looked back, eventually winning 5-1. Trevor Harden, who pitched for the Saltdogs last season, pitched a gem, giving up just five hits in the complete game victory. He is now 6-2 on the season, with a 3.93 ERA. 1B Jason Botts went 2-4 for Grand Prairie, with a run and two RBI, and hit his ninth home run of the season.
Gary Southshore 6, Kansas City 3
The Gary Southshore RailCats opened the second half of the season with a big win over the Kansas City T-Bones, ending a two game losing streak. Kevin Hopkins (4-2) won his fourth game of the season, pitching 5.1 innings, allowing just two hits and one run, while striking out six. James Parr closed out the game for his sixth save of the season. Gary got a big night from Drew Martinez, who went 3-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Bryan Sabatella went 2-3 for Kansas City and scored both the T-Bones’ runs.
Fargo-Moorhead 6, Sioux City 4
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks took the first step toward getting into the pennant race by winning their third straight game, a 6-4 win over the Sioux City Explorers. RedHawks starter Brain Ernst (7-4) pitched six innings of four hit ball, giving up two earned runs while striking out six for the win. Nate Garcia pitched the ninth for his 16th save of the season. C.J. Retherford went 3-3 for the winners, and scored two runs. Tim Colwell drove in two runs for the Explorers in the loss.
Sioux Falls 12, Winnipeg 4
The Sioux Falls Canaries welcomed the Winnipeg Goldeyes to town following the All-Star break and proved to be very rude hosts. The last place team put on a hitting display for their division rival, pounding out 19 hits and scoring 12 runs. Every Canaries player had at least one hit, with Stephen Branca going 4-5 with a run and two RBI. A.J. Kirby-Jones had two hits, three runs scored, an RBI, and also added his 13th home run of the season. 2B Brock Bond had three hits and scored a run for Winnipeg.
By Robert Pannier
Senior Baseball Editor
Member of the IBWAA