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X's equal season-high 18 hits in win

X's equal season-high 18 hits in win

X's equal season-high 18 hits in win

Courtesy of Sioux City Journal Staff

LINCOLN – Sioux City equaled its season-high of 18 hits and posted a 9-4 American Association baseball victory over Lincoln Sunday afternoon at Haymarket Park.

The Explorers, taking two of three in the series with the first-place Saltdogs, reached double digits in hits for the fourth straight game and matched their previous high of 18 against St. Paul in a 9-8 win on July 28.

Sioux City, which has won three of four since snapping its franchise-record 10 game losing streak, returns to Lewis & Clark Park Monday to open a four-game series against Kansas City. Six of the final eight games of the regular season will be played at home.

LeVon Washington went 4-for-5 in the game while Tony Campana and Michael Lang each tallied three hits for an Explorers club that scored in six of the nine innings, one game after a six-run second was enough to hold on for a 6-4 victory.

Sioux City (42-50) took advantage of nine walks from three Lincoln pitchers which led to leaving 15 runners on base, also equaling a season-high

The Explorers jumped on Lincoln starter Dimitri Kourtis with single runs in the first and second innings getting an RBI double from Jayce Ray in the first and a solo homer from Daniel Jackson, his first, in the second.

Tanner Vavra and Lang produced RBI singles in the fourth to push the lead to 4-0 while Kourtis allowed seven earned runs on 12 hits over five innings.

Sioux City starter Cody Forsythe, in contrast, was solid in his six innings of work, yielding only one earned run on three hits, improving to 5-8 on the season.