Sioux City, IA- The Sioux City Explorers ended the series vs the AirHogs with a loss, falling to Texas 9-4 at Mercy Field at Lewis and Clark Park.
Texas got on the board first, adding two early runs to start the top half. With a runner on and one out, AirHogs own, Burt Reynolds smashed a two-run homer to take the quick 2-0 lead.
Explorers cut the lead by a run in the bottom half of the first. X’s right-fielder, Michael Lang reached base-on-balls, moved all the way to third on a base-hit single, and scored off a sac-fly-RBI by Nate Sampson.
The AirHogs tacked on another, in the second inning. Michael Miller led-off with a single, moved to second and third off back-to-back base hits, and scored on a sacrifice-fly to centerfield.
Sioux City got the bats rolling in the third, tying the game at 3-3. X’s second baseman, Noah Perio doubled to score a run, and later scored himself on an error by the pitcher.
Texas was able to respond with a four key runs in the fifth. AirHogs designated hitter, Devon Rodriguez took the lead with an RBI single, scoring the runner from third. On the next at-bat, Texas took charge with a three-run home run by Michael Miller, extending the lead to 7-3.
The AirHogs chalked up two more runs in the seventh. Cody Lenahan doubled, scoring a couple to expand their lead even further.
Explorers scored one more in the contest, but would go on to fall to the AirHogs 9-4 at Mercy Field at Lewis and Clark Park. Texas wins the three game series 2-1 over Sioux City.
AirHogs right-hander Matt Shepherd (1-2) received the victory on the afternoon, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits and four walks in six innings pitched. Explorers starter Graham Johnson (3-1) was charged with the loss, giving up eight runs in 6.2 innings.
The Explorers will open a three game series vs the St. Paul Saints on Monday (June 20th) at Mercy Field at Lewis and Clark Park.
For 2016 ticket information to Mercy Field at Lewis and Clark Park, call (712) 277-WINS or visit the X’s website at www.xsbaseball.com