05/24/2014 9:32 PM
Sioux City, IA-For a second straight night, the Amarillo Sox beat the Explorers 5-1 at Lewis & Clark Park.
Amarillo (4-5) has now scored first in all three games of the series. The Sox used a two-out rally in the second inning to start the scoring. Keith Brachold and Lyndon Estill reached consecutively on walks. Jeff Farnham then singled on the infield to drive in Brachold for a 1-0 lead. Amarillo struck for another run in the third. After an out, Josh Miller reached on an error. Kevin Mahoney followed with a fielder’s choice. He scored to make it 2-0 on a double to left-center by Cory Patton.
Sioux City (3-7) cut the deficit to one with a run in the bottom of the third. With one out, Nate Samson extended his hitting streak to the first 10 games of the season as he singled to left. Samson reached second on a wild pitch. After a fly out, Michael Lang smacked an RBI single to center that scored Samson and it was 2-1 Amarillo after three. Another three-run inning for the Sox in the fifth put it out of reach.
Left-hander Logan Williamson picked up the win for Amarillo. Williamson (1-1) worked six-and-two-thirds and gave up just one earned run on eight hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Sioux City starter Ryan Mitchell took the loss. Mitchell (0-2) lasted six innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits with six strikeouts and three walks.
At the plate for Amarillo, Cory Patton had a 3-for-5 game with two doubles and two RBIs to move his hit streak to six games. Nate Samson and Michael Lang both collected two hits for the X’s. Lang has now reached base in six straight games.
The Explorers’ first extended home stand of the season wraps up at Lewis & Clark Park Sunday night with a 6:05 first pitch against Amarillo. It’s Family Value Day tomorrow where you receive one reserve game ticket plus a hot dog and a fountain drink for ONLY 11$. You can also bring your dog on Bark in the Park Night. For ticket information and promotion specials, call 712-277-WINS or visit the Explorers website at www.xsbaseball.com.