The X’s just couldn't seem to stop the Capitales bats on the night giving up ten runs in the ball game on twelve hits. Quebec scored three runs in the second and seven big runs in the sixth inning.
Sioux City did however score the first run of the game on an RBI single by Rene Tosoni that scored Matty Johnson from third. They scored again in the second, Noah Perio Jr led off the inning with a single, advanced to second on an error by the pitcher, moved to third on a putout, and then scored the second run of the game on a wild pitch. Quebec 3, Sioux City 2 after three innings of play.
In the fourth, Noah Perio Jr doubled on a one out, 1-1 pitch, he then stole third and later scored on a 4-3 putout by Ryan Court to tie the ball game at 3-3. Capitales scored seven runs in the top of the sixth on four hits and an error.
Explorers put two runs on the board in the seventh to cut the lead to five. X’s second baseman Ryan Court struck out to start the inning, Tim Colwell then walked. Sioux City catcher Matt Koch singled to advance Colwell to third, and third baseman Dillon Usiak walked to make the bases loaded with only one out in the inning. Michael Lang hit a two-run, two-out single to make it five runs in the game for Sioux City.
X’s went on to score two more in the bottom of the ninth on a fielders choice by Matty Johnson and sac-fly RBI from Michael Lang. The late comeback by the Explorers wasn't enough to get the win unfortunately with the final score being, Quebec 10, Sioux City 7. The X’s finished with seven runs on nine hits and an error with six left on base.
Winning pitcher was Capitales right-hander Ismel Jimenez who went six innings, allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out eight batters on the game. Ryan Zimmerman (0-1) was charged with the loss for the X’s going five innings while allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks.
Shortstop Noah Perio Jr and left fielder Tim Colwell had the hot night at the plate with Perio going 2 for 4 with a double, a stolen base and two runs scored. Colwell went 2 for 3 with a stolen base and two runs scored as well. The Capitales had three batters finishing the contest with double-digit hits, Tyler Young went 2 for 4, Jonathan Malo and Joshue Peley went 2 for 5.
The Quebec Capitales and Sioux City Explorers will finish the series on Sunday at 6:05. For 2015 ticket information at Lewis and Clark Park, call (712) 277-WINS or visit the X’s website at www.xsbaseball.com