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JOHNSON GOES THE DISTANCE IN WIN VS BIRDS

 

The Sioux City Explorers sent the crowd home happy allowing only one run to the Canaries while plating twelve of their own to win 12-1 at Lewis and Clark Park. 

 

Sioux City plated the first run of the game early, off a solo home run by former Minnesota Twin and X’s first baseman Rene Tosoni in the bottom of the first. In the second, Noah Perio Jr reached first on a hit by pitch, advanced to third on a single by Ryan Court, and later scored on a fielders choice to extend the lead by two. Later in the inning, a Tim Colwell base hit knocked in Court from third base to make it 3-0 after two innings. 

 

In the bottom half of the third, Brock Kjeldgaard worked up a lead-off walk to start the inning and later advanced to second on a single by Noah Perio Jr. Both runners advanced a base on a sacrifice bunt and then scored off a two run double by X’s third baseman Tommy Mendonca. 

 

In the fourth, Sioux Falls plated their first run of the game. Canaries shortstop Jerome Pena led-off with a single, stole second base, and later scored off a Richard Stock RBI single. Sioux City went on to match the Canaries run in the bottom half of the inning of a sac-fly RBI by Noah Perio Jr. 

 

In the sixth, the Explorers sent nine runs to the plate, putting four more runs on the board to give them a 10-1 lead after six. Sioux City went on two score two more runs in the eighth making it 12-1, which would go on to be the final score of the game. 

 

Explorers starter Patrick Johnson (5-0) went the distance Friday night, allowing only one run on five hits while recording a season high ten strikeouts in nine innings pitched. Left-hander Joe Bircher (2-3) was charged with the loss giving up five runs (four-earned), on six hits in 2.1 innings pitched. 

 

The bats were on fire for Sioux City with eight of the nine hitters in the lineup getting a hit. Explorers second baseman Ryan Court had himself a three hit game along with two runs scored, while Tommy Mendonca stood out recording two hits, three RBIs, a double and two runs scored. 

 

 

The Explorers will play game two of their three game series with Sioux Falls on the fourth of July,  first pitch - 7:05. For 2015 ticket information at Lewis and Clark Park, call (712) 277-WINS or visit the X’s website at www.xsbaseball.com