07/24/2019 10:49 PM
X’s HOLD ON TO SERIES OPENING WIN OVER CATS
Sioux City Wins Fifth Straight
Sioux City, IA - In the first game back from the All-Star break, the X’s got right back to their winning ways that had vaulted them into second place in the South Division as they held on for the series opening win over the Gary SouthShore RailCats 3-2.
The X’s were lead by their starting pitcher Pete Tago (1-1) who earned the win in what was his second straight quality start. He tossed six innings while allowing just a single run on three hits and striking out six and working around six walks.
The Explorers struck on the scoreboard first. Nate Samson collected his second triple of the season to lead off the fourth and scored on a Jose Sermo sac fly to left to make it 1-0 Sioux City.
The RailCats were using an opener strategy for their pitching staff. Using four arms who all tossed two innings each. For the most part it worked holding the X’s to just two hits and one run through the first five innings. But Sioux City would extend that lead to a safe distance in the sixth.
Kyle Wren and Michael Lang began the inning with singles putting runners at the corners with nobody out. Wren would score on a Samson single to make it 2-0. Lang and Samson would advance to second and third on a fly ball to center for the second out of the inning. Dexture McCall brought home Lang on a swinging bunt, a slow roller up the third base line to make it 3-0.
The RailCats made things interesting in the seventh however. After a walk, and fielders choice to start off the inning, Will Savage hit what looked to be a routine base hit into center field. But the ball would skip under Wren’s glove and roll all the way to the warning track. Marcus Mooney scored from first and Will Savage raced home on the single and three base error to make it 3-2 X’s.
But the Explorers bullpen from there was able to lock things down. Tyler Fallwell recorded the final two outs of the seventh. Nate Gercken tossed a scoreless eighth, punching out the final two batters of the inning to leave the thing run at second.
And Matt Pobereyko, pitching for the sixth straight game and league leading 31st of the season, notched his 17th save with the only one, two, three inning of the night for Sioux City, striking out the final pair of batters looking to finish the game.
The win was the Explorers fifth in a row and they look to make it six on Thursday in game two of the series. First pitch against the RailCats is set for 7:12 pm and it will be Carlos Sierra for the X’s against Frank Moscatiello for Gary SouthShore.