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Explorers Take Two, Complete Sweep





Gary, IN-The Explorers wrapped up a six-game road swing with a doubleheader and series sweep of Gary SouthShore Wednesday night at U.S. Steel Yard, winning game one 4-0 in 11 innings and taking game two 4-1.


With the wins, Sioux City (9-19) posted its first series sweep of the season and its first three-game winning streak. Gary (15-11) had won seven straight heading into the series. Game one was scheduled for seven innings but went scoreless for the first ten frames. The Explorers put it to bed with a four-run top of the 11th. Oscar Mesa walked to lead off the inning, and advanced to second on a ground out. After a pitching change, Rene Tosoni reached on an infield single. Nate Samson then reached on a fielder’s choice with no out being recorded as the pitcher made an error to score Mesa from third. The next batter, Tom Mendonca, doubled to drive in both Tosoni and Samson for a 3-0 lead. With two outs, Peter Barrows doubled to bring in Mendonca for the game’s final margin.


On the mound, Geoff Broussard picked up the win in relief. Broussard (1-1) worked six scoreless innings. He gave up four base hits with five strikeouts and no walks. Sioux City starter Patrick Johnson lasted five innings and yielded just one hit with five strikeouts and five walks. Kagen Hopkins took the loss for Gary. Hopkins (1-2) went two-and-a-third and allowed one unearned run with two strikeouts and one walk.  At the plate, Oscar Mesa and Todd Jennings (pictured) both went 2-for-4. Tom Mendonca was 1-for-5 with a two-run scoring double and a run scored. It was the first-error free game for the X’s since June 4th.


In game two (seven innings), Sioux City scored first with a run in the third. Gary tied the game with a lone tally in the fifth. A three-run sixth for the Explorers wound up the difference. Nate Samson singled to lead off the inning. Following a pitching change, Tom Mendonca singled on the infield. Andres Perez then sac bunted the runners up to second and third. Peter Barrows received an intentional walk to load the bases. After a strikeout, Todd Jennings doubled to center field and cleared the bases for the 4-1 final.


Explorers’ starter John Straka pitched a complete-game to earn the win in game two. Straka (2-3) allowed one earned run on six hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Travis McGee suffered the loss for the RailCats. McGee (0-1) pitched an inning of relief. He gave up one earned run on two hits with no strikeouts and one walk. At the plate, Todd Jennings went 2-for-3 in the nightcap. Jennings had three RBIs on his sixth-inning double.  


Sioux City returns home Friday, June 13th to face Grand Prairie in a three-game weekend series. For ticket information and promotion specials at Lewis & Clark Park, call 712-277-WINS or visit the Explorers website at