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Grand Prairie, TX - Dylan Kelly ended up just a single shy of the cycle as the Sioux City Explorers have taken the first three games of this series with a 14-1 blowout victory on Saturday over the Texas Airhogs. 


The Airhogs would end up walking 11 batters in the ball game and the X’s would use that to their advantage in the game. It would start in the second when a trio of walks to open up the inning loaded the bases for Sioux City. Daniel Jackson brought in the first run on a sacrifice fly to left and Luis Durango would bring home the second with a base hit to center field making it 2-0 Sioux City. 


In the fourth Dylan Kelly lead off the inning with his second home run of the season and the solo shot gave the X’s a 3-0 lead.


Sioux City would tack on two more runs in the fifth. Nate Samson lead off the inning with a base hit and a stolen base. With two outs in the inning Blake Schmit singled to bring home Samson. Schmit would then score on a triple by Dexture McCall making it 5-0.


In the bottom of the fifth Texas grabbed their lone run of the ball game as Stewart Ijames brought home a base runner on a two out double and it was 5-1 Sioux City. 


But in the sixth the X’s would blow the game wide open with a six run inning. They would do it on only 4 hits as Texas walked three in the inning. Nate Samson collected an RBI single, Jose Sermo also brought home a run with an RBI sacrifice fly. But the big blow in the inning was Dylan Kelly’s triple. With the bases loaded and two out Kelly tripled to right center field which cleared the bases and gave him 4 RBI’s in the game and the X’s had a commanding 11-1 lead after six innings. 


Clearly that was all James Dykstra would need in his start as he was able to pick up his second consecutive victory. Dykstra (7-2) went 6 innings, allowing just one run on 5 hits, striking out 6. It was Dykstra’s second straight quality start as well. 


The X’s would tack on three more runs in the eighth. As they would once again put together a rally with walks. A trio of walks once again loaded the bases. A Dexture McCall ground ball would score two runs as there was an error on the short stop. And after a Dylan Kelly double, as Kelly finished just a single shy of the cycle would allow for a Jackson ground out to score a run and the X’s put on the finishing touches of a 14-1 win. 


Parker Markel and Keith Picht combined to throw a combined three shut out innings to finish off the ball game. 


Sioux City is now 55-17 on the year and 11 games ahead of the second playoff spot in the American Association Southern Division. 


The X’s will go for the four game sweep on Sunday night with first pitch set for 6:05 as Justin Vernia will take the mound for Sioux City.