A three-run ninth completed a late rally and helped push the Sioux City Explorers past the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, 4-3, Monday at Newman Outdoor Field. The Explorers (23-26) began their comeback with one out in the ninth trailing 3-1.
Peter Barrows hit a double and scored the first run of the inning on a Luke Murton single. Bryan Pounds followed with a single, and a Yusuke Inoguchi sacrifice fly drove in pinch-runner Gilbert Briones from third, tying the game at 3-3. After a Sam Judah single put runners on the corners, Adrian Martinez hit the game-winning double down the left-field line – giving Sioux City the 4-3 lead. Fargo-Moorhead (29-21) starter Taylor Stanton had another strong outing in the no-decision.
Stanton pitched eight innings and allowed one run (none earned) on five scattered hits. He struck out eight batters and walked none – his second consecutive game he has given up zero walks.
Chase Johnson dropped to 1-1 after pitching for the ‘Hawks in the ninth. Dan Jurik pitched 6 2/3 innings for Sioux City and gave up three earned runs on seven hits, three walks, while striking out nine. Jon Plefka improved to 1-1 in 1 1/3 innings of relief and Chris Bodishbaugh earned his 12th save of the season.
Nic Jackson led the RedHawks at the plate with a 2-for-4 performance, including a two-run single that gave Fargo-Moorhead a 3-1 lead in the seventh. Mitch Einertson had two hits and Keith Brachold smacked a solo home run in the second. Sioux City combined for 10 hits in the ballgame compared to Fargo-Moorhead's seven. Barrows, Martinez, and Anthony Kaskadden each had two hits for Sioux City.