Home runs carry the Saints. A Dazzle Special brings home the deciding run for Wichita. Grand slams carry the Kernels. Misael Urbina and three pitchers win it for Fort Myers.
ST. PAUL 7, IOWA 3 IN IOWA
The Saints scored three in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead. J. T. Riddle hit a two-run homer to tie it and Brent Rooker homered to put the Saints ahead.
Batting stars: Mark Contreras was 2-for-4 with a double. Daniel Descalso was 2-for-4 with a double. Riddle was 2-for-5 with two two-run homers, his second and third. Rooker was 2-for-5 with a home run, his fifth. Ryan Jeffers was 1-for-3 with a home run (his fifth), a walk, and two runs.
Pitching stars: Ian Hamilton struck out two in two shutout innings, giving up a walk. Shaun Anderson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Rob Whalen struck out three in two shutout innings, giving up a hit and two walks.
Opposition star: Jose Lobaton was 0-for-1 with three walks.
Starter: Bailey Ober struck out eight in four innings but allowed three runs on four hits and two walks.
Good stats: Anderson has an ERA of zero. Whalen has an ERA of 1.69. Hamilton has an ERA of 1.93. Ober has an ERA of 2.91.
Bad stats: Descalso raised his average to .075. Keon Broxton was 0-for-4 and is batting .159.
Record: The Saints are 13-11, in second place in the AAA East-Midwest, 3.5 games behind Omaha.
WICHITA 6, SPRINGFIELD 5 IN WICHITA
Jermaine Palacios homered in the seventh to tie it 5-5 and the Wind Surge scored the lead run in the eighth on a wild pitch.
Batting stars: Palacios was 2-for-4 with a home run (his fourth) and two RBIs. Jose Miranda was 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs. David Banuelos was 2-for-4 with a double. Gilberto Celestino was 2-for-5 with a double.
Pitching stars: Jovani Moran pitched three shutout innings, giving up a hit and two walks and striking out two. Ryan Mason struck out two in two shutout innings, giving up a hit and a walk.
Opposition stars: Ivan Herrera was 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two runs. Juan Yepez was 2-for-3. Luken Baker was 1-for-2 with a grand slam (his third homer) and two walks.
Starter: Bryan Sammons struck out six in four innings but allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits and a walk.
Good stats: B. J. Boyd was 1-for-3 and is batting .714. Miranda is batting .319. Palacios is batting .311. Aaron Whitefield was 0-for-3 and is batting .306. Moran has an ERA of 1.08.
Bad stats: Sherman Johnson was 0-for-2 and is batting .107. Banuelos raised his average to .132. Sammons has an ERA of 6.45.
Record: The Wind Surge is 14-10, tied for first with Tulsa in the AA Central-North.
CEDAR RAPIDS 10, WISCONSIN 4 IN CEDAR RAPIDS
Wander Javier hit a grand slam in the third to make it 4-0 and Michael Helman hit a grand slam in the ninth to make it 10-4.
Batting stars: Javier was 2-for-4 with a grand slam, two runs, and five RBIs. Helman was 1-for-4 with a grand slam (his fourth homer).
Pitching stars: Ben Gross struck out eight in 4.1 innings, giving up one run on three hits and a walk. Melvi Acosta struck out three in two perfect innings.
Opposition star: Korry Howell was 2-for-4 with a double.
Good stats: None.
Bad stats: Leobaldo Cabrera was 0-for-3 and is batting .167. Helman is batting .194. Javier raised his average to .195. Owen Griffith gave up a run in 2.1 innings to lower his ERA to 7.71.
Record: The Kernels are 10-14, in fifth place in the High-A Central-West, 5.5 games behind Quad Cities.
FORT MYERS 2, LAKELAND 0 IN LAKELAND
Misael Urbina had an RBI triple in the eighth and scored on a wild pitch, accounting for all the game's runs.
Batting star: Urbina was 2-for-4 with a triple and a double.
Pitching stars: Hunter McMahon struck out seven in five shutout innings, giving up four hits and a walk. Steven Cruz struck out four in two perfect innings. Bradley Hanner pitched two perfect innings, striking out one.
Opposition star: Joey Wentz struck out five in four shutout innings, giving up one hit.
Good stats: None.
Bad stats: Justin Washington was 0-for-3 and is batting .111. Willie Joe Garry, Jr. was 0-for-3 and is batting .167. Charles Mack was 1-for-4 to raise his average to .184. Yunior Severino was 0-for-3 and is batting .194. Cruz lowered his ERA to 8.31.
Record: The Mighty Mussels are 11-13, tied for fourth in the Low-A Southeast-West, six games behind Tampa.
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