Rosemont, Ill. – A quiet day at the plate, and a solid performance from the Sioux City bullpen sunk the Dogs as Chicago fell 7-2 in the rubber match of a three-game series with the Explorers.
Dogs starter Connor Root allowed a tough-luck run in the top of the first as two of the first three Sioux City batters produced extra-base hits. The first, a triple from Michael Lang, was aided by the sun, as Chicago right fielder Jonathan Moroney lost the ball in the afternoon sky, causing it to drop behind him. The next batter, Jay Austin plated Lang with an RBI double to deliver the keynote for Sioux City.
Root was the victim of more shoddy defense in the top of the fifth. With Sioux City in front 2-0, A Treysen Vavra error allowed Dexture McCall to reach base leading off the frame. Two walks and a sacrifice bunt later, Lang came to the plate with the bases loaded. The Sioux City right fielder drove in a run on a ground out, and Austin once again followed Lang with an RBI single. Both runs in the inning were unearned.
Sioux City blew the game open with a three spot in the top of the sixth thanks to three hits from the bottom of the order. McCall doubled, and Jay Baum and Dylan Kelly each singled, with Kelly’s knock driving in a run. One night after the six through nine spots in the X’s order combined to go 0-15, they went 5-11 with three RBI on Wednesday.
Root was lifted from the game in the sixth. The right-hander allowed four earned runs on six hits, and suffered the loss, his fifth in a row.
Sioux City starter James Dykstra lasted only one inning before being pulled due to an apparent injury. Ryan Flores turned in five scoreless innings of relief, however, allowing only three hits, and striking out four. Flores earned the victory, his fifth of the season.
Chicago finally got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the eighth. An Edwin Arroyo RBI double and a Joe Benson run-producing single staved off the shutout for Chicago.
With the loss, the Dogs fall to 19-31 on the year, while Sioux City moves to 38-13 with the victory. Chicago will travel to Texas Thursday before beginning a seven-game road trip Friday night against the Cleburne Railroaders.