Sioux City, Iowa – The Dogs won when trailing after eight innings for the first time in franchise history Thursday night, defeating the Sioux City Explorers 2-1 in ten innings.
Chicago entered the ninth inning Thursday trailing for the 35th time this season. Sioux City led the game 1-0, but the first three Dogs hitters in the inning reached base to tie the score at 1-1 and send the game to extra innings.
Before the Chicago comeback the Dogs received a strong start from Jared Carkuff. The right-hander pitched seven and one-third innings in his fourth career professional start, allowing one earned run on seven hits and receiving a no-decision.
Sioux City scored in the bottom of the sixth inning on a Dean Green sacrifice fly. X’s starter Ian McKinney pitched six scoreless innings, before turning the game over to the Sioux City bullpen.
After Luis Mateo and Parker Markel pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings respectively, X’s closer Eric Karch was tasked with the ninth. Edwin Arroyo led the inning off with a walk for Chicago. After a Rubi Silva double, Treysen Vavra scored Arroyo from third with an RBI single. The Dogs failed to score again in the inning, pushing the game to extras.
After Chicago loaded the bases in the top of the tenth inning, Rubi Silva dragged a bunt single with two outs to score Matt Dean from third and push Chicago in front 2-1.
Silva and Dean each collected three hits in the game for Chicago.
Kaohi Downing worked a perfect ninth inning, earning the save for Chicago, his 12th of the year, and first since July 4. Taylor Grover stranded the bases loaded in the eighth inning and stranded the potential winning run at third base in the bottom of the ninth. Grover earned the win for Chicago, his first of the year.
The victory, which was the second extra-inning win for Chicago this year, pushes their season record to 34-47. The Dogs are now 13-18 in one-run games. The loss drops Sioux City to 60-22 on the year.
Chicago next heads to Wichita for their first ever series at historic Lawrence Dumont Stadium beginning Friday night against the Wingnuts.