The Sioux Falls Pheasants lost twice on Monday night to the Sioux City Explorers, dropping a 15-0 completion of a suspended game and an 8-6 seven-inning nightcap.
Sioux City had a 5-0 lead when the May 19th game was halted. Ray Serrano put Sioux City on the board with a two-run home run in the first inning. The game resumed on Monday in the bottom of the third inning with two on and nobody out. Both runners scored for a 7-0 Sioux City advantage.
Sioux City added eight more runs in the game, highlighted by a five-run eighth inning in which the X's brought 10 batters to the plate.
Mitchell Clegg (1-1) took the loss for the Pheasants. He started the game on May 19, allowing seven runs on five hits while walking three and striking out one. Matthew Sommo relieved Clegg on Monday and allowed eight run in 4 2/3 innings.
Alain Quijano (1-0) tossed the complete-game shutout for Sioux City. He only allowed seven hits and also struck out seven.
In the nightcap, the Pheasants fell behind quickly on Adrian Martinez's RBI fielder's choice in the second inning. Two more plated in the third on Michael Lang's run-scoring triple and a throwing error by Al Quintana.
Sioux City added a tally in the fourth and then surged to an 8-0 lead with a four-run, two-out rally in the fifth. Martinez singled home two runs and Yusuke Inoguchi followed with a pinch-hit, two-run double.
Pheasants starter and newcomer Dusty Gober (0-1) allowed all eight runs in his Sioux Falls debut and suffered the loss. He pitched 4 2/3 innings, yielding 11 hits and striking out three.
The Pheasants rallied back with Jared Bolden's solo home run in the sixth. In the seventh, the Pheasants plated five runs thanks in part to two Sioux City errors and Cristian Guerrero's three-run double. It brought a tying run to the plate, but Sioux City closer Chris Bodishbaugh struck out Mark Shorey to end the threat and earn his fourth save of the season.
Explorers starter Ty Marotz (1-0) pitched 6 2/3 inning for the Explorers, winning his first start of the season. He allowed six runs on eight hits, walking three and striking out four.