Ryan Mitchell delivers a pitch during the X's 11-3 loss to St. Paul on Monday.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
The Explorers lost the opening game of their seven-day homestand on Monday, dropping an 11-3 decision to St. Paul.
The Saints (4-1) scored three runs in the second inning off of X's starter Ryan Mitchell to take the lead. St. Paul added a solo run in the fifth and three more in the sixth to take a 7-0 lead. Mitchell gave up seven runs on ten hits and took the loss.
Sioux City (2-3) scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull closer. Peter Barrows picked up his league-leading eighth RBI of the season with a double to score Mark Sobolewski. Shortstop Nate Samson then delivered a single to bring Barrows in to cut the St. Paul lead to 7-2.
Sioux City rookie reliever Kenny Long gave up hits to the first five Saints he faced in the eighth inning as St. Paul scored four times to increase their lead to 11-2. Samson, who had three hits, drove in another run in the eighth with a double to bring in Luke Murton and make it 11-3.
Game two of the three game series is Tuesday with a special morning start time of 11:05 AM.
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