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X's look for timely hitting against first place Gary

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Manager Steve Montgomery says the X's need to capitalize with men on base. Manager Steve Montgomery says the X's need to capitalize with men on base.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - The Explorers went 3-4 on last week's road trip to Winnipeg and Fargo, with all four losses coming by one run. The X's will try to make up some ground starting Monday when they open a four-game series with first place Gary Southshore.

The Railcats lead the Central Division with a modest 8-8 record. That means the X's are just three games out of first place at 6-12.

Sioux City ranks 8th in the 12-team American Association in batting average at .264. But they are last in runs scored and lead the league in men left on base. Getting clutch hits will be the key for a turnaround.

"We're getting the runners on, we're just not capitalizing once we get the runners on," said X's manager Steve Montgomery. "When we do get the key hit it seems like we win every one of those games. We've talked to the hitters, we've got to get a better approach. We can't chase outside the zone and trust the guy behind you."

"We're getting the runners on because we're getting our hits," said shortstop Nate Samson. "We just need to get that big two out hit. Two out RBI's are big and we're not producing those enough like we should be. One hit here and there , that's all the difference is."

Samson is leading the league in hitting at .426.
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