First-place Gary-Southshore beat Sioux City 5-3 on Monday night.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
Scoring runs continued to be a problem for the Sioux City Explorers as they lost the opening game of a four-game series to Gary-Southshore, 5-3, on Monday night.
The X's (6-13) are last in the American Association in runs scored and lead the league in men left on base.
The first place Railcats (9-8) scored two runs in the third inning and two more in the fourth to take a 4-0 lead. Sioux City cut the lead to 4-1 in the seventh inning on an RBI double by Rene Tosoni that scored Tommy Mendonca. Gary-Southshore got the run back in the top of the eighth for a 5-1 advantage.
Sioux City rightfielder Peter Barrows added a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth to cut the lead to 5-3 with just one out.
X's starting pitcher Kohei Tsukada took the loss, giving up five hits and four runs in six innings of work. The native of Tokyo, Japan, also struck out five batters and walked four men. Morningside College product Wade Morrison came in to pitch in relief and gave up just one run over the final three innings.
The series continues at 7:05 Tuesday night at Lewis and Clark Park.
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