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X's ready to battle in second half of season

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SIoux City is 20-30 midway through the season. SIoux City is 20-30 midway through the season.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -  Midway through the season, Sioux City sits 10 games under .500 and in last place in the Central Division standings.

With 50 games left, the X's still have a chance to turn things around and make a strong postseason run.

The Explorers are currently seven back of division leading Gary SouthShore, but there is a silver lining.

The Railcats are the only team in the Central above .500

Of their final 50 games, 21 are against division opponents, leaving plenty of opportunities for the X's to get back in the playoff hunt.

"We put our back up against the wall.  We have to win series.  You know, you've got to take two of three, maybe occasionally mix in a sweep here and there, but you have to try avoid long losing streaks," Manager Steve Montgomery said.  "You know, if you do lose a series, you can't get swept like we just did."

The pitching staff has done it's job, and is one of just three teams with an earned run average below four (3.78 ERA).

Hitting is a different story.  

Currently, the Explorers rank 11th out of the 12 teams in the American Association, hitting a lowly .259.

They've also scored the third fewest runs in the league, crossing home just 217 times.

"We just have to get some timely hits and really take our walks when walks are presented to us. I think if we can get our walk total up in the second half of the season, subsequently that'll put more base runners on and then you're not asking to get a big, two out hit.  Maybe it's just get a guy over and then get a guy in."

The X's hit the road on Monday and begin a three game series against Winnipeg on Tuesday.



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