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X's whip Winnipeg for second straight win

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Sioux City beat Winnipeg 9-2 on Wednesday for their second straight win. Sioux City beat Winnipeg 9-2 on Wednesday for their second straight win.
 Wednesday night in front of 5,788 at Shaw Park, the Sioux City Explorers scored seven runs against starter Matt Jackson and cruised to a 9-2 win over the Goldeyes.  

It was Winnipeg’s second straight loss and it dropped the Fish to 34-16 on the season. It also gave the Explorers a series win in this three-game set in downtown Winnipeg after winning 2-1 on Tuesday night. The X's are 22-30 overall and 14-13 on the road.

“They beat us the last two days,” said Goldeyes manager Rick Forney. “The two pitchers they have at the top of their rotation, (Patrick) Johnson and (John) Straka are as good as any two pitchers in the league. They got ahead in counts and didn’t give us anything to hit. They were both very good the past two days.

The Explorers got a two-run homer and four runs batted in from first baseman Andres Perez, while center fielder Tim Colwell had a two-run single as Sioux City scored twice in the third and five more times in the fourth to lock this one up early.

The Goldeyes runs came on a pair of solo homers: One in the third by Luis Alen that made the score 2-1 and one in the seventh by Ray Sadler, when Sioux City was leading 9-1.

Sioux City finished with nine runs on 16 hits, while the Goldeyes mustered only two runs on seven hits.

Sioux City starter John Straka (5-4, 3.07 ERA) got the win for the Explorers while Jackson (7-3, 3.69 ERA) suffered the loss. There was no save.

The Goldeyes and Explorers will wrap up this three-game series Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Shaw Park. Nick Hernandez (5-0, 3.88 ERA) will get the start for Winnipeg, while Greg Holt (2-7, 5.52 ERA) will take to the hill for Sioux City.

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