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Dogs Hold on to Knot up Series with X's

July 11, 2018 - American Association (AA) - Chicago Dogs News Release

Rosemont, Ill. - A second straight close game ended in Chicago's favor, as the Dogs flipped the script on Sioux City and defeated the X's 5-3 Tuesday night at Impact Field.

Tuesday's game featured early offensive fireworks and a pitcher's duel in the middle innings for a second straight night, as the Dogs picked up their seventh come-from-behind victory of the year, snapping Sioux City's ten-game road winning streak in the process.

Michael Lang put Sioux City in front 2-0 on the fifth pitch of the game from Chicago starter Evan Smith. Lang clubbed a two-run home run after Luis Durango led off the game with a double to right field.

Chicago responded immediately with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Edwin Arroyo popped his third home run of the year, and four straight Dogs reached base with two outs against Sioux City starter Luis Mateo to give the Dogs a 3-2 lead. Jonathan Moroney highlighted the two-out rally with a two-run triple to right field. Arroyo's home run marked the seventh straight game in which Chicago has homered, the longest streak of the year for the Dogs.

Chicago tacked on another run in the bottom of the second thanks to a Mike Falsetti lead-off double, a balk, and a wild pitch.

With the Dogs up 4-2 after two innings, Sioux City inched closer on a Jay Austin RBI double in the top of the third. Smith stranded Austin at third base to end the threat, preserve the lead, and end the night of scoring for Sioux City.

Smith worked consecutive perfect frames in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings and retired the final 11 batters he faced. Smith went six innings in his second start of the season, allowing three runs on five hits and earning his first win of the year.

Conversely, Mateo worked a scoreless third, fourth, and five frames, but the levee broke against the Sioux City right-hander thanks to another two-out RBI, this time from Kenny Wilson. Wilson drove Matt Dean in from second with a bloop single to center, pushing the Chicago lead to 5-3.

After Brandon Shimo worked a perfect seventh inning, newest Dog Chad Girodo picked up the first two outs of the eighth but allowed two singles before departing the game. Girodo gave way to Taylor Grover for the four-out save. Grover struck out Nate Samson swinging to end the frame, and preserve the Dogs lead at 5-3.

Grover worked a much more eventful ninth inning. The first 11 pitches of the inning from the right-hander missed the strike zone. With two men on, nobody out, and Dexture McCall in a 3-0 count, Grover worked all the way back to strike out the final three hitters and lock down his second save of the year.

Chicago moves to 19-30 on the year with the victory. Sioux City, which lost for just the fourth time in 28 road contests, falls to 37-13 on the season with the loss.

The two teams will meet in the rubber match of their first ever series on Wednesday at Impact Field. Chicago will send Connor Root to the mound, while Sioux City will counter with James Dykstra.

First pitch on a Wiener Wednesday is set for 11:35 a.m. The game will be broadcast at with the Crowne Plaza Pregame Show beginning at 11:15 a.m.

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