The Beginning Of A Tough Battle

Demetrius Sims, one of the stars of the night, up to bat for an RBI double.by Sam Reeves

Oconomowoc, Wis. – The two hottest teams in the American Association began a three-game series tonight in Oconomowoc. The Hounds fell 8-3 at the hands of the Sioux City Explorers to end the five-game losing streak.

Mike Shawaryn took the loss tonight, going 5 innings, allowing 8 hits and 6 runs (6 earned), walking 3 and striking out 3. Gabriel Jaramillo, Matt Mullenbach, and Alberto Gonzalez, combined to work the final 4 frames out of the bullpen for Lake Country.

Sioux City starter Solomon Bates was too much for the Hounds tonight, as the All-Star hurler went 7 innings, only allowing 4 hits and 3 runs, walking 3 and striking out 8 to extend his league-lead in strikeouts. Kent Hasler and Sean Rackowski each worked a scoreless inning in relief for the Explorers to close it out.

Blake Tiberi, Demetrius Sims and Marcus Chiu accounted for the 3 RBIs for the DockHounds tonight. Tiberi’s coming on a solo homer in the 1st, Sims’ on a double two batters later, and Chiu’s on a double in the 3rd inning.

The Hounds will look to bounce back bright and early tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Tuesday from Wisconsin Brewing Company Park.

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