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SIOUX CITY, Iowa. – The Sioux City Explorers mounted an inspired comeback on Sunday night in Sioux City, erasing an eight-run deficit for a 10-9 defeat of the Sioux Falls Pheasants. Sioux City took two of three games from Sioux Falls over the weekend.

Dustin Jones drove in the decisive run for Sioux City in a tie ball game in the bottom of the seventh with a single to the right-center field gap. Ryan Priddy scored, while the Sioux City bullpen shut out the Pheasants for the final five innings. Jones was 2-for-4 with a sacrifice fly and two RBI.

The Pheasants took advantage of an early exit from the Sioux City starter, David Trahan. After walking leadoff man Francisco Leandro and running a 3-0 count to Kevin Carby, Trahan left in the top of the first inning with a muscle strain. The Pheasants jumped out with four runs in the first and four more in the second inning. Carby scored on an error, Reggie Abercrombie and Mark Shorey had RBI doubles, Trevor Lawhorn drove in two with a double, and Gus Milner belted a three-run home run.

After Sioux City scored three runs in the bottom of the second, Reggie Abercrombie stole third and scampered home on a muffed throw, giving the Pheasants a 9-3 lead.

Sioux City climbed back in the game with three runs in the fifth each, chasing Pheasants starter Brad Stone after 4 2/3 innings. In the sixth, designated hitter Javier Brito drove in a run with a single. Two batters later, Wally Backman Jr. swatted a home run to right field off reliever Ryan Fleckenstein to tie the game at 9-9.

Matt Gibbs (3-3) earned the win in his sixth relief decision for pitching a scoreless sixth and seventh. Ryan Grant (0-1) gave up the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh for his first loss.

Milner led the Pheasants offense with a three hits, including his first home run of the year. His last hit, an infield single, was the 500th of his professional career. Milner began playing in the Philadelphia Phillies organization in 2006.

The Pheasants record dropped to 9-14 with the loss.

The Sioux Falls Pheasants began a six-game homestand against the Wichita Wingnuts at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7, at Sioux Falls Stadium.

Courtesy: Scott Beatty, Sioux Falls Pheasants
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