Cleburne wins three straight, then loses four straight to fall to 11-12
Inconsistent play against Sioux City and Kansas City lands Cleburne in fifth place in East
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CLEBURNE, Texas – The Cleburne Railroaders fell to 11-12 on the season and sit in fifth place in the East Division after going 3-4 last week.
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Cleburne started the week by winning the first three games of a four-game series against the Sioux City Explorers in Cleburne, then lost four games in a row, including a three-game sweep by the Kansas City Monarchs in Kansas City.
The offense stood out for Cleburne as they won the series against Sioux City, outscoring their opponent 39-20. Outfielder Delino DeShields went 6 for 15 with a home run in the series.
Hilton allowed one earned run on eight hits and a walk and struck out two batters through seven innings pitched as Cleburne beat Sioux City 15-3 Tuesday.
Bullard allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks and struck out five batters through five innings pitched as Cleburne beat Sioux City 13-7 Wednesday.
Cleburne came from behind to beat Sioux City 6-4 in the first game of the series Monday. They scored three runs in the bottom of the 10th inning to win after giving up a run to give Sioux City a 4-3 lead in the top of the 10th.
Cleburne lost the final game of the series against Sioux City 6-5 Thursday. Reliever Joe Corbett (0-1) gave up three runs to give Sioux City a 6-3 lead in the top of the 10th inning. Cleburne scored two runs in the bottom of the 10th but fell short of a comeback in the loss.
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Cleburne’s offense slowed against Kansas City as they were outscored 17-7 en route to being swept. Cleburne managed just 10 base hits in the series compared to the 45 they notched in the four-game series against Sioux City. Outfielder Zach Nehrir and infielder Jose Sermo were the only Railroaders with multiple hits in the series.
Starter Riley Smith (2-3) gave up three runs on five hits in two innings pitched and received the loss as Cleburne lost 7-2 to Kansas City Friday.
Cleburne lost 3-2 to Kansas City Saturday despite starter Michael Mariot’s efforts. Mariot (1-1) allowed two runs on three hits and two walks and struck out seven batters through five innings pitched in the loss. Reliever Joe Shaw (1-1) surrendered the game winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Cleburne lost game three to Kansas City 7-3 Sunday as Hilton’s second start of the week didn’t go as well as the first. Hilton received the loss as he gave up five runs on eight hits and a walk through six and 2/3 innings pitched in the loss.
Cleburne will start a six-game series against the Gary SouthShore RailCats Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. in Gary, Indiana. Gary SouthShore has lost five of their last six games.