SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sioux Falls Pheasants dropped the rubber game of a series against the Sioux City Explorers Wednesday night, losing 5-2 at Sioux Falls Stadium. Alan DeRatt pitched 6 2/3 innings allowing four runs on six hits and struck out four for the Pheasants in taking the loss. Richard Salazar (3-3) earned the win for the Explorers. He hurled eight innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and fanned two batters. Sioux Falls batters grounded into three double plays and failed to start a late-inning rally, collecting just one hit in the final three frames. The Pheasants have an off day today and open a 3 game series with the Saint Paul Saints tomorrow night at Sioux Falls. Meanwhile, The Pheasants signed infielder Max Casper yesterday, and he is a true rookie from North Dakota State University. To make room on the roster, the Pheasants released right-handed pitcher Matthew Sommo. Casper batted .300 in his senior year this season with 10 extra-base hits and 20 RBI. He started every game for the Bison, helping them reach the Summit League championship.
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