American Association Capsule – 8/10: Gary, Lincoln Win to Stay Tied, Amarillo Finally Falls
Gary 7, Fargo-Moorhead 1
Gary Southshore was desperately in need of a win to remain atop the Central Division of the American Association, and they got it in a big way Sunday afternoon. The RailCats dominated the RedHawks all game long on route to a 7-1 victory. Morgan Coombs went the distance for Gary, giving up just five hits and three walks, while striking out seven to improve his record to 6-8. The win stopped his personal four-game losing streak in which he gave up 23 runs in 22.1 innings pitched. Zac Mitchell and Drew Martinez had the big bats for the Railcats. Mitchell hit his first home run of the season, and had three total hits and three RBI, and Martinez had two hits, two runs and three RBI. Nick McCully pitched well in the loss, giving up just one earned run and four hits in seven innings of work.
Grand Prairie 4, Amarillo 2
After reaching a season high seven-game winning streak, Amarillo finally fell, losing to the Grand Prairie AirHogs 4-2. Ryan Searle (5-7) pitched seven innings for the win, giving up seven hits and two earned runs, while fanning three. It was his second quality start in a row, and third in his last four. Dakota Watts finished the ninth for his 19th save of the season for Grand Prairie. Alex Nunez and Matthew Burns each drove in two runs for the AirHogs; Burns on a two-run home run in the sixth and Nunez drove in two on two sacrifice flies.
Lincoln 10, Sioux Falls 5
A six-run first was really all that the Lincoln Saltdogs needed to down the Sioux Falls Canaries and remain tied with Gary atop the Central Division. The Saltdogs would score four more runs, one in the second, two in third, and one in the sixth en route to the 10-5 win. Nick Green was the fortunate recipient of the offensive outburst, going five innings, yielding eight hits, five walks and five earned runs to move his record to 3-4. Six Saltdogs players had at least two hits, led by Jon Gaston, who went 2-4 with two runs, two RBI and his seventh home run of the year.
Laredo 10, Kansas City 9
With St. Paul losing earlier in the day, Laredo knew that a win would move them atop the Wild Card race, and win is what they did, but they needed 10 innings to do it. The Lemurs gave up five in the top of the second inning to fall behind 5-1, but added three in their half of the second, one in the third and two in the fourth to grab a 7-5 lead. The T-Bones got a run in the top of the fifth, but Laredo got two more in the eighth to make the score 9-6. The Lemurs sent Scott Weismann to the mound to try to close out the game, but instead he gave up three runs on four hits, and the score was tied heading into extra innings. It would not remain tied for long however. In the bottom of the 10th with two outs, Nick Van Stratten blasted his fifth home run of the year, a walk-off shot to win the game. Laredo had five players homer in the game, and Devin Goodwin singled, doubled and tripled in the game, and added three runs scored.
By Robert Pannier
Senior Baseball Editor
Member of the IBWAA