American Association Capsule – August 2: Lemurs Stay Hot, Goldeyes Grab Big Win
Winnipeg 12, Sioux Falls 6
With St. Paul rallying to beat Wichita, Winnipeg needed a win to keep their lead over the Saints and they came up big. The Canaries were up 4-1 through two innings, before the Goldeyes got four in the third to take the lead. The Canaries got two in the bottom of the third to take back the lead, but then Winnipeg got seven unanswered runs from the fifth to the eighth to win the game 12-6. Donnie Webb had a huge game going 4-5, with three runs, four RBI and his 10th home run of the year, and Casey Haerther added a three run home run (No. 10).
Grand Prairie 2, Lincoln 0
One night after being shut out 6-0, the Grand Prairie AirHogs returned the favor, shutting out the Saltdogs 2-0. This was a lot more dramatic a game, as Grand Prairie scored two in the top of the ninth for the victory. TyRelle Harrid (3-3) evened his record with the win in relief, and Dakota Watts got his 18th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning. Grand Prairie starter Danny Gutierrez pitched seven shutout innings and Kevin McGovern pitched eight shutout innings for Lincoln.
Kansas City 3, Gary Southshore 2
Trailing 1-0, the T-Bones scored three in the top of the seventh, and held on for the 3-2 win. Danny Richer had the big hit of the inning, a two-run triple that put Kansas City on top to stay. Andy Noga (2-3) started for Kansas City, and got the win with six innings of three-hit, one-run ball. Kris Regas closed out the game for his 16th save of the season. The RailCats maintained their five game lead as Lincoln also lost.
Sioux Falls 11, Fargo-Moorhead 2
The Explorers scored 11 runs and rapped out 13 hits in the 11-2 win over the RedHawks. Sioux Falls led 4-1 into the bottom of the seventh, but scored seven runs to put it away, and coast to the win. The Explorers sent 11 men to the plate in the inning, but had just four hits, as three RedHawks pitchers walked two and hit a batter to aid the outburst. Andres Perez had a big night, going 3-4, with a home run (his third), three runs and four RBI. Patrick Johnson won his sixth game for the Explorers.
Laredo 9, Amarillo 0
Michael Suk pitched a seven-inning shortened shutout for his second win of the season, as Laredo won 9-0. Suk had made 24 relief appearances prior to his first start of the season, and he delivered with just one hit and a walk in the seven inning complete game. Four players had at least two hits for the Lemurs, with Carlos Ramirez leading the way, going 2-2 with a run and three RBI. Derek Perren had the only hit of the game for Amarillo, a one out single in the top of the seventh inning.
By Robert Pannier
Senior Baseball Editor
Member of the IBWA