American Association Capsule – July 31: Winners Have Big Night of Blowouts
Grand Prairie 6, Lincoln 3
A three-run win may not seem like a very close contest, but it was actually the closest final of the night in the American Association. Lincoln was trailing 3-1 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning before tying the game on a two-run double by Kevin Howard. However, before Lincoln could get too thrilled with comeback Abel Nieves hit a two out home run to retake the lead, and Grand Prairie would tack on one more in the 6-3 win. Jason Jarvis improved his record to 6-1 and Dakota Watts grabbed his 17th save of the year. Mike Schuler (3-5) took the loss in relief. C Vince DiFazio went 4-5 for Grand Prairie with a run and two RBI.
Winnipeg 10, Sioux Falls 7
The Goldeyes were up 9-0 before the Canaries could get on the board, and held on for the 10-7 win. Casey Haether continued his torrid batting tear, going 4-5 with a run and an RBI for the winners, and A. J. Kirby-Jones drove in four, and hit his 14 home run in the loss. The Goldeyes got two in the first, four in the second, two in the fifth and one in the sixth before Sioux Falls would finally answer with three in the bottom of the sixth. Winnipeg would get one more in the top of the ninth, and the Canaries would score four in the bottom of the inning to make it close, but Chris Kissock finally closed it out to end the game. Ethan Hollinsworth moved his record to 6-0 in eight starts this season.
Sioux City 15, Fargo-Moorhead 3
The Explorers blasted the RedHawks 15-3, getting 15 hits and 10 walks on their way to the lop-sided victory. Every Sioux City player had at least one hit, with Andres Perez going 4-4 with a run and two RBI, and Peter Barrows had three hits and five RBI, including his eighth home run of the season. John Straka (6-4) got the win, and Josh Mooney lasted just one inning in his first start for Fargo-Moorhead.
Kansas City 8, Gary Southshore 3
The RailCats scored three early runs and dominated most of the game, but two runs in the seventh and six in the eighth gave the T-Bones the big come from behind victory. Nick Schwaner had a big day for the T-Bones, going 2-5, with his third home run of the year, two runs scored and three RBI. Craig Maddox, the Home Run Derby champion, hit his sixth home run of the year in a losing effort. Reliever Pat Doyle (4-4) got the win, and Kevin Brahney (5-2) took the loss. Stephen Hiscock pitched a great game for the RailCats, going seven, allowing seven hits, two runs and zero walks, while striking out six, in a no-decision.
Laredo 11, Amarillo 7
The Amarillo Sox and the Laredo Lemurs were putting on a hitting display, as through four innings the score was tied at six. Then Laredo took command of the game, scoring one in the sixth and four in the eighth before giving up one in the ninth to take the game 11-7. Nick Van Stratten and Denis Phipps each scored three runs for the Lemurs, and Scott Weismann recorded his first win of the season in his third relief appearance for team. Geraldo Valentin had three hits and two RBI in a losing effort.
By Robert Pannier
Senior Baseball Editor
Member of the IBWAA