American Association Daily Recap: July 29, 2019
In this American Association Daily, Robert Pannier examines the highlights, transactions and news from the American Association for July 29, 2019. There seven games scheduled in the league, including Kansas City T-Bones Manager winning his 1000th game as manager and the Lincoln Saltdogs swept the Sioux Falls Canaries in a double-header.
Daily Recaps: July 29, 2019
K.C.-St. Paul Split, Calfapietra Wins 1000th
Kansas City T-Bones Manager Joe Calfapietra earned the 1000th victory of his managerial career, joining good buddy George Tsamis as Kansas City earned a double-header split with the St. Paul Saints. Game 1 was the continuation of a suspended game from Sunday night. St. Paul led 2-0 when play resumed, but Kansas City would battle back with two runs in the top of the sixth and two in the ninth to earn the victory. Dylan Tice homered twice and drove in three runs to lead the T-Bones offense.
The Saints would battle back in Game 2 to earn a split. Trailing 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth, St. Paul would tie the score on RBIs by Blake Schmit and Mike Aiello. Dan Motl would put his team ahead with a two run single. Benji Waite earned his first victory since rejoining St. Paul.
Smith Leads Saltdogs to Double-Header Sweep
The Lincoln Saltdogs swept the Sioux Falls Canaries in a double-header on Monday. In Game 1, the two teams battled through a slugfest that saw Lincoln and Sioux Falls combine for 29 hits and 23 runs in the Saltdogs, 14-9 victory. Lincoln hit three home runs, including one by Ivan Marin who drove in four. Forrestt Allday had four hits for the Saltdogs. Graham Low drove in three for the Canaries.
Game 2 saw the Saltdogs battle back from a 4-2 deficit, scoring four runs in the top of the seven on a grand slam by Curt Smith to give Lincoln the 6-5 victory. Smith finished with three hits and had seven total RBI in the double-header sweep. Clint Coulter homered and drove in two for the Canaries.
Tago Stymies AirHogs, 5-0
The Sioux City Explorers scored four runs in the bottom of the first-inning and Pete Tago went the distance, as the Explorers dominated the Texas AirHogs, 5-0. Tago allowed just three hits and no walks while striking out 12 to earn his second victory since joining Sioux City. José Sermo hit his 10th home run of the season and drove in two to lead the Explorers offense.
Reyes Homers, Railroaders Win, 13-8
Angel Reyes homered twice and finished 5-5 as the Cleburne Railroaders defeated the Chicago Dogs, 13-8. The two teams combined for eight home runs, as Victor Roache went deep twice for Chicago as well. John Nester also homered for Cleburne and drove in three runs, as did Nick Rotola. The victory was the fifth in sixth contests for the Railroaders since the All-Star break.
Late Homers Give RailCats Victory, 4-3
The Gary Southshore RailCats battled back with three runs over the final two frames to defeat the Milwaukee Milkmen, 4-3. Heading into the ninth, the RailCats trailed by a run, but Thomas Walraven homered to lead off the inning, tying the score. With two down, MJ Rookard gave his team the lead with his first homerun of the year.
American Association Notes
The Sioux City Explorers won their 10th straight game. That ties the team for the longest win streak in the league this season.
Gary SouthShore RailCats
Released RHP Colby Morris and signed RHP Darin May
Kansas City T-Bones
Removed C Christian Correa from the active roster to play for the Colombian National Team at the Pan-Am Games
St. Paul Saints
Placed RHP Landon Beck on the Disabled List retroactive to July 27 and activated RHP Eddie Medina from the Disabled List; released OF Josh Romanski
Sioux City Explorers
Signed OF Jeremy Hazelbaker
Released C Cody Young
By Robert Pannier