American Association Daily Recap: May 19, 2019
In American Association Daily, Robert Pannier recaps the games from May 19, including a double-header split between the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks and the Kansas City T-Bones, and Curt Smith records his 600th hit in a Lincoln Saltdogs uniform. This, plus transactions from around the league.
Thomas Walraven Helps RailCats Scratch Out First Win
The Gary Southshore RailCats earned their first victory of the season, thanks to a two-hit, two RBI afternoon by Thomas Walraven. Gary Southshore jumped out to a 5-0 lead with single runs in the fourth and sixth and three in the fifth. Chicago pulled within one, but Walraven all but put the game away with a two run double in the top of the ninth as the RailCats defeated the Chicago Dogs, 7-5. Trevor Lubking earned the victory, allowing one run in five innings of work.
T-Bones, RedHawks Split Double-Header in Kansas City
A night after watching their contest rained out, the Fargo Morehead RedHawks and Kansas City T-Bones split a double-header. Fargo Morehead held a 3-2 heading into the top of the seventh in Game 1, but blew the game open with a four run inning on their way to a 7-2 victory. Yhoxian Medina was a perfect 2-2 with 2 runs scored and an RBI. Sebastian Kessey earned his first victory of the season, allowing a run in four innings.
In Game 2, Kansas City would jump on RedHawks starter Tyler Pike, scoring five runs in the first-inning as the T-Bones prevailed, 8-1. Carlos Franco and Mason Davis each drove in two runs in the decisive first-inning. Eric Stout was outstanding, allowing three hits and a run in five innings of work to earn the victory.
Curt Smith Reaches Historic Milestone, Saltdogs Prevail 10-8
The Lincoln Saltdogs jumped out to a 10-1 lead thanks to a pair of RBI by Curt Smith, Tyler Moore, and Cody Regis and looked like they would roll to victory on Sunday. However, a six run seventh-inning helped bring the Sioux City Explorers back as they would pull within two heading into the ninth. Jake Hohensee came on to close the door for his first save of the season, giving Lincoln the 10-8 victory. Smith became the 12th player in American Association history to reach 600 hits.
AirHogs Earn First Victory, 6-4
Twice the Winnipeg Goldeyes rallied from two run deficits to tie the score, but they could not a third time, as the Texas AirHogs earned their first victory of the season with a 6-4 win. Stewart Ijames led the Texas offense, recording 2 hits and scoring 2 runs, while driving in 3. Taylor Wright earned the victory with 3.1 innings of relief.
Blake Schmit Drives in 3 to Help Lead Saints to 9-5 Victory
Blake Schmit drove in three and the St. Paul Saints hit two home runs on their way to a 9-5 victory over the Milwaukee Milkmen on Sunday evening. Josh Allen and Max Murphy both homered for St. Paul and Ryan Zimmerman earned his first victory of the season with a scoreless inning of relief.
Nehrir, Simpson Each Drive in 3, Railroaders Win 11-9
The Cleburne Railroaders scored runs in bunches on Sunday, scoring at least two runs in four different frames on their way to an 11-9 victory. Both Zach Nehrir and Chase Simpson drove in three and Martire Garcia closed the door on the Sioux Falls Canaries by tossing two innings of scoreless relief for his first save of the season.
American Association Notes
Curt Smith became the 12th player in American Association history to reach 600 hits. The all-time leader is Winnipeg Goldeyes center fielder Reggie Abercrombie, who broke the mark last season with Winnipeg and entered this year with 839 hits. Smith is also in the top 10 list for career home runs in the league with 73, currently tied for fifth.
Gary Southshore RailCats
Placed RHP Michael McCormick on the Disabled List retroactive to May 18 and signed RHP Sandy Lugo.
Signed RHP Alex Fishberg.
Removed LHP Mi Jia Hong and Sang Yang from the active roster and added RHP Cui Enting and LHP Tu Jialun to the active roster.
By Robert Pannier