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American Association Capsule – August 5: Lincoln Closing Gap, Amarillo Slugs Out Win

Winnipeg 5, Sioux City 2 (Susp.) The Winnipeg Goldeyes and Sioux City Explorers were postponed due to rain, with Winnipeg winning 5-2. The game will be continued on Wednesday. Grand Prairie 5, Laredo 4 The AirHogs gave up three in the ninth to blow a 3-0 lead and then gave up a run in the…

Late Rally Gives Wichita Wingnuts the Win: Wingnuts Wire

The Wichita Wingnuts won their 50th game the season, and they did it in dramatic fashion. The pitcher’s duel came down to the ninth inning where the Wingnuts found another way to win the game. Something that they have just become experts at – winning. Frank Del Valle made his third start for Wichita and…

Nick Barnese Dominates Kansas City T-Bones for St. Paul Saints Win: Saints Summary

After being roughed up by the Wichita Wingnuts at home last Thursday, right-hander Nick Banese got his stuff back in Kansas City and dominated the T-Bones on the way to a 6-1 win. The big righty had his best stuff on display, and gave his bullpen a much needed break. Barnese went seven innings to…

American Association Capsule – August 4: Laredo, Lincoln Remain Hot; Gary, Winnipeg Slumping

Sioux City 8, Winnipeg 0 The Winnipeg Goldeyes are putting themselves in a very dangerous position. They are dangling the first place lead in the North Division in St. Paul’s face, and may find themselves battling for the wild card spot if they don’t get their game back together. Winnipeg fell again Monday night to…

Brent Clevlen on Fire as Wichita Wingnuts Down Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks: Wingnuts Wire

The Wichita Wingnuts won their third game since the All-Star break ended, but they did it in a little different fashion, downing the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 7-4. After using the big inning to take two of three from the St. Paul Saints, Wichita put together a string where they scored one run in four successive innings…

Kansas City T-Bones Big Sixth Downs St. Paul Saints: Saints Summary

In a pattern that is becoming all too familiar to the St. Paul Saints, the Kansas City T-Bones used a four run sixth inning to down the Saints 5-3. The four-run outburst not only erased a 3-1 lead, but gave the Saints their fifth loss in their last six. St. Paul just finished a three-game…

American Association Capsule – August 3: Laredo Splits with Grand Prairie; Gary, Winnipeg Fall

Sioux City 10, Winnipeg 3 After falling behind 2-0 in the top of the first inning, the Sioux Falls Explorer scored ten unanswered runs over the next six innings on their way to the 10-3 victory. LF Oscar Mesa had a huge game for the Explorers going 5-5 with two runs and an RBI. 3B…

Aces Wild in 9-7 Slugfest Win for St. Paul Over Wichita

It had all the makings of a real pitchers’ duel. Saints pitcher Anthony Claggett was leading the league in ERA, and Wingnuts starter Jason Van Skike was second. These two were the opposing pitchers to start the All-Star game, and it was believed that this would be a match-up that would end in a 2-1…

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…

American Association Capsule – August 1: Laredo Gains Ground on St. Paul, RailCats Down T-Bones

Lincoln 6, Grand Prairie 0 Starter Zach Varce (4-6) pitched a six-hit shutout for the Lincoln Saltdogs, and Ian Gac had two hits and two RBI for the winners. Varce battled with AirHogs starter Ryan Seagle in a scoreless tie through four innings, but the Saltdogs finally took the lead, with five runs in the…

Big Inning Leads Wichita Wingnuts Over St. Paul Saints

The St. Paul Saints came out of the All-Star break with a lot of momentum and a great deal of incentive to make a statement against the American Association leading Wichita Wingnuts. However, it was the team from Kansas that showed why they had eight members on the All-Star team, as they downed the Saints…

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…

Wichita Wingnuts Mid-Season Review: Wingnuts Wire

With an 8.5 game lead in the South Division of the American Association, the best pitching staff in the league, a solid group of hitters and eight players who were in the last week’s All-Star game, it is easy to see why the team is a little giddy about their position. The Wingnuts have the…

St. Paul Saints Mid-Season Review: Saints Summary

The Saints exit the mid-season break just 2.5 games behind the Winnipeg Goldeyes in the North Division of the American Association, however, they have the best record of the teams that are not winning their division, and therefore are leading the Wild Card race. At 40-28 they have a 2.5 game lead over the Laredo…

Sioux Falls Canaries Mid-Season Review: Canaries Call

At 18.5 games out of first place in the North Division of the American Association, the Sioux Falls Canaries are likely just waiting for the season to end, and to prepare themselves for what they will do this off season. Their .357 winning percentage (25-45) is the second worst in the league, and with both…

Sioux City Explorers Mid-Season Review: Explorers Express

The Sioux City Explorers limped into the mid-season break as losers of seven of their last ten. They are in last place in the Central Division of the American Association. The Explorers are 12.5 games behind Gary Southshore, and are 28-42 overall, a .400 winning percentage. This is a team with the slimmest of chances…

Laredo Lemurs Mid-Season Review: Lemurs Lair

The Laredo Lemurs leave out of the mid-season break trailing the Wichita Wingnuts by 8.5 games in the South Division of the American Association, and that may have completely soured their chances of making the playoffs. However, they enter the second half just 2.5 games behind the St. Paul Saints for the Wild Car berth,…

Lincoln Saltdogs Mid-Season Review: Lincoln Line

The Lincoln Saltdogs exit the mid-season break in second place in the Central Division of the American Association, five games behind the Gary Southshore RailCats. At 34-33 they are actually closer to the division lead than they are to the Wild Card spot. They are 5.5 games behind the St. Paul Saints. Lincoln has lost…

Kansas City T-Bones Mid-Season Review: T-Bones Tale

The Kansas City T-Bones leave the mid-season break at 33-36 and in third place in the Central Division of the American Association, seven games behind Gary Southshore. They are in a small rut, going 4-6 in their last ten, but are in a division where none of the teams are playing particularly well right now,…