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Eugene Emeralds, Jose Albertos Control Hillsboro Hops, 3-2

The Hillsboro Hops losing streak has reached four games now that they have skidded to a loss Wednesday night to the visiting Eugene Emeralds, 3-2.  The low scoring affair featured some excellent pitching from both sides.  The Hops bats woke up for a little bit but they weren’t enough to take away a win. Hops…

Richard Prigatano Hustling Sets Up Wingnuts 4-3 Victory

Wednesday night’s affair had the makings of a great pitchers’ duel and it lived up to expectations. Jordan Cooper and Calvin Drummond both pitched excellent games, but it would be the bullpen that would decide this contest. Richard Prigatano scored the winning run on a wild pitch after hustling to get a double to start…

Charle Rosario, the Long Ball Help Goldeyes to 5-2 Victory

The Winnipeg Goldeyes sent left-hander Charle Rosario to the hill Wednesday night, making his second start since joining the Goldeyes. He tossed a one-hitter in his debut, and looked nearly as invisible against the St. Paul Saints, allowing just one-earned run in 7-innings to lead his team to the 5-2 victory. David Rohm had the…

Commitment to Relationships Making Joe Calfapietra Success with T-Bones

In his first season with the Kansas City T-Bones, Joe Calfapietra has already created a winning atmosphere in the organization that has the team fighting for a place in the playoffs. It has been his commitment to relationships that has helped to generate the success the team is having. Joe Calfapietra – Introduction In their…

Tri-City Dust Devils, Justin Lopez Take Close One from Hillsboro Hops 4-3

An error filled night served to help keep the game close as the Tri-City Dust Devils beat the Hillsboro Hops 4-3.  Though suspenseful, the game was pretty much decided when the Dust Devils took an early 3-2 lead after two. After two consecutive singles to start the first inning for the home team, it was…

Reggie Abercrombie Keeps Winnipeg Goldeyes Rolling Toward Division Title, 8-2

The Winnipeg Goldeyes continue to roll toward their first North Division title in three years, as Reggie Abercrombie homered and drove in 2 to lead the Goldeyes to an 8-2 victory over the St. Paul Saints. Mikey O’Brien won his eighth game of the season and both Abercrombie and Josh Romanski had 3-hits in the…

Tyler Kane Dominates Again in Leading Wichita Wingnuts to 7-1 Victory

As the Wichita Wingnuts roll toward their seventh straight South Division title, the team is trying to figure out exactly what their starting rotation will look like come playoff time. Right-hander Tyler Kane is making it clear that he should have one of those spots, making his third straight dominant appearance against likely playoff foes,…

Seven-Run Eighth Completes Stockade Comeback 9-6 Victory

A night after giving up three-runs in the ninth inning to fall to the Texas AirHogs 6-5, the Salina Stockade mounted their own rally to comeback from a 6-2 deficit to win 9-6. The victory came from a seven-run eighth inning that was aided by several Texas miscues, including two-walks, two-wild pitches, two-errors, and a…

Tri-City Dust Devils, Ben Sheckler Rain on Hillsboro Hops’ Parade, 10-1

The Hillsboro Hops couldn’t stem the flooding as the Tri-City Dust Devils rained ten runs on the visiting Hops in a 10-1 loss.  By the time Hillsboro finally got on the board, the Dust Devils had already scored their ten runs and time was almost over. The scoring didn’t start until the third inning as…

Richard Prigatano Helps Wingnuts to Double-Header Split

Fans in Wichita got a little first round playoff preview as the South Division leading Wichita Wingnuts took on the Wild Card leading Kansas City T-Bones in a double-header. The T-Bones won the first matchup in 10 thanks to a 2-run homer by Jordan Edgerton, and Richard Prigatano hit one of three Wingnuts homers in…

Six-Run Eighth Helps Kevin McGovern Win His 8th, 6-3

The St. Paul Saints were riding the arm of ace Mark Hamburger Monday night, taking a 3-0 lead into the eighth inning, however, a six-run eighth propelled the Winnipeg Goldeyes to a 6-3 victory. Kevin McGovern earned his 10th win of the season and Reggie Abercrombie and David Bergin each drove in 2. This was…

Tri-City Dust Devils, Tyler Benson Walk-Off with Win over Hillsboro Hops, 5-4

The Tri-City Dust Devils took a wild one away from the visiting Hillsboro Hops on a walk-off single, 5-4.  Jalen Washington scored the winning run after reaching first base on a walk and then second and third on consecutive wild pitches by closer Cal Becker (L, 0-2).  That set up the stage for Tyler Benson…

Hillsboro Hops, Jhoan Duran Sneak Past Tri City Dust Devils 5-3

Roles were reversed from the night before as the Hillsboro Hops took advantage of the Tri City Dust Devil miscues to win 5-3.  It was four runs in the fifth that grabbed the lead for the Hops and they never let go. All nine batters went to the plate in the inning starting off with…

Bo Hellquist Tosses a Gem as Sioux Falls Canaries Win 7-3

Bo Hellquist was making his second start of the season for the Sioux Falls Canaries and, if this outing was any indicator, he will surely be making a few more. The left-hander limited the St. Paul Saints to 4-hits over 7-innings, and Jabari Henry scored 2-runs and drove in another in the 7-3 victory. That…

Shawn Pleffner Leads Goldeyes Offense in 11-9 Slugfest

A night after watching their bullpen throwaway a brilliant performance by Charle Rosario, the Winnipeg Goldeyes relievers came up huge Saturday night, shutting down the Wichita Wingnuts bats over the final 3.1-innings in the 11-9 victory. Shawn Pleffner had 4-RBI for the Goldeyes, and Ryan Chaffee saved his 16th game of the year. The Wichita…

The Hillsboro Hops beat themselves Friday night allowing the host Tri City Dust Devils to take the credit, 3-1. The first inning started off with Dust Devil Robbie Pordosky reaching base after striking out on a wild pitch from Hops starter Tyler Badamo (L, 0-1).  Another wild pitch sent him over to second.  Consecutive groundouts…

Wingnuts Austin Boyle Has the Right Balance Sheet for Success

In his first season with the Wichita Wingnuts, reliever Austin Boyle has become a key member of the team’s bullpen. His love of accounting and numbers combined with his passion for the game is helping to create the right balance sheet to help the team on their way to their seventh straight South Division title…

This Week in the Association with Kevin Luckow & Rob Pannier

This Week in the Association is a program that gives fans insights from around the American Association, Independent Baseball’s premier league. Hosted by Kevin Luckow and Robert Pannier, the show not only examines the happenings with the St. Paul Saints, but also looks at events going on throughout the league. Hosted by Kevin Luckow and Robert Pannier,…

Mound Talk with Sioux City Explorers Manager Steve Montgomery

Welcome to Mound Talk with Sioux City Explorers Manager Steve Montgomery. Mound Talk is a weekly program that gives fans the opportunity to ask Steve questions or to send their comments into him to hear his response. Hosted by Rob Pannier of the Minor League Sports Report, Mound Talk will be recorded each Thursday and posted later…

Tanner Lubach Powers St. Paul Saints to 10-5 Victory

The St. Paul Saints had done almost nothing in three previous contests against Sioux Falls Canaries ace Joe Bircher this season, scoring just three-total runs in his three starts. However, they would rock the lefty on this night, thanks to three-homers, two off the bat of Tanner Lubach, in the 10-5 victory. Lubach not only…