Category: Robert Pannier

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 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,…

Grand Prairie Airhogs Mid-Season Review: Airhogs Avenue

The Grand Prairie Airhogs reach the mid-season break at 30-37, 15.5 games out in the South Division of the American Association. They entered the break as winners of six of their last 10, but face a massive uphill battle as the Wichita Wingnuts look extremely tough to catch. The Airhogs are sixth in the league…

Gary Southshore RailCats Mid-Season Review: RailCats Round-Up

The Gary Southshore RailCats enter the mid-season break in first place in the Central Division of the American Association, four games ahead of the Lincoln Saltdogs. They have gone just 5-5 over their last ten, but no one in their division is particularly hot, taking the pressure off the team, and allowing them to right…

Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks Mid-Season Review: RedHawks Review

The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks reach the Mid-Season of the American Association season in third place in the North Division, 10 games out. At 33-35 so far they have struggled to put together a consistent performance all season, but did win their last two heading into the break, and are 6-4 over their last ten. The main…

The Amarillo Sox come out of the All-Star Break in last place in the South Division of the American Association. They have struggled for much of the year, winning just 21 games and are 24 games behind the first place Wichita Wingnuts. Entering the All-Star break they had lost seven of their last ten games.…

Winnipeg Goldeyes Mid-Season Review: Goldeyes Gazette

The Winnipeg Goldeyes leave the mid-season break as leaders of the North Division in the American Association. They are 43-26 and have a 2.5 game lead over the hard-charging St. Paul Saints. They have to be pleased with the Saints starting against the Wingnuts, and have to hope that this will give them the opportunity…

American Association Capsule – Gary Opens Second Half with Win, Winnipeg Pounded

Grand Prairie 5, Lincoln 1 If the Lincoln Saltdogs are going to catch the RailCats they have to take advantage of struggling teams like the Grand Prairie Airhogs. They did not do that Wednesday night. The Airhogs scored four runs in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead, and never looked back, eventually winning 5-1.…

Carolina League – Lynchburg Squanders Chance to Take Division Lead

With the Potomac Nationals losing earlier in the day, the stage was set for Lynchburg to take ahold of the Northern Division lead in the Carolina League. Instead, they would drop a 4-2 decision to Wilmington, moving the Blue Rocks into a tie with the Hillcats, with both teams being a half-game out of first…

Carolina League – Myrtle Beach Wins Marathon Battle in 16

After blowing a 6-1 eighth inning lead, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans had to be thinking they may have let this one slip away against the Potomac Nationals. Seven innings later the Pelicans managed to pull out a huge victory in 16 to stay tied with Carolina for first place in the Southern Division. Myrtle Beach…

Carolina League – Winston-Salem Batters Frederick 12-2

J. B. Wendelken tossed seven shutout innings and the Winston-Salem Dash had 13 hits, including seven doubles, in a 12-2 win over the Frederick Keys Wednesday afternoon. The win keeps them just a half-game behind Carolina and Myrtle Beach in the South Division. The Dash came out of the gate full throttle, hitting three singles…

Carolina League – Carolina Pounds Salem Again, 13-6

The Carolina Mudcats picked up right where they left off from yesterday, pounding the Salem Red Sox 13-6. After winning last night’s game against the Red Sox 5-1, the Mudcats have a half-game lead in the Southern Division, pending the outcome of Myrtle Beach’s game with Potomac. Salem actually grabbed the early 1-0 lead in…

California League Recap – Visalia’s Win Streak Ends, Rancho Cucamonga Ties for First

Rancho Cucamonga 4, Lake Elsinore 0 The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes came to Lake Elsinore trailing the storm by one game, but after a 4-0 win, the two teams find themselves tied in the South Division of the California League. Jharel Cotton (5-7) pitched a complete game two-hitter, walking two and striking out 11. Six Quakes…

South Dominates American Association All-Star Game 7-0

The American Association played their first All-Star game since 2014, and it was quite a show…if you were routing for the South. The North could hardly muster any kind of offense against the South pitchers and after the game was close for eight innings, the South scored five in the top of the ninth to…

Winston-Salem Shuts Out Frederick 4-0

With the Winston-Salem Dash and the Frederick Keys both in the hunt for their division crowns, this was a game that both teams had to have, but it was Winston-Salem that was the one that actually looked like they wanted it. The Dash had four pitchers combine on the eight-hit shutout, and kept the team…