Category: Robert Pannier

Patrick Johnson Leads Sioux City Explorers to Must-Win Victory: Lincoln Line

The Sioux City Explorers entered Sunday’s game against the Lincoln Saltdogs in desperate need of a victory. They trailed the Saltdogs by 7.5 in the Central Division and had lost two of the three games at home against Lincoln. Another loss on Sunday and their hopes at staying in the pennant race would have been…

Josh Mazzola Hit Three Home Runs in Winnipeg Goldeyes 14-0 Win: Goldeyes Gazette

Right fielder had been just four for his last 25, a .160 average, and had not hit a home run in 13 games. He had just seven RBI in the last 19 games and had one walk in his 11 games. To say that Mazzola was struggling was quite an understatement. The right fielder had…

Jon Link Takes to the Mound to Teach Latest Wichita Wingnuts University Lesson: Wingnuts Wire

The Wichita Wingnuts had already two outstanding performances from their starting pitchers in the first two games of their three-game series against the Grand Prairie AirHogs. Friday night Anthony Capra returned from the disabled list with seven scoreless innings, and Saturday Tim Brown pitched six innings, giving up just one unearned run in earning his…

Tim Brown Puts AirHogs Bats in the Hanger: Wingnuts Wire

Wichita Wingnuts starter Tim Brown had a tough act to follow after watching Anthony Capra return from the disabled list the night before to shutout the Grand Prairie AirHogs for seven innings. Brown must really like a challenge, however, as he put on a pitching clinic of his own in a 4-1 win Saturday night.…

St. Paul Saints Drop 8th in a Row, Fall to New Jersey Jackals 6-1: Saints Summary

For the eighth straight game in a row, the St. Paul Saints fell, this time a 6-1 decision to the New Jersey Jackals. The losing streak ties the team record, set twice, for most consecutive losses. The losing streak has all but eliminated the Saints from playoff contention, and for them to climb back into…

Wichita Wingnuts Anthony Capra Grounds AirHogs: Wingnuts Wire

You got to hand it to Anthony Capra. He knows how to make a splashy entrance. After being side-lined for nearly two months, Capra returned to the mound in Wichita Friday night to pitch seven scoreless innings against the Grand Prairie AirHogs. Capra rejoins the “faculty” at Wingnuts University, and gave the AirHogs a lesson…

American Association Capsule – 8/10: Gary, Lincoln Win to Stay Tied, Amarillo Finally Falls

Gary 7, Fargo-Moorhead 1 Gary Southshore was desperately in need of a win to remain atop the Central Division of the American Association, and they got it in a big way Sunday afternoon. The RailCats dominated the RedHawks all game long on route to a 7-1 victory. Morgan Coombs went the distance for Gary, giving…

Big Innings Sink St. Paul Saints: Saints Summary

Big Innings Sink St. Paul Saints: Saints Summary The Winnipeg Goldeyes had the Wichita Wingnuts in town, and had their hands full. It was a perfect opportunity to make some ground in the North Division, but instead the Saints lost the last three to the Sioux City Explorers, a team they had beaten seven straight…

Winnipeg Goldeyes Prove They Learned Lessons, Beat Wichita Wingnuts 5-1: Wingnuts Wire

After watching the Wichita Wingnuts school them for the last three nights, the Winnipeg Goldeyes finally got into the win column, beating the team from Kansas 5-1. The win not only broke a four-game losing streak, but since the St. Paul Saints lost, it improved their lead in the division to three games. The Goldeyes…

Carolina League Capsule – 8/10: Myrtle Beach Sweeps, Lynchburg Closes Gap

Myrtle Beach 3-5, Carolina 2-1 The Myrtle Beach Pelicans and Carolina Mudcats began the day by completing last night’s pitcher’s duel that was suspended by rain, and then got down to their regularly scheduled contest. Unfortunately for the Mudcats, they were not able to take either of games and now find themselves 5.5 games out…

South Atlantic League Capsule – 8/10:  Greenville Shuts Out Lexington, Ashville Wins

Rome 6, Charleston 5 The Rome Braves jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, before having to battle back to tie the game in the eighth. They then won on a sacrifice fly in the 11th to defeat the Charleston RiverDogs 6-5. The Braves scored three in the bottom of the second, all with two…

Wichita Wingnuts School Winnipeg Goldeyes on the Fine Art of Winning: Wingnuts Wire

The Winnipeg Goldeyes are being schooled on the fundamentals of baseball. The problem is that they are having to lose to learn those lessons. For the third night in a row the Wichita Wingnuts defeated the Goldeyes, precariously leaving the North Division leaders on the verge of dropping out of first. The Goldeyes lost their…

St. Paul Saints Bullpen Crumbles in 10-1 Loss to Sioux City Explorers: Saints Summary

With the first-place Wichita Wingnuts visiting Winnipeg, the St. Paul Saints had to feel pretty good about their chances of at least grabbing a share of the Northern Division lead. Now they simply have to worry about whether they can hold off the hot Laredo Lemurs to at least make the playoffs. For the second…

American Association Capsule – 8/9: Lincoln, Gary Lose, Remain Tied

Laredo 10-13, Kansas City 9-5 In the continuation of last night’s suspended game, the Laredo Lemurs plated a run in the bottom of the 11th to win 10-9. Laredo was ahead 3-1 entering the fourth, but Kansas City scored four over the next two innings to jump in front 5-3. In the bottom of the…

Carolina League Capsule – 8/9: Dash Waste Tyler Danish Start, Late Rally Gives Blue Rocks Win

Wilmington 3, Frederick 1 The Blue Rocks and Keys each scored a first inning run and then watched their pitchers mow down the opposing hitters for the next five innings. Finally Wilmington would break the tie in the top of the seventh inning when Frederick removed starter Sebastian Vader for Matt Hobgood. With one out…

Wichita Wingnuts Proving to Be Cardiac Kids, Win Late: Wingnuts Wire

For the fourth time in the last five games the Wingnuts used a rally in the eighth or ninth inning to win a road game. What was different about this night is that Kansas’ finest team used a rally in both innings to gain the victory. One in the eighth to tie it up, and…

Sioux City Explorers Shutdown St Paul Saints Offense, Cabrera Streak Ends: Saints Summary

On a night of excitement in St. Paul, where the momentum was going the Saints way, the Twin Cities favorite baseball team was downed by the Explorers 6-2, as the Sioux City pitching staff dominated the Saints. It was a night that saw the Saints muster just three hits while their pitchers were giving up…

American Association Capsule – August 8: Gary, Lincoln Remain Tied Atop Central

Gary 6, Fargo-Moorhead 5 The Gary Southshore RailCats got a win that they desperately needed, coming from behind to beat the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 6-5 in 10. The RailCats trailed by one heading into the top of the ninth, but tied the game when Drew Muren led off the ninth with his fifth home run of…

Carolina League Capsule – August 8: Pelicans Soar Over Mudcats, Lynchburg Rallies

Lynchburg 4, Winston-Salem 3 The Winston-Salem Dash jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third, when Jason Coats hit his 15th home run of the year, a three run shot that cleared the wall in left centerfield. The lead would be 3-1 heading into the bottom of the eighth, but reliever Sean Hagan struggled…

Carolina League Capsule – August 7: Myrtle Beach Downs Wilmington, P0tomac Increases Lead

Myrtle Beach 5, Wilmington 1 The Pelicans got the most of out of the six hits, scoring five runs on rout to the 5-1 win. Myrtle Beach grabbed the lead in the third in one of the most unusual innings of the season. The Pelicans had two runners reach on errors, and Chris Garia broke…