Category: Robert Pannier

Laredo Lemurs Evolve into Real Playoff Contenders: Lemurs Line

What does having the third best batting average and the third best ERA in the American Association earn the Laredo Lemurs these days? Well, naturally it earns the third best record overall. The problem is the team with the best ERA and the best batting average also have the best record, and that team happens…

Lincoln Saltogs – These Dogs Come with a Bite: Lincoln Line

For any team, there are two objectives that virtually any organization wants during a season. One is to get better as the season goes along, and two is to get hot when it really counts. The Saltdogs can say mission accomplished. They have truly blossomed out of a mediocre May and established themselves as a…

Minor League Sports Report Names First-Team American Association All-Stars

On Monday the American Association named its Post-Season All-Star team.  Today, I, Minor League Sports Report Senior Baseball Editor Robert Pannier, name my own selections for the top players at each position. While there are many selections I agree with, there are some where I have made different choices. Let’s start by establishing that my…

Wichita Wingnuts Deliver Final Message Heading Into Post-Season: Wingnuts Wire

On Wednesday the Wichita Wingnuts and the Laredo Lemurs will open their playoff series in Laredo. In the last four games of the season the two got a dress rehearsal for the upcoming series, to have one last chance to feel each other out prior to the beginning of the post-season. The Wingnuts not only…

Goldeyes Pound RailCats to End Playoff Run: RailCats Round-Up

While a cat may have nine lives, the Gary Southshore RailCats just ran out of their last one. The RailCats fell 18-5 Sunday night to be eliminated from the chase for the Central Division championship. While Gary had high hopes coming into the game, they were quickly dashed. The Goldeyes opened with three runs in…

Where There Is a Will to Win, There Are Wichita Wingnuts: Wingnuts Wire

The Wichita Wingnuts entered Sunday’s game with the Laredo Lemurs with 71 wins. They left it with 72. It may not seem like a big deal to watch this team find another way to win a game, but Sunday’s victory proves how difficult this team is to beat. The Lemurs scored 14 runs and led…

Wichita Wingnuts U. Teaches the Science of Never Letting Up: Wingnuts Wire

The Wichita Wingnuts have nothing to prove. They have set the American Association record for most wins in a season. They have the best record in the league. They are the first team to reach 70 wins in a single season in league history. They rank first in the league in batting average and runs…

Winnipeg Goldeyes, Hollingsworth Deal Tough Blow to RailCats Playoff Chances: Goldeyes Gazette

After seeing their pitching staff take a bit of a beating in St. Paul earlier in the week, and then dropping the first game of their series at home against Gary, the Goldeyes got an outstanding outing out of Ethan Hollingsworth in downing the RailCats 4-1. The loss dealt a crushing blow to the Gary…

Wichita Wingnuts Prove Threes a Charm in Win Over Laredo: Wingnuts Wire

In a game between two teams that will face each other next week again in the first round of the American Association playoffs, the Wichita Wingnuts proved the old adage that three’s a charm. Not only is the team going for the league championship for their third straight year, but on this night the team…

Ian Gac Attack Was Back in Game 2 for 11-4 Win: Lincoln Line

While not as dramatic as his two home run, seven RBI outburst in game 1 of the double-header against Sioux City, Ian Gac continued his assault on the Explorers, adding three hits in five trips to the plate, including his league leading 27th home run of the year. Gac helped the Lincoln Saltdogs sweep the…

Dustin Crenshaw Guts Goldeyes, Gary RailCats Win 3-0: RailCats Round-Up

When the Gary Southshore RailCats took to the field Friday night they already knew that the Lincoln Saltdogs had won the first game of their double-header earlier in the day. This put them a half-game out, and so a win was imperative if they were going to keep pace. To achieve that they needed someone…

Big Gac Attack Puts Saltdogs Back on Winning Track: Lincoln Line

While McDonald’s may have their “Big Mac,” The Lincoln Saltdogs have their Big Gac, first baseman Ian Gac. With just four games left in the season, and the team tied with the Gary Southshore RailCats for first place in the Central Division of the American Association, the Saltdogs first baseman delivered an epic attack that…

St. Paul Saints Fall in Final Game at Midway Stadium: Saints Summary

It was a glorious night at Midway Stadium in St. Paul Thursday night. The largest crowd in Saints history filled the stadium to complete capacity, as 9,455 filled every nook and cranny of the stadium, including along the warning track where extra seating was added. It was a festive atmosphere from the start. Several players…

Ian Gac Proves to Be the Big Dog as Lincoln Saltdogs Down Sioux Falls 4-3: Lincoln Line

On a day that the Gary Southshore RailCats were pounding Sioux City, the Lincoln Saltdogs knew they needed a win to keep pace atop the Central Division of the American Association. The problem was that the Sioux Falls Canaries were not going to be cooperative foes, keeping the game a one-run affair throughout. The Saltdogs…

RailCats Bats Come Alive in 15-8 Win Over Explorers: RailCats Round-Up

The Gary Soutshore RailCats found themselves in the uncomfortable position of being tied with the Lincoln Saltdogs after losing to Sioux City Tuesday night. Another loss would drop them out of first, and there was no way that this group of ‘Cats was going to let anything like that happen. They didn’t claw their way…

Laredo Lemurs Punch Ticket to American Association Playoffs: Lemurs Line

After losing to Amarillo Tuesday night to remain just one game away from a playoff berth in the American Association, the Laredo Lemurs finally punched their ticket with a 5-1 win over the Sox Wednesday night. The win locked them into the Wild Card spot, and gave them 57 wins, the third most in the…

All Heaven Breaks Loose as St. Paul Saints End Home Losing Streak: Saints Summary

It had been a long time since the St. Paul Saints had won at home. August 7 was the last time that the team from St. Paul had done so, when they beat the visiting Sioux City Explorers in the first game of a four-game series. Since then they had fallen seven straight times, seemingly…

A Lesson in Comebacks Guides Wichita Wingnuts to 6-5 Win: Wingnuts Wire

For all intense and purposes, the Wichita Wingnuts had no business winning Tuesday night’s game. They were dominated by AirHogs starter Danny Gutierrez for seven innings, and simply couldn’t muster any kind of offense whatsoever. Gutierrez left after seven with a 2-0 lead, giving up just five hits and two walks, while striking out nine…

Wichita Wingnuts Repeat the Lecture of Response: Wingnuts Wire

Philosopher George Santayana once famously wrote that if we do not learn from history we are doomed to repeat it. It is a brilliant piece of knowledge that Witcha Wingnuts opponents do not seem to understand, but which the team is glad to continually lecture on over and over again as this season has gone…

Winnipeg Goldeyes Set Team Record with 60th Win: Goldeyes Gazette

After an amazing 12 inning marathon with the St. Paul Saints, The Winnipeg Goldeyes finally won the game with a five-run 12th inning that gave the Goldeyes a 10-6 win. The victory was the team’s 60th of the season, setting a team record. The victory was not an easy one by any stretch of the…