In American Association Daily, Robert Pannier recaps five exciting American Association games from Sunday, including the Chicago Dogs ending their 12-game losing streak. The Cleburne Railroaders shutout the St. Paul Saints, and the Lincoln Saltdogs crush the Sioux Falls Canaries.
Dogs End 12-Game Losing Streak with 6-5 Victory
Just like all good things, all bad things have to come to an end as well, and that proved to be the case on Sunday afternoon, as the Chicago Dogs finally saw their 12-game losing streak end with a 6-5 victory over the Winnipeg Goldeyes, their first victory in Impact Field. Dalton Blaser hit his first home run since joining Chicago and Kaohi Downing earned his second save of the season.
The game got off to a great start for Chicago, as they scored three runs in the bottom of the first. Edwin Arroyo singled with one down and moved to second on a walk to Trey Vavra. A wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position before Craig Maddox struck out. Jonathan Moroney followed with a base hit up the middle that scored both runners to make it 2-0. Dalton Blaser delivered a single to right to keep the inning going, and Moroney came home on a double down the line in left by Matt Dean that made it a three run lead.
Winnipeg responded with two-runs against Josh-Goossen Brown. Back-to-back walks to
Reggie Abercrombie and Josh Mazzola started the frame. Two batters later, Abercrombie came home on a single by Jordan Edgerton. A sacrifice fly by Jordan Ebert brought home Mazzola and it was 3-2.
In the fourth, the Goldeyes took the lead. Victor Cruzado started the inning with a single and a wild pitch moved him to second, but there were two down when Gavin Stupienski came to the plate. He doubled to right to score Cruzado to tie the score. Andrew Sohn followed with a base hit to score Stupienski and the Winnipeg Goldeyes were on top 4-3.
Two innings later, Winnipeg extended their lead to two. Goossen-Brown retired the first two batters of the frame, but Ebert kept it alive with a double. Kevin Garcia followed with a single into right field, scoring Ebert to make it 5-3.
The Chicago Dogs responded right away in the bottom half of the inning. Maddox doubled to get the frame going. Two batters later, Dalton Blaser, playing in just his third game for Chicago, blasted a two run homer to tie the score at five.
An inning later, Chicago would retake the lead. Zach Racusin beat out a ground ball for a single to start the inning. He was replaced on the base paths on a fielder’s choice by Arroyo before Vavra singled. With runners at first and second and two down, Maddox singled into right field. The throw home was not in time to get Arroyo, but Vavra was thrown out trying to reach third. However, Chicago had the lead.
Brandon Shimo (1-0) had come on in the seventh and tossed two scoreless innings. Kaohi Downing relieved in the ninth looking to save his second game of the season. It got really exciting when he gave up a lead off double, but the runner would get no closer, as the Chicago Dogs ended their 12 game losing streak with a 6-5 victory.
Craig Maddox led the Dogs offense, going 2-4 with a run and an RBI. Dalton Blaser was 2-3 with a run and 2-RBI. The Winnipeg offense was led by Jordan Ebert, who was 2-3 with a run and an RBI.
Jose Sermo Continues Hot Run for Explorers, 10-2
Before joining the Sioux City Explorers, Jose Sermo was just 2-13 with Winnipeg. However, he has caught fire since signing with new team, and that continued on Sunday as Sermo was 2-3 with 2-runs and 2-RBI in the Explorers 10-2 victory. Sioux City used 4-runs in the fourth to break a scoreless tie. It was 5-2 heading into the eighth when Sioux City blew the game open, scoring three in the eighth and two in the ninth. Dylan Kelly also drove in three, and Taylor Jordan moved to 3-0 with 5.2 solid innings.
Keury De La Cruz leads Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks to 10-2 Victory
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks had dropped the first two contests of their series against the Gary Southshore RailCats, but not on Sunday as the RedHawks crushed the RailCats, 10-2. Fargo-Moorhead scored three runs in the fourth, sixth, and seventh innings to take command of the game. A three-run homer in the fourth by De La Cruz put the RedHawks on top 4-1. In the sixth, Tommy Mendonca added a two-run shot, and Charlie Valerio hit a two-run homer in the seventh to close out the scoring. De La Cruz finished 3-5 with 2-runs and 4-RBI to go along with his fourth homer of the year. The RedHawks hit four homers in all.
Five Cleburne Pitchers Blank Saints, 1-0
The Cleburne Railroaders earned a series victory, downing the St. Paul Saints in the rubber match, 1-0. The victory came courtesy of five Railroaders pitchers, who combined to allow 7-hits and no runs in the contest, moving Cleburne to 8-8. The Railroaders only run came in the seventh on an RBI single by Patrick Palmeiro, the first hit that Saints starter Matt Solter allowed in the contest. Shawn Blackwell earned the victory, his second straight after the team won in 11 on Saturday night. The Railroaders allowed just three earned runs in the three game set.
Kansas City T-Bones Crush Wingnuts 13-2
The Kansas City T-Bones lost the first two games of this series by a combined scored of 4-1, but were leaving no doubt they were winning this one, blasting out 18-hits and drawing 12-walks on their way to a 13-2 victory over the Wichita Wingnuts. Five runs in the first set the stage for the blowout, as every player in the lineup had at least one hit in the contest. Lucas Irvine earned his first victory for the T-Bones, tossing six outstanding innings and Nick Torres scored 4-runs in the game.
Lincoln Saltdogs Devour Canaries, 16-5
The Lincoln Saltdogs used a 7-run third and a 6-run ninth to crush the Sioux Falls Canaries, downing the Birds, 16-5. Angel Reyes continues his red hot start, hitting his sixth homer of the season while driving in four. Ivan Marin was 4-6 with 2-runs and 2-RBI. The seven run third was highlighted by a three run homer off the bat of Reyes, one of two homers the Saltdogs would hit in the frame. In the ninth, five different players drove in runs, including two by Christian Ibarra.
American Association Daily Notes
The Chicago Dogs signed catcher Mike Falsetti. Falsetti hit .210 in 57 games last season for the Canaries, with 26 runs and 11 RBI…The Kansas City T-Bones added LHP Joe Filomeno. Filomeno was at AA-Frisco (Texas AirHogs) to start the season. He made six apperances….The Winnipeg Goldeyes added IF Jordan Edgerton, a day after he was released by the T-Bones. Edgerton hit .219 in 8 games with Kansas City this season.
By Robert Pannier