In American Association Daily, we recap the exciting games around the American Association with a feature on the Chicago Dogs winning the first game in franchise history. The Sioux City Explorers pounded out 17-hits and 14-runs against the Lincoln Saltdogs, and the Cleburne Railroaders got a homer and 2-RBI from Patrick Palmeiro, as they defeated the Winnipeg Goldeyes for the second straight night.
Chicago Dogs Earn First Franchise Victory
When you are a new franchise every “first” is exciting, and maybe none more so than a first victory. The Chicago Dogs were able to enjoy that feeling Saturday Night after the team won its first game in franchise history, defeating the Sioux Falls Canaries, 4-2. Kylin Turnbull earned the club’s first win and Joe Benson hit the second home run for the Dogs this season.
Chicago took the lead in the top of the first. With one down, Trey Vavra hit a ball deep that bounced off the turf and over the wall for a ground rule double. Joe Bircher retired the next batter and it looked like he may get of the inning, but Kyle Gaedele delivered a clutch single with two strikes, scoring Vavra to make it 1-0.
It stayed a one run game until the fourth when the Chicago Dogs doubled their lead. Bircher retired the first two batters of the inning, but Joe Benson turned on an 1-0 pitch, launching it over the wall in left-center for his first homer of the year and it was 2-0 Dogs.
While his team was giving him the lead, Kyle Turnbull (1-0) was pitching a masterpiece. The left-hander allowed two hits, one in the second and one in the fifth, dominating the powerful Sioux Falls lineup. He came out after 6-innings, not walking anyone while striking out 4.
In the eighth each team would get a run. In the top half of the inning, Michael Baca doubled with one out, but was replaced on the base path on a fielder’s choice by Matt Telesco. Telesco moved to second when Vavra drew a walk, and he scored on a double by Jonathan Moroney.
In the bottom half of the inning, Michael Wagner retired the first two batters but Chris Grayson reduced the lead to two with his first home run of the season. That made it 3-1.
The Dogs added an insurance run in the top of the ninth. Craig Maddox started the inning with a double before Benson walked. A fielder’s choice put runners at the corners, and Maddox scored on a ground out by Wilfredo Rodriguez.
In the bottom of the ninth, Kaohi Downing came on looking to close out the game. He was greeted by a Blake Schmit double, who scored on a single by Chris Jacobs two batters later, but Downing settled down to finish the game off for his first save of the season.
Brady Shoemaker Drives in 3 to Lead Saints to 8-3 Victory
The St. Paul Saints found themselves trailing 3-0 after one inning Saturday afternoon, but then delivered eight unanswered runs on their way to an 8-3 victory. After giving up three in the first, St. Paul responded with single runs in each of the next three innings. In the seventh, the Saints plated three runs, thanks to a two-run single by Jayce Boyd and an RBI single by Noah Perio, Jr. That put the St. Paul Saints up 6-3. Brady Shoemaker finished off the scoring with a two-run single in the eighth, giving him three RBI for the contest. The Saints finished with 16-hits, with Shoemaker, Perio, Max Murphy and Dante Bichette, Jr. each providing 3-hits.
Casey Harman Blanks T-Bones, Wingnuts Win 5-2
Casey Harman become the first left-hander to make a start for the Wichita Wingnuts in two years and, after his first start, a few more lefties may need to get into the rotation. Harman blanked the Kansas City T-Bones for six innings as the Wingnuts won 5-2. The Wingnuts scored all their runs in the third. Logan Trowbridge drove in two runs and Abel Nieves was one of three Wichita players with 2-hits. Nieves now has five hits in seven at bats through the first two games of the season. Harman went 6-Innings, allowing just 3-hits, no runs and no walks, while striking out 3.
Five Run Sixth Sends RedHawks Soaring to Victory, 7-3
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks moved to 2-0, downing the Texas AirHogs 7-3 on Saturday night thanks in large part to a five-run sixth inning. Keury De La Cruz and Charlie Valerio each hit their first homer of the year and Devan Ahart was a perfect 2-2 with 2-RBI and 2-walks. DJ Brown earned his first win of the season, allowing 6-hits and no earned runs while striking out 6 over 7-innings of work. Chen Chen was 2-3 for Texas, moving his average to .333 through the first two games.
Patrick Palmeiro Powers Railroaders to 6-4 Victory
The big news for the Cleburne Railroaders this off-season was the signing of former Major League legend Rafael Palmeiro, but it was son Patrick Palmeiro who provided the power Saturday night, hitting his first home run of the season to help the Railroaders down the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 6-4. Palmeiro hit a two-run homer in a four-run fourth that proved to be too much for the Goldeyes to overcome. Levi Scott was 3-4 and Shawn Blackwell pitched two scoreless innings, striking out 4, to earn his first save of the season. Five different Cleburne players had at least 2-hits in the contest.
The ‘Jays’ Put Explorers on Pathway to 14-6 Victory
The Sioux City Explorers continue to impress this season, earning their third straight win over the 2017 Central Division champion Lincoln Saltdogs, 14-6. Leading the way was two of Manager Steve Montgomery’s most important acquisitions, Jay Baum and Jay Austin, who combined for 5-hits and 6-RBI. The Sioux City Explorers rapped out 17-hits in support of Taylor Jordan (1-0), as three different players had at least 3-hits in the game. Austin drove in 4, and Daniel Jackson was 3-4 with 3-runs scored. That ruined a great night for Chase Simpson, who was 4-4 with a homer and 2-RBI for the Saltdogs.
American Association Daily Notes
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By Robert Pannier
Member of the IBWAA