In American Association Daily, Robert Pannier recaps the exciting games around the American Association from Saturday, including ta dramatic 6-5 victory by the Sioux Falls Canaries in 10, ending a great comeback by the Winnipeg Goldeyes and a crushing of the Saints by the RailCats, 16-7.
Chris Jacobs’ RBI Single in 10th Ruins Goldeyes Comeback
A night after the Sioux Falls Canaries were manhandled by the Winnipeg Goldeyes 13-1, the team jumped out to a 5-1 lead only to see Winnipeg battle back to tie the contest. However, Chris Jacobs saved the day with an RBI single in the 10th inning to give the Canaries a 6-5 victory. Chris Grayson drove in three for Sioux Falls, and James Jones recorded his second save of the season.
Winnipeg jumped out in front in the bottom of the first inning. Andrew Sohn and Grant Heyman led off with back-to-back singles. A fielder’s choice by Reynaldo Rodriguez plated Sohn to make it 1-0.
In the third, Sioux Falls would score four runs to take the lead. Tyler Wolfe led off the inning with a single but was replaced on the base paths on a fielder’s choice by Aaron Gretz. Dan Motl followed with a single the left and Blake Schmit loaded the bases with a single of his own. That brought Jabari Henry to the plate who walked to drive in a run. With the bases still loaded, Chris Grayson doubled into the gap in center, bringing all three runners home and the Sioux Falls Canaries had a 4-1 lead.
In the top of the fifth, the Canaries would extend their lead when Wolfe hit his first home run of the season off Goldeyes starter Edwin Carl. That made it 5-1.
Winnipeg got that run back right away in the bottom of the fourth. Reggie Abercrombie started the inning with a single before Victor Cruzado walked. A single by David Bergin loaded the bases and Abercrombie came home on a single by Kevin Garcia. The inning could have been significantly worse with the bases loaded and no one out, but Miles Nordgren pulled an incredible Houdini routine, getting Josh Mazzola to ground into a fielder’s choice that gunned Cruzado at home before inducing a double-play to end the inning.
In the bottom of the fifth the Winnipeg deficit was cut to two. The Sioux Falls starter retired the first batter of the inning, but Heyman worked the count full before hitting his second home run of the year.
In the seventh, the Sioux Falls lead became one. Sohn walked with one out, then stole second. With two down, Rodriguez laced a ball that fell in for a double, easily scoring Sohn to make it 5-4.
In the bottom of the eighth the comeback was complete. Cruzado singled to start the inning and, two batters later, Garcia walked. Nicco Blank was able to retire the second batter of the inning, but walked Jordan Ebert to load the bases. That brought a call for Ryan Fritze, who hit Sohn to drive in the tying run.
The score remained tied through the ninth-inning sending it to extra frames. Jack Charleston came on for Winnipeg and retired the first two batters, but Henry roped a double down the line in left to keep the inning alive before Grayson was intentionally walked. With two down, Chris Jacobs singled into right field, driving home Henry with the go-ahead run.
James Jones came on in the ninth-inning and struck out Ebert to start the frame. Sohn followed with his second hit of the game and moved to second on a wild pitch. With the count 2-1 to Heyman, he grounded a single into right field. Sohn rounded third looking to score, then realized that he was not going to make it. Caught in a rundown, the Winnipeg shortstop was tagged out for the second out of the frame, and Rodriguez flew out to end the contest.
Chris Grayson finished with 3-RBI and both Chris Jacobs and Tyler Wolfe had 2 hits for Sioux Falls. Grant Heyman was 3-6 with a run and an RBI for the Goldeyes.
Devan Ahart Homers Twice to Lead RedHawks to 11-6 Victory
Devan Hart homered twice and scored four runs as the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks downed the Lincoln Saltdogs 11-6. Keury De La Cruz continues his red-hot start, driving in four and recording his second home run of the season and the RedHawks rapped out 17 hits total on their way to victory.
Lincoln would take the lead, 3-1, with a run in the second and two in the third. However, Fargo-Moorhead came back with four in the bottom of the third to take the lead. Two came home on an error by Saltdogs starter Shairon Martis to tie the score, and De La Cruz gave the RedHawks the lead with an RBI single. Charlie Valerio added a run with a groundout as Fargo-Moorhead came away from the frame leading 5-3. An inning later, Ahart blasted a two run homer and De La Cruz homered himself to extend the lead to five. A two-run single by De La Cruz in the sixth and an RBI fielder’s choice by Randolph Oduber made it an 11-3 game. Lincoln would add three runs in the seventh to cut the deficit to five but would get no closer. Will Solomon (1-1) evened to his record with the victory. Ahart finished 4-5 with 4-runs scored and 3-RBI. De La Cruz was 3-5 with 2-runs and 4-RBI.
Explorers Extend Win Streak to Five, 7-1
The Sioux City Explorers continue their red-hot start, downing the Cleburne Railroaders, 7-1. Justin Vernia (1-1) earned the victory for Sioux City, going 5.2-innings and allowing just one run. The Explorers took the lead in the bottom of the second on a two-run single by Michael Lang. An inning later the lead became three when Dylan Kelly drove home Jay Baum, but Cleburne would get that run back in the top of the fourth on an RBI single by Angelo Gumbs. It would stay 3-1 heading into the eighth, when Sioux City would put four runs on the board to seal the victory. Four different Explorers players knocked in a run in the frame. Dexture McCall finished 2-2 with 2-runs and 2-walks for the Explorers.
Gary Southshore RailCats Pound Saints, 16-7
For the second time this season, the Gary Southshore RailCats would pound the St. Paul Saints, this time 16-7. The RailCats would score 15 of their runs through the first three innings of the contest. Two runs came home in the first before Gary Southshore would score five in the second. Colin Willis drove home two of the runs in that frame. In the third, the RailCats blew the contest open with eight runs. Andy DeJesus, who was re-signed by the team earlier in the day, had the big blow with a two-run single. DeJesus finished 3-6 with 3-runs and 3-RBI. Colin Willis was 3-5 with 2-runs and 4-RBI. Five different players in the Gary Southshore lineup had 3-hits in the contest.
T-Bones Continue Chicago Dogs Swoon, 4-2
The Chicago Dogs lost their sixth straight contest of the season, falling to the Kansas City T-Bones on Saturday evening, 4-2. Kansas City did most of their damage through the first three frames, scoring one in the second and two in the third. Tucker Pennell drove home the first run with an RBI double. In the third, an RBI double by Nick Torres and a run-scoring single by Cal Towey extended the lead to three. Chicago cut the deficit to two when Trey Vavra hit his second home run of the season to lead off the bottom of the fourth, but the T-Bones got that run right back in the top of the fifth when Dylan Tice scored on an error. Edwin Arroyo brought home the final contest of the game for the Dogs with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth to make it a two run game, but Chicago would get no closer. Barrett Astin moved to 2-0 and Carlos Diaz earned his first save in season. Tice finished 3-5 with 2-runs scored.
Abel Nieves Helps Lead Wingnuts Thumping of AirHogs, 15-3
The Wichita Wingnuts scored runs in each of the first four frames of Saturday night’s contest verse the Texas AirHogs, then put up seven in the sixth on their way to a 15-3 victory. Abel Nieves led the way with 4-hits and 4-RBI and Zach Nehrir was 3-5 with 3-runs and 2-RBI for the victorious Wingnuts. Wichita would score 3 runs in the first and fourth innings and put up single runs in the second and third to take a commanding 8-0 lead. Texas would get two back in the top of the fifth on a Dillon Thomas home run, but a seven run sixth inning sealed the victory. Logan Watkins, who reached based five times in the contest, drove home two runs in the frame. The victory evened the Wingnuts record at 4-4.
American Association Daily Notes
The Chicago Dogs signed OF Tony Rosselli…The Sioux City Explorers released infielder Ty Moore and signed Jose Sermo. Sermo had been with the Winnipeg Goldeyes through the first 4 games of the season, hitting .154…The Wichita Wingnuts added RHP Jared Wilson and LHP Corbin Osburn. Wilson started Saturday night’s game.
By Robert Pannier