In American Association Daily, Robert Pannier recaps the six games from around the American Association. The Game of the Night was a 7-4 victory by the Lincoln Saltdogs, as they used two homers to defeat the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. The St. Paul Saints became the first team to sweep the Wichita Wingnuts at home.
Jacobs, Dashenko Homer to Aid Saltdogs Victory
The Lincoln Saltdogs turned to the long ball once again on Wednesday night, as they found themselves trailing 3-0 before scoring five unanswered runs on their way to a 7-4 victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Dashenko Ricardo hit a three-run homer to help start the comeback and Brandon Jacobs tied for the American Association lead in homers with his seventh of the season.
It was a scoreless tie through the first two frames until Randolph Oduber changed that. Maikol Gonzalez led off the third with a walk and moved to second on a base hit by Devan Ahart. Two batters later Charlie Valerio was intentionally walked to bring Oduber to the plate. He grounded the first pitch he saw for a base hit, scoring both Gonzalez and Ahart. Valerio was thrown out at third with Oduber reaching second. With two down, Tommy Mendonca singled into left to score Oduber to make it 3-0.
Will Solomon kept the Saltdogs bats silent through the first three innings, but that changed in the fourth with one swing of the bat. Chase Simpson started the inning by drawing a walk, moved to second on a wild pitch, and reached third on a single by Brandon Jacobs. That brought Dashenko Richardo to the plate, who crushed his third homer of the season to tie the score at three.
It stayed tied until the sixth when Lincoln took the lead. With one down, Jacobs homered for the seventh time this season, putting his team on top, 4-3.
An inning later, the lead extended to two. Ivan Marin and Christian Ibarra led off with back-to-back singles. Travis Ballew retired the next two hitters before Simpson walked to load the bases. Jacobs then grounded to Yhoxian Medina who could not make the play for an error. Marin scored to make it 5-3.
The RedHawks would get that run back in the top of the eighth. With one down, Oduber hit his first home run of the season to make this a one-run game again. That was his third RBI of the game.
However, the Lincoln Saltdogs did a little responding of their own in the bottom of the eighth, plating two. Chad Hinshaw singled with one down, but was replaced at first on a fielder’s choice by Marin. Ibarra walked before Angel Reyes singled to load the bases. Curt Smith then delivered a single up the middle that scored two to make it 7-4, which would be the final.
Dimitri Kourtis earned his first win of the season with 3.1 innings of scoreless relief. Smith finished 2-5 with 2-RBI and Brandon Jacobs was 2-5 with 2-runs and an RBI. Randolph Oduber finished 3-4 with 2-runs and 3-RBI against his former mates.
Barrett Astin, James Buckelew Blank Airhogs, 8-0
The Kansas City T-Bones recorded their first shutout of the season on Wednesday night as Barrett Astin and James Buckelew combined to blank the Texas AirHogs in the Kansas City T-Bones 8-0 victory. Astin earned his third win of the season and Nick Torres drove in four as the AirHogs were shut out for the second time this year. The T-Bones scored 2-runs in the first and sixth innings and added four more in the eighth. Torres finished 2-4 with 4-RBI and Adrian Nieto and Todd Cunningham each had 2-hits and 2-runs scored. Keith Curcio drove in three and had 2-hits.
Justin O’Conner Homers Twice as Saints Sweep Wingnuts, 10-1
For the first time in franchise history, the Wichita Wingnuts were swept at home, that came courtesy of St. Paul Saints catcher Justin O’Conner, who homered twice in the 10-1 victory. O’Conner blasted a three-run homer in a six run first inning and added a solo shot in the third as the Saints quickly jumped out to an 8-0 lead. That was far more than enough support for Vinny Nittoli (3-1), who earned the victory, going 5-innings, allowing one run and striking out 8. Every player in the St. Paul lineup had at least one hit. Richard Prigatano was 3-4 with a run and 2-RBI against his former team.
Connor Root Helps Give Chicago First Franchise Shutout, 8-0
The Chicago Dogs won their second straight game on Wednesday night, downing the Sioux Falls Canaries, 8-0 for the second shutout in franchise history and the second in a row. Connor Root tossed eight outstanding innings for his first win of the season, allowing 4-hits while striking out 7. The Dogs scored single runs in the first and second before taking a commanding lead in the fourth. An RBI single by Edwin Arroyo made it 3-0 before Trey Vavra hit a three-run double to extend the lead to six. Vavra added his fifth home run of the season in the seventh, finishing with 4-RBI. Tommy Thorpe completed the shutout with a scoreless ninth.
Pair of Threes Give RailCats 6-2 Victory Over Goldeyes
The Gary Southshore RailCats remained 1.5 games out of first in the North Division, downing the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 6-2. That came courtesy of a pair of three-run innings, scoring three in the sixth and seventh frames. Trailing 1-0 in the sixth, Andy DeJesus put the team ahead with a two-run single and he scored on a base hit by Mitch Glasser. In the seventh, the RailCats would get a sacrifice fly from Cole Fabio, a run scoring single from Alex Crosby, and an RBI double by DeJesus to make it 6-2. DeJesus finished with 3-RBI. Alex Gunn (3-1) followed his first career shutout with another outstanding performance, allowing 3-hits and a single earned run in 6.1 innings.
Five Run First Helps Explorers Extend Streak to Seven
The red-hot Sioux City Explorers used a five run first inning to down the Cleburne Railroaders for their seventh straight victory. Dexture McCall drove in two in the first with a double and Dylan Kelly plated two more with a double of his own to make it 5-0. Jay Austin brought home the first run of the inning with a double, as Sioux City sent nine men to the plate in the first. Luis Mateo (3-1) tossed 5-innings for the victory and the Explorers bullpen was outstanding, putting up four scoreless frames to preserve the victory. Kelly finished 2-3 with 3-RBI.
By Robert Pannier