In American Association Daily, Robert Pannier recaps an incredible night of baseball in the American Association, as there were only two games scheduled, but 36 runs were scored including a 15-9 victory by teh St. Paul Saints.
Saints Pound Out 19 Hits in 15-9 Victory
Whenever the Lincoln Saltdogs play you can be sure the team is going to score some runs. You can also be sure they are going to give some up, and that is what occurred on Monday night as the St. Paul Saints set a season-high with 18 hits in their 15-9 victory over Lincoln. Brady Shoemaker and Max Murphy each drove in four runs and the Saints would score 5 runs in the sixth and four in the seventh to take command of this game. Every player but one in the St. Paul lineup had at least one hit.
Lincoln got on the board in the bottom of the first. Christian Ibarra started the inning with a walk and moved to second on a single by Cesar Valera. A passed ball moved both runners into scoring position before Brandon Jacobs drilled a three run homer off Ryan Zimmerman to put the Saltdogs up 3-0. That was his American Association leading 10th homer of the year.
The St. Paul Saints would respond with four runs in the top of the second. Dan Johnson walked to start the inning and moved to second on a base hit by Dante Bichette, Jr. Noah Perio, Jr. followed with a double, easily scoring Johnson while leaving two runners in scoring position. Next up was Kyle Barrett, playing in his first game in a St. Paul uniform. He grounded into a fielder’s choice that gunned Bichette at home. A wild pitch brought home Perio before JJ Gould was hit by a pitch. Two batters later, Kes Carter walked to load the bases with two down. That brought Max Murphy to the plate, who lined a single into center, scoring Barrett and Gould to put the Saints on top 4-3.
In the fourth, Lincoln would put up for runs of their own. Chase Simpson started the inning with a line drive that fell under the glove of Carter and rolled to the warning track. Simpson raced into third with a triple and scored when Reyes reached on an error. He stole second before Nathaniel Maggio walked. Two batters later, Daschenko Ricardo hit a ball into right-center that brought both runners home to put Lincoln back on top. Ibarra followed with a base hit that scored Ricardo to put the Saltdogs on top, 7-4.
Trailing by three, the St. Paul Saints would put up a five run rally in the sixth. Bichette walked to start the inning and Eric Wooten came on to pitch. He gave up a double to Perio before striking out Barrett. A sacrifice fly by Gould brought home Bichette and Perio scored on a single by Jake Smith. Carter singled moving Smith to third before stealing second base. Murphy then singled to score Smith to tie the game. With runners at second and third, Shoemaker grounded a ball up the middle, bringing both runners home and putting the Saints on top by two.
An inning later, St. Paul would take command of this game. Perio singled to start the inning but was replaced on the base path when Barrett attempted to sacrifice and Perio was thrown out at second. He then stole second base before Gould walked. Smith then singled into right field, bringing Barrett around to score before Carter walked to load the bases.
Brian Smith came on in relief and Murphy grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored Gould. Shoemaker then delivered a two run double to make it a 13-7 game.
Lincoln got one of those runs back in the bottom of the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Simpson, but the St. Paul Saints would put up two more runs in the top of the ninth. Back-to-back singles by Carter and Murphy started the inning before Shoemaker walked. With the bases loaded and no one out, Johnson hit a sacrifice fly and Barrett would bring in the final run of the inning on a base hit.
Simpson would drive in the final run of the game on an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, making it 15-9, which would be the final.
Max Murphy finished 3-6 with 3-runs and 4-RBI. Brady Shoemaker was 2-5 with 4-RBI and Jake Smith was 3-5 with 2-runs and 2-RBI. Cesar Valera was 3-5 with 2-runs for Lincoln.
Game 2 of this series is scheduled for 6:45 Tuesday night. Michael Tamburino (3-0, 2.02) will go for the Lincoln Saltdogs
T-Bones Batter Charle Rosario in 9-3 Victory
Winnipeg Goldeyes starter Charle Rosario has built quite a reputation in the American Association, but that was of no consequence to the Kansas City T-Bones, who battered the Winnipeg starter for 11-hits and 4-earned runs on their way to a 9-3 victory. Kansas City put up an American Association season high of 19-hits on the night as Todd Cunningham was 4-5 to raise his average to .433.
It was 1-0 Kansas City until the fourth when the T-Bones would put up three runs. Adrian Nieto reached on an error to start the inning and moved to third on a base hit by Keith Curcio. Curcio advanced to second on the throw and both runners scored when Tucker Pennell followed with a base hit. Pennell would later score on a Nick Torres fielder’s choice to make it 4-0.
The Kansas City T-Bones made the lead six in the top of the fifth on a two run single off the bat of Angel Rosa. In the sixth, they would add three more runs. Zach Walters doubled home Cunningham before Torres scored on the ground out by Dexter Kjerstad. Walters scored on a double by Curcio to make it 9-0.
Winnipeg would get two of those runs back in the bottom of the sixth on Reggie Abercrombie’s fourth home run of the season. Their other run came in the eighth on a groundout by Jordan Ebert, but that would be all that the Goldeyes could muster in the 9-3 Kansas City victory.
Todd Cunningham finished 4-5 with a run scored. Tucker Pennell, Angel Rosa and Nick Torres each drove in two for Kansas City. Pennell had 3-hits.
By Robert Pannier