In American Association Daily, Robert Pannier recaps an incredible night of baseball in the American Association, as there were six great games scheduled for Sunday. That included a pair of walk-off victories, and a rookie tossing in gem to blank the defending champions.
T-Bones Win in 10 on Torres Walk-Off RBI
The Kansas City T-Bones entered Sunday’s game as the hottest team in the American Association, winners of five straight games. That streak looked in jeopardy when the Cleburne Railroaders twice took the lead but, both times, Kansas City battled back to tie the score, and they would win it in the 10th on a walk-off RBI sacrifice fly as the T-Bones were victorious, 6-5.
This was a scoreless tie through the first three frames as both Cleburne starter Michael Gunn and Kansas City starter Tommy Collier were on their game. There were four combined hits through the first three frames, but the Railroaders would finally break through in the fourth.
Rafael Palmeiro reached on an error, and Levi Scott followed with his third home of the season. Palmeiro was removed from the game after reaching first. His status is uncertain.
In the fifth, the lead became four. KC Huth started the inning by beating out a grounder for a single. He was replaced on the bases on a fielder’s choice by Trevor Sealey, who scored on a two-run blast by Patrick Palmeiro, That was the fifth homer of the season for the younger Palmeiro.
The Kansas City T-Bones responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Mason Davis doubled to get the inning started and he would then steal third. Gunn retired the next two batters and it looked like he would escape unscathed, but Nick Torres bounced a ball over the center field wall for a double, easily scoring Davis. Zach Walters followed with a single into right field that brought Torres home and he scored on a double by Dexter Kjerstand. That made it 4-3.
In the seventh, Kansas City tied the score. Torres started the rally with a single and moved to third on a base hit to right off the bat of Kjerstad. Keith Curcio then hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Torres to tie the game at four.
Cleburne would retake the lead in their next trip to the plate. With one down, Cameron Monger singled and he moved to second when Michael Pair was hit by a pitch. A walk to John Menken loaded the bases before a suicide squeeze brought Monger home to make it 5-4 Railroaders.
The lead did not last, as the Kansas City T-Bones tied the score in the bottom half of the inning. Angel Rosa and Davis started the inning with back-to-back singles. Dylan Tice followed with a ground single up the middle that sored Rosa to tie the score at five.
Kansas City had two on with on one out bringing Shawn Blackwell out of the Cleburne bullpen. He retired all three batters to keep the score tied.
The game would go to extra innings where the T-Bones would earn the victory. With one down, Tice drilled a ball down the line that he legged out for a triple. Todd Cunningham was intentionally walked bringing Torres to the plate. He drilled a ball to left that was caught. Tice tagged and scored as Kansas City won, 6-5.
Nick Torres finished 2-5 with 2-runs scored and 2-RBI. Dylan Tice was 4-5 with a run scored. Levi Scott was 2-5 with a run and 2-RBI for Cleburne.
Randolph Oduber Sends Saltdogs to Walk-Off Win in 11th, 5-4
Randolph Oduber continues to make his presence known since returning to his team, rapping out 3-hits, including the game winner in 11, as the Lincoln Saltdogs earned the 5-4 victory. Twice Lincoln battled back in this contest to tie the score, including in the seventh when both teams scored a run. In the 11th, Curt Smith singled and then stole second. Two batters later, Oduber singled into left, bringing Smith around to score the winning run. Oduber finished 3-5 with a run and an RBI. The victory moved the Saltdogs into a tie for third place in the South Division.
AirHogs Rally Late to Down Canaries, 5-4
The Texas AirHogs found themselves trailing by two entering the top of the seventh, but a pair of runs in the seventh and eighth innings helped to put Texas on top in the 5-4 victory. Trailing by two runs in the seventh, Correlle Prime delivered an RBI double and Casio Grider tied the score with a ground out. An inning later, Stewart Ijames put his team on top and Dillon Thomas added an insurance run that proved to the game winner. Song Yunqi had 3-hits for the Airhogs.
Ryan Zimmerman Blanks Goldeyes in Saints 1-0 Victory
The Winnipeg Goldeyes had battled back late in each of the first three games of their series with the St. Paul Saints, but that was not to be the case on Sunday. Rookie Ryan Zimmerman blanked the Goldeyes for 6.2-innings and Anthony Phillips drove in the only run in the 1-0 victory. Zimmerman won his first game of the season and helped to move the Saints back into first place in the North Division. Jake Matthys tossed the final 2.1-innings of scoreless relief to earn his first save of the season
Travis Banwart Dominates RedHawks as Wingnuts Win 4-1
Travis Banwart earned his third straight victory on Sunday afternoon, blanking the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks for seven innings, as the Wichita Wingnuts earned their 11th win in the last 13 games, 4-1. Banwart (4-1) allowed just three hits in the contest and did not want the batter. It was a pair of Logans hat helped to place the offense as Logan Watkins was 2-4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI and Logan Trowbridge was 1-3 with a run and 2-RBI. Both hit their first home run of the season. Daniel Tillman closed out the first save number 10.
By Robert Pannier