In American Association Daily, Robert Pannier recaps the one game from around the American Association. The Game of the Night was a close battle between the Gary Southshore RailCats and the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, as the RailCats claw out the 3-2 victory.
RailCats Remain Red Hot with 3-2 Victory
The Gary Southshore RailCats continue to find ways to win, downing the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks on Thursday night, 3-2. The RailCats scratched out two in the seventh to earn the victory, their fourth one-run win out of six such contests this season. Gabe Perez closed it out for his fifth save of the year. The victory was the 10th in the last 12 games for Gary Southshore.
The Gary Southshore RailCats took the lead in the top of the first. Alex Crosby led off the game with a base hit and then stole second. RedHawks starter Trey McNutt struck out the next two batters, but Colin Willis delivered a clutch two-out double to score Crosby to make it 1-0.
Lars Liguori gave up a single hit in each of the first two innings for the RailCats, but Fargo-Moorhead would tie the score in the third. Liguori retired the first two batters of the inning, but a double by Maikol Gonzalez kept the inning going before Devan Ahart walked. The red-hot Charlie Valerio followed by drilling a base hit back up the middle that scored Gonzalez and the score was tied at one.
The game remained tied until the sixth when the RedHawks would take the lead. Liguori came out after one pitch in the frame as it appeared he hurt his arm in some way. Jeremy Holcombe came on and gave up a single to Randolph Oduber. Two batters later Oduber stole second before reaching third on a single by Leobaldo Pina. Fargo-Moorhead went for the aggressive play opting for the delayed steal. Pina went to steal second. The throw from the catcher was not in time, as Oduber broke for home and scored with the stolen base to give the RedHawks the 2-1 lead.
The Gary Southshore RailCats responded right away, scoring two in the top of the seventh to retake the lead. Christoph Bono drew the walk with one down and moved to second on a wild pickoff attempt. Will Savage walked to put two on, bringing Crosby to the plate. He fouled off three pitchers to stay alive before drilling a single into right field to score Bono to tie the score. A sacrifice fly by Reggie Wilson brought Savage home and the RailCats were leading 3-2.
Holcombe (1-0) would go 1.2-innings in his second appearance with the RailCats to earn the victory. Myles Smith tossed a perfect eighth and Gabe Perez came on in the ninth to close it out. He gave up a two out double, but got a ground out to close it out for his fifth save of the season.
Alex Crosby finished 2-4 with a run and an RBI for the RailCats. Tim Colwell and Leobaldo Pina each had 2-hits for the RedHawks.
Kansas City T-Bones-Texas AirHogs postponed
The Kansas City T-Bones and Texas AirHogs were rained out on Thursday night. A makeup date has not been announced.
American Association Daily Notes
The Sioux Falls Canaries signed RHP Zach Staniewicz. The right-hander has pitched in independent baseball his entire career, starting in 2009. He did not pitch in 2017 but in 2016 split time between the Gary Southshore RailCats and Lancaster (Atlantic League). Combined, he was 0-3 in 6-appearances…The Texas AirHogs signed RHP Julio Eusebio. Eusebio started the season with the Kansas City T-Bones, where he was 0-1 in 7-appearances.
By Robert Pannier