In American Association Daily, Robert Pannier recaps the exciting games around the American Association with starting with the Texas AirHogs-Team China winning their first game of the year, and the defending champion Winnipeg Goldeyes also earning their first victory. Michael Tamburino also had 6.1 no-hit innings for the Saltdogs.
Team Texas-China With First Win
Sunday afternoon provided an outstanding pitcher’s duel between the Texas AirHogs and Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. However, it was the AirHogs staff that proved to be just a bit better, allowing just 3-hits on their way to a 1-0 victory. Casio Grider would provide the only offense of the day with an RBI sacrifice fly.
This was a scoreless battle through the first four innings of the contest. Tyler Matzek allowed only two hits through the first four innings, while Will Solomon was looking equally as brilliant for the RedHawks.
In the top of the fifth, Fargo-Moorhead mounted a bit of a rally when they were able to put runners at second and third with two down. That brought a call for Conor Costello who retired the final batter of the inning to keep the game a scoreless tie.
That proved to be huge, as Texas would grab the lead in the bottom half the inning. Chu Fujia singled to start the frame and advanced to second when Ryan Wagner walked. Chen Chen attempted to lay down a sacrifice, but the lead runner with nailed keeping runners at first and second. Luo Jinjun followed with a base hit that loaded the bases, and Wagner scored on a sacrifice fly by Casio Grider to put the AirHogs up 1-0.
Costello (1-0) was absolutely brilliant in relief. The Texas AirHogs reliever tossed 3.1 innings of hitless ball, striking out two. In the ninth, Taylor Wright came on for Texas looking to close out the contest. He yielded a one-out base hit to Keury De La Cruz before ending the contest on a strike’em out-throw’em out double-play to end the game.
That ruined an outstanding outing by will Solomon, who went 5.2 innings, yielding just one run while striking out 5. In all, the RedHawks’ pitching staff gave up 7-hits and the lone run.
2-Run Double by Angel Rosa Gives T-Bones First Win
The Kansas City T-Bones overcame a drizzly day and an outstanding outing by Wichita Wingnuts starter Jordan Cooper thanks to a two run double by Angel Rosa in the top of the ninth inning, sending the T-Bones to the 3-1 victory. The Kansas City bullpen was outstanding on the day, tossing six scoreless innings to help set up the dramatic ninth-inning victory. Cal Towey scored two runs for Kansas City, including the decisive run, and closer Cody Winiarski earned his first save of the season by striking out the final two
batters after loading the bases.
Dylan Thompson Tames Dogs, Canaries Win 4-2
Last year Dylan Thompson was one of the most successful relievers in the American Association, but this year he moves to the starting rotation for the Sioux Falls Canaries, and that proved to be a brilliant move by manager Mike Meyer. Thompson allowed 4-hits through 6.2 innings of work, while striking out 8 to lead Sioux Falls to a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Dogs. The Canaries took a 4-0 lead through the first four innings before Chicago would finally plate two in the seventh to chase Thompson from the game. The home team then got 2.1 outstanding innings of relief out of Kyle Schepel and James Jones to preserve the victory. Blake Schmit had 2-hits, scored a run and drove in another for Sioux Falls.
Brady Shoemaker Single in 11th Gives Saints 4-3 Victory
A night after driving in three, Brady Shoemaker delivered a big clutch performance, singling home the winning run in the 11th inning as the St. Paul Saints went on to win over the Gary Southshore RailCats, 4-3. This ruined a dramatic comeback by the RailCats, who came from two runs down, scoring single runs in the eighth and ninth before falling in extra frames. Richard Prigatano had 3-hits and scored 2-runs four St. Paul, and Ryan Boelter earned his first victory of the season with two outstanding innings of relief.
Saltdogs Hang on for First Win of Year, 4-3
The Lincoln Saltdogs were still looking for their first win of the season after dropping the first three at home to the Sioux City Explorers. They looked like they were in great shape, taking a 4-0 lead into the top of the eighth, but Sioux City battled back with three runs before J.R. Bunda was able to slam the door shut in the 4-3 victory. Lincoln used a three run third inning, highlighted by a solo home run by Curt Smith, to take the lead. Michael Tamburino kept the Explorers bats under control, tossing a no-hitter through 6.1-innings. After walking two batters in the seventh, he came out and Jose Jose was able to close out the inning by inducing a double-play. However, Sioux City battled back with two runs in the eighth and had the winning run at the plate in the ninth before Bunda induced Nate Samson to hit into a double play to end the game.
Edwin Carl Ends Goldeyes Skid, 4-3
The defending American Association champions were still looking for their first win of the season on Sunday afternoon, and thanks to a four run third inning and six outstanding innings from Edwin Carl, the Winnipeg Goldeyes downed the Cleburne Railroaders, 4-3. Carl allowed 5-hits and one earned run, and Reynaldo Rodriguez had the big hit in the third, a two run single that helped Winnipeg to a 4-0 lead. Victor Capellan came on in the ninth to close out the game for his first save season.
By Robert Pannier
Member of the IBWAA