In American Association Daily, Robert Pannier recaps an incredible night of baseball in the American Association, as there were five great games scheduled for Thursday. That included the Kansas City T-Bones winning their ninth straight game and the St. Paul Saints rallying to down the Winnipeg Goldeyes.
T-Bones Earn Ninth Straight Win, 6-2
The red-hot Kansas City T-Bones continue to sizzle, earning their ninth straight victory on Thursday night, downing the Lincoln Saltdogs, 6-2. Todd Cunningham was a perfect 4-4 and drove in 3-runs and Dylan Tice scored 3-runs as the T-Bones handed the Lincoln Saltdogs their third straight loss.
After neither team scored through the first two frames, the Kansas City T-Bones would take the lead in the bottom of the third against Lincoln starter Kyle Kinman. With one down, Tice doubled and scored when Cunningham followed with a single.
The Saltdogs tied the score the top of the fifth. Chad Hinshaw doubled with one out and he moved to third when Christian Ibarra followed with a single. Randolph Oduber grounded a ball down short, but the ball was misplayed for an error, allowing Hinshaw to score.
Kansas City responded right away in the bottom of the fifth. Keith Curcio singled to start the frame before Tucker Pennell walked. Tice was then hit by a pitch as was Cunningham, bringing in Curcio to put the T-Bones on top for good. Kinman settled down, retiring the next two batters on shallow flyballs, but that final out would be delayed as Taylor Featherston singled up the middle, bringing home both Tice and Pennell to extend the lead to three.
In the seventh, the lead became four as Zach Walters led off with a drive to the wall in right field. He raced into third with a triple and scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-1 Kansas City.
Each team would score a run in the eighth. In the top half of the inning Curt Smith hit his eighth home run of the season. Kansas City extended their lead back to four right away in the bottom half of the inning. Tice singled to start the frame and moved to second when Derek Gordon made an error on the play. Cunningham followed with a single that brought home Tice. That made it 6-2, which would be the final.
Barrett Astin (5-1) earned the victory with six solid innings. The right-hander allowed 5-hits, 3-walks and a run, striking out 3.
Todd Cunningham finished the day 4-4, raising his average to .440. He also drove in three. Dylan Tice remains red-hot as well, going 2-4 with 3-runs scored. The loss wasted a great day by Christian Ibarra, who was a perfect 4-4.
Will Solomon Goes Distance in RedHawks 9-1 Victory
When a team scores 13-runs it would seem that the focus would be on the offense, but the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks earned their first complete-game of the season on Thursday afternoon, as will Solomon went the distance, allowing a single run as the RedHawks downed the Texas AirHogs, 13-1. Solomon (4-4) allowed 4-hits and did not walk a batter, striking out seven. There was plenty of offense, however, as Fargo-Moorhead pounded out 19-hits, led by Tim Colwell, Charlie Valerio, Leobaldo Pina, and Devan Ahart, who each had 3-hits. After Texas was able to score a run in the top of the first, the RedHawks would score 13 unanswered runs, including three in the first, and two each in the second and third. Valerio hit his ninth homer of the year and Brennan Metzger added his fourth.
Jordan Smith Helps Lead Canaries Past Railroaders, 6-4
The Sioux Falls Canaries won their second straight game on Thursday night, downing the Cleburne Railroaders, 6-4, thanks to a dramatic five run eighth inning. Trailing by three entering the frame, Dan Motl delivered a two run single with the bases loaded and Jordan Smith drove in two on a ground rule double to put Sioux Falls on top. Jabari Henry brought in the final run with a single to complete the rally. That made a victor of Ryan Fritze (2-2). James Jones closed out the ninth for his eighth save of the season. Smith finished 2-4 with 2-runs scored and 2-RBI for the Canaries. KC Huth was 3-5 for Cleburne.
Daniel Minor Blanks Dogs, RailCats Win 7-0
The Gary Southshore RailCats maintained their razor thin lead in the North Division, thanks to Daniel Minor (6-2) who earned his sixth victory of the season with eight shutout innings in the RailCats 7-0 victory over the Chicago Dogs. Minor allowed 5-hits and struck out 6, and Jack Fowler completed the shutout by striking out the side in the ninth. Gary Southshore pounced on the Dogs early on, scoring a pair of runs in each of the first two innings of the game. Andy DeJesus finished the contest 2-4 with 2-runs scored and an RBI. Andy Crosby was 3-4 with a run scored for the RailCats.
Burt Reynolds Homers Twice in Saints 8-6 Comeback Victory
The St. Paul Saints’ newest addition, Burt Reynolds, helped lead his team from four runs down to an 8-6 victory over the Winnipeg Goldeyes on Thursday night. Reynolds homered twice, including a three run homer in the fourth, as St. Paul would tie the score the seventh. A two run ninth against Goldeyes closer Victor Capellan propelled the team to victory. Reynolds finished with 5-RBI and Max Murphy and Kes Carter were each 3-5 in the contest. Winnipeg got three hits from both Reggie Abercrombie and Dave Sappelt.
By Robert Pannier