In American Association Daily, Robert Pannier recaps five exciting American Association games from Monday, as the Gary Southshore RailCats won in walk-off fashion over the Winnipeg Goldeyes, the Lincoln Saltdogs get two home runs to down the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, and the Sioux Falls Canaries get eight shutout innings from Dylan Thompson.
RailCats Score Late, Win in Walk-Off Fashion
The two teams currently fighting for second place in the American Association’s North Division began a three-game set on Monday night. The Gary Southshore RailCats found themselves trailing heading into the bottom of the ninth, but tied the score against closer Victor Capellan, before winning on an RBI walk-off infield single by Wilfredo Gimenez, downing the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 4-3, in 10.
The game was scoreless through the first two innings, but that would change in a big way in the third. In the top half of the inning, Victor Cruzado singled with one out and scored when Andrew Sohn drilled a ball to the wall in center that he legged out for a triple. Two batters later, Reynaldo Rodriguez grounded a ball into the hole at short that he beat out for a single. Sohn scored and the lead was two. Grant Heyman then drilled a double into the gap in center, bringing Rodriguez all the way around from first to make it 3-0.
The RailCats responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. Kevin McGovern retired the first two batters of the inning, but the third out did not come easily. Mitch Glasser kept the inning alive with a double and scored when Colin Willis followed with a single. Andy Paz then hit his fourth double of the season, bringing Willis around from first to make this a one-run game.
It would stay that way through the next five frames. Both McGovern and Gary Southshore starter Jeff McKenzie came out after six. The RailCats turned to Adam Quintana, who was absolutely brilliant on the night, tossing three scoreless innings while striking out 7. Jack Charleston and Cameron McVey each tossed a scoreless inning for Winnipeg.
In the ninth, the Goldeyes sent out closer Victor Capellan looking for his league leading sixth save of the season. He struck out Reggie Wilson to begin the frame, but Garrett Copeland brought the crowd to their feet when he lined a ball down the right field line and into the corner. Copeland raced hard out of the box, reaching third with one down. Cole Fabio came into run and the Goldeyes brought their infield in. It looked like Fabio may be stranded when Andy DeJesus grounded the ball down to Andrew Sohn at short, but he could not field the ball cleanly and Fabio came into score to tie the game at three.
That sent the game to the 1oth where the Gary Southshore RailCats would win it. Keaton Steele came on in the top of the inning and retired Winnipeg in order. Zach Hartman relieved for Capellan and was wild from the start. He hit Glasser to start the inning and then walked Willis. A wild pitch moved both runners up 90-feet, making it first and second with no one out. With the infield in, Paz grounded to second with both runners having to hold. The infield was still in when Wilfredo Gimenez grounded a ball back up the middle. It hit off Hartman’s glove and toward Sohn who did not have enough time to make a play. Glasser scored to give the RailCats the 4-3 victory.
Mitch Glasser finished 2-4 with 2-runs scored for Gary Southshore. The loss ruined a great night for Victor Cruzado, who was 4-4 with a run scored. The RailCats have won eight of their last 10 games.
Angel Reyes Hits League Leading Seventh in Saltdogs 4-1 Victory
The Lincoln Saltdogs continue to show a lot of power early on this season, using two home runs, including the seventh by American Association home run leader Angel Reyes, in their 4-1 victory. With the score tied at one heading into the bottom of the third, Curt Smith drilled his fourth homer of the season to put Lincoln on top for good. In the sixth, Angel Reyes added his seventh of the season, a solo shot to start the inning. Michael Tamburino earned his second victory of the season, tossing 6.2 solid innings while allowing only one run in helping Lincoln to their third straight victory.
Dylan Thompson Blanks Chicago Through 8 in Canaries 7-1 Victory
Sioux Falls Canaries starter Dylan Thompson tossed eight innings of 2-hit ball on Monday night, leading the Canaries to a 7-1 victory over the Chicago Dogs. It was the second straight outstanding outing for the starter since giving up 13 runs in 4.2-innings on May 25. Sioux Falls took the lead in the second when Maxx Garrett brought home Burt Reynolds on a triple and he scored on a ground out by Blake Schmit. Reynolds hit his third homer of the year to lead off the fourth, and the Canaries added four more in the fifth to take command of the contest. Reynolds finished 2-3 with 3-runs and an RBI, and Garrett was 3-4 with 2-runs and 2-RBI for Sioux Falls.
Explorers Bullpen Derails Railroaders in 5-1 Victory
The Sioux City Explorers won their fifth straight game on Monday, thanks to six outstanding innings from their bullpen in their 5-1 victory over the Cleburne Railroaders. Trailing by a run, the Explorers scored three in the second to take the lead. An RBI double by Jay Baum tied the score and Dexture McCall came home on a ground out by Dylan Kelly to give Sioux City the lead. Baum scored on a fielder’s choice by Daniel Jackson. Up by a run in the fifth, the Explorers added two more runs to take a 5-2 lead. Eric Karch (2-0) came on in the fourth and tossed 2.2 innings of scoreless relief, striking out 4. Ryan Flores kept the Railroaders off the scoreboard for 2.1 innings and Tyler Falwell closed the game out in the ninth for his first save of the season.
Dante Bichette, Jr. Leads Saints to 8-3 Victory
The St. Paul Saints were finally able to prove that Wichita Wingnuts starter Casey Harman was human, ending his scoreless streak at 14 in the 8-3 victory. Dante Bichette, Jr. drove in 2-runs in the game, the first on a clutch two-out hit in the second and added his second homer of the season to begin a four run rally in the ninth that sealed the victory. Eddie Medina won his second game of the season, defeating his old teammates and Justin O’Conner added his team leading third homer of the year.
American Association Daily Notes
The Gary Southshore RailCats signed IF Will Savage. Savage was with the Detroit Tigers organization the last two seasons. In 2017, he split time between Low-A Connecticut and Mid-A Western Michigan, hitting a combined .219 with 20 runs and 13 RBI…The Kansas City T-Bones announced that OF Johnny Davis had his contract purchased by Dos Laredos (Mexican League).
By Robert Pannier