In American Association Daily, Robert Pannier recaps the exciting games around the American Association from Sunday, including the Winnipeg Goldeyes rallying to earn a 6-3 comeback victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries and the Cleburne Railroaders downing the Sioux City Explorers. There was also an exciting finish to the Kansas City T-Bones-Chicago Dogs contest.
Goldeyes Take Rubber Match from Canaries, 6-3
A night after scoring four runs to battle back to tie the Sioux Falls Canaries at five, only to lose in extra innings, the Winnipeg Goldeyes made sure that they completed their comeback Sunday afternoon, downing Sioux Falls 6-3. Six different players drove in a run for the Goldeyes and Victor Capellan saved his fourth game of the year.
Sioux Falls would jump out to a 2-0 with single runs in the first and second innings. In the top of the first, Winnipeg starter Shane Dawson retired the first two batters, but Chris Grayson kept the inning alive with a single to center field. Chris Jacobs, Saturday night’s hero, doubled into left to score Grayson to make it 1-0.
In the second, Tyler Wolfe singled to center and moved to second on a wild pitch. Aaron Gretz followed with a single that brought home Wolfe to make it 2-0.
The Goldeyes plated runs in the third and fourth to tie the score. In the bottom of the third, Andrew Sohn led off with a single and moved to second when Victor Cruzado walked two batters later. Jim Patterson retired the next batter, but David Bergin walked to load the bases before Grant Heyman walked to drive home Sohn to make it 2-1.
In the fourth, Jordan Ebert doubled with one out and McCann singled to put runners at first and second. Cruzado delivered a clutch two-out hit that brought home Ebert and the game was tied at two.
The game stayed tied until the seventh when the Canaries retook the lead. Burt Reynolds led off the inning with his second home run of the season.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. Ryan Fritze came on in relief for Sioux Falls and was greeted by a single by Reynaldo Rodriguez. He stole second and scored on a double by Bergin. Two batters later, Kevin Garcia delivered a sacrifice fly to score Bergin to make it 4-3.
In the eighth, Winnipeg added two insurance runs. Ebert singled and Sohn walked to put two on. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch and Ebert scored on a single by McCann. A fielder’s choice brought Sohn home to make it 6-3. That would be the final.
Shawn Dawson (2-0) went 7-innings, allowing 8-hits and 3-runs, while striking out 5. Victor Capellan came on in the ninth to record his fourth save. Matt McCann was 3-5 with an RBI. Burt Reynolds was 2-4 with a homer for the Canaries.
Five-Run First Helps Propel Railroaders to 9-6 Victory
The Cleburne Railroaders salvaged the final contest of their three-game set against the Sioux City Explorers, winning 9-6 thanks in large part to a five run first-inning. Cameron Monger had the big hit of the inning, a two run double and Patrick Palmeiro would add a two run homer an inning later to extend the lead to seven. Blake Grant-Parks hit his first home run of the season in the third inning and Monger added an RBI double in the fourth, giving Cleburne the 9-3 advantage. Sioux City would battle back with three runs in the eighth but the comeback fell short. Cortland Cox earned his first save of the season and Monger finished 2-5 with a run and 3-RBI. Levi Scott had 3-hits and scored 3-runs for the Railroaders.
RailCats Homer Twice to Down Saints, 3-2
The Gary Southshore RailCats got five outstanding innings out of starter Daniel Minor and homered twice in their 3-2 victory over the St. Paul Saints. A two run fourth inning got things going for the RailCats, as Colin Willis led off the inning with his first home run of the season and D.K. Carey drove in the second run with an RBI single. The Saints cut the lead in half in the fifth, but Wilfredo Gimenez restored it with his first home run of the year in the sixth. Miner came out after five, yielding just one run. Gabe Perez closed it out for his first save of the season.
Angel Reyes Homers Twice to Lead Saltdogs to 9-4 Victory
The Lincoln Saltdogs took the final contest against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks on Sunday afternoon, blasting three home runs including two by Angel Reyes in the 9-4 victory. Lincoln trailed by two heading into the top of the third when Reyes hit the first of his two home runs on the day, a two run shot that tied the score. An inning later, the Saltdogs took the lead on a two run blast by Brandon Jacobs. One inning later it would be the long ball again, as Reyes hit his second two run blast of the game. Lincoln added three more runs over the final three frames as Reyes finished 2-4 with 4-runs, 2-homers, and 4-RBI. Brant Whiting was 3-4 with 3-runs scored. Brennan Metzger was 4-5 for the RedHawks.
T-Bones Win Sweep Chicago Extending Win Streak to Four
It was a relatively quiet contest between the Kansas City T-Bones and Chicago Dogs through the first five innings of play on Sunday, as Kansas City led 2-0. However, the final four frames would see each team score 6 runs as the T-Bones prevailed 8-6. Kansas City led 2-1 heading into the seventh when Cal Towey extended their lead with his second homerun of the season, a two run shot that made it 4-1. Chicago responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning to tie the score. That came on a three run home run by Kyle Gaedele. The T-Bones retook the lead in the top of the eighth on a wild pitch and a bases-loaded walk to Adrian Nieto. Chicago cut the lead to one in the bottom of the eighth but, in the top of the ninth, Keith Curcio extended the lead to three with his second homerun of the year. Francisco Gracesqui pitched the final two innings of the game for his first save of the season and Curcio finished 2-5 with a run and 2-RBI.
Corbin Osburn Impresses in First Start for Wingnuts, 4-2
The Wichita Wingnuts signed left-hander Corbin Osburn on Saturday and thrust him into action on Sunday verse the Texas AirHogs. The left-hander was outstanding, holding Texas to one run in the Wingnuts 4-2 victory. Wichita took the lead in the bottom of the second on an RBI groundout by Isaiah Aluko, but the AirHogs would tie it immediately in the top of the third. Wichita retook the lead in the bottom half of the inning as Abel Nieves crushed his second homer of the year. An inning later the lead became two on a Leo Vargas single, and Wichita would make it a three run lead when Aluko plated John Nester with an RBI triple. Osburn went 5-innings, allowing 3-hits and a run in his first professional start.
American Association Daily Notes
The Chicago Dogs added three players to the roster, signing C Ryan Gyrion, OF Mark Lyman, and RHP Brandon Shimo. Shimo was in New Britain in the Atlantic League last season, where he was 4-4 with a 4.11 ERA in 53 appearances…The Winnipeg Goldeyes signed LHP Josh Blanco. Blanco was with the AirHogs last season, where h e was 2-2 with a 4.85 ERA in 34 games. The lefty had three saves.
By Robert Pannier