American Association Daily Recap: May 18, 2019
In this American Association Daily, Robert Pannier examines the highlights, transactions and news from the American Association for May 18, 2019. This includes te Luke Westphal and three Chicago Dogs relievers nearly no-hitting the Gary Southshore RailCats. In transactions, Steve Pastora has his contract purchased by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Luke Westphal, Dogs Dominate RailCats
Luke Westphal allowed a single walk in his 5.2 innings of work on Saturday, as the Chicago Dogs came within one strike of the first no-hitter in franchise history in their 5-1 victory over the Gary Southshore RailCats. Carlos Zambrano pitched 1.1 innings of perfect relief and Josh Goossen-Brown chipped in a single inning, allowing just one walk. Rich Mascheri issued a one-out walk, but had two strikes on Colin Willis before the RailCats outfielder singled into right field, driving home Alex Crosby to ruin the no-hitter and the shutout. Edwin Arroyo had a two run double in the second inning to go along with two hits to lead the Chicago offense.
Garcia, Abercrombie Homer to Lead Goldeyes to 6-2 Victory
The Winnipeg Goldeyes moved to 3-0 on the season as Reggie Abercrombie and Kevin Garcia both homered to lead the team to a 6-2 victory over the Texas AirHogs. Winnipeg trailed 1-0 heading into the fourth, but the Goldeyes would score three in the fourth and two in the fifth to take a commanding lead. Harrison Cooney allowed two runs in five innings, striking out seven for the victory.
Ricky Knapp, Randolph Oduber Lead Saltdogs to 4-3 Victory
Ricky Knapp tossed five shutout innings and Randolph Obuber had three hits as the Lincoln Saltdogs defeated the Sioux City Explorers 4-3. Lincoln produced all four of their runs in the fifth inning as Oduber and Curt Smith each drove in a run, and Cody Regis extended their lead to four with a two run single. Colby Blueberg earned his second save of the season.
Jake Matthys Dominates in Leading Saints to First Victory
After losing a pair of one run games to start the season, the St. Paul Saints finally turned the tables on the Milwaukee Milkmen as Jake Matthys allowed one run on two hits in eight innings of work in the Saints 2-1 victory. Joey Wong drove in both runs for St. Paul with a two run single in the bottom of second and Todd Van Steensel earned his first save of the season. Blake Schmit and Burt Reynolds each had two hits for St. Paul.
Railroaders Staff Downs Canaries in 4-1 Railroaders Victory
The Cleburne Railroaders pitching staff allowed five hits and a long run in leading the team to a 4-1 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries. Sioux Falls took a 1-0 in the top of the first, but Cleburne responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning on RBI singles by Levi Scott and Hunter Clanin. The Railroaders staff allowed seven walks, but were aided by the first triple play by the defense in franchise history. Zach Nehrir scored two runs for Cleburne.
Fargo-Moorhead, Kansas City Rained Out
The Fargo Morehead RedHawks and the Kansas City T-Bones were rained out on Saturday evening. The game will be made up as part of a double-header on Sunday.
American Association Notes
When Steve Pastora has his contract purchased by the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday, he became the 28th player from the American Association this season to get signed by an affiliate club. That is the second player signed by the Milwaukee Brewers, joining Skyler Ewing, whose contract was purchased from the Milwaukee Milkmen.
Placed C John Nester on the Disabled List and sold the contract of RHP Steve Pastora to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Gary Southshore RailCats
Signed RHP Robbie Coursel, C Daniel De La Calle and OF Zach Welz.
By Robert Pannier