American Association Daily Recap: May 22, 2019
In this American Association Daily, Robert Pannier examines the highlights, transactions and news from the American Association for May 22, 2019. This includes the St. Paul Saints and the Kansas City T-Bones each sweeping double-headers. Get recaps from all seven games plus transactions.
T-Bones Outslug, Outpitch Saltdogs to Sweep Double-Header
The Kansas City T-Bones and Lincoln Saltdogs were rained out on Monday and Tuesday, but managed to get in a doubleheader on Wednesday. The T-Bones won an exciting contest in Game 1, rallying to tie the score in the bottom of the seventh, only to see Lincoln retake the lead in the top of the eighth. However, Kansas City would earn the walk-off victory in the bottom half of the inning on a two run single by Daniel Robertson.
In Game 2, Randall Delgado blanked Lincoln for five innings, striking out 10 in a 3-0 victory. Shawn O’Malley drove in two runs to lead the Kansas City offense. The two victories moved the T-Bones into first place in the South Division.
Game 2 Boxscore
Saints Sweep Double-Header from Dogs
The St. Paul Saints and Chicago Dogs were rained out on Tuesday, but got two in on Wednesday afternoon. Right-hander Eddie Medina would star in Game 1, tossing six shutout innings to combine with Mike Devine on the 4-0 shutout. Medina allowed three hits while striking out six. Josh Allen drove in two runs and Dan Motl was 2-2 with a run scored.
In Game 2, Chicago would take a commanding lead with five runs in the top of the second inning however, Dustin Crenshaw would settle down, combining with four relievers to keep the Dogs off the board for the remainder of the contest. That allowed St. Paul to chip away at the lead with three runs in the bottom of the second and two runs in the bottom of the third to tie the score. The game would go to extra innings were Allen would draw a walk-off walk to give St. Paul the victory. Blake Schmit was 3-3 with a run scored and two RBI.
Garcia, Bullpen Combine to Blank RailCats, 2-0
A night after being shut out by the Gary Southshore RailCats, the Sioux City Explorers returned the favor as Jason Garcia combined with two relievers to blank the RailCats, 2-0. Sioux City scored both their runs in the top of the fourth inning on a two run homer by Luke Bonfield. Garcia and the Explorers bullpen did the rest, allowing six combined hits.
Five-Run Fourth Helps Propel Railroaders to Victory, 8-4
A five run fourth inning proved to be too much for the Winnipeg Goldeyes to overcome, as the Cleburne Railroaders snapped their three-game losing streak with an 8-4 victory. The Cleburne bullpen tossed 3.2 innings of shutout relief and Audie Afenir had a huge game, going 5-5 with two runs scored, two RBI, and his first home run of the year.
Canaries Blast AirHogs, 10-4
The Sioux Falls Canaries extended their winning streak to four, blasting the Texas AirHogs 10-4. The big blow of the contest came on an Andrew Ely grand slam. Ely finished with five RBI on the afternoon. Texas got four hits from Jonathan Moroney in the loss.
Milwaukee Milkmen-Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks PPD
Mother Nature continues to wreak havoc in the American Association, as the Milwaukee Milkmen and Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks were rained out. The contest will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday.
Signed C Audie Afenir
Gary Southshore RailCats
Released INF Alex Crosby
Removed RHP Ian Kahaloa from the Inactive List
By Robert Pannier