Goldeyes, Saints Rally – American Association Daily
American Association Daily provides insights, features, and recaps of the action from around the American Association of Professional Baseball League, as well as player and coaching profiles and transactions. In today’s edition of American Association Daily Recap, Robert Pannier recaps Friday’s games in the American Association, including the Winnipeg Goldeyes scoring four runs in the eighth to earn the win, and Max Murphy delivering a walk-off double to give the St. Paul Saints a 3-2 victory.
Saints Win on Murphy Walk-Off Double, 3-2
Max Murphy doubled to bring home Chesney Young with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the St. Paul Saints rallied for three runs over the final two frames to defeat the Sioux Falls Canaries, 3-2. St. Paul had done very little against Canaries starter Jake Zokan through seven, but finally got on the board when John Silviano grounded out to bring home Murphy in the bottom of the eighth. That pulled the Saints within one.
In the bottom of the ninth, Nicco Blank hit Nate Samson to start the frame. Samson moved to second on a passed ball and went to third when Chesney Young reached on an error. Christ Chinea was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. Samson scored on a sacrifice fly by Josh Allen to tie the game at two. That brought Murphy to the plate, who laced a 3-2 pitch for a double to give the Saints the victory.
Ryan Zimmerman earned a no-decision for St. Paul despite allowing only two runs on five hits in eight innings. Zokan allowed a run on five hits in eight innings.
Four-Run Rally Delivers Victory for Goldeyes, 4-2
The Winnipeg Goldeyes rallied for four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, 4-2. Winnipeg had been stymied by Tyler Pike, who struck out 11 through the first seven innings. However, his departure in the eighth opened the door for the Goldeyes to rally.
Cale Coshow took over and was greeted by a Wes Darvill single to start the inning. Two batters later, Darnell Sweeney connected for his fourth homer of the season to tie the score. Jonathan Moroney put his team on top with an RBI single and Kyle Martin scored on a wild pitch to close out the scoring.
The rally ruined a big night for Brennan Metzger, who homered twice in the contest.
Dahlberg, Hope Lead Dogs over Milkmen, 3-2
Jake Dahlberg allowed two runs in 6.2 innings to earn his first victory of the season as the Chicago Dogs defeated the Milwaukee Milkmen, 3-2. The Chicago starter blanked Milwaukee through five, maintaining a 2-0 lead. That came courtesy of a Garrett Hope two-run homer in the third, his first of the season.
However, the Milkmen rallied for two in the top of the sixth thanks to a two-run blast off the bat of Dylan Tice. Chicago responded right away in the bottom half of the inning when Michael Crouse scored on a passed ball. That gave the Dogs a 3-2 lead and Casey Crosby and Adam Choplick made the lead stand.
Sioux Falls Canaries starter Jake Zokan and St. Paul Saints right-hander Ryan Zimmerman both went eight innings on Friday night. That is the longest outing by any starting pitcher in the American Association this season…Tyler Pike set a season high for pitchers when he struck out 11 Friday night…Milkmen infielder Dylan Tice has reached base in 18 consecutive games, the longest streak in the league this season.
By Robert Pannier