RailCats Down Saltdogs in Slugfest, Minier, Murphy Receive Monthly Honors, Navarro Honored
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, Robert Pannier recaps the one game in the American Association on Monday, including the Gary SouthShore RailCats going five runs in the top of the 10th down the Lincoln Saltdogs. Greg Minier and Max Murphy receive monthly honors while Minier and Raul Navarro receive weekly honors. This, plus much more.
RailCats Down Saltdogs in 10
The Lincoln Saltdogs rallied from a four-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth to tie the score, forcing extra innings, but the Gary SouthShore RailCats scored five in the top of the 10th to earn a 17-12 victory on Monday evening. This was a wild contest that saw the teams combine for 34 hits and 15 walks, lasting 4:47.
Gary SouthShore took a three-run lead in the top of the first, but Lincoln battled back with a run in the second, two in the third, and three in the fourth to take a 6-3 lead. The RailCats tied the score with three in the top of the fifth, but the Saltdogs retook the lead in the bottom half of the inning, scoring two runs.
From there, the RailCats took command of this game, scoring a run in the sixth and seventh innings, three in the eighth, and one in the ninth to jump out to a 12-8 lead. Yeison Medina came on in the bottom of the ninth looking to close it out, but two of the first three batters reached base and Hunter Clanin followed with his seventh homerun of the season to pull the Saltdogs within one. Lincoln was down to their final out when Ryan Long grounded the ball down to first, but an error allowed him to reach. Long then stole second and scored on a second error to send this game to extra innings.
That is where the RailCats put this game to rest. Jesus Marriaga put Gary SouthShore back on top with an RBI single and Jackson Smith delivered a grand slam to make it 17-12. Every player in the starting lineup for both clubs had at least one hit in the game. Thomas Walraven and Victor Nova each had three hits, three runs scored, and an RBI for Gary. Josh Altmann had three hits for Lincoln.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Thomas Walraven (Gary SouthShore RailCats) 3-5, 3 R, RBI, 2 BB
No. 2 – Hunter Clanin (Lincoln Saltdogs)1-6, R, HR, 3 RBI
No. 1 – Jackson Smith (Gary SouthShore RailCats) 2-6, R, HR, 4 RBI
American Association Daily Notes
This Week in the Association and Minor League Sports Report named Winnipeg Goldeyes infielder Raul Navarro as the American Association Player of the Week for Week 11 on Monday. Navarro hit .52 to with six runs scored and five RBI in six games… This Week in the Association and Minor League Sports Report named Lincoln Saltdogs left-hander Greg Minier as the American Association Pitcher of the Week for Week 11 on Monday. Minier tossed six shutout innings, striking out 11 in a 6-1 victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks… This Week in the Association and Minor League Sports Report named Winnipeg Goldeyes outfielder Max Murphy as the American Association Player of the Month for July. Murphy hit .327 with 10 home runs and 30 RBI in 26 games… This Week in the Association and Minor League Sports Report named Lincoln Saltdogs left-hander Greg Minier as the American Association Picher of the Month for July on Monday. Minier was 3-1 with a 1.61 ERA in July.
Cleburne: Placed OF Hunter Wolfe on the Injured List retroactive to July 25
Fargo-Moorhead: Removed INF Drew Ward from the Injured List and placed him on the Inactive List retroactive to July 11
Lake Country: Placed RHP Alex McRae on the Injured List retroactive to July 31
Sioux City: Released INF L.T. Tolbert; Removed INF Nick Franklin from the Injured List and placed him on the Inactive List retroactive to June 16; Placed OF Chase Harris on the Injured List retroactive to July 20
By Robert Pannier