July 7 Afternoon
St. Paul 8, Kansas City 7
The T-Bones erased a four-run deficit in the final three innings to tie the game in the ninth, but St. Paul prevailed in the bottom of the ninth. St. Paul won 8-7 on an RBI fielder’s choice, as the T-Bones could not turn an inning-ending double play.
Kansas City’s Devin Goodwin tied the game at 7-7 in the top of the ninth with an RBI single. But, Joey Becker led off the Saints’ half of the frame with a triple, putting the winning run 90 feet from home with nobody out. St. Paul loaded the bases on an intentional walk and a hit-batsman, bringing Ole Sheldon to the plate with one out. Sheldon hit a grounder to shortstop and the T-Bones tried to turn a double play to get out of the inning. But, Sheldon reached first base safely, as Becker scored the game-winning run.
Before all of the dramatics, Saints RF Brandon Tripp (pictured) turned in a terrific offensive performance. Tripp finished the game 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI.
Gary SouthShore 5, Winnipeg 3
Mike Massaro’s RBI triple in the eighth inning gave Gary SouthShore the lead over Winnipeg, as the RailCats came back to win, 5-3. The Goldeyes led 3-2 until the seventh inning, when Drew Martinez knotted the score with an RBI single. After Adam Klein led off the eighth with a double, Massaro’s triple put Gary SouthShore on top for the first time since the fourth. Craig Maddox gave the RailCats an insurance run later in the eighth with a run-scoring knock and Ian Durham closed out the game in the ninth. The save was Durham’s fourth of the season.
Sioux City 6, Fargo-Moorhead 4
The Explorers’ five-run sixth inning propelled them past Fargo-Moorhead, 6-4. Sioux City trailed by three runs heading into the frame, but scored five runs on four hits and one RedHawks error to take the lead. Peter Barrows began the scoring with an RBI single and Bryan Pounds followed with an RBI single of his own. Yusuke Inoguchi drove in a run with a fielder’s choice to tie the game and Sam Judah hit a two-run double to give the X’s a lead that they would not relinquish.
Lincoln 7, Sioux Falls 4
Lincoln trailed late, but strung together runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth to beat Sioux Falls, 7-4. The Saltdogs tied the score at 2-2 in the seventh on an RBI single by Matt Forgatch. In the eighth, Dan Carroll drove in the go-ahead run with a single before David Espinosa provided insurance with a run-scoring double. Lincoln added one more run on a Brian Embery solo homer in the top of the ninth and RJ Rodriguez closed the ballgame out in the ninth for his American Association leading 18th save of the season.
Photo Courtesy of Emily Robertson/St. Paul Saints