AUGUST 8 RECAPS
Laredo 1, Texas 0- Box
A solo home run from RF Denis Phipps in the fourth inning provided Laredo all the offense the Lemurs needed in a 1-0 win over the AirHogs. RHP Gabe Perez, RHP Kamakani Usui, RHP Danny Reynolds and RHP Luis De La Cruz combined on a two-hit shutout. Perez and De La Cruz allowed one hit each, and the pitchers did not walk a batter. Perez struck out 10 batters in his six innings, while each reliever struck out one in an inning apiece.
C Jesus Posso was 2-for-4 for Laredo, the only player on either team with multiple hits. 1B Devon Rodriguez and C Michael Miller each had a hit for Texas in the loss.
Joplin 2, Sioux City 1- Box
3B Brandon Tierney hit a walk-off infield single to shortstop to break a 1-1 tie and give the Blasters a 2-1 win over the Explorers. SS Alex Polston and 1B Will Soto both singled, and DH Geraldo Valentin was intentionally walked with one out to set up Tierney’s game winning hit. Earlier, LF Sean Smith was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth for Joplin’s first run. Soto and Valentin both finished with two hits apiece, accounting for half of the Blasters’ eight hits on the game.
RHP Carlos Fuentes tossed three scoreless innings of relief to earn the win for Joplin.
For Sioux City, CF Tim Colwell was 2-for-4 with an RBI single.
Fargo-Moorhead 7, Wichita 2- Box
The RedHawks scored seven runs in the first three innings and cruised to a 7-2 win over the Wingnuts. CF Kes Carter led off with a home run in the bottom of the first, and four runs came across in the home half of the second. 1B Dustin Geiger hit a two-run homer with no out in the first, and 2B Ryan Pineda drove in a run later in the inning with an RBI single, and an additional run scored on an error on the play. Geiger hit an RBI double in the third, and the last run scored on a sacrifice fly from LF Brian Humphires. Carter, Geiger and C Charlie Valerio had two hits apiece for the RedHawks in the win.
LHP Tyler Alexander tossed eight shutout innings, scattering five hits and a walk while striking out 13 and picking up the win.
For Wichita, DH Brennen Salgado was 2-for-3 with a two-RBI double.
St. Paul 5, Gary SouthShore 2- Box
The Saints plated three runs in the first and never looked back, becoming the first American Association team to 50 wins with a 5-2 victory. DH Brady Burzynski, Pointstreak Player of the Week 1B Trever Adams and LF Willie Argo all had RBI singles in the first to give St. Paul the early lead. 2B Alonzo Harris drove in a run on a fielder’s choice in the fourth, and a sacrifice fly from 3B Tanner Vavra in the eighth accounted for St. Paul’s later runs. Adams continued his hot streak at the plate with a 3-for-5 game, while Harris had two hits in the win.
RHP John Straka allowed one run over seven innings, striking out three and earning the win. RHP Ryan Rodebaugh worked a scoreless ninth for the save.
RF Tillman Pugh drove in two for Gary SouthShore in the loss.
Kansas City 8, Lincoln 7- Box
Despite five ninth inning runs from the Saltdogs, the T-Bones held on for an 8-7 home win. The big blow for Kansas City came with a six-run fourth. 2B Brett Wiley and 3B Jimmy Mojica notched back-to-back RBI singles with one out to account for the inning’s first two runs. A fielder’s choice off the bat of 1B Jake Blackwood combined with an error scored Wiley, and a two-RBI triple from DH Anthony Gallas scored two more. Gallas came home for the T-Bones’ last run of the frame on a sacrifice fly by CF Tyler Massey.
LF Tyson Gillies went 3-for-4 in the win, while Wiley, Mojica and Gallas had two hits.
RHP David Holman struck out two in four innings of relief to earn the win. RHP Mark Haynes notched the final out to pick up a save.
DH Curt Smith was 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI for Lincoln.
Winnipeg 12, Sioux Falls 8- Box
With five runs in the last two innings, the Goldeyes put away the Canaries with a 12-8 victory. SS Maikol Gonzalez and RF Willie Cabrera hit RBI singles in the eighth inning for the Goldeyes, and three more runs came home in the ninth. C Carlton Tanabe drove in the first of those runs on a bases-loaded walk, while DH Josh Romanski did the same to account for the second run. A wild pitch scored 3B Ridge Hoopi-Haslam for the Goldeyes’ final run.
Cabrera was 2-for-6 with a pair of RBI, and Tanabe and Romanski also drove in two runs. RHP Mikey O’Brien struck out three in six innings to pick up the win for the Goldeyes.
For Sioux Falls, LF Cameron Monger hit his seventh home run of the year in the loss, a three-run shot in the eighth.
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