St. Paul 8, Amarillo 4 ( 11 innings) – Box
The Saints outlasted the Thunderheads 8-4 in extra innings. After a sacrifice fly, Amarillo’s 1B Geraldo Valentin increased the lead to 2-0 in the first inning with a solo home run. In the fourth inning, the Saints tied the score at 2-2 after an RBI-single by LF Willie Argo and an RBI-double by 1B Ian Gac.
After loading the bases with one out in the top of the sixth, C Vince DiFazio hit an RBI-single to help St. Paul take a 3-2 lead. Amarillo scored in the eighth to make it 3-3, but Saints regained the lead in the ninth after Gac hit an RBI-double. But the Thunderheads wouldn’t go away – C Jordan Guida hit an RBI-single in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at 4-4.
In the top of the 11th, the Saints surged ahead by knocking in four runs, holding off Amarillo’s comeback.
Gary SouthShore 3, Lincoln 2 – Box
The Gary SouthShore RailCats came from behind to beat the Lincoln Saltdogs Thursday night, 3-2. The Saltdogs started quickly in the first inning with an RBI-single from 3B Eddie Young and a sacrifice fly from 1B CJ Ziegler. The RailCats responded in the top of the second inning with an RBI-groundout from 1B Michael Schroeder to make the score 2-1.
The RailCats tied the game at 2-2 after having bases loaded when SS Ryan Brockett hit a sacrifice fly to left field. And in the top of the ninth, Gary SouthShore moved ahead 3-2 when Schroeder scored on an error by the Saltdog’s pitcher.
Saltdogs LHP Moises Melendez went 5 innings, gave up one earned run, and struck-out five batters. RailCats RHP Travis McGee went six innings, gave up five hits and struck-out two batters.
Sioux City 3, Kansas City 1 – Box
With the help of six hits, the Sioux City Explorers swept the Kansas City T-Bones 3-1 on Thursday. The Explorers took a 1-0 advantage in the first inning thanks to a sacrifice fly from 1B Rene Tosoni and added another run in the second inning after an RBI-groundout by C Matt Koch.
The T-Bones responded in the bottom of the second inning with a solo home run by 1B Joe Rapp. The Explorers increased its lead to 3-1 in the fifth inning when SS Noah Perio scored off an error by the third baseman.
In the bottom of the eighth, the T-Bones were threatening with a man on first and second with no outs but could not score any runs. Kansas City had six hits in the game with one error.
Wichita 4, Winnipeg 1 – Box
Wichita had nine hits in the game and used the offense to beat Winnipeg 4-1, Thursday. In the top of the first inning, the Goldeyes made the score 1-0 after a home run from 1B Casey Haerther – the first home run of the season for Winnipeg. Wichita had bases loaded with 2 outs in the bottom of the first, but couldn’t score. However, the Wingnuts were able to tie the score in the second inning with an RBI-single from 2B Luis Hernandez.
Then, the Wingnuts took the lead in the bottom of the third inning after 3B TJ Mittelstaedt hit an RBI-double and C John Nester hit an RBI-single. Wichita added to its lead in the eighth inning when Hernandez hit an RBI-double.
Winnipeg had nine hits in the game, led by Haerther who went 3-4, with one RBI.
Sioux Falls 4, Quebec 1 – Box
The Sioux Fall Canaries of the American Association got by Quebec of the Can-Am League 4-1 thanks to a three run sixth inning. In the top of the second inning, Quebec grabbed a 1-0 lead after an RBI-single by DH Yuniesky Gurriel. The Canaries answered with one run in the bottom of the fourth after 1B David Bergin scored on a wild pitch.
Bergin helped Sioux Falls take a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning after hitting a two-RBI double. Bergin then scored after C Richard Stock knocked an RBI-groundout.
The Canaries had six hits in the game, led by Bergin who went 2-4 with two RBI. Sioux Falls RHP Jeremy Strawn went six innings and gave up one run. The Capitales had nine hits in the game with two errors.
Fans can watch select American Association games live and for free on www.americanassociationbaseball.tv.