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July 10th American Association Recap

Sioux Falls 4, Winnipeg 2 (18 Innings)

The Sioux Falls Canaries and the Winnipeg Goldeyes played the longest game in American Association history on Tuesesday. Sioux Falls topped the Goldeyes 4-2 after the marathon affair, breaking an 11-year-old record for most innings played (17, Fort Worth vs. Pensacola on Aug. 3, 2007).

The game took five hours and 33 minutes to complete which is longest regular-season game in league history.

The game started in the morning at 11:05 and the Canaries scored the game’s first runs in the top of the second as both RF Chris Grayson and C Mike Hart scored on an error. Winnipeg’s CF Reggie Abercrombie put the Goldeyes on the board when he scored on a wild pitch in the sixth and LF Grant Heyman (2-for-8) doubled in the tying run in the bottom of the eighth.

For the next 10 innings, the match stayed tied until Grayson hit a two-run home run in the top of the 18th and that proved to be the difference maker.

The two teams combined for 129 at-bats and a total of 14 pitchers saw action in the game. Both teams had 15 strikeouts.

Kansas City 2, Lincoln 1

The Kansas City T-Bones slid past the Lincoln Saltdogs 2-1 on Tuesday at Haymarket Park.

In the second inning, the T-Bones scored the first run of the night when CF Keith Curcio (3-for-4) touched home as LF Dexter Kjerstad reached on an error. But the Saltdogs tied things up in the bottom of the inning when DH Curt Smith hit a lead-off single and then came around to score when LF Randolph Oduber singled.

The T-Bones scored what turned out to be the game-winning run when DH Adrian Nieto drew a lead-off walk and eventually scored when 3B Mason Davis (2-for-4) reached on an error.

On the bump, starting pitcher Tommy Collier (4-3) earned the win for working seven innings and giving up the lone run on six hits and striking out six batters. Reliever Joe Filomeno snagged the save after tossing the ninth.

St. Paul 5, Cleburne 4

The St. Paul Saints topped the Cleburne Railroaders 5-4 despite a late push from the visitors at CHS Field.

St. Paul built a 4-0 lead through the first four innings and led 5-1 after the fifth where RF John Menken (2-for-3) singled home CF KC Huth (3-for-4) for the Railraoders and 2B Zach Walters countered with a lead-off home run. Cleburne drew one back in the seventh when Huth singled to allow DH Cameron Monger to score. In the ninth, Huth struck again with a two-RBI single before being thrown out for the final out.

For the Saints, CF Kyle Barrett went 4-for-5 to lead the way and he was one of five different batters to score a run on the night. Both LF Burt Reynolds and Walters went 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Texas 7, Gary SouthShore 4

The Texas AirHogs worked their way out of an early hole with a four-run sixth inning and held on for a 7-4 win against the Gary SouthShore RailCats.

Trailing 3-1, the AirHogs quickly went to work in the sixth. 3B Luo Jinjun hit a leadoff single and then scored when SS Yang Jin doubled in the next at-bat. Jin sored when RF Stewart Ijames reached on a fielder’s choce and then Ijames touched home as LF Dillon Thomas (2-for-4) bounced out. 1B Chen Junpeng (2-for-4) capped off the rally with a single that scored DH Corelle Prime.

For the RailCats, CF D.K. Carey (2-for-4) singled home RF Tillman Pugh in the bottom of the frame to pull within one run at 5-4 but a two-run home run from Thomas in the eighth sealed the win for the visitors.

Chicago 5, Sioux City 3

The Chicago Dogs jumped out to a quick start and they made that stand up for a 5-3 win against the Sioux City Explorers.

In the top of the first, the Explorers’ LF Luis Durango (3-for-4) hit a lead-off ground rule double and RF Michael Lang followed in the next at-bat with a home run. In the bottom of the inning, SS Edwin Arroyo hit a solo home run and, later in the inning, RF Jonathan Moroney (2-for-4) tripled home both DH Joe Benson (2-for-4) and 1B Dalton Blaser to take the lead.

C Michael Falsetti scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the second to extend the lead. In the third, the Explorers found the plate again when CF Jay Austin (2-for-4) doubled in Durango but that was the final run of the game for Sioux City.

CF Kenny Wilson added an insurance run with an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth.

Wichita 8, Fargo-Moorhead 3

The Wichita Wingnuts turned 15 hits into eight runs and dropped the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 8-3.

Eight of the nine batters in the Wichita order recorded at least one hit in the game and six of them had multi-hit games. SS Leo Vargas had a team-high three hits and added an RBI and a run scored. 3B Ryne Willard was one of five batters to have a pair of hits and he also had two RBIs and two runs scored. DH Tony Thomas also went 2-for-4 and hit his league-leading 13th home run.

For the RedHawks, RF Tim Colwell went 3-for-4 with a run scored and both 1B Chris Jacobs and CF Devan Ahart each added a pair of hits.