American Association ResultsAugust 31, 2012 - American Association (AA)
Friday's blue moon was in full effect in Winnipeg for Sioux City LF Peter Barrows. The 6-foot-5 righty hit not one, not two, but three home runs, driving in five in four at-bats and helping the Explorers beat the Goldeyes, 5-2. Barrows' struck out in his first plate appearance in the opening frame. But in his next three at-bats, Barrows went yard, including a three-run jack in the third inning that put the Explorers on top for good. Sioux City starting pitcher Jason Jarvis threw a complete game and allowed only two runs to pick up his eighth win to pull back to .500 on the year. Goldeyes LF Kyle Day scored both of his club's runs and hit his fourth home run of the season in the fifth inning. But neither Day nor any other player outshined Barrows' blue moon bat.
Lincoln 6, Quebec 5
With the homestanding Capitales ahead, 5-2, entering the seventh inning, Lincoln had some work to do to say the least. But with the bases loaded in that very inning, LF Stephen Holdren reversed his club's fortunes, hitting a grand slam and giving the Saltdogs their first lead since a 1-0 advantage in the third inning. The four-run homer put Lincoln on top, 6-5, a score the visitors held on to to win the ballgame. Holdren went 2-for-4 batting cleanup and nearly doubled his season RBI count from five to nine. Capitales LF Josh Garton hit his fourth home run of the season - an inning-opening shot in the third inning that tied the score at one -going 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI on the night. But Holdren's seventh-inning slam made Garton's shot a distant memory and gave Lincoln its 40th win of 2012.
Amarillo 4, Kansas City 3
After lying dormant for nearly eight innings, the Amarilo offense got on track in the ninth, leading to a come-from-behind, walkoff win over Kansas City. The Sox got a two-run double from 2B Adam Buschini to tie the score before a walkoff fielder's choice from 3B Jonathan Cisneros. Cisneros tied the score in the bottom of the first inning with another run-producing fielder's choice. But it was the last run-scoring play for Amarillo until the decisive ninth. In the meantime, Kansas City scored two more runs to take a 3-1 advnatage. T-Bones DH Ray Sadler picked up his 61st RBI of the season while going 3-for-4 with a double.
Laredo 8, Fargo-Moorhead 2
The Lemurs put five runs on the board in the seventh inning, defeating Fargo-Moorhead, 8-2. Laredo 1B Javier Brito scored twice while going 3-for-4 and raising his average to .294. Batting behind Brito, Lemurs 3B Uriak Marquez hit his fifth home run of the year. Laredo starting pitcher Osvaldo Rodriguez won his fourth game of 2012, striking out six in six innings of work and allowing one run on five hits. RedHawks 3B Eric Campbell had the only multi-hit game of the night for Fargo-Moorhead, going 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.
Gary SouthShore 7, St. Paul 4
The RailCats scored four of their seven runs in the eighth inning, turning a 4-3 deficit into a 7-4 victory over St. Paul on Friday. Gary SouthShore C Craig Maddox hit his fifth home run of the year while going 2-for-3 with three RBI. Maddox is now batting .230 on the season. For the Saints, 1B Ole Sheldon drove in his 68th run of the season while going 2-for-5 with a double. Sheldon was one of just two Saints with more than one hit, joining Cf Jim Rapoport, who went 3-for-4 with an RBI. RailCats RF Mike Massaro tied Rapoport for the game high in hits, going 3-for-5 with a run and two RBI in the Gary SouthShore win.
El Paso 13, Sioux Falls 1
The Diablos were firing on all cylinders against Sioux Falls on Friday, as El Paso took down the Pheasants, 13-1. Starting Diablos pitcher Scott Hodsdon struck out eight batters while allowing just one run on four hits in a complete-game effort. With Hodsdon taking care of the Pheasants offense, the Diablos in the batter's box were putting up run after run. El Paso leadoff SS Maikol Gonzalez led all players in hits, going 4-for-5 with a run and three RBI. Gonzalez - who was one of six El Paso batters with multiple hits - also registered his ninth double of 2012. Sioux Falls' lone run came in the seventh inning when 1B/3B Cesar Nicolas doubled in CF Reggie Abercrombie. Nicolas went 1-for-4 on the night.
American Association Stories from August 31, 2012
- American Association Results - AA
- Pheasants Falter in Lopsided Loss - Sioux Falls Canaries
- Massaro Reaches 500 Hits; 'Cats Rally to Beat Saints 7-4 - Gary SouthShore Railcats
- RedHawks Fall to Laredo 8-2 in Home Finale - Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
- Saints Playoff Chances Nearly Done in 7-4 Loss to RailCats - St. Paul Saints
- Hodsdon's Fourth Complete Game Opens Diablos Final Series Of 2012 - El Paso Diablos
- Fish Dumped by Explorers Again, But Magic Number Down to Just One - Winnipeg Goldeyes
- Lemurs Back on the Winning Track - Laredo Lemurs
- Ninth Inning Meltdown Gives T-Bones Loss to Sox - Kansas City T-Bones
- Better Late Than Never - Amarillo Sox
- Holdren Bangs Go-Ahead Granny, Zocchi Earns Record in 'Dogs Win - Lincoln Saltdogs
- Simunic Signs New Three-Year Contract with RedHawks - Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
- Explorers Begin Final Homestand Of 2012 Season Tomorrow Night - Sioux City Explorers
- Amarillo Sox to be featured on "Great Food Truck Race" - Amarillo Sox
- Nic Jackson Named American Association Player of the Year - Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
- Saints Close out 20th Season with a Bounty We Can All Cash in On - St. Paul Saints
- Big Third Inning Helps Give KC Win over Amarillo - Kansas City T-Bones
- AirHogs Rout Pheasants, Pick up Game on Lemurs - Grand Prairie AirHogs
- American Association Game Recaps - AA
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