May 18, 2013 - American Association (AA)
Sioux City 3, Sioux Falls 0
One hit over seven innings. That was the line for Explorers RHP Jason Jarvis in a 3-0 Sioux City victory over Sioux Falls. The starter faced just one batter over the minimum, as he induced two double plays to evade trouble in the fourth and fifth. Jarvis\' performance was just one half of a pitchers\' duel that characterized this game. On the hill for the Canaries, RHP Jordan Whatcott held the Explorers to one run through six innings. He left the game with his team trailing 1-0, but the Explorers quickly took advantage of his absence. Sioux City RF Peter Barrows delivered a two-run home run in the seventh, which provided the distance the Explorers needed to secure the victory.
St. Paul 5, New Jersey 1
One night after a tough, extra-inning loss to open the St. Paul Saints\' season, RHP Wes Roemer took matters into his own hands. The starter tossed seven innings, holding the New Jersey Jackals to one run on three hits, en route to a 5-1 Saints win. Even more impressive, Roemer struck out seven and the only run he surrendered was unearned. The Saints gave Roemer run support in the middle of the game, plating a pair in the fourth and tacking on three more in the fifth. St. Paul RF Brandon Tripp provided two RBI on a 2-4 night. Additionally, 2B Brad Boyer drove in one and scored two for the Saints.
Winnipeg 4, Grand Prairie 2
The middle of Winnipeg\'s order did its job, delivering all of the Goldeyes\' runs in a 4-2 victory over the Grand Prairie AirHogs. From the three spot in the lineup, DH Leonard Davis went 3-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs. Winnipeg RF Josh Mazzola produced the other two runs from the four spot. He hit a two-run home run in the sixth to break a tie score and propel Winnipeg to victory. Goldeyes RHP Matt Rusch got the win, as he was the pitcher of record when Mazzola gave Winnipeg the lead. In the ninth, RHP Patrick Keating shut down the AirHogs for the save.
Kansas City 5, Wichita 4
Wichita fought back against Kansas City with a home run by 1B CJ Ziegler in the ninth inning, but fell short to the T-Bones, 5-4. Kansas City began the scoring in the fourth with RBI singles by 1B Matt Padgett, 2B Devin Goodwin and SS Felix Molina. The Wingnuts would not quit, though. They took advantage of a two-out error in the bottom of the sixth, scoring three runs and tying the game on a double by C Cole Armstrong. Kansas City retook the lead the following half inning, however, when T-Bones C Brandon Pearl produced a run with a single. Then, DH Brandon Jones helped out by adding an insurance run in the ninth. When Ziegler homered to lead off the ninth for Wichita, it was just enough to scare the ultimately victorious T-Bones. On the mound, LHP Aaron Meade got the win for Kansas City, throwing seven innings and allowing three runs, but none earned.
Lincoln 10, Gary SouthShore 4
A pair of offensive outbursts in the third and sixth were enough to lift Lincoln over Gary SouthShore, 10-4. Trailing 1-0 in the third, the Saltdogs knotted the score on a fielding error, then promptly took the lead when LF Matt Forgatch hit a three-run home run. The Saltdogs added four more in the sixth inning, taking advantage of two RailCats errors and a bases loaded hit batsman. Such innings proved to be the undoing of Gary SouthShore. The RailCats outhit the Saltdogs, 7-6, but were plagued by three defensive errors and four wild pitches. Lincoln RHP Pete Parise earned the win in five innings of work.
Laredo 5, Fargo-Moorhead 3
Three runs in the third inning helped Laredo squeeze out a win against Fargo-Moorhead, 5-3. Laredo RF Jon Gaston broke the 1-1 tie against his former team with an RBI double. One batter later, 1B Mike Sheridan plated a pair with an RBI single. The RedHawks made attempts to fight back with single-run innings in the sixth and eighth, but the Lemurs held on for the win. Laredo RHP Mark Serrano got the win in a six-inning start and RHP Mark Haynes earned the save with a pair of strikeouts in the ninth.