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July 5, 2012 - American Association (AA) News Release

Lincoln 15, St. Paul 14 (10 innings)

The Saltdogs scored eight runs in the final two scheduled innings Wednesday against St. Paul, with the game only requiring bonus baseball because of a Saints' run in the bottom of the ninth. But Lincoln maintained its offensive momentum in the 10th, with a leadoff solo home run from A.J. Miller propelling the visitors to a 15-14 victory. The blast was Miller's first home run of the season and his second hit of the night. Miller replaced C Salomon Manriquez in the bottom of the seventh inning and went 2-for-2 two runs and an RBI. The Saints led by as many as many as seven runs, taking a 12-5 lead into the seventh inning. But Lincoln's late rally proved too much for the home club to withstand. Despite the loss, St. Paul had a monstrous night at the plate, scoring their 14 runs thanks to 20 hits - four from LF Willie Cabrera. Cabrera scored twice, batted in two runs and raised his season average to .308.

Grand Prairie 9, Wichita 5

The Wingnuts took a brief, 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh inning against Grand Prairie on Wednesday. But the homestanding AirHogs answered quickly and with force, scoring seven runs in the next two innings on their way to a 9-5 victory. Grand Prairie got offensive contributions all the way up and down its lineup, with 2B Bryan Frichter going 2-for-4 with a run and three RBI to lead the way. Frichter doubled in two of Grand Prairie's five eighth-inning runs. At the plate for Wichita, DH John Rodriguez led all players in hits and RBI, pushing across four runs while going 3-for-4, including his ninth and 10th doubles of the season. Rodriguez' second extra-base hit was part of back-to-back run-scoring two-baggers in the top of the ninth. But - despite back-to-back walks following the doubles - the Wingnuts couldn't push across another run, and Grand Prairie held on for the four-run victory.

Amarillo 11, Worcester 5

The Tornadoes twice took a lead in the early innings only to see the Sox respond to tie the score in the bottom of the inning. And then, in the bottom of the fifth, Amarillo plated five runs and were well on their way to an 11-5 victory. The Sox opened the inning with back-to-back triples from Matthew Tucker and Jake Opitz. Tucker ended up a home run shy of the cycle, going 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI while Opitz went 2-for-5, scoring once and batting in one run. The Tornadoes got three hits from 2B Brandon Pinckney, including a solo home run in the top of the first that kicked off the contest's scoring. Pinckney's blast was the only four-bagger of the contest.

Fargo-Moorhead 5, Winnipeg 3

The RedHawks managed just one run in seven innings against starting Winnipeg starting pitcher Andrew Walker. But with Walker out of the game in the eighth inning, Fargo-Moorhead plated four eighth-inning runs en route to a 5-3 victory. The RedHawks got help from two doubles in the eighth, the only hits of the night for 2B Carlo Cota and SS Zach Penprase, both of whom scored one run on the night. Penprase's eight-inning two-bagger tied the score at three runs apiece. The shortstop reached home safely two batters later to give his club its first lead since the third inning. The Goldeyes got double No. 12 from LF Jon Weber, who was the only Winnipeg batter with more than one hit, going 2-for-4 on the night.

Sioux Falls 7, Kansas City 2

Pheasants LF Jared Bolden fell a home run shy of the cycle Wednesday against Kansas City, doubling twice and tripling in the third and final run of Sioux Falls' fourth inning. Bolden went 4-for-5 and scored twice in addition to his fourth-inning RBI. The Pheasants took full advantage of Bolden's big night at the plate, winning, 7-2. Pheasants starting pitcher Peter Gehle allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings to pick up the win and lowering his ERA to 4.36. Kansas City SS Jose O. Duran was the only T-Bones player with more than one hit, going 2-for-4 while scoring one of his team's two runs. But with the rest of the club mustering only four base knocks, the seven Sioux Falls runs were too much for Kansas City to overcome.

Gary SouthShore 14, Sioux City 9

The RailCats and Explorers exchanged leads three times in the first two innings in Sioux City, but three fourth-inning runs from the visitors put Gary SouthShore on top for good. The RailCats defeated Sioux City, 14-9. Gary SouthShore CF Sean Henry hit his fourth home run of the year and was one of six RailCats with multiple hits. Henry went 2-for-6 with two runs and four RBI. RailCats DH Michael Coles led all players in hits, going 4-for-6, doubling in the first run of the game in the first inning - one of his four RBI. The Explorers got four hits, including two doubles, from C Ray Serrano, who now has 21 two-baggers on the year. But despite big nights from Serrano and several other Sioux City batsmen, the RailCats took the comfortable, five-run win in the end.

El Paso 22, Laredo 7

Seven Diablos batters had multiple hits in El Paso's 22-7 win over Laredo on Wednesday, with RF Welington Dotel recording five base knocks to lead all batters. Dotel was one of three Diablos to score four runs and also part of a trio with three RBI. Despite hitting only one home run, El Paso led 11-0 after three innings and coasted to victory. Laredo scored four runs in the eighth inning, the first two on a home run from LF Palmer Karr Jr., who went 2-for-4 with a run and three RBI on the night. In any other game, Karr Jr.'s performance would have been a standout showing. But the assault from the El Paso batter's box made Karr Jr.'s performance seem pedestrian. Starting Diablos pitcher Scott Hodsdon struck out seven batters in six innings of work, allowing three runs and picking up his fourth win of the season.


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