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May 18, 2013 - American Association (AA) News Release

Laredo 4, Fargo-Moorhead 3 (11 innings)

A long night came to an end in Laredo when third baseman-turned-pitcher Garrett Rau lofted a game-winning sacrifice fly to give Laredo a 4-3, walk-off win over Fargo-Moorhead in 11 innings. Rau had started the game at third base, but moved to the mound in the top of the 11th to get the Lemurs out of a tough situation. The RedHawks had the go-ahead run on third with one out, but Rau struck out C Todd Jennings and SS Zach Penprase to get out of the jam. Then, in the bottom half of the inning, Rau got the chance to win the game with his bat, coming up with the bases loaded and one out. His sacrifice fly scored 3B John Allen (who moved to third when Rau took the mound) to give the Lemurs a walk-off victory. Rau's clutch pitching and timely hitting not only gave Laredo a win, it earned him a win as the pitcher of record.

Lincoln 4, Gary SouthShore 3

Lincoln 1B Dennis Raben was productive and timely for the Saltdogs in a 4-3 win over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. With runners on first and second and two outs in the eighth, Raben broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run double. The base knock gave the Saltdogs a lead that they never relinquished. The RailCats scored one in the ninth and put the tying run on base, but RHP RJ Rodriguez finished off the win for the Saltdogs with his first save of 2013.

Sioux City 5, Sioux Falls 4

The Canaries made it tight with four runs in the sixth, but it was not enough to overcome the Explorers' early production. Sioux City got on the board early with a pair of runs in the first, thanks to an RBI single by LF Yusuke Inoguchi and an RBI double by RF Peter Barrows. The X's kept the offense going by manufacturing runs with small ball to take a 5-0 lead into the sixth. Sioux Falls' offensive outburst did not lean so much on small ball. The Canaries slugged a pair of home runs off the bats of LF JP Ramirez and 1B Jared Clark, but Sioux City ended the danger there. The X's bullpen held serve after the long balls, highlighted by the work of RHP Chris Bodishbaugh. The closer made easy work of Sioux Falls in the ninth to pick up his third save.

St. Paul 12, New Jersey 8

St. Paul got ahead early and put a cork on a late rally to beat the New Jersey Jackals, 14-8. Saints SS Joey Becker and 3B Brad Boyer led the charge with three RBI each. The men who occupy the second and third spots in St. Paul's order were each part of three-run rallies in the first and second. Most prominently, Becker drove an RBI double in the first and slugged a home run in the second. Boyer added a triple in the second and came around to score later in the frame. New Jersey put together a dangerous threat with a six-run seventh. Jackals 2B Jose Cuevas capped a tremendous 4-4 night with a grand slam home run to highlight the big inning. Cuevas drove home six of New Jersey's nine runs, but it was not enough to overcome St. Paul's early runs.

Winnipeg 5, Grand Prairie 0

Spurred by LHP Mark Hardy, the Winnipeg Goldeyes combined to two-hit the Grand Prairie AirHogs in a 5-0 Goldeyes win. Hardy, Winnipeg's starter, threw six innings of one-hit ball, while striking out seven to pick up the win. Behind him, RHP Chris Allen, RHP Chris Kissock and LHP Aaron Correa each tossed an inning to complete the shutout. All together, the Goldeyes' staff struck out 13 AirHogs in the victory. On the offensive side, Winnipeg 1B Casey Haerther led the club with a home run in a 2-4 evening.

Wichita 4, Kansas City 3

Kansas City came out strong with a three-run homer in the first by 1B Matt Padgett, but that was all the offense the T-Bones got in a 4-3 loss to Wichita. The Wingnuts used the long ball to rebound from their slow start. Wichita 1B CJ Ziegler hit a solo shot in the second for his third homer of the year. Then, 2B Jake Kahaulelio tied the game with a two-run home run of his own the following inning. The 3-3 tie held until the fifth, when Wingnuts SS Ryan Khoury singled home a run that turned out to be the game winner. After giving up the early home run, Wichita LHP Ryan Hinson battled back to pick up the win with six innings of work. RHP Josh Dew picked up the save.

Amarillo 14, El Paso 3

Amarillo exploded early on, scoring ten runs in the first four innings to beat El Paso, 14-3. Sox LF David Peralta was the biggest offensive contributor. He drove home four runs and knocked a pair of doubles in the win. Amarillo 2B Joe Anthonsen and C Chris Grossman also contributed a pair of runs each and 1B Joe Weik contributed three more runs.

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