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AA Week in Review: RedHawks sweep Dogs out of Fargo

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The standings are getting tighter again!

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The American Association has thankfully not dealt too much with any COVID cases this season, unlike Major League Baseball. The AA continues their march through a short 2020 season and the standings have changed a bit in the past week.

The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks turned in a positive week as they went 4-3, closing out the week with a sweep of the Chicago Dogs. The Dogs have been slowly slipping down the standings and a sweep was not what they needed to keep pace with the rest of the pack.

Friday night’s game was banged due to some nasty weather in the Fargo area (another story - check out my Twitter for some pics!) and a doubleheader was booked for Saturday to make up the game. John Anderson turned in a seven-inning complete-game effort for F-M, allowing two earned runs on three hits while issuing two walks and striking out six batters. The southpaw got some help from Correlle Prime, who went 4-for-4 in the game with a double, a two-run homer, and three RBIs to lead the RedHawks to a 6-3 victory in game one. Game two was a tight contest, but Drew Ward hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth. It was the deciding factor in the final score of 2-1 for a doubleheader sweep. Bret Helton, Tyler Wilson, and Mitchell Osnowitz held the Dogs to two hits the entire game.

The St Paul Saints climbed above the .500 mark for the first time since the third game of the season with a win over the Milwaukee Milkmen on Sunday. Saints first baseman John Silviano hit a three-run bomb in the top of the sixth to break a 2-2 tie and added a solo shot in the top of the ninth for good measure. Nick Belzer earns his first win after getting tagged with the loss for three consecutive outings.

Weekly honors

Longtime American Association pitcher and Canaries bench coach Tyler Herron earned the Pitcher of the Week honors for this past week. The right-hander spun a complete-game gem on Wednesday against the Saints, striking out eight batters while allowing one run on eight hits en route to a 4-1 win. Herron’s last time in the affiliated ball was in 2016 with the New York Mets.

Goldeyes shortstop Wes Darvill gets the nod for Player of the Week. He helped propel Winnipeg to a 5-2 week by going 12-for-27 (.444) with three homers and ten RBI, touching home plate himself a total of 11 times. Darvill is the fourth Fish to garner weekly honours this season.

Transactions and notes

  • Sioux Falls picked up outfielder Sebastian Zawada off of waivers. The 25-year-old had spent the season with the Saints, but played in only five games due to injury, going 7-for-16.
  • The Fish added veteran outfielder Dario Pizzano last week. Pizzano hit for a .286 batting average with a homer and 14 RBI in 30 games for the RedHawks this season. He was selected by F-M in the dispersal draft from the Sioux City Explorers and was released last Tuesday.
  • Winnipeg closer Victor Capellan closed the door for the 71st time in the American Association last Tuesday, breaking the all-time record of 70 saves set by Kris Regas.

Coming up...

  • F-M and the Canaries face off in Fargo for the first three games this week, then drive down to Sioux Falls for a weekend series against each other. The RedHawks have been in the cellar for most of the season, but if they can at least split the games this week, they can try to get a chance at one of the two playoff berths while bringing Sioux Falls down in the standings.
  • Winnipeg will travel to and stay in Milwaukee all week, serving as the visitors for the first three games and the home team for the last three contests. This is a crucial series as the Goldeyes have a 2.5-game lead on the Milkmen.
  • You guessed it! Chicago and St Paul will face each other all week. The week starts in St Paul and ends in Rosemount. If St Paul can win a majority of the games, they can pull themselves back into the race.

Standings

Team Record GB
Team Record GB
Winnipeg Goldeyes 23-15 --
Milwaukee Milkmen 21-18 2.5
St Paul Saints 20-19 3.5
Sioux Falls Canaries 19-19 4.0
Chicago Dogs 17-21 6.0
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 15-23 8.0