Bourrasa Gem Completes Sweep, Canaries Rally Against Monarchs, Crouse Homers Twice
American Association Daily provides insights, features, and recaps of the action from around the American Association of Professional Baseball League, as well as player and coaching profiles and transactions. In today’s edition, Robert Pannier recaps the six games in the American Association on Sunday, including the Winnipeg Goldeyes completing their sweep of the Lincoln Saltdogs, the Sioux Falls Canaries rallying against the Kansas City Monarchs for victory, and Michael Crouse homered twice for the Chicago Dogs in their victory. This and much more.
Bourassa Hurls Goldeyes to Victory
Landen Bourassa allowed one run in 6.0 innings to help lead the Winnipeg Goldeyes to a 6-1 victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs on Sunday. That completed the sweep of the three-game series where Winnipeg allowed just two runs in the three games.
The Goldeyes jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Max Murphy connected for his 12th homerun of the season. In the third, Lincoln cut the lead to one on wild pitch, but the Goldeyes put four more runs on the board of the top of the fourth to seal this victory. A wild pitch brought home Eric Rivera and Ian Sagdal followed with a two-run single. A single by David Washington plated the sixth run for Winnipeg.
Bourassa allowed one run in 6.0 innings. Three relievers each tossed a scoreless frame for Winnipeg. Sagdal finished 3-5 with a run scored and two RBI. Ryan Long walked four times in the contest for Lincoln and Randy Norris had two hits.
Lincoln Saltdogs Recap by Michael Dixon
Winnipeg Goldeyes Recap by Jason Young
Crouse Homers Twice in Dogs Victory
The Chicago Dogs erased a one run deficit, scoring five runs in the top of the seventh on their way to an 8-3 victory over the Lake Country DockHounds. Michael Crouse homered twice in the contest as part of a three-hit afternoon. Danny Mars also went deep for Chicago, driving in three.
The Dogs took the lead in the top of the third when Crouse connected on his third homerun of the year. An inning later, Grant Kay drove home a run with a fielder’s choice. However, Lake Country took the lead in the bottom of the fifth when T.J. Bennett connected for a three-run homer to put the DockHounds on top. The lead lasted for two innings as Chicago put up five in the top of the seventh. Crouse led off the frame with his second homer of the game and Mars drilled a three-run homer to put the Dogs on top for good.
Kyle Murphy struggled, allowing three runs in 4.1 innings pitched. Ryan Clark came on to earn the victory with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief. Mars finished 2-4 with three RBI. Zion Pettigrew and Tristen Carranza each had two hits for Lake Country.
Canaries Rally to Down Monarchs
The Sioux Falls Canaries found themselves trailing 9-1 entering the bottom of the fourth inning on Sunday, but scored four in the fourth, five in the sixth, and six in the eighth to earn a 16-10 victory over the Kansas City Monarchs. Kansas City jumped out to the early lead behind four home runs, including the 17th of the season by Jan Hernandez. Matt Adams added a three-run blast and Willie Abreu hit his eighth of the year.
However, Sioux Falls battled back between behind five homers of their own. John Nester and Shamoy Christopher each homered in the contest. Nester drove in five while Christopher drove in four. Wyatt Ulrich went 4-6 with two runs and three RBI. Jabari Henry hit his 15th homer of the year and Trey Michalczewski it is fourth of the year as part of a three-hit performance.
Charlie Hasty only had to record one out to earn his first victory of the season. Jordan Martinson took the loss, allowing two runs in 1.1 innings. Hernandez and Abreu each finished with three hits and two runs scored for the Monarchs.
Kansas City Monarchs Recap by Jaxson Webb
Early Runs Propel RailCats
The Gary SouthShore RailCats scored a run in the second, three in the third, and a run in the fourth to help lead them to an 8-4 victory over the Milwaukee Milkmen. Zach Racusin gave the RailCats the lead with an RBI double in the second and Gary put three more on the board in the third capped off by a two-run double by Daniel Lingua. A single by Michael Woodworth made it 5-0, but Chad Sedio got Milwaukee on the board with his 10th homerun of the season to lead off the bottom of the fifth.
The Milkmen pulled within a run in the bottom of the sixth, scoring three runs. A double steal by Mason Davis cut the deficit to two and Dylan Kelly singled to center to make it 5-4. However, the RailCats sealed the victory as Jesus Marriaga delivered an RBI double in the top of the seventh and Thomas Walraven drove home two more runs in the top of the eighth with a two-run single.
Nick Garcia earned the victory, allowing four runs in 5.1 innings. Jack Eisenbarger earned his third save of the season, tossing 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. Woodworth finished 3-5 with two runs scored and Walraven and Lingua each had two hits and two RBI. Correlle Prime, Logan Trowbridge, and Bryan Torres each had two hits for Milwaukee.
Gary SouthShore RailCats Recap by Ryan Zimmerman
Four-Run Fourth Sends RedHawks Soaring
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks broke a scoreless tie with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on their way to a 6-1 victory over the Kane County Cougars. Ryan Tapani was in complete control through the first three innings but a two-run blast by Leobaldo Pina gave the RedHawks the lead. Christian Correa delivered an RBI single and Sam Dexter had a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to four.
The lead became five in the bottom of the fifth on a single by John Silviano and Manuel Boscan delivered a sacrifice fly to make it 6-0. That was more than enough support for Kevin McGovern, who dominated in his seven innings of work, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out 10. Tanner Riley came on in the eighth and gave up a run, but Kane County could muster no further offense.
Pina finished with three hits, two runs scored, and two RBI. Rymer Liriano and Correa each had two hits and a run scored.
Explorers Hold Off Railroadres
The Sioux City Explorers jumped out to a 5-0 lead, then held off the Cleburne Railroaders, winning 7-6. Sioux City held a 1-0 lead entering the top of the third, but plated four runs behind RBI singles by Trey Martin and Nate Samson and a two run single by Blake Tiberi. Cleburne cut the deficit to two in the bottom of the fourth, scoring three runs on four hits, but left the bases loaded.
That proved to be critical, as Sioux City extended their lead in the top of the fifth on a two-run single by Chase Harris. That gave the explorers a 7-3 lead, and it looked like they would easily take their second game of the series. However, Chuck Taylor led off the bottom of the eighth with his first homerun of the season and Zach Nehrir drove home a run with an RBI single. That sent the game to the ninth where Jacob Bockelie drove home Taylor with a double, putting the tying run at second with two down. Thomas McIlraith was unfazed though, striking out Hunter Wolfe two end the game.
Samson was 3-5 with two runs scored and an RBI and Danny Amaral had three hits and scored a run for the Explorers. Tiberi had two hits and drove in three. Taylor went 4-5 with three runs and two RBI for Cleburne. Chase Simpson and Nick Shumpert each had two hits.
Sioux City Explorers Recap by Connor Ryan
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Wyatt Ulrich (Sioux Falls Canaries) 4-5, 2 R, Double, HR, 3 RBI
No. 2 – Michael Crouse (Chicago Dogs) 3-5, 2 R, 2 HR, Double, 2 RBI
No. 1 – Kevin McGovern (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) 7.0 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 0 ER, 10 K
American Association Daily Notes
The Winnipeg Goldeyes sweep of the Lincoln Saltdogs over the weekend moved the club 1.5 games ahead of Lincoln for third place in the West Division… The Gary SouthShore RailCats are on pace for 76 homeruns this season. That would be the most hit by the club since joining the American Association in 2011. The RailCats have never hit more than 46 homeruns in a season… Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks IF Leobaldo Pina had three hits on Sunday, moving his batting average over .400 (.401).
By Robert Pannier