Buck, Karaviotis Drive in Five, Sioux Falls, Jackson, Kansas City Bullpens Collapse
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 an exciting Saturday in the American Association as Grant Buck and Mark Karaviotis each drove in five runs, and three teams rally late for victories. Plus, the Gary Southshore RailCats earn their first victory of the season.
RailCats Down Apollos in 13
The Houston Apollos rallied in the top of the ninth to tie the score, but the Gary Southshore RailCats would earn the victory on a walk off single by Jesus Marriaga in the bottom of the 13th to give the RailCats a 4-3 victory. That was the second win of the season for Gary.
Zach Welz and Nikola Vasic each had three hits for the RailCats and Cole Cook tossed seven outstanding innings of relief, allowing one earned run on five hits while striking out eight. Trevor Lubking started for the RailCats and was outstanding as well, allowing one run on five hits in six innings while striking out nine.
Houston got six outstanding innings out of starter Tucker Smith, who allowed two runs on eight hits while striking out five. Nick Anderson had three hits for the Apollos and Hudson Bilodeau and Alvaro Gonzales each hit their first homeruns of the season.
Milkmen Rally to Down Explorers
The Milwaukee Milkmen rallied from a 4-2 deficit, scoring two runs in the sixth and eighth innings and a run in the seventh to defeat the Sioux City Explorers, 7-6. David Washington hit his third homerun of the season, scoring two runs and adding two RBI. Christian Correa added his first homer of the season for Milwaukee and Mason Davis had three hits.
The loss spoiled a big night for Jared Walker, who had three hits, including his fourth homerun of the season. Walker drove in four and scored two runs. Nate Samson also had three hits and scored two runs.
Cougars Rally for Six in Ninth to Down Canaries
The Kane County Cougars scored single runs in the seventh and eighth to tie the score at five, then blew open this contest with a six run ninth inning on their way to an 11-7 victory. Mark Karaviotis led the way, blasting two homers and driving in five runs, including three in the decisive frame. Cody Young also homered in the game, his first of the year. Mitch Reeves went 3-4 with a run and three RBI, as everyone in the starting lineup but Anfernee Seymour had at least one hit in the game. Mark Seyler (1-2) earned the victory in his third appearance of the season. Jake Cosart closed it out for his second save of the year.
Logan Landon continues his torrid start for Sioux Falls, going 3-5 with a run scored. Trey Michalczewski went 2-4 with three runs driven in. Caleb Frare took the loss, giving up six runs on four hits and two walks and 0.1 innings pitched.
Dogs Rally for Four in 11th to Down Goldeyes
The Chicago Dogs scored two runs in the seventh and ninth innings to force extra innings, then won it with a four-run 11th inning, downing the Winnipeg Goldeyes in Jackson, 9-5. A pair of wild pitches brought home the first two runs of the inning, and Ryan Lidge doubled home two more to extend the lead to four. Lidge finished 3-5 with two runs scored and two RBI. Grant Kay, Michael Crouse, and Brennan Metzger each had two hits for Chicago.
Kyle Martin connected for his second homerun of the season for Winnipeg, a three-run shot. The Goldeyes bullpen struggled mightily, giving up eight runs in 7.1 innings pitched.
RedHawks Rally to Down Monarchs
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks erased a two-run deficit by scoring eight runs over the final three frames to down the Kansas City Monarchs on Saturday, 8-4. The RedHawks had just two hits through the first six frames, but nine over the final three innings helped propel the team. Alex Boxwell was a perfect 3-3 with a run scored and an RBI and Sam Dexter continues his quick start, going 2-4 with a run and two RBI. John Silviano had two hits and scored three runs. He also hit his first homer of the year. Bret Helton was solid for Fargo, allowing two runs on two hits in six innings while striking out eight.
Jameson McGrane took the loss, allowing four runs, one earned, in one inning of work. Colin Willis hit his second homerun of the season.
Buck, Railroaders Rally to Down Saltdogs
The Cleburne Railroaders erased a three-run deficit with three runs in the fourth and got two more in the eighth, all courtesy of Grant Buck in a 5-3 victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs. Buck cleared the bases in the bottom of the fourth with a three-run double and plated two more in the eighth with his second double of the game. Zach Nehrir scored two runs. The Cleburne bullpen was absolutely outstanding, tossing five innings, allowing one hit and two walks with no runs scored. Garrett Alexander (1-1) earned the victory with a scoreless inning of relief and Tyler Wilson closed out the game for his second save of the season.
Edgar Corcino hit his first homer of the season for Lincoln. Keenan Bartlett tossed three scoreless innings of relief.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Cole Cook (Gary Southshore RailCats) 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, BB, 8 K
No. 2 – Grant Buck (Cleburne Railroaders) 2-4, 2 Doubles, 5 RBI
No. 1 – Mark Karaviotis (Kane County Cougars) 4-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI
Cleburne: Placed RHP Landon Holifield on the Inactive List retroactive to May 6, Signed LHP Austin Fairchild
Kansas City: Transferred the contract of RHP Zack Weiss to the Seattle Mariners
Kane County: Signed RHP Andrew Stout
Milwaukee: Acquired OF Trey Martin from Southern Maryland (Atlantic League) to complete a previous trade
Sioux Falls: Removed C Charlie Valerio (Veteran) from the active roster to play for the Dominican Republic National Team at the WBSC Baseball Americas Olympic Qualifier
Winnipeg: Signed RHP Jorge Gonzalez and RHP Daniel Kubiuk
By Robert Pannier