Conners Delivers Walk-Off Grand Slam, Murphy Dazzles for Dogs, Garkow Stymies RailCats
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. Robert Pannier recaps the six games in the American Association on Wednesday, including the Kane County Cougars avoiding a sweep, the Chicago Dogs winning behind Kyle Murphy, and Tyler Garkow dazzling for the Canaries. This and much more.
Murphy Shuts Down Railroaders
Kyle Murphy allowed one unearned run in 8.1 innings as the Chicago Dogs shut down the Cleburne Railroaders, 4-1. Murphy allowed two hits and one unearned run while striking out six. Michael Crouse recorded four hits and drove in a pair of runs. K.C. Hobson had two hits, including his 16th homerun of the year. Both Dogs players reached the 50 RBI mark.
Cleburne finished with just two hits in the game. Ramon Hernandez had the loan RBI, his league-leading 81st of the year.
Berry, Baez Lead Cougars Past Milkmen
Jeffrey Baez had three hits, including his eighth homerun of the season to help lead the Kane County Cougars to a 10-2 victory over the Milwaukee Milkmen. Baez was a perfect 3-3 with two walks. He drove in three runs and scored three. Josh Rolette also scored three runs in the game. That was plenty enough support for Conner Berry, who allowed two runs in six innings to earn the victory.
Cole Sturgeon had two hits and drove in a run for Milwaukee. Christ Conley drove in the other run.
Conners Walk-Off Grand Slam Gives Goldeyes Comeback Win
Dakota Conners hit a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Winnipeg Goldeyes an 11-7 victory over the Sioux City Explorers. Winnipeg had trailed 5-0 early, but scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the score. They then found themselves trailing by two entering the ninth, but after time the contest, the Goldeyes loaded the bases before Conners drilled a 2-2 pitch for his first homerun of the season. Conners finished with six RBI.
Michael Lang scored three runs for Sioux City and Brendon Dadson had two hits and three RBI. Jacob Bockelie drove in a pair of runs for Sioux City.
Saltdogs Hold on for Victory
The Houston Apollos rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth, but could not get the equalizer, falling to the Lincoln Saltdogs, 5-4. James Pugliese found himself in a little trouble but was able to get out of the jam to record his league-leading 19th save of the season. John Ritchy earned his sixth victory of the season, allowing two runs in 7.1 innings. Ryan Long had the big blow of the game, hitting his 14th homer of the year and driving in two.
Hudson Bilodeau continues his torrid stretch, going 2-4. Aaron Takacs added his sixth homerun of the season.
Garkow Dominates in Canaries Victory
Tyler Garkow allowed one unearned run in seven innings to lead the Sioux Falls Canaries to a 4-1 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Garkow allowed four hits and one walk while striking out seven. Caleb Frare came on to close out the game for his eighth save of the season. Jordan Ebert and Trey Michalczewski each had two hits and an RBI.
Trevor Lubking pitched well for Gary, allowing three runs in seven innings. No batter had more than one hit in the contest.
Sampson Hurls Monarchs Past RedHawks
Keyvius Sampson earned his first victory, allowing one run in 5.1 innings to lead the Kansas City Monarchs to a 7-1 victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Colin Willis and Gabriel Guerrero each homered for Kansas City. Both also drove in a pair of runs.
Dylan Kelly had two hits for Fargo and the lone RBI. The Monarchs avoided the sweep with the victory.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Kyle Murphy (Chicago Dogs) 8.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
No. 2 – Jeffrey Baez (Kane County Cougars) 3-3, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB
American Association Daily Notes
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks OF Jordan George extended his consecutive on-base streak to 52 straight games. He is now just four contests away from tying the American Association record. George has a .487 on-base percentage during the streak…The Milwaukee Milkmen are 24-4 when scoring first this season and 21-5 when scoring last.
Cleburne: Acquired INF D.J. Peterson from Lexington (Atlantic League) for cash
Cleburne: Signed RHP Daniel James and INF D.J. Peterson
Gary SouthShore: Released INF Tommy McCarthy
Lincoln: Signed RHP Jesse Stallings
Sioux City: Signed OF Jordan Anderson, INF Jarrett Anton, INF Dustin Asham, INF Jacob Bockelie, OF Canice Ejoh, RHP/OF Jordan Garr, OF Ernie Geraci, OF Josh Goulet, RHP/OF Jesus Grimaldo, RHP Marc-Andre Habeck, C Robbie Kellerman, RHP Eric Morell, RHP/OF Dustyn Macaluso, LHP/INF Carson McCurdy, OF Ty Paddock, INF Frank Podkul, INF Jamey Smart, INF James Smibert, OF Brett Smith, RHP Keaton Sullivan, RHP Danny Taggart, C Cole Warken, RHP Clark Whelpton and LHP Ken Williams
Winnipeg: Traded OF Jay Gonzalez to High Point (Atlantic League) for a player to be named later
By Robert Pannier