Cougars, RailCats Split Double-Header, RedHawks Thrash Dogs, PURE Performance Honorees Named
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 four games in the American Association on Monday, including the Kane County Cougars and the Gary SouthShore RailCats splitting a doubleheader, that Milwaukee Milkmen edging out the Kansas City Monarchs and Moorhead RedHawks thrashing the Chicago Dogs. Plus, PURE Performance Player and the Picture of the Week are named.
Jones Dominates in RedHawks Thrashing of Dogs
Brent Jones allowed two hits in six innings while striking out 11 to lead in the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks to an 11-0 thrashing of the Chicago Dogs. Jones combined with three relievers on the shutout, and the offense provided far more support than the right-hander needed on this evening. The RedHawks took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, then blew this contest open with an eight run fifth inning. Jordan George finished with a homer and three runs driven in and Correlle Prime and Manuel Boscan each drove in a pair of runs for Fargo.
Ryan Lidge had a base hit for Chicago and Danny Mars went 2-4.
Cougars-RailCats Split Double-Header
The Gary SouthShore RailCats broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on their way to a 3-2 victory over the Kane County Cougars in the opening contest of a double-header on Monday. Jack Alkire was outstanding, allowing one run on three hits in six innings to earn the victory. The right-hander struck out six. Cas Silber came on in the seventh to record his second save of the season. Gary broke the tie thanks to an RBI double by Thomas Walraven and a run-scoring double by Jesus Marriaga.
Jack Fox went the distance for Kane County and pitched well, allowing three runs in six innings. Josh Allen and Nick Santoro each had two hits for the Cougars.
In the second game, the score was tied at zero through the first five innings, but a run in the sixth and in the seventh gave the Cougars a 2-0 victory. Anthony Ray gave Kane County the lead with his first homerun of the season to lead off the top of the sixth. An inning later, Santoro drove in a run with an RBI single. Ben Allison started for the Cougars, tossing four shutout innings, striking out seven.
Adam Heidenfelder was the hard luck loser, allowing one run in six innings. He struck out 10.
Holmberg Dethrones Monarchs
David Holmberg went the distance, allowing one run in nine innings to lead the Milwaukee Milkmen to a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Monarchs. Holmberg struck out nine in earning his fourth victory of the season. Trey Martin drove in both runs for Milwaukee, including hitting his second homerun of the season.
Cody Mincey was solid for Kansas City, allowing one run in five innings. Charcer Burks drove in the only run for the Monarchs.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Jack Alkire (Gary SouthShore RailCats) 6.0 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, 6 K
No. 2 – David Holmberg (Milwaukee Milkmen) 9.0 IP, 6 H, ER, 0 BB, 9 K
American Association Daily Notes
Chicago Dogs catcher Ryan Lidge extended his hitting streak to 16 straight games, the longest in the American Association this season… Sioux City Explorers left-hander Patrick Ledet was named the PURE Performance Pitcher of the Week after his complete-game gem against the Kane County Cougars… Sioux Falls Canaries OF Logan Landon was named the PURE Performance Player of the Week after hitting .458 with four homers and 11 RBI
Chicago: Released RHP Scott Firth, Activated RHP Greg Harris from the Inactive List
Cleburne: Placed RHP Emerson Martinez on the Injured List retroactive to June 16, Signed RHP Brendan Bell and LHP Stephen Greenlees
Sioux City: Signed LHP Luke Jaksich; Released OF D.J. Poteet
By Robert Pannier