DockHounds Win Franchise’s First Game, Dogs Destroy RailCats, Monarchs Rally in Win
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 a busy Sunday in the American Association, as the Lake Country DockHounds when their first game in franchise history, the Chicago Dogs destroy the Gary SouthShore RailCats, and the Kansas City Monarchs earned their first victory of the season. This and much more.
Mars Leads Dogs Battering of RailCats
Danny Mars homered and drove in four runs to help lead Chicago to a 13-0 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats on Sunday. Chicago scored a run in the first, five in the second, and four in the third to jump out to a decisive lead. Grant Kay homered to lead off the bottom of the second and Mars blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the third. Harrison Smith hit a three-run homerun in the bottom of the seventh to finish off the scoring.
That was more than enough support for Dogs starter Shane Barringer, who tossed five shutout innings for the victory. Jonathan Tripp came out of the bullpen and was spectacular, tossing three scoreless frames. James Reeves finished off the shutout with a scoreless inning of relief.
Elio Serrano had a very tough outing for the RailCats, allowing six runs on eight hits in 1.2 innings before his evening was over. Chris Burgess had two hits for Gary.
DockHounds Rally to Earn First Victory
Aaron Takacs hit a two-run single in the top of the ninth inning to help lead the Lake Country DockHounds to a 6-5 victory, the first win in franchise history. Takacs continues his red-hot start, going 3-5 with a run and three RBI to raise his average to .429. Gio Brusa hit his second homerun of the season, a three-run blast that put Lake Country on top in the top of the first inning.
However, Milwaukee responded with four runs in the bottom of the second to take the lead. The teams exchanged runs in the seventh before the DockHounds earned the victory on the Takacs single. Jake Snider raised his average to .714, going 2-3 with two runs scored. Cyrillo Watson earned the first victory in franchise history, tossing two scoreless innings of relief.
Aaron Hill and Mason Davis both went 2-4 with a homerun for Milwaukee. Chad Sedio also went deep for the Milkmen, who homered three times in the contest. AJ Schugel gave up both runs in the ninth inning.
Monarchs Rally to Down Explorers
The Kansas City Monarchs scored eight runs over the final three innings to come away with a 10-3 victory over the Sioux City Explorers on Sunday afternoon. The Monarchs took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning as Matt Adams hit his first homerun in a Kansas City uniform. However, Sioux City responded with a pair of runs scoring doubles in the top of the third and Nate Samson gave his team the lead with an RBI single. In the sixth, Kansas City tied the score, but retook the lead with two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Darnell Sweeney singled home David Thompson and Pete Kozma followed with a double. Kansas City sealed the victory with five in the eighth, thanks to a pair of two runs doubles by Casey Gillaspie and Willie Abreu.
Jan Hernandez and Thompson were both 2-3 with two runs scored and RBI. Kansas City hit six doubles in the contest. Jordan Martinson earned the victory with a scoreless inning of relief.
Carlos Sierra pitched well for Sioux City, allowing three runs in 5.2 innings. Nick Franklin and Mitch Ghelfi were both 1-3 with a run and an RBI. Both players had doubles as their hits.
Saltdogs Smoother Canaries in Decisive Victory
The Lincoln Saltdogs scored two runs in the first and one in the third to jump out to an early 3-0 lead, then put this game out of reach with four runs in the bottom of the sixth on their way to a 7-3 victory. Lincoln held the Sioux Falls Canaries off the scoreboard through the first eight innings. David Zoz earned the victory with two scoreless innings of relief.
Hunter Clanin got things going in the bottom the second with an RBI triple to the wall. He scored on a base hit by Sherman Graves to make it 2-0. An inning later Josh Altmann added an RBI sac fly to extend the lead to three. Lincoln put this game away in the sixth as Ryan Long led off the frame with his first homerun of the season. JR DiSarcina closed out the scoring with a two-run single.
Ty Culbreth had a tough outing for Sioux Falls, giving up six runs on six hits in 5.0 innings. Kona Quiggle and Zane Gurwitz each had solid games for the Canaries. Quiggle was 2-3 with a run and an RBI and Gurwitz also had two hits, a run scored and a run driven in.
Six-Run Frame Not Enough to Propel Goldeyes
The Winnipeg Goldeyes erased a 6-1 deficit, scoring six runs in the bottom of the fourth. However, the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks responded with two runs in the fifth to retake the lead, then added a run in the ninth on their way to a 9-7 victory. Leobaldo Pina and Pete Maris each had four hits for the RedHawks. Maris blasted two homeruns in the game, scored three times, and drove in two runs. Jacob Bockelie also went deep in the contest, as Fargo-Moorhead homered three times in the game and nine times in the series.
Despite giving up the six run frames, Bret Helton earned the victory. Alex DuBord came on in the eighth and tossed two scoreless innings to earn his first save of the season. Drew Ward also added three hits and scored two runs.
The Goldeyes got a big day out of the top of their order, as Raul Navarro and Eric Rivera both went 2-4 and Max Murphy was 2-5. The trio combined to score 3 runs and drive in six. Murphy and Rivera homered as did David Washington.
Rolette, De La Trinidad Lead Cougars in Rubber Match
Ernie De La Trinidad and Josh Rolette each drove in three runs to lead the Kane County Cougars to a 9-3 victory over the Cleburne Railroaders on Sunday afternoon. Cleburne jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second thanks to RBI doubles by both Bryce Brueggemeyer and Nick Shumpert. However, Kane County responded with five runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead. De La Trinidad pulled the club within one with a two run double and Rolette closed out the scoring with a three-run homer. All five runs were unearned.
Jack Fox earned the victory, allowing two earned runs in 6.0 innings. Alexis Pantoja and Galli Cribbs both went 2-4 for the Cougars. Garrett Alexander took the loss for Cleburne, giving up three earned runs in 4.0 innings.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Danny Mars (Chicago Dogs) 2-4, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI
No. 2 – Aaron Takacs (Lake Country DockHounds) 3-5, 1 R, 3 RBI
No. 1 – Pete Maris (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) 4-5, 3 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, BB
American Association Daily Notes
The Lake Country DockHounds earned the first victory in franchise history on Sunday. The club is now 1-2 and will be heading for Sioux City to take on the Explorers in a three-game series starting on Tuesday. The club will have their home opener on Friday…Power was the story in the series between the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks and the Winnipeg Goldeyes. The clubs combined for 17 home runs in the series, nine of which were hit by the RedHawks. Five players come out of that series with two homeruns each… Pitching has not been the story in the American Association (or maybe it is the story), as eight teams come out of the weekend with ERAs above 5.00.
By Robert Pannier