DockHounds Win Home Opener, Bostick Shines for Monarchs, Canaries Woes Continue
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 Friday, including the Lake Country DockHounds winning their first ever home opener, the Sioux Falls Canaries dropping their fifth straight game, and Akeem Bostick shining in the Kansas City Monarchs victory. This and much more.
DockHounds Down Goldeyes in First Home Opener
They say you only one chance to make a good first impression, and that is what the Lake Country DockHounds did on Friday, winning their first ever home opener, 8-5. The DockHounds took a 4-1 lead over the Winnipeg Goldeyes, scoring a pair of runs in the first two innings. Lake Country led 5-3 heading into the bottom of the eighth, but a three-run frame all but sealed the victory.
Daikan Yoh at the first homerun at Wisconsin Brewing Company Park in the bottom of the second, and T.J. Bennett followed with his second of the year, giving the team their first back-to-back homers in franchise history. Tristen Carranza added his first homerun in the eighth inning, a three-run blast. Bennett finished 3-4 with three runs scored. Carranza was 2-4 with two runs and three RBI. Alex McRae earned his first victory of the season, allowing three runs in 7.0 innings.
David Washington continues to impress early on for Winnipeg, going 2-3, including hitting his third homerun of the season. Washington drove home two and scored two runs. Logan Hill hit his third homerun of the season as well. Luis Ramirez took the loss, giving up five runs in five innings.
Weber Propels Saltdogs on Rainy Night in Gary
Skyler Weber hit a grand slam in the top of the first inning to help lead the Lincoln Saltdogs to a 13-3 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Lincoln held a 6-0 lead through four, but a rain delay postponed the contest for nearly 90 minutes. When play resumed, the Saltdogs extended their lead, putting up three in the seventh and in the ninth innings.
Weber finished 3-4 with three runs scored, two walks, and four RBI. Lincoln hit three home runs in all, as Randy Norris and Garett Delano each added their first homers of the season. Buddy Baumann tossed for scoreless innings, but did not earn the victory as the rain delay led to the early departure.
Michael Woodworth had three hits and drove in two runs for the RailCats. His two-run triple help cut the deficit to 7-2 in the bottom of the fifth.
Milkmen Early Surge Dooms Canaries
The Milwaukee Milkmen scored eight runs through the first four frames on their way to an 11-8 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries. Keon Barnum got things started, blasting a two-run homer in the top of the first inning, his fourth of the year. Chad Sedio added a two-run double in the second and Barnum drove home his third run of the game with an RBI single. In the third, Sedio drove home the second run of the inning with an RBI single.
Despite the early deficit, Sioux Falls rallied for single runs in the fourth and six innings, two in the fifth, and four in the seventh to tie the score at eight. However, Barnum closed out the scoring for the Milkmen, hitting his second homerun of the contest, a three-run blast in the top of the eighth that gave Milwaukee the lead for good.
Barnum finished 4-5 with three runs scored, two homeruns, and six RBI. Sedio was 3-5 with a run scored and three runs driven in. Juan Echevarria earned the victory and Karch Kowalczyk came on to close out the contest for his second save of the season.
Gavin LaValley and Cole Pengilly each hit their second homeruns of the season for Sioux Falls. LaValley and Jabari Henry each drove in a pair of runs for the Canaries. The loss was the fifth in a row for Sioux Falls.
Bostick Shines in Monarchs Victory
Akeem Bostick allowed one run on one hit in five innings to lead the Kansas City Monarchs to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Dogs. Chicago held a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the second, but the Monarchs responded with four runs to take the lead for good. Joel Booker delivered an RBI double that put Kansas City on top and Darnell Sweeney followed with a single to extend the lead to two. Chicago pulled within a run, scoring two runs in the top of the sixth inning, but Brandon Koch closed the door for his first save of the season, striking out the side in the ninth.
Shane Barringer took the loss for Chicago, giving up four runs in 6.0 innings. Grant Kay scored two runs for the Dogs.
Cougars Rally to Down Explorers
The Kane County Cougars scored three runs in the seventh and four in the eighth to lead the team to a 9-7 victory over the Sioux City Explorers on Friday. The top of the order proved to be deadly for Kane County, as Ernie De La Trinidad and Sherman Johnson combined to go 4-7 with five runs scored and an RBI. Jimmy Kerrigan added a two-run double and Josh Rolette and Dylan Busby each drove in a pair of runs for the Cougars as well. Ryan Richardson earned the victory with a scoreless inning of relief.
Tyler Beardsley pitched well for Sioux City, allowing two runs in 5.0 innings. However, the bullpen faltered, giving up seven runs in 4.0 innings. That spoil the big night for Gabe Snyder, who had two hits and drove in three runs. Nate Samson and Chase Harris each scored two runs for Sioux City.
RedHawks Soar in Victory in Cleburne
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks scored a run in the first and two in the second helping to lead the team to a 7-1 victory over the Cleburne Railroaders. Fargo-Moorhead held a 3-1 lead heading into the top of the fifth, but Drew Ward blasted his third homerun of the season to extend the lead to three. The RedHawks added three more runs in the top of the ninth inning to seal the victory.
Sebastian Kessay earned the victory, allowing a run in 5.0 innings. Ward finished with two hits and two RBI. Manuel Boscan had three hits and scored two runs.
Jalen Evans suffered the loss despite giving up just one earned run in 4.0 innings. Chase Simpson had a pair of hits.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Tristen Carranza (Lake Country DockHounds) 2-4, 2 R, HR, Double, 3 RBI
No. 2 – Skyler Weber (Lincoln Saltdogs) 3-4, 3 R, HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB
No. 1 – Keon Barnum (Milwaukee Milkmen) 4-5, 3 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI
American Association Daily Notes
Kane County Cougars catcher B.J. Lopez had Friday off, but leads the league with a .526 batting average. Lopez is 10-19 with five runs scored and six RBIs in five games.
Kansas City: Traded RHP C.J. Carter to Kane County for a player to be named later
Lincoln: Signed INF Omar Artsen
Sioux City: Signed RHP John Beuckelaere
Sioux Falls: Placed RHP Stevie Ledesma on the Injured List retroactive to May 19
By Robert Pannier