Dogs Blank DockHounds, Railroaders Complete Sweep, Monarchs Roll
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 Sunday, including the Cleburne Railroaders completing their sweep of the Sioux City Explorers, the Chicago Dogs blank the Lake Country DockHounds, and the Kansas City Monarchs blitz the Milwaukee Milkmen. Plus, the Kevin Luckow American Association Power Rankings returns. This and much more.
Kevin Luckow Power Rankings Return
With about a third of the season 2022 American Association season concluded, Kevin Luckow provides his first edition of the 2022 Power Rankings. Enjoy!
Allison Dominates in Blanking of Canaries
Ben Allison tossed 7.2 scoreless innings to lead the Kane County Cougars to a 3-0 blanking of the Sioux Falls Canaries on Sunday afternoon. Allison allowed four hits and two walks while striking out six. Ryan Richardson closed out the shutout, tossing 1.1 innings of scoreless relief to earn the save.
This was a scoreless tie through the first three innings, but Jimmy Kerrigan gave the Cougars the lead with his 10th home run of the season, a two run blast in the bottom of the fourth. Kane County added one more run in the eighth when B.J. Lopez drove home Kerrigan with an RBI single.
Kerrigan finished 3-4 with two runs and two RBI. Josh Rolette had two hits for Kane County. Wyatt Ulrich and Trey Michalczewski each had two hits for Sioux Falls. Angel Landazuri pitched well for Sioux Falls, allowing two runs and 5.1 innings.
Keenan Shuts Down Goldeyes
Zach Keenan tossed seven shutout innings, combining with two relievers to blank the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 7-0. Keenan allowed six hits and three walks while striking out four. David Zoz pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Steffon Moore came on in the ninth to finish off the shutout.
Lincoln took the lead right away, scoring two runs in both of the first two innings against Josh Lucas. Josh Altmann gave his team the only run they would need with a sacrifice fly. Justin Byrd then added an RBI single. Leading 4-0, Ryan Long hit a two-run home run, his fifth of the season to extend the lead to six.
Randy Norris finished 4-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Long had two hits, scored two runs, and drove into. Eric Rivera, Ian Sagdal, and Hidekel Gonzalez each had two hits for Winnipeg.
Boscan Homer Propels RedHawks
Manuel Boscan broke a 1-1 tie, drilling is seventh homerun of the season, a three-run blast that put the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks on top, 4-1, as they defeated the Gary SouthShore RailCats, 4-3. The homerun was the fifth in the last four games for Boscan.
The RailCats took the lead in the bottom the third on an error, but Fargo tied the score in the top of the fourth when Leobaldo Pina drilled his fourth home run of the season. That was enough support for Peyton Wigginton. Alex DuBord recorded the final six outs of a contest for his 10th save of the season.
John Sheaks took the loss. Sheaks allowed four runs in six innings. Sam Abbott had his fifth homerun of the season for Gary.
Monarchs Rein over Milkmen
The Kansas City Monarchs rapped out 23 hits and four home runs, defeating the Milwaukee Milkmen, 16-5. Kansas City held a five-to lead entering the bottom of the fifth inning, but scored 10 runs, sending 13 men to the plate. Darnell Sweeney hit a two-run homer in the inning and Casey Gillaspie added a three-run shot.
Lewis Thorpe earned the victory, allowing two runs in 5.0 innings. Sweeney went 4-5 with three runs in two RBI. David Thompson also had four hits and Gillaspie had three hits and drove in five. Matt Adams and Alexis Olmeda also went deep for the Monarchs.
Correlle Prime hit a three-run homer for Milwaukee. Will Kengor added his fourth home run of the season.
Kipper Dominates as Dogs Thrash DockHounds
Jordan Kipper combined with three relievers to toss a five-hit shutout of the Lake Country DockHounds. Kipper allowed four hits and a walk while striking out six to earn his second victory since returning to Chicago.
The Dogs were in complete command of this game from the start, scoring two runs in the first, three in the second, four in the fourth, and five in the fifth. Chicago recorded 15 hits, led by Ryan Lidge and K.C. Hobson, who each had three hits, scored twice, and drove in three. Cosimo Cannella hit the only homerun of the game for Chicago as part of a two-hit, three-run game.
Duncan Snider took the loss, allowing nine hits in 3.2 innings, but only one of the nine runs he allowed was earned as the DockHounds made four errors in the game.
Railroaders Rally Late to Complete Sweep
The Cleburne Railroaders broke a 5-5 tie, scoring a run in the eighth and adding one more in the ninth to defeat the Sioux City Explorers, 7-5. The victory helped Cleburne complete the sweep of the three-game series. Cleburne looked like they were going to run away with this contest, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning as Zach Nehrir and Hunter Wolfe both homered in the frame.
Cleburne held a 5-0 lead entering the bottom of the third, but the Explorers put up a run in the third, two in the fourth, and two in the sixth to tie the score. Gabe Snyder hit a two-run blast in the fourth, his sixth of the season, and added a solo shot two innings later to help tie the score at five. However, Wolfe gave his team the lead for good in the top of the eighth when he drew a bases-loaded walk.
Nick Gardewine closed out the game for his second save of the season. Nehrir went 2-4 with two runs and two RBI. Chase Simpson and Matt Morgan also went deep for the Railroaders. Snyder finished with two hits and three RBI for Sioux City.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Jordan Kipper (Chicago Dogs) 6.0 IP, 4 H, BB, 0 ER, 6 K
No. 2 – Zach Keenan (Lincoln Saltdogs) 7.0, 6 H, 3 BB, 0 ER, 4 K
No. 1 – Ben Allison (Kane County Cougars) 7.2 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 0 ER, 6 K
American Association Daily Notes
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks IF Drew Ward extended his consecutive on-base streak to 33 straight games on Saturday evening… Sioux City Explorers Gabe Snyder became the 33rd player to homer at least twice in the same game this season.
Lake Country: Removed RHP Alex Reinoehl from the Injured List and placed him on the Inactive List retroactive to June 11
Sioux Falls: Activated RHP Angel Ventura from the Injured List
By Robert Pannier