Dogs Rally to Down Saltdogs, Adams Homers Twice, Simpson Drives in Six
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 Wednesday, including the Chicago Dogs rallying to defeat the Lincoln Saltdogs, Chase Simpson drives in six in the Cleburne Railroaders victory, and Matt Adams homers twice for the Kansas City Monarchs. This and much more.
Dogs Rally Late to Down Saltdogs
The Chicago Dogs scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to earn a 5-3 victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs on Wednesday afternoon. This was a great contest that saw Chicago take the lead in the top of the second on a two-run homer by Trent Bauer. Lincoln battled back to pull within one in the bottom half of the inning, then tied the score in the bottom of the seventh on a sacrifice fly by J.R. DiSarcina.
The Dogs retook the lead in the top half of the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Harrison Smith, but Ryan Long tied the game with an RBI single in the bottom half of the inning. That set up the ninth where Cosimo Cannella gave Chicago the lead for good with an RBI single and Charlie Tilson followed with a single that made it 5-3.
Kevin Marnon (2-0) earned the victory and Paul Schwendel came on in the ninth to earn his fourth save of the season. Brandon Cunniff took the loss.
Simpson Drives in Six to Lead Railroaders
Chase Simpson drove in six runs to help lead the Cleburne Railroaders to a 10-2 victory over the Milwaukee Milkmen. Simpson got things going early, tripling home Edwin Arroyo to give Cleburne a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Milwaukee tied the score when Dylan Kelly homered in the top of the second, but the Railroaders jumped back on top when Cesar Trejo drilled his third homerun of the year, a two-run blast to make it 3-1.
The Milkmen cut the lead in half on a sacrifice fly by Keon Barnum, but it was all Railroaders from there, as the team scored seven unanswered runs to close out the victory. Simpson drilled a two-run homerun in the bottom of the fifth, his third of the year. In the sixth, the Cleburne infielder cleared the bases with a double to the wall, making him just a single short of hitting for the cycle.
Kevin Hilton was the recipient of all that support, allowing two runs in 6.1 innings to earn his first victory of the season. Simpson finished 3-4 with a run and six RBI. Will Kengor had two hits for Milwaukee.
RailCats Rally to Down DockHounds
The Gary SouthShore RailCats found themselves trailing 1-0 after five, but scored two runs in the sixth and added three more in the eighth to earn a 5-1 victory over the Lake Country DockHounds. Lake Country jumped out on top when T.J. Bennett drove home Jake Snider with an RBI single in the third.
Duncan Snider was pitching exceptionally well, keeping Gary SouthShore off the scoreboard through the first five innings, but Chris Burgess tied the score when he led off the sixth with his first home run of the year. With two on and one down, Daniel Lingua drove home Javeyan Williams to put the RailCats on top for good. Gary added three more runs in the eighth, thanks to an RBI double by Lingua and a two-run single off the bat of Zach Racusin.
Chris Erwin allowed one run in 4.2 innings for the RailCats. Zach LeBlanc earned the victory, tossing 1.2 innings of scoreless relief. Lingua finished with two hits and two RBI and Williams scored two runs. The DockHounds were led by Daikan Yoh, who had two hits and walked twice.
RedHawks Rally to Down Canaries
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks found themselves trailing the Sioux Falls Canaries 7-1, but rallied for six runs to tie the score, then scored two in the bottom of the ninth to earn a 9-8 victory. Sioux Falls was rolling early, as Jabari Henry hit his league-leading 10th homerun of the season to put the Canaries on top in the top of the second. Back-to-back hit by pitches with the bases-loaded extended the lead to three. Drew Ward cut the RedHawks deficit to two with his seventh homerun of the year, but Sioux Falls looked like they were putting this game out of reach, scoring two in the fourth and fifth frames.
However, it was all RedHawks from there. Manuel Boscan hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to help pull the team within three. After scoring a run in the sixth, Fargo-Moorhead tied the score when Ward delivered a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh. In the ninth, Sioux Falls retook the lead on Shamoy Christopher’s first homerun of the season, but Leobaldo Pina tied the score with a fielder’s choice in the bottom half of the inning and Sam Dexter delivered the game-winning hit, beating out a ground ball to score Pina to give the RedHawks the walk-off victory.
Luke Lind earned the victory. Ward finished 4-5 with a run and four RBI. John Silviano and Dexter each had three hits. Ozzie Martinez had three hits for Sioux Falls.
Adams Homers Twice to Propel Monarchs
Matt Adams homered twice as part of a four-homerun performance by the Kansas City Monarchs on Wednesday, as the team downed the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 6-3. Adams staked his team to the lead with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning. Kansas City extended the lead to three when David Thompson led off the bottom of the fourth with his ninth homerun of the year.
However, Winnipeg cut the deficit to one as Andrew Martinez delivered an RBI double in the fifth and Eric Rivera scored on a wild pitch in the sixth. Jan Hernandez extended the lead to two with his 10th homerun of the year in the bottom of the sixth, and Adams put this game away with his second two-run homer of the game, also his 10th of the year.
Lewis Thorpe earned his third victory of the year, allowing two runs in 5.2 innings. Jameson McGrane came on in the ninth to close out the game, striking out the side for his third save of the year. Adams finished 2-4 with two runs and four RBI. Rivera and Logan Hill were both 2-4 for Winnipeg.
The contest between the Sioux City Explorers and the Kane County Cougars was postponed because of rain. This contest will be made up as part of a double-header on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Drew Ward (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) 4-5, R, HR, 4 RBI
No. 2 – Matt Adams (Kansas City Monarchs) 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
No. 1 – Chase Simpson (Cleburne Railroaders) 3-4, R, Double, Triple, HR, 6 RBI
American Association Daily Notes
Kansas City Monarchs teammates Jan Hernandez and Matt Adams are tied with Sioux Falls Canaries outfielder Jabari Henry for the American Association lead with 10 homeruns. All three homered on Wednesday… Lake Country DockHounds OF Aaron Takacs, Chicago Dogs OF Charlie Tilson, and Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks OF Drew Ward all extended their consecutive on base streaks to 23 games on Wednesday.
Cleburne: Signed INF Eddie Hernandez
Kane County: Activated OF Ernie De La Trinidad from the Injured List; Activated OF Bryce Brentz from the Inactive List; Placed RHP Jack Fox on the Inactive List retroactive to May 21
Lake Country: Released C Travis Tanaka
Lincoln: Signed INF Alex Steinbach; Released C Jacob Olson
Sioux City: Signed LHP Kobey Schlotman
Sioux Falls: Signed RHP Tony Lanier; Released RHP Garrett Hope
By Robert Pannier