Dogs Sweep Goldeyes, Explorers Snap Skid, Canaries Rally to Down Railroaders
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. Robert Pannier recaps the 10 games in the American Association on Tuesday, including the Chicago Dogs sweeping a double-header from the Winnipeg Goldeyes, the Sioux City Explorers snapping their eight-game losing streak, and Garett Delano nearly reaching perfection in the Lincoln Saltdogs double-header sweep. This and much more.
Explorers Split Double-Header to End Skid
The Sioux City Explorers snapped an eight-game losing streak by winning the second contest of a double-header on Wednesday evening. The Kansas City Monarchs won the first contest behind five solid innings from Justin Shafer, who allowed two hits and one run in five innings to earn the victory. Jameson McGrane came on to close out the contest with two innings to earn his second save of the season. The Monarchs took the lead when Gabriel Guerrero hit his 17th homerun in the top of the first inning, a three-run blast. The pitching staff did the rest.
Seamus Curran hit his second homerun for Sioux City. He finished 1-2 with two runs scored and two walks.
In the second contest, the Explorers broke a two all tie with a run in the fourth and two in the fifth on their way to a 5-2 victory. Chase Harris hit a two-run homer, his fifth of the year and Nate Gercken came on to close out the contest for his first save of the season.
Canaries Rally to Down Railroaders in Ninth
The Sioux Falls Canaries scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Cleburne Railroaders, 7-6. Zane Gurwitz hit an RBI double, and Mike Hart followed with a two run double to tie the score. That brought Angelo Altavillo to the plate, who hit a 1-2 pitch up the middle to score Hart to give Sioux Falls the walk-off victory. Hart finished 3-5 with two runs scored and two RBI for the Canaries.
The top five hitters in the Railroaders lineup went a combined 10-23 with four runs scored and five RBI. Alay Lago had three of those hits.
Dogs Sweep Double-Header from Goldeyes
The Chicago dogs earned a double-header sweep over the Winnipeg Goldeyes. In the first contest, Chicago jumped out to a 6-0 lead, thanks to a two-run single by Harrison Smith in the second and four more runs in the sixth. Smith finished 2-2 with five runs driven in. He hit his eighth homerun of the season. Kyle Murphy earned the victory, allowing two runs in five innings. Lidge finished with three hits and three RBI.
Winnipeg got a three-run homer off the bat of Kyle Martin, his 25th homer of the season. Wes Darvill had three hits.
In the second contest, Chicago took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning only to watch Winnipeg tie the score in the top of the seventh. That forced extra innings where T.J. Bennett gave his team the victory with an RBI single up the middle that scored Cosimo Cannella to give the Dogs a walk-off victory. Christian Friedrich pitched very well, allowing one run in six innings, but earned a no decision. Cam Booser earned the victory with a scoreless inning leaf.
Martin led the Goldeyes offense once again, hitting his 26th homerun of the season. Logan Hill and Raul Navarro also went deep for Winnipeg.
RailCats, Apollos Split
The Gary SouthShore RailCats rallied from an early 3-1 deficit, scoring in each of the first seven frames as they defeated the Houston Apollos 13-9 in the first game of their double-header. Michael Woodworth led the way, going a perfect 5-5 with three runs scored and two RBI. Daniel Lingua and Hayden Schilling each had a homerun and three RBIs for the RailCats.
That ruined a spectacular performance by Brian Dansereau who went 4-5 with two runs scored and two RBI. Dansereau came a double short of hitting for the cycle. Ian Yetsko added a three-run homer.
In the second contest, Matt Cronin allowed one run in 5.1 innings to earn the victory. Cronin allowed two hits and three walks while striking out five to win his third game of the season. Keisy Portorreal close out the contest for his second save of the season. Houston gave up the first run of the contest, then responded with four unanswered runs on their way to the 4-1 victory.
Ludwig Hurls RedHawks to Victory
Jon Ludwig earned his first victory of the season, tossing five scoreless innings as the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks defeated the Kane County Cougars, 9-6. Fargo scored six runs to start the contest, then held on as Kane County battled back with three runs in the seventh and three in the eighth. Correlle Prime Dylan Kelly each had three hits in the contest. Leobaldo Pina hit his 14th homerun of the year
Josh Allen led the Kane County offense, going 2-5 with homerun and three RBI. Jeffrey Baez also went deep for the Cougars.
Delano Helps Saltdogs Complete Sweep
Garett Delano carried a perfect game into the bottom of the seventh inning to help lead the Lincoln Saltdogs to a double-header sweep of the Milwaukee Milkmen. Delano was fantastic, retiring the first 19 batters of the contest, but a one-out single by Logan Trowbridge broke up the perfect game bid. Ryan Long, Forrestt Allday, and Edgar Corcino each homered for Lincoln.
The Milkmen two RBI from Cole Sturgeon.
In the first contest, Justin Byrd went 3-4 with four runs driven in. That included hitting his 12th homerun of the season. The Saltdogs bullpen was spectacular, allowing two runs in seven innings of work. James Pugliese earned his 21st save of the season.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Justin Byrd (Lincoln Saltdogs) 4-7, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI, HBP
No. 2 – Harrison Smith (Chicago Dogs) 3-6, 2 R, HR, 5 RBI, BB
American Association Daily Notes
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 1B Correlle Prime recorded the 1000th hit of his professional career… Winnipeg Goldeyes 1B Kyle Martin homered in each of the double-header contests on Wednesday, giving him 26 homers. That now leads the American Association…The Cleburne Railroaders lost for the first time this season when leading after eight innings. They are now 27-1. Only the Milwaukee Milkmen and Sioux City Explorers are undefeated when leading after eight.
Cleburne: Recalled RHP Tyler Wilson from loan to Monterrey (Mexican League) and returned him to the active roster
Fargo-Moorhead: Signed LHP Matt Tomshaw
Gary SouthShore: Activated INF Michael Woodworth from the Inactive List
Kane County: Signed INF Dalys Binder and INF Nick Conti
Milwaukee: Released RHP Ryan Dunne and OF Tony Rosselli cleared waivers and are free agents
Winnipeg: Signed RHP Reed Hayes
By Robert Pannier