Explorers Sweep Dogs, Railroaders, Canaries Rally, McGovern Dominates for RedHawks
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 Kevin McGovern striking out 12 to lead the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks to victory, the Cleburne Railroaders and Sioux Falls Canaries rallied to win their contests, and the Sioux City Explorers swept the Chicago Dogs. This, plus much more.
Milkmen Batter Cougars to Close Out Series
The Milwaukee Milkmen scored six runs in the third inning to take command of their contest on Sunday afternoon, defeating the Kane County Cougars, 14-4. Milwaukee scored in only four frames in the contest, but made the most of them, scoring six in the third, three in the fifth, a run in the eighth, and four more in the ninth.
Keon Barnum had the big blow of the third, hitting a three-run homer, his 20th of the year. Milwaukee hit four home runs on the day, as Miguel Gomez, Dylan Kelly, and Aaron Hill each went deep as well. Barnum finished 2-3 with three runs scored and three RBI. Gomez was 2-5 with two runs and two RBI and Hill had three hits and scored three runs. Kelly finished with four RBI.
A.J. Schugel continues to shine in the starting rotation, allowing two runs in 6.0 innings to even his record at 3-3. Vance Worley took the loss. Ernie De La Trinidad had two of the seven hits for the Cougars.
McGovern Strikes Out 12 to Lead RedHawks
Kevin McGovern allowed one unearned run in 6.0 innings, striking out 12 as the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks defeated the Lincoln Saltdogs, 6-1. McGovern allowed three hits and three walks to move his record to 7-2. He has now won five of his last six decisions.
The RedHawks state their starter to a 4-0 lead in the top of the second. Ben Livorsi drove home John Silviano with a single and Sam Dexter followed with a three-run shot, his sixth homerun of the season. Lincoln got one of those runs back in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by Rayder Ascanio, but Fargo-Moorhead restored the four-run lead immediately as Leobaldo Pina drove home Evan Alexander with a double in the top of the fifth. The RedHawks added one more run in the top of the ninth on an RBI single by Christian Correa.
The bottom four in the Fargo-Moorhead lineup were dominating, going a combined 9-14 with four runs scored and five RBI. Rymer Liriano had three hits and Dexter had two hits and drove in three. Garett Delano took the loss for Lincoln, allowing five runs in 4.2 innings.
Lincoln Saltdogs Recap by Michael Dixon
Canaries Rally to Down Monarchs
The Sioux Falls Canaries scored five runs in the seventh and two in the eighth to erase a 5-1 deficit on their way to an 8-6 victory over the Kansas City Monarchs. The Monarchs took the lead in the top of the second on back-to-back homers by Matt Adams and Casey Gillaspie. That looked like it would be more than enough support for Kansas City starter Matt Hall, who allowed one run through five innings.
In the seventh, the Monarchs extended their lead thanks to an RBI single by Alexis Olmeda, an error, and a balk plating three runs. However, Sioux Falls responded with five runs on just three hits in the bottom half of the frame. Kona Quiggle pulled the Canaries within one with a two-run single and Trey Michalczewski tied the score with a sacrifice fly. Ozzie Martinez drew a bases loaded walk to put Sioux Falls ahead for the first time in the contest.
Kansas City tie the score the top of the eighth on a homerun by David Thompson, but the Canaries responded once again as Shamoy Christopher drove home two runs in the bottom half the frame to put Sioux Falls on top for good. Colby Wyatt earned the victory while Mitchell Walters came on in the night to strike out the side for his second save of the season. Martinez and Gavin LaValley each had three hits for Sioux Falls. Gillaspie had three hits for Kansas City.
Kansas City Monarchs Recap by Kaitlyn Saunders
Railroaders Rally Late to Down RailCats
The Gary SouthShore RailCats and the Cleburne Railroaders were in a scoreless tie through the first five innings, but the teams combined for 12 runs over the final four frames, including five by Cleburne in the eighth, giving the Railroaders a 9-3 victory. Edward Cuello and Kevin Hilton were in complete command of this game through the first five innings.
In the sixth, the RailCats finally broke through as Jesus Marriaga delivered a two-run single to put his team on top. In the bottom half of the frame Zach Nehrir drove home Edwin Arroyo with the ground out. Gary SouthShore carried that lead into the bottom of the seventh, but Hector Sanchez tied the score with a sacrifice fly and Jacob Bockelie followed with a two-run shot to put his team on top.
The RailCats added a run in the top of the eighth, but a balk, an error, and a three-run homer by Chuck Taylor blew this game open. Hill Alexander and Arroyo each scored two runs and had three hits for Cleburne. Michael Woodworth was a perfect 3-3 with two runs scored and a walk for the RailCats.
Gary SouthShore RailCats Recap by Ryan Zimmerman
Murphy Powers Goldeyes to Victory
Max Murphy homered and drove in four runs as the Winnipeg Goldeyes knocked off the Lake Country DockHounds, 10-3. Lake Country took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, but Winnipeg took complete command of this game from there, scoring seven unanswered runs, including four in the third. Ian Sagdal tied the score with an RBI double and Raul Navarro followed with a two run double. A single by Max Murphy brought home Navarro to make it 4-1.
An inning later, Kevin Lachance drove home Hidekel Gonzalez with a double and Murphy plated Lachance with a single. Eric Rivera doubled home Deon Stafford in the fifth to make it 7-1. Murphy added a two-run homer in the eighth, his 23rd of the season.
Murphy finished 3-5 with a run and four RBI. Navarro had two hits, scored two runs, and drove in two. Landen Bourassa earned the victory, allowing two earned runs in 7.0 innings. Tristen Carranza had two hits for Lake Country and Gio Brusa scored two runs.
Winnipeg Goldeyes Recap by Steve Schuster
Explorers Complete Sweep of Dogs
The Sioux City Explorers scored six runs in the third inning then held on to complete their sweep of the Chicago Dogs with an 8-7 victory on Sunday. The Explorers sent 10 men to the plate in the third, recording six runs off five hits. An RBI single by Danny Amaral gave his team the lead. After an error plated a run, Gabe Snyder made it a three-run advantage with an RBI single. A two-run double by Nate Samson extended the lead to five before Ademar Rifaela made it 6-0 with a single to center.
The Explorers made it a seven-run lead when Blake Tiberi hit his fourth homerun of the season, a solo shot. However, Chicago began to chip away, scoring single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to make it 8-2. In the seventh, a wild pitch in a ground out made this a four-run contest. That sent the game to the ninth where the Dogs rallied, scoring three runs and had the tying run at second base. However, Thomas McIlraith was able to strike out Connor Kopach to end the contest.
Kevin McCanna earned the victory, allowing two runs in 6.0 innings. Tiberi finished with two runs scored and three RBI. Stevie Wilkerson and Grant Kay each had three hits for Chicago. Michael Crouse and Ryan Lidge had two hits and scored two runs.
Sioux City Explorers Recap by Connor Ryan
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Max Murphy (Winnipeg Goldeyes) 3-5, R, HR, 4 RBI
No. 2 – Keon Barnum (Milwaukee Milkmen) 2-3, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB
No. 1 – Kevin McGovern (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) 6.0 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 0 ER, 12 K
American Association Daily Notes
Winnipeg Goldeyes IF Raul Navarro extended his hitting streak to 21 straight games, tying him for the longest run in the American Association this season… Cleburne Railroaders IF Edwin Arroyo extended his consecutive on-base streak to 31 straight games. That is the third longest in the league this year… Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks left-hander Kevin McGovern struck out 12 on Sunday. He leads the league with 101 strikeouts and is second in innings pitched with 89.2… Kane County Cougars OF Jimmy Kerrigan leads the leak in homeruns (24) and RBI (67).
Gary SouthShore: Placed RHP Jared Price on the Injured List retroactive to July 30; Activated RHP Ryan Campbell from the Injured List
Kane County: Released OF Bryce Brentz
By Robert Pannier