Goldeyes Snap Monarchs Win Streak, Bennett Stars in Debut, Gunn Blanks Apollos
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 transaction, Sioux City Explorers,s. In today’s edition, Robert Pannier recaps the six games in the American Association on Friday, including Michael Gunn helping to blank in the Houston Apollos, the Kansas City Monarchs seeing their eight-game winning streak come to an end, and T.J. Bennett returns to the American Association to have a big night for the Chicago Dogs. Plus, transactions, notes, and stars of the night.
Allen Returns to Lead Cougars over Milkmen
Josh Allen returned from the disabled list to hit his second homerun of the season while driving in three leading the Kane County Cougars over the Milwaukee Milkmen, 8-2. Allen and Kacy Clemens each scored two runs. Vance Worley also came off injured reserve and was outstanding, allowing two runs on six hits in seven innings while striking out seven.
The loss was the first of the season for Myles Smith, who had started the season with five straight victories. Anibal Sierra and David Washington had two hits apiece for Milwaukee.
Bennett Returns to Lead Dogs
T.J. Bennett came out of retirement to lead the Chicago Dogs to an 8-5 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats on Friday. Bennett went 3-5 with a homer and two RBI as part of a 14-hit performance by Chicago. Johnny Adams, Harrison Smith, and Anferenee Grier each had two hits as well. Chicago jumped out on Gary early, scoring six runs through the first three innings, then adding two runs in the eighth to seal the win. Jake Dahlberg earned the victory.
The loss ruined a great night for Hayden Schilling, who went 2-4 with a homer and three runs driven in. Trevor Lubking struggled, allowing six runs on 10 hits in 4.2 innings.
Zawada Delivers Walk-Off Hit for Explorers
Sebastian Zawada singled home Jose Sermo with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Sioux City Explorers a 3-2 walk-off victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs. Sermo walked to start the inning and moved to second on a deep flyball. After Chris Clare struck out, Zawada grounded an 0-2 pitch into left field, driving the winning run home. Nate Gercken earned the victory with 2.1 innings of shutout relief. Joseph Monge finished with three hits for Sioux City.
Edgar Corcino and Shea Weber each had two hits for Lincoln. Kyle Kinman started for the Saltdogs and was outstanding, allowing two runs on four hits in six innings.
Goldeyes Snap Monarchs Win Streak
The Kansas City Monarchs saw their eight-game winning streak come to an end, as the Winnipeg Goldeyes battered the Monarchs staff for 14 runs on 17 hits in the 14-8 victory. Kyle Martin and Logan Hill each had four hits. Martin scored three runs and drove in a pair while Hill scored two runs and drove in three.
Kansas City found themselves trailing 9-4, but put up four runs in the bottom of the seventh, however, they could get no closer. Jan Hernandez homered twice in the game and drove in three runs. Colin Willis and Morgan McCullough also went deep for Kansas City.
Gunn, Railroaders Blank Houston
Michael Gunn tossed 6.1 shutout innings and Alex Fisbberg closed the contest off with 2.1 innings of shutout relief of his own as the Cleburne Railroaders blanked the Houston Apollos, 5-0. Gunn allowed three hits to earn his second victory of the season. Hunter Clanin had three hits and Noah Vaughan drilled his fourth homerun of the season to lead the Cleburne offense.
Brian Dansereau had two of the four hits for the Apollos.
Canaries Outslug RedHawks
A six run first-inning became the margin of victory as the Sioux Falls Canaries defeated the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, 13-7. Shamoy Christopher had the big blow in the first inning, a three-run homer, his first of the season. Christopher finished with two hits and scored three runs as well. Logan Landon homered for the third game in a row. Jabari Henry went 3-4 with three runs scored and an RBI.
Correlle Prime hit his fifth homerun of the year for Fargo. Leobaldo Piña and Jordan George each had two hits.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Logan Hill (Winnipeg Goldeyes) 4-5, 2 R, 2 Doubles, 3 RBI
No. 2 – Jan Hernandez (Kansas City Monarchs) 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
American Association Daily Notes
The Kansas City Monarchs saw their eight-game winning streak come to an end on Friday. That is the longest such streak in the American Association this season… Sioux Falls Canaries left-hander Ty Culbreth was hit hard on Friday, but took the no decision, keeping his five-game season opening winning streak alive…Canaries OF Logan Landon homered for the third straight game. He has four homeruns during that span…Chicago Dogs catcher Ryan Lidge did not play on Friday, so his consecutive hitting streak remains alive at 14… Both Max Murphy and Raul Navarro had hits for the Winnipeg Goldeyes on Friday, as each extended their hitting streaks to 12 straight games. That is tied for the second-longest streak in the league this season… The Kane County Cougars have won five games when tied or trailing after eight the season.
Kane County: Activated RHP Vance Worley from the Injured List
Kansas City: Transferred the contract of RHP Justin Shafer to the Chicago Cubs
Sioux City: Signed OF Kevin Raisbeck; Placed OF D.J. Poteet on the Inactive List retroactive to June 17
Sioux Falls: Released RHP Logan Wiley; Removed C Charlie Valerio from the active roster to participate for the Dominican Republic National Team at the WBSC Olympic Baseball Final Qualifier
By Robert Pannier