Goldeyes Sweep Saltdogs, Explorers Hold Lead, Railroaders Set Franchise Mark
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 eight games in the American Association on Tuesday, including the Winnipeg Goldeyes and the Milwaukee Milkmen earning a double-header sweep, and the Cleburne Railroaders setting a franchise record. Plus, the Sioux City Explorers rally then hold on for a victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries. This and much more.
Railroaders Set Franchise Mark
The Cleburne Railroaders tripled three times in Tuesday night’s contest, setting a franchise record in their 7-3 victory over the Kane County Cougars. Alay Lago came a homerun away from hitting for the cycle, going 3-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Zach Nehrir drove in two runs. That provided more than enough run support for Jheyson Manzueta, who earned his third victory of the season, allowing three runs in six innings of work.
Kane County hit three homeruns in the game, including the eighth of the year by the red hot Josh Allen. Allen finished 2-2 with a walk.
Murphy, Pitchers Lead Goldeyes Double-Header Sweep
Max Murphy went a combined 4-6 with a run and five RBI to lead the Winnipeg Goldeyes to a double-header sweep of the Lincoln Saltdogs. Murphy recorded doubles in each half of the double-header. Pete Perez helped lead the way in the first contest, allowing two unearned runs in six innings of work while striking out seven. José José came on in the seventh to close the contest out.
In the second game, a three run fifth proved to be the deciding frame as Winnipeg went on to a 4-2 victory. Murphy drove in three runs with a bases clearing double. Christian James earned the victory and Nate Antone came on to close out the contest.
Milkmen Complete Sweep of Dogs
The Milwaukee Milkmen finished off a suspended game with a victory, then earned a 5-4 win in the regularly scheduled contest against the Chicago Dogs. Adam Brett Walker II drove in a pair of runs with two hits, including his 15th double of the year. Milwaukee had trailed in this contest 4-0, but scored four runs in the top of the fifth inning before adding a run in the sixth for the game-winner. Tony Rosselli drove in the game-winner with his seventh homerun of the season, his second blast of the night.
Ryan Lidge continues to shine for Chicago, going 2-3 with a run and two RBI. Lidge hit his second homerun of the year.
Monarchs Slip by Apollos
The Kansas City Monarchs jumped out to a 5-1 lead over the Houston Apollos, only to watch Houston battled back to tie the score 8. However, the Monarchs took the lead for good on an RBI double by Darnell Sweeney and a sacrifice fly by Jan Hernandez to give Kansas City a 10-8 victory. Sweeney had a huge day for Kansas City, going 3-5 with three runs scored and two runs driven in. Hernandez and Casey Gillaspie each drove in three for Kansas City. Carlos Diaz closed out the contest for his 10th save of the year.
Houston got a big evening from Alex Takacs, 2-5 with a homer and four runs driven in. Blake Berry score 3 runs and had two hits for the Apollos.
Explorers Hold on to Down Canaries
The Sioux City Explorers scored four runs in the first inning then held on to defeat the Sioux Falls Canaries, 7-6. Sebastian Zawada had the big blow in the first inning, a three-run homer, his 10th of the year. Chase Harris, Chris Clare, and L.T. Tolbert each finished with two hits for Sioux City. Nate Gercken found himself in a little bit of trouble in the ninth, but was finally able to close out the contest for his first save of the season. The victory snapped a five-game losing streak for Sioux City.
Sioux Falls got three hits from Cade Gotta and Jabari Henry drove in a pair of runs with his 10th homer of the year.
RedHawks Rally to Down RailCats
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks erased a five-run deficit, scoring two in the fifth, three in the six, and two in the seventh on their way to a 7-6 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Jordan George led the way for Fargo, hitting his ninth homerun of the season as part of a 2-3, two runs, two RBI performance. Mark Finkelnburg earned the victory and Alex DuBord came on to close out the contest.
Hayden Schilling and Daniel Lingua each drove in a pair of runs for Gary. Jesus Marriaga scored a pair of runs.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Tony Rosselli (Milwaukee Milkmen) 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
No. 2 – Alay Lago (Cleburne Railroaders) 3-4, 2 R, Double, Triple, RBI
American Association Daily Notes
July is proving to be a very powerful month in the American Association, as eight teams have double-digit homers already, led by the Lincoln Saltdogs with 20… Kansas City Monarchs IF Raul Navarro extended his hitting streak to 17 straight games. That is the third longest in the league this season…Sioux Falls Canaries IF Wyatt Ulrich extended his consecutive on-base streak to 35 straight games. Ulrich has a .466 on-base percentage during the straight…Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks OF Jordan George is also on such a streak, reaching 31 consecutive games where he has reached base. George has a .507 on-base percentage during the streak.
Kane County: Traded INF Luis Roman to Tri-City (Frontier League) to complete a previous transaction
Kansas City: Signed RHP Dalbert Siri
By Robert Pannier