Hernandez Homers Twice for Cleburne, Walker Gives Milkmen Walk-Off Victory
American Association Daily provides insights, features, and recaps of the action from around of Professional Baseball League, as well as player and coaching profiles and transactions. In today’s edition, Robert Pannier recaps the six games on Friday evening, including the Kansas City Monarchs defeating archrival Sioux City, the Milwaukee Milkmen winning in extra innings, and Ramon Hernandez homering twice to lead the Cleburne Railroaders to victory. This and much more.
Hernandez Homers Twice to Lead Railroaders
Ramon Hernandez homered twice and drove in three to lead the Cleburne Railroaders to a 6-1 victory over the Kane County Cougars. The Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the third on a Josh Allen homer, but Cleburne took the lead when Noah Vaughan hit a three-run homer and Hernandez added a solo shot in the top of the fifth. The Railroaders added two more in the ninth on a two-run homer by Hernandez.
Austin Fairchild earned the victory, allowing one run in five innings. The bullpen did the job from there, as four relievers combined to toss four shutout innings of relief. Alay Lago had three hits. Allen finished with two hits for Kane County.
Dogs Early Rally Propels Them Past Canaries
The Chicago Dogs scored five runs through the first two innings on their way to a 5-3 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries. K.C. Hobson got the team going with a two-run double. Hobson scored on a double by Ryan Lidge. Danny Mars added a two-run in the second. Jordan Kipper did the rest, allowing three runs in eight innings to earn his fourth victory of the season. Jeff Kinley earned the save with a scoreless inning of relief.
Troy Alexander and Zane Gurwitz each homered for Sioux Falls. Wyatt Ulrich had two hits to keep his hitting streak alive.
Six-Run Fourth Leads Monarchs to Victory
The Kansas City Monarchs blew open a one-run game with six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on their way to an 8-2 victory over the Sioux City Explorers. Danny Wasinger plated two runs with a single, and Jan Hernandez added a two-run single as well. Jake Matthys earned the victory, allowing two runs in seven innings. Hernandez finished with three RBI and Darnell Sweeney had three hits and scored two runs.
Blake Tiberi had two hits for Sioux City. D.J. Poteet was a perfect 3-3 with a run scored and an RBI. He also stole his first base of the year.
Milkmen Win on Walker Ground Rule Double in 12th
Adam Brett Walker II doubled to drive home Brett Vertigan with the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Milwaukee Milkmen a 5-4 victory over the Houston Apollos. Milwaukee took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but the Apollos scored a run in the seventh and two in the eighth to tie the score, forcing extra innings. Matt Solter went seven innings, allowing two runs. Ryan Boyer earned the victory with a scoreless inning of relief. Vertigan finished 4-5 with two runs. Logan Trowbridge each had two hits. Trowbridge finished with two RBI.
Blake Berry and Alex Takacs each had two hits for Houston. Tucker Smith allowed one earned run in five innings.
RedHawks Defeat Saltdogs in Lincoln
Dylan Kelly drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the eighth inning to put the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks on top, as the team went on to a 6-5 victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs. Two walks and a single loaded the bases before Kelly was able to work the count full, then drew a seven pitch walk. Michael Hope earned the victory and Alex DuBord came on to earn the save, recording the final five outs of the game. Correlle Prime went 2-5 with two runs scored and two RBI. Prime and Leobaldo Piña each homered for the RedHawks.
Josh Altmann had another big day for Lincoln, going 2-2 with a run scored and two RBI. Altmann hit his 13th homer of the year. Shea Weber also went deep for the Saltdogs.
RailCats Defeat Goldeyes with Six-Run Seventh
The Gary SouthShore RailCats erased a one run deficit, scoring six runs in the time of the seventh and two in the eighth to help the team defeat the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 8-1. Five different players drove in runs in the decisive inning, including Ryan Cash, who delivered a two-run single. Cash finished 2-5 with a run and three RBI. Alec Olund drove home two. Trevor Lubking earned the victory, allowing one unearned run in 6.1 innings.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Trevor Lubking (Gary SouthShore RailCats) 6.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 6 BB, 6 K
No. 2 – Jordan Kipper (Chicago Dogs) 8.0 IP, 7 H, 0 BB, 3 ER, 6 K
American Association Daily Notes
Sioux Falls Canaries IF Wyatt Ulrich kept his hitting streak alive, extending it to 28 straight games, the longest in the league this season. He has also reached base in 32 straight games, also the longest streak in the American Association this year…With the victory on Friday, Fargo-Moorhead reliever Michael Hope is tied for the American Association lead in wins with six.
Sioux City: Placed INF Nate Samson on the Inactive List retroactive to July 2
Sioux Falls: Released RHP Carlos Pimentel
By Robert Pannier