Hernandez, Sermo Provide Late Inning Homer Heroics, Cougars Rally
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 an exciting Sunday in the American Association as Jan Hernandez and Jose Sermo both homer late to give their team the victory, and the Kane County Cougars Rally in the ninth for the second straight night to earn the victory. This is just the start of an exciting day in the American Association.
Saltdogs Hang on to Win Wild Contest with Railroaders
Skyler Weber homered and drove in five as the Lincoln Saltdogs jumped out to an 8-2 lead before hanging on for an 11-10 victory over the Cleburne Railroaders. Lincoln rapped out a season-high 15 hits behind three by both Weber and Justin Byrd. Jake Hohensee earned the victory with two shutout innings of relief.
The loss spoiled a spectacular night for five Railroaders hitters. Osvaldo Martinez had four hits, including a homer, and scored two runs, and John Nester and Chase Simpson both went 3-5 with a run scored and three runs driven in. Hunter Clanin and Zach Nehrir each had three hits for Cleburne as well.
Cougars Rally in Ninth to Down Canaries
The Kane County Cougars rallied in the ninth inning for the second straight night, this time scoring five runs on their way to a 7-2 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries. The previous night, Kane County scored six in the ninth in an 11-7 victory.
Gavin LaValley broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI double, one of his two hits on the evening. Jeffrey Baez and Mitch Reeves also had two hits apiece. Tom Curtain earned the victory with three solid innings of relief. Tyler Viza continued his solid start for the Cougars, allowing one run on five hits in six innings. The right-hander has a 1.50 ERA through two starts, but no record to show for it.
The loss ruined an outstanding start by Angel Ventura, who allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings, striking out seven. Jabari Henry had two hits and an RBI for the Canaries.
Eight-Run Seventh Helps RailCats Scratch Out Victory
The Gary Southshore RailCats scratched out an 11-2 victory over the Houston Apollos, thanks to an eight run seventh-inning that broke open a 2-2 tie. Nikola Vasic put Gary on top for good with a two-run single and Jesus Marriaga and Daniel Lingua each drove home two runs in the decisive inning as well. Adam Heidenfelder earned the victory with four shutout innings, striking out seven. Vasic finished 3-5 with two runs scored and two RBI, and Marriaga had a big game as well, going 2-5 with a run and three RBI, as the RailCats set a season-high with 15 hits.
Abdallah Aris rebounded from a tough debut, allowing one earned run in five innings. Nick Anderson and Blake Berry each had two hits for Houston.
Homers Lead Explorers Past Milwaukee
The Sioux City Explorers avoided a sweep at the hands of the Milwaukee Milkmen on Sunday, thanks to three home runs. José Sermon and Chase Harris each had their first of the season while Lane Milligan recorded his second of the year. Harris hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the second inning to give Sioux City an early lead, but it was a two run homer by Sermo in the bottom of the eighth that broke a 5-5 tie to give the Explorers victory. Matt Pobereyko came on to record his first save of the season.
Adam Brett Walker continues to show why he was MVP last season, going 3-4, including hitting his second homerun of the year. Mason Davis had two hits for the Milkmen.
Hernandez Homer Leads Monarchs to Victory
Jan Hernandez blasted his first homerun of the season to lead off the bottom of the eighth, giving the Kansas City Monarchs a 2-1 victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks on Sunday. Tyler Pike and Eric Stout were locked in a great pitchers battle. Pike allowed one in five innings while Stout gave up one in seven, striking out 10. That set up the heroics by Hernandez, who blasted a 2-0 pitch deep to give his team the victory.
Sam Dexter continues his torrid start for the RedHawks, going 3-4 with a run scored. Hernandez finished 2-3 for Kansas City.
Dogs Roll by Goldeyes
Grant Kay homered and drove in three runs as the Chicago Dogs downed the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 11-3. It was the middle innings that proved to be the demise for Winnipeg, as Chicago scored four in the fifth and three in the sixth. Connor Grey was solid for the Dogs, allowing three runs on six hits in six innings. Kay finished with two hits and Danny Mars also drove in three runs for the Dogs.
Raul Navarro drove in two runs for the Goldeyes and Jay Gonzalez had two hits.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Osvaldo Martinez (Cleburne Railroaders) 4-6, 2 R, HR, RBI
No. 2 – Eric Stout (Kansas City Monarchs) 7 IP, 7 H, ER, 0 BB, 10 K
No. 1 – Skyler Weber (Lincoln Saltdogs) 3-5, R, HR, 5 RBI
Cleburne: Transferred the contract of RHP Logan Verrett to the Seattle Mariners; Signed RHP Taylor Wright
Milwaukee: Signed OF Trey Martin
Sioux Falls: Signed C Corey Vasquez
Winnipeg: Signed LHP Willie Rios; Removed LHP Travis Seabrooke from the active roster to play for the Canadian National Team at the WBSC Baseball Americas Olympic Qualifier
By Robert Pannier