Hill Homers Twice in Milkmen Victory, Monarchs Edge Saltdogs, Railroaders Sweep
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 six games in the American Association on Thursday, including the Cleburne Railroaders competing their sweep of the Gary SouthShore RailCats and Aaron Hill homering twice in the Milwaukee Milkmen’s sweep. Plus, Darnell Sweeney homers twice in the Monarchs victory. This and much more.
Railroaders Thwart RailCats Comeback
Alay Lago drove home the winning run in the top of the ninth inning to give The Cleburne Railroaders a 6-5 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Gary had rallied from a 5-1 deficit, scoring four runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the score. It looked like it this contest was headed to extra innings. Colton Pogue doubled to start the frame and moved to third on a sacrifice. Alay Lago then hit a chopper in front of home plate that brought Pogue home.
Joseph Camacho earned the victory, tossing two scoreless frames and Edward Cruz come on in the bottom of the ninth to earn his fourth save of the season. Both Osvaldo Martinez and Ramon Hernandez homered for Cleburne and Noah Vaughan drove in a pair with a triple. Billy Cooke hit his first homerun of the season for the RailCats.
Hill, Smith Lead Milkmen to Victory
Aaron Hill homered twice and Myles Smith struck out 13 to lead the Milwaukee Milkmen to a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Dogs. Chicago held a one run lead in the bottom of the fourth when Hill hit a two-run homer. He added a solo shot in the seventh seal the victory. Smith was devastating, striking out at least two in each of his five innings of work. Nate Hadley came on in the ninth to close the contest out for his seventh save of the season.
K.C. Hobson had two hits for Chicago. Brennan Metzger hit his fourth homerun of the year.
Early Surge Leads Apollos
The Houston Apollos scored four runs in the first inning, too much of a hill for the Winnipeg Goldeyes to overcome as Houston went on to a 6-4 victory. The Houston pitching staff pitched extremely well, allowing just four hits in the contest. Matt Cronin earned the victory, allowing two runs in 5.2 innings pitched. Keisy Portorreal came on to close out the contest by retiring the final five batters, four by strikeouts. Ian Yetsko had three hits and Jordan Pontious scored two runs in the contest.
The Goldeyes were led by Kyle Martin with three hits and three RBI. Martin hit his 19th homer of the year.
Monarchs Rally to Down Saltdogs
The Kansas City Monarchs rallied from a 4-run deficit, scoring three in the sixth and four in the eighth on their way to an 8-7 victory. Darnell Sweeney hit two home runs in the contest. Jan Hernandez and Colin Willis also went deep for Kansas City. Brian Ellington earned the victory, tossing 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, striking out four batters.
Lincoln got a big day out of Curt Smith, who had three hits and three runs driven in. Forrestt Allday and Edgar Corcino each went deep for the Saltdogs.
RedHawks Rally to Down Cougars
For the second straight night, the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks rallied late to defeat the Kane County Cougars, this time scoring five runs over the final two frames in an 8-5 victory. Nick Novak led the way, going 2-2 with a homer and four runs driven in. John Silviano also homered for Fargo and Alex DuBord earned the victory with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Kacy Clemens hit his 12th homerun of the season for Kane County, driving in three runs. Josh Tols had a solid start, allowing three runs in seven innings.
Explorers Dominate Canaries
The Sioux City Explorers broke a 2-2 tie with five runs in the top of the fifth on their way to an 11-2 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries. Chris Clare had three hits and D.J Poteet hit his first homerun of the season for the Explorers. Everyone in the starting lineup but Chase Harris had at least one hit in the game. Clare and Mitch Ghelfi each had three hits.
Cade Gotta hit his third homerun for the Canaries, going 2-4.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Myles Smith (Milwaukee Milkmen) 5.0 IP, 3 H, BB, 2 ER, 13 K
No. 2 – Nick Novak (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) 2-2, 2 R, HR, Double, 4 RBI
American Association Daily Notes
Sioux Falls Canaries IF Wyatt Ulrich extended his consecutive on-base streak to 44 straight games…Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks OF Jordan George continued his streak as well, extending it to 40 straight games. Teammate John Silviano extended his hitting streak to 24 straight games, the second-longest in the league this season…The Kansas City Monarchs are 16-5 in July. The Cleburne Railroaders are right behind them at 14-5…The Houston Apollos earned their first victory in July. They are now 1-17.
Gary SouthShore: Activated RHP Jack Alkire from the Injured List; Placed LHP Cole Cook on the Injured List retroactive to July 16
Sioux Falls: Released RHP Connor McCord
Winnipeg: Signed RHP Landen Bourassa; Traded RHP Dan Kubiuk to Washington (Frontier League) for a player to be named later.
By Robert Pannier