Holmberg Dazzles, Walker Homers Twice, Gonzalez Walk-Off Homer, Cougars Walk-Off Win
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 five games on Thursday evening, including David Holmberg tossing a two-hit shutout to lead the Milwaukee Milkmen to a victory over the Cleburne Railroaders, and the Winnipeg Goldeyes defeating the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks on a walk-off homerun in the bottom of the 12th inning. Plus, the Kane County Cougars win on a walk-off hit in the bottom of the 11th. This and much more.
Holmberg, Walker Lead Milkmen to Victory
David Holmberg tossed an absolute gem, allowing two hits in a complete game shutout of the Cleburne Railroaders, as the Milwaukee Milkmen defeated Cleburne, 6-0. Holmberg walked one and struck out eight and tossing his first shutout of the season. For the left-hander, it was his sixth victory of the season. Adam Brett Walker II provided all the run support that Holmberg would need, homering twice in the contest while driving and four. Logan Trowbridge went 1-3 with two runs scored.
Chase Simpson and Noah Vaughan had the only hits for the Railroaders. Cleburne is 8-2 in their last 10 games.
Garkow Hurls Canaries to Victory over Monarchs
Tyler Garkow allowed one run in 6.2 innings to lead the Sioux Falls Canaries to a 5-1 victory over the Kansas City Monarchs. Garkow allowed four hits while striking out nine. Colby Wyatt came on in the seventh and got the team out of a bases-loaded jam. He closed out the contest for his first save of the season. Jordan Ebert went 2-4 with a run scored. The victory snapped and eight game losing streak for Sioux Falls.
Colin Willis had two hits and drew a walk for Kansas City. Nick Travieso was the hardluck loser, allowing three runs in six innings.
Nick Santoro Walk-Off Hit Delivers Victory for Cougars
Nick Santoro single with two down in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the King County Cougars a 2-1 victory over the Houston Apollos. Houston took a 1-0 lead on the sixth homerun of the season by Blake Berry. That lead held through seven as Connor Berry tossed six scoreless innings. However, Kane County tied the score on a sacrifice fly by Josh Allen. That sent the game to extra innings where Santoro would deliver the game-winner. A one-out single by Josh Rolette put the winning run on base and Nick Zammarelli kept the inning alive with a two-out walk. That brought Santoro to the plate, who flared a single into right-center for a base hit driving home the game-winner.
Santoro finished 3-5 with a run scored and an RBI. Rolette was 2-4 with a run scored. Tyler Viza was outstanding for the Cougars, allowing one run in seven innings while striking out 11. Berry allowed five hits and zero runs in six innings for Houston.
Seven-Run First Propels Saltdogs to Victory
The Lincoln Saltdogs scored seven runs in the first inning on their way to an 11-1 victory over the Sioux City Explorers. Edgar Corcino had the big blow of the inning, a two-run double that extended the lead to five at the time. That was one of two hits on the day for Corcino, who drove in four. Josh Altman, Curt Smith, David Vidal, and Zak Taylor each had two hits for Lincoln as well. Greg Minier moved to a perfect 5-0, allowing two hits and no runs in six innings for the Saltdogs.
Chris Clare had two hits for Sioux City. Patrick Ledet struggled for the third straight start, giving up eight runs in two innings.
Winnipeg Wins on Gonzalez Walk-Off Homerun
Jay Gonzalez hit a two-run walk-off homerun in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Winnipeg Goldeyes a 9-7 victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. This was a wild affair that saw Fargo take a 4-1 lead, only to see Winnipeg battle back to take a 6-5 advantage. The RedHawks retook the lead with two runs in the top of the eighth, but the Goldeyes tied the score in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single by Raul Navarro. That forced extra innings where Gonzalez one it with his first homerun of the season.
Gonzalez finished with two runs and four RBI on two hits. Navarro had three hits and three RBI for the Goldeyes. Ken Frosch earned the victory, tossing a scoreless inning of relief. Fargo got three hits from Manuel Boscan. Leobaldo Piña and John Silviano each went deep for the RedHawks.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Jay Gonzalez (Winnipeg Goldeyes) 2-7, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI, 2 SB
No. 2 – Adam Brett Walker II (Milwaukee Milkmen) 2-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, BB
American Association Daily Notes
Sioux Falls Canaries IF Wyatt Ulrich extended his hitting streak to a season high 27 straight games. He has now reached base and 31 straight games, which is also a season-high in the league… Milwaukee Milkmen OF Adam Brett Walker II now has 21 home runs to lead the American Association. He is 10 away from tying the league record for home runs in a season, set by Chicago Dogs 1B Keon Barnum in 2019.
Kansas City: Activated C Daniel Wasinger from the Inactive List
Sioux City: Signed OF D.J. Poteet
Sioux Falls: Traded RHP Robbie Gordon to Milwaukee to complete an earlier trade and for future considerations; Signed RHP Parker Hanson
Winnipeg: Activated RHP Nate Antone from the Injured List
By Robert Pannier