Mercado Walk-Off Hit in Gary, Dansereau Powers Apollos, Olmeda Homers for Monarchs
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 four games in the American Association on Thursday, including the Gary SouthShore RailCats winning a nail-biter in extra-innings, and the Kansas City Monarchs knocking off the Cleburne Railroaders thanks to a three-run homer by Alexis Olmeda. Plus, Brian Dansereau leads the Houston Apollos to victory in 10. This and much more.
Apollos Edge Saltdogs in 10
The Houston Apollos scored four runs in the top of the 10th inning to help launch them to a 9-5 victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs, avoiding the sweep. Houston had taken the lead in the top of the ninth only to see Lincoln battle back to tie the score in the bottom half of the frame. That sent the contest extra innings where Dom DeRenzo gave Lincoln the lead for good with a bases clearing double.
Chandler Ingram earned the victory. DeRenzo finished with two hits and scored two runs. Brian Dansereau had four hits, including hitting his sixth homerun of the year. Curt Smith had three hits for Lincoln. David Vidal had two hits and walked twice in the game.
Gonzalez, Goldeyes Complete Sweep
Jorge Gonzalez tossed six shutout innings and José Vasquez finished the game off with three scoreless frames as the Winnipeg Goldeyes completed their sweep with the Sioux City Explorers, beating Sioux City, 5-0. Gonzalez allowed four hits while striking out eight to earn his third victory of the season. Max Murphy drove in three runs for Winnipeg. The Explorers were held to five hits.
Monarchs Rally to Down Railroaders
The Kansas City Monarchs jumped out to a 4-0 early lead, only to see the Cleburne Railroaders battle back with six unanswered runs. However, Kansas City responded with four runs in the bottom of the seventh and a run in the eighth to earn the 9-6 victory. Alexis Olmeda had the big blow in the seventh, a three-run homer that put his team on top for good. Ibandel Isabel also went deep for Kansas City as part of a three RBI performance. Brock Gilliam earned the victory, tossing a scoreless inning of relief, and Jameson McGrane closed out the contest with two scoreless innings.
Chase Simpson and Hunter Clanin each homered and drove in three runs in the game. Simpson scored twice and had two hits.
RailCats Scratch Out Victory in 11
José Mercado drove home Raymond Jones with the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Gary SouthShore RailCats a 2-1 walk-off victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries. With two down, Jones drew a seven-pitch walk, then advanced to second on a base hit by Ryan Cash. That brought Mercado to the plate, who drilled a 1-0 pitch up the middle to give Gary the victory. Jack Eisenbarger started for the RailCats and was outstanding, allowing one run in six innings. Tasker Strobel earned the victory, tossing three shutout innings.
That spoiled a spectacular performance by Angel Ventura, who allowed one unearned run in seven innings. Ventura allowed just three hits. Wyatt Ulrich had three hits in the game.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Chase Simpson (Cleburne Railroaders) 2-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, HR
No. 2 – Angel Ventura (Sioux Falls Canaries) 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, 5 K
American Association Daily Notes
The Houston Apollos won their first extra-inning contest of the season on Thursday. They are now 1-4 in extra-inning games…The Gary SouthShore RailCats moved to 6-1 in extra-inning games with their victory on Thursday…Houston Apollos IF Blake Berry has reached base in 27 straight games on the road, the longest streak in the American Association this season…Milwaukee Milkmen RHP Myles Smith has won five straight decisions, tied for the longest winning streak this season.
Gary SouthShore: Traded LHP Cole Cook to Schaumburg (Frontier League) for a player to be named later; Activated RHP Jack Alkire from the Injured List
Kane County: Placed C B.J. Lopez on the Inactive List retroactive to August 3; Signed C Jhon Nunez
Lincoln: Removed RHP Carter Hope from the Injured List and placed him on the Inactive List retroactive to July 14; Placed RHP Keenan Bartlett on the Injured List retroactive to August 1
Sioux City: Signed INF Brendan Dadson and RHP Jonathan Vance
By Robert Pannier