Milkmen Hold Off Cougars, Monarchs, Explorers Walk-Off, 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. In today’s edition, Robert Pannier recaps the five games in the American Association on Sunday, including both the Sioux City Explorers and Kansas City Monarchs winning with walk-off hits, the Milwaukee Milkmen holding off the Kane County Cougars and the Cleburne Railroaders complete a sweep of the Houston Apollos. Plus, the Sioux Falls Canaries defeat the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.
Simpson, Nester Homer in Railroaders Victory
The Cleburne Railroaders completed a sweep of the Houston Apollos on Sunday, thanks to three-run homers by Chase Simpson and John Nester in the 7-4 victory. Cleburne trailed by a run entering the bottom of the sixth, but Nester put his team on top for good with a three-run homer, his third of the year. An inning later, Simpson sealed the victory with his first homerun of the season. Alex Fishberg earned the victory and Kyle Chavez came on to close out the game to earn the save. Alay Lago had four hits and Zach Nehrir added three.
Yeiler Peguero had a big day for Houston, going 4-5 with a run scored. David Aldrich and Taylor Zeutenhorst had two hits apiece.
Harris Walk-Off Hit Wins Contest for Explorers in 10
The Lincoln Saltdogs took a one run lead in the top of the 10th inning only to see the Sioux City Explorers battled back with two in the bottom half of the frame to earn the 10-9 victory. Patrick Adams scored the go-ahead run, but an RBI single by Joseph Monge tied the score again and Chase Harris delivered the walk-off hit with a single into left field to drive home Sebastian Zawada. That completed the sweep for the Explorers. L.T. Tolbert went 3-4 with two runs scored and Harris finished 2-4 with two runs scored and three RBI. He also hit his fifth homer of the season. Chris Clare went 3-4 with a run in two runs driven it.
That ruined a huge day by Edgar Corcino who went 3-4 with two runs scored and six RBI. Corcino hit his fourth homerun of the season. Forrestt Allday continues his push for a .400 campaign, going 2-3 with three runs scored.
Henry Leads Canaries to Victory
Jabari Henry homered and drove in four to help lead the Sioux Falls Canaries to a 7-2 victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Henry added a double as part of a 2-3 day. The Canaries had just six hits, but took advantage of seven walks. Angel Ventura had an outstanding start, going six innings, allowing two runs while striking out five. Trevor Simms and Robbie Gordon tossed a combined three scoreless innings to finish off the contest.
Leobaldo Piña had a big day for Fargo, going 3-4. Will Zimmerman and Kevin Krause each had two hits for the RedHawks. Tyler Herron struggled again in his second start since joining the team.
Monarchs Rally to Defeat Goldeyes
The Kansas City Monarchs rallied from an 8-4 deficit with five runs over the final three innings, including a walk-off two run homer off the bat of Jan Hernandez in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 9-8. A five run seventh inning put Winnipeg on top, but Kansas City scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh and a run in the bottom of the eighth to set up the dramatic conclusion. José José retired the first two batters of the inning, but Ryan Grotjohn kept the inning alive with a single before Hernandez turned on the first pitch he saw for a blast over the left field wall to give Kansas City their 10th victory in the last 11 games.
That ruined a big performance for the Hill “brothers,” as Logan Hill went 2-4 with a run and an RBI and Tyler Hill went 3-5 with two runs scored and three runs driven in. Max Murphy went 3-5.
Milkmen Hold Off Cougars for Victory
The Milwaukee Milkmen jumped out to a 6-0 lead, then held on for a 7-6 victory over the Kane County Cougars. Adam Brett Walker, Christian Correa, Aaron Hill, and Anibal Sierra each hit home runs for Milwaukee. Sierra finished 4-4 with two runs scored and two runs driven in. Ryan Boyer moved to 4-0, tossing five shutout innings.
Kacy Clemens went 3-5 with two runs scored and two runs driven in four Kane County. He also hit his fourth homerun of the year. Gavin LaValley was a perfect 2-2 with three walks.
RailCats-Dogs Rained Out
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Anibal Sierra (Milwaukee Milkmen) 4-4, 2 R, HR, Triple, 2 RBI
No. 2 – Jabari Henry (Sioux Falls Canaries) 2-3, 2 R, 4 RBI, HR, Double
American Association Daily Notes
Chicago Dogs catcher Ryan Lidge’s hitting streak remains at 15 games after the Chicago Dogs game was postponed… Winnipeg Goldeyes OF Max Murphy extended his hitting streak to 14 straight games. Teammate Raul Navarro saw his hitting streak come to an end at 13 games. Navarro also saw his consecutive on-base streak end at 23 straight games, tops in the American Association this year…The Kansas City Monarchs became the sixth team this season to win a ballgame when trailing after eight innings.
Chicago: Placed RHP Michael Bowden on the Injured List retroactive to June 14
Cleburne: Signed RHP Jheyson Manzueta
Fargo-Moorhead: Traded OF Tyler Kelly to Idaho Falls (Pioneer League) for a player to be named later
Gary SouthShore: Signed RHP Felix Santiago
Kane County: Placed RHP Scott Harkin on the Injured List retroactive to June 17; Signed RHP Ben Allison
Kansas City: Signed LHP Jacob Lindgren and RHP Jose Taveras
Milwaukee: Signed OF Derek Reddy; Activated OF Tony Rosselli from the Injured List
Sioux City: Released OF Kevin Raisbeck and INF Ed Reichenbach; Placed RHP Tyler Beardsley on the Inactive List retroactive to June 16; Placed OF Michael Lang on the Inactive List retroactive to June 16
Sioux Falls: Transferred the contract of OF Logan Landon to the Philadelphia Phillies
Winnipeg: Removed OF Jay Gonzalez from the Injured List and placed him on the Inactive List retroactive to May 24
By Robert Pannier