Miller Blanks Explorers, Zimmerman Wins Ninth, Goldeyes-Saltdogs Split
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, Rob Pannier recaps the seven games in the American Association on Friday, including Seth Miller going the distance in a complete game shutout for the Sioux Falls Canaries, the Cleburne Railroaders down the Chicago Dogs in 10, and the Kane County Cougars roll past the Gary SouthShore RailCats.
Game Recaps for Friday
Miller Blanks Explorers
Seth Miller dominated the Sioux City Explorers on Friday evening, tossing a three-hit shutout as the Sioux Falls Canaries earned a 5-0 victory. It was the third win of the year for Miller, who walked to and struck out six. Austin Drury gave up two earned runs in five innings to take the loss.
The only run the Canaries needed came in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Darnell Sweeney. Trevor Achenbach drove in two in the second and later added a sacrifice fly to give him a three RBI Day. Mike Hart and Sweeney each had two hits.
Monarchs Hold Off RedHawks
The Kansas City Monarchs scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take a three-run lead, then held on for a 4-3 victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Ashton Goudeau pitched very well for the Monarchs, allowing one run in six innings. Grant Gavin gave up two runs in the ninth but still earned his second save of the year. Kevin McGovern took the loss despite giving up just two runs in seven innings.
In the third, Kansas City took the lead on a sacrifice fly by LJ Hatch and extended the lead to two in the fourth on an RBI double by Micker Adolfo. The RedHawks cut the deficit in half in the top of the fifth when Sam Dexter led off with his sixth home run of the season. Kansas City looked like they put this game away in the eighth after Adolfo hit a two-run homer, his ninth of the year. However, Nick Novak doubled home two runs in the top of the ninth, putting the tying run at second with one down. Gavin was able to get Dexter to fly out and struck out Evan Alexander to end the contest.
Adolfo finished with three hits and three RBI for the Monarchs. Alec Olund had three hits for the RedHawks.
Zimmerman Wins Pitcher’s Duel
Ryan Zimmerman allowed one run in seven innings, outdueling David Richardson as the Milwaukee Milkmen defeated the Lake Country DockHounds, 3-1. Zimmerman allowed five hits while striking out seven to earn his ninth save of the season. Frankie Bartow and Peyton Gray each tossed a scoreless frame with Gray striking out the side in the ninth to earn his eighth save of the year. Richardson allowed three runs in six innings, striking out 10.
Milwaukee produced just three hits in this contest. The first of those came in the bottom of the first when Cam Balego hit a solo home run, his 13th of the season. Two innings later Balego hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Reggie Pruitt and Bryan Torres scored on a wild pitch. Lake Country was shut out by Zimmerman through the first five innings, but finally got on the board when Blake Tiberi hit his seventh home run of the season. That would be all the offense that the DockHounds could produce, however. No player produced more than one hit in the contest as the teams combined for nine total hits.
Railroaders Score Two in the 10th to Defeat Dogs
Back-to-back RBI doubles by José Sermo and Ryan Hernandez in the top of the 10th gave the Cleburne Railroaders a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Dogs. That made a victor of Joe Corbett, who tossed 1.1 innings of scoreless relief. Michael Krauza came on in the bottom half of the inning to earn his third save of the year.
Cleburne scored two runs in the top of the fourth on an RBI double by Elmer Reyes and a wild pitch. Chicago had done nothing against Railroaders starter Kevin Hilton through the first four frames, but tied the score in the fifth. Cody Bohanek delivered a one-out single, and Brennan Metzger followed with what look like would be a double play grounder, but the shortstop misplayed the ball, putting two on with one down. After a sacrifice fly, Ryan Lidge singled to tie the score at two. That sent the game to extra innings where Sermo and Hernandez put their team on top for good.
Hilton earned a no decision, but pitched very well, giving up two unearned runs in 7.2 innings. Hernandez and Guillermo Quintana each had two hits. Lidge and Bohanek had three hits for the Dogs.
Cougars Crush RailCats
The Kane County Cougars took advantage of nine walks to help them defeat the Gary SouthShore RailCats, 11-3. The RailCats led by one coming out of the first and had a 2-1 lead heading to the bottom of the third, but Kane County responded with three and added two more in the fourth to take command of this game. Emny Ordonez added a two run double in the third.
The RailCats scored a run in the top of the six, but Kane County put this game away, scoring five in the bottom half. Todd Lott had a two run double and Josh Allen drove home a run on a bases loaded walk. Hector Sanchez was then hit by a pitch to drive home a run.
Galli Cribbs was a perfect 3-3 with two runs scored and Sanchez scored three runs and drove in two. Ordonez had two hits and drove in three. Gio Diaz and Francisco Del Valle each had two hits for Gary SouthShore.
The Lincoln Saltdogs and Winnipeg Goldeyes split a double-header on Friday, with the Goldeyes earning the victory in the first contest, thanks to an outstanding performance by Landen Bourassa. Bourassa allowed two earned runs in seven innings to earn his ninth victory of the season.
This contest looked like Lincoln was going to come away with a victory, as they took a two run advantage in the bottom of the second. That lead held until the fifth when Winnipeg cut the deficit in half on a fielder’s choice by Max Murphy. Two innings later, the Goldeyes took the lead after Brynn Martinez singled home a pair. Bourassa did the rest.
In the second game, Lincoln left no doubt, scoring two runs in the first, third, and fifth innings, and adding three more in the sixth. Yanio Perez had three hits and scored two runs and Jason Rogers, Will Kengor, and Nate Samson each drove in a pair.
Tanner Brown was spectacular in this game, allowing one run in six innings to earn his fourth victory of the year. Travis Seabrooke took the loss. Winnipeg produced just four hits in the game.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Micker Adolfo (Kansas City Monarchs) 3-4, R, 2 Doubles, HR, 3 RBI
No. 2 – Ryan Zimmerman (Milwaukee Milkmen) 7.0 IP, 5 H, ER, 0 BB, 7 K
No. 1 – Seth Miller (Sioux Falls Canaries) 9.0 IP, CG, ShO, 3 H, BB, 0 ER, 6 K
American Association Daily Notes
Lincoln Saltdogs catcher Luke Roskam did not play on Thursday, keeping his streak of reaching in consecutive games at 46… Kane County Cougars right-hander C.J. Eldred earned his sixth straight victory. He has allowed three earned runs in his last 49.0 innings pitched.
Cleburne: Activated LHP Miguel Ausua from the Injured List
Chicago: Returned the loaned contract of INF David Maberry to Monclova (Mexican League)
Fargo-Moorhead: Signed RHP Brenden Heiss
Lake Country: Released OF Aaron Simmons
Sioux City: Signed RHP Parker Caracci
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By Robert Pannier