Monarchs Batter Milkmen, RailCats Win in Walk-Off, Explorers Win Fifth Straight
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 six games in the American Association on Wednesday, including the Sioux City Explorers winning their fifth straight game, the Gary SouthShore RailCats winning in walk-off fashion, and the Kansas City Monarchs recording a league high for runs this season.
Monarchs Batter Milkmen in Milwaukee
The Kansas City Monarchs set a season-high in the American Association, blowing out the Milwaukee Milkmen, 20-5. Kansas City recorded 23 hits, including homers by Casey Gillaspie, Colin Willis, and Johnny Field. Gillaspie drove in five in the contest and Darnell Sweeney scored four times as part of a four-hit day. Jake Matthys was the recipient of all that support, earning his third victory since joining the Monarchs.
Myles Smith was rocked, giving up six runs in five innings. Adam Brett Walker hit his 10th homer of the year and Christ Conley added his fourth. Christian Correa also went deep for the Milkmen.
Railroaders Win Fifth Straight
Cleburne overcame a one run deficit with a four run fifth and a three-run sixth on their way to an 11-6 victory over the Winnipeg Goldeyes, their fifth straight victory overall. Osvaldo Martinez went a perfect 5-5 and Chase Simpson with 3-5 with five runs driven in. Simpson hit his second homerun of the season and Ramon Hernandez added his eighth of the year. Hernandez scored four runs in the game. Garrett Alexander earned the victory, his third of the year.
Raul Navarro drove in a pair of runs for Winnipeg and Tyler Hill went 2-4 with a run scored. Kyle Martin and Max Murphy each scored two runs in the game.
Marriaga, RailCats Walk-Off Cougars
Jesus Marriaga singled with one down in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Gary SouthShore RailCats a 5-4 victory over the Kane County Cougars. The RailCats trailed by a run entering the ninth inning, but back-to-back walks in a wild pitch but two runners in scoring position. Thomas Walraven then hit into a fielder’s choice that tied the score and, two batters later, Marriaga drove home the winning run with an RBI single.
MJ Rookard had two hits and drove in two runs for Gary and Marriaga finished with two hits as well. Kane County was led by Kacy Clemens and Gavin LaValley, who each homered for the fifth time this season.
Dogs Outslug RedHawks
The Chicago Dogs scored four runs in the third and four in the fifth to outslugged the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, 11-7. Chicago had jumped out to a 10-2 lead before Fargo battled back with four runs in the bottom of the fifth, but they could get no closer. Anfernee Grier had another huge day, going 3-6 with two runs scored. Danny Mars also had three hits, driving in two in scoring two runs. Michael Crouse and Harrison Smith went deep for the Dogs.
That ruined a big day by Leobaldo Pina, who went 3-5 with his sixth homer of the year. Sam Dexter also homered, his second of the season.
Explorers Muzzle Saltdogs
The Sioux City Explorers earned their fifth straight victory, defeating the Lincoln Saltdogs, 12-1. Sioux City blew open a two-run game with a five run third and a three-run fourth. Sebastian Zawada went 3-5 with two runs scored and three runs driven in, and Nate Samson scored three runs and added two RBI. Chris Clare and LT. Tolbert each drove in a pair of runs. That was more than enough run support for Joe Riley, who allowed one run on three hits in six innings to earn the victory.
Josh Altmann went 2-3, hitting his sixth homerun of the season. Forrestt Allday was held hitless.
Pimentel Sharp in Canaries Victory
Carlos Pimentel allowed one run in seven innings to lead the Sioux Falls Canaries to a 12-3 victory over the Houston Apollos. Pimentel allowed four hits and four walks while striking out four to earn his third victory of the season. Shamoy Christopher hit his second homerun of the season and drove in three runs for the Canaries. Nick Gotta had three hits and scored a run and both Jabari Henry and Trey Michalczewski drove in a pair of runs.
Houston got RBIs from Mike Annone and Brian Dansereau. Ramon Villa had a hit and walked twice.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Ryan Grotjohn (Kansas City Monarchs) 5-7, 3 R, Triple, 3 RBI
No. 2 – Casey Gillaspie (Kansas City Monarchs) 2-5, R, HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB
American Association Daily Notes
Winnipeg Goldeyes OF Max Murphy saw his 16-game hitting streak come to an end on Wednesday evening. That is the second-longest streak in the American Association this year…The Gary SouthShore RailCats became the first American Association team to win their second game after trailing heading into the ninth inning. They are now 2-7 after defeating Kane County with two runs in the bottom of the ninth…The 20 runs scored by the Kansas City Monarchs was the most in the American Association this season. The 23 hits were also a season-high.
Cleburne: Signed RHP Edward Cruz and LHP Nataniel Rodriguez
Gary SouthShore: Placed INF Mike Woodworth on the Inactive List retroactive to June 16; Transferred the contract of RHP Adam Heidenfelder to the Chicago Cubs; Signed INF Ryan Cash
Kane County: Transferred the contract of RHP Vance Worley to the New York Mets; Returned the contract of RHP Scott Harkin to Puebla (Mexican League); Activated RHP Jake Cosart from the Inactive List; Placed INF Sam Baier on the Injured List retroactive to June 21; Signed RHP Andy McGuire
Sioux City: Signed RHP Jonah Smith
Sioux Falls: Signed INF Cole Pengilly
Winnipeg: Removed INF Darren Seferina from the active roster to participate for the Curaçao National Team at the Caribbean Baseball Cup tournament
By Robert Pannier