Monarchs Rout Saltdogs, Railroaders Roll, Dogs Win Slugfest, Canaries Rally
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 four games in the American Association on Tuesday, including the Kansas City Monarchs merely no hitting the Lincoln Saltdogs, the Cleburne Railroaders roll past the Sioux City Explorers, and the Chicago Dogs when a slugfest.
Game Recaps for Tuesday
Monarchs Fall Short in No-Hit Bid
The Kansas City Monarchs were three outs away from tossing a combined no-hitter, but Nick Anderson led off the bottom of the ninth with his eighth home run of the season to spoil the feat. Jalen Miller was spectacular, tossing five no-hit innings to earn the victory. Miller allowed five walks while striking out seven. Matt Hartman came on cost three scoreless frames, allowing only walk while striking out two. Beaux Bonvillain came on in the ninth and Anderson crushed the first pitch he threw to spoil the no-hit bid.
This was a scoreless tie through the first four innings, as Josh Roeder was also pitching well. However, Kansas City took the lead in the top of the fifth when Dylan Rosa drilled a two run homer, his third of the year. In the seventh, the Monarchs blew this game open, scoring six. Ben Terwilliger walked the first three batters of the inning, and Johneshwy Fargas followed with an RBI single that plated two. Three batters later, Chris Herrmann turned on a 1-1 offering, drilling it for a grand slam, his seventh home run of the year.
Herrman finished 3-4 with a run scored and four RBI. Fargas had two hits and drove home two. Rosa scored two runs and drove in two.
Railroaders Draw Full House in Rout
The Cleburne Railroaders scored single runs in the third, fourth, and sixth innings, and added five in both the seventh and eighth, drawing a full house in a 15-3 victory over the Sioux City Explorers. The club also scored two runs in the second, needing just 11 hits but drawing 13 walks.
Cleburne took the lead in the bottom of the second, plating two, and extended the lead to four with single runs in the third and fourth. Sioux City cut the deficit to two in the top of the sixth, but it was all Railroaders from there. Zach Nehrir added a sacrifice fly in the sixth, extending the lead to three, and the club exploded for five in each of the next two frames. Elmer Reyes hit a three-run homer in the seventh, his first of the season, and Hill Alexander led off the eighth with his fourth of the year. José Sermo had a two run double in the frame.
Kevin Hilton (1-1) was spectacular in his third start of the season, allowing one earned run in 7.0 innings pitched. Alexander was 3-3 with three runs scored and an RBI. Six players for Cleburne scored at least two runs. Vince Fernandez had three hits for the Explorers.
Dogs Win Slugfest with Goldeyes
The Chicago Dogs exploded for six runs in the bottom of the eighth to lead them to a 14-8 victory over the Winnipeg Goldeyes. The victory was the 10th in the last 12 games for the Dogs.
Winnipeg took the lead in the top of the first when Max Murphy hit his first home run of the game, a two-run shot. Chicago cut the deficit in half in the bottom half of the frame, and took the lead in the bottom of the second, plating four runs. Matt Bottcher had a two-run triple and later scored on a Nick Heath single. Ryan Lidge added an RBI single in the frame as well. Chicago added a run of the bottom of the third, and Winnipeg came up with two in the top of the fourth when Jacob Bockelie and Najee Gaskins led off the inning with back-to-back home runs. In the fifth, Murphy hit his second home run of the game, and the Goldeyes added three more in the top of the sixth, as Jace Mercer hit a two-run homer, the fifth home run of the day for Winnipeg, and Murphy added an RBI double.
The Goldeyes led by two, but it was all Dogs from there. Chicago scored two in the bottom of the seventh, as Cody Bohanek hit his fifth home run of the year, and Brennan Metzger tied the score with an RBI double. Tied at eight eight, Chicago blew this game open in the bottom of the eighth. Bohanek lined a bases clearing double to the wall to give Chicago the lead for good. He scored on a Donivan Williams single and Metzger and Lidge each drove home a run with a sacrifice fly.
Murphy finished 3-5 with two runs scored and four RBI for Winnipeg. Bohanek was 2-4 with two runs scored and four RBI for Chicago. Bottcher was 3-4 with two runs and three RBI.
Canaries Rally to Down RedHawks
The Sioux Falls Canaries found themselves trailing by two early, but rallied for four unanswered runs to earn a 4-2 victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Fargo-Moorhead took the lead, scoring single runs in the second and third innings. Correlle Prime gave his team a one run lead in the bottom of the second, delivering an RBI single, and John Silviano singled in the bottom of the third, driving home Dillon Thomas to make it 2-0.
Sioux Falls responded with a run in the top of the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Mike Hart. In the fifth, Trevor Achenbach hit his second home run of the season, a solo shot to tie the game at two. The game remained tied until the ninth when Jordan Barth delivered a two-run double, giving his team their first lead of the game.
Ty Culbreth started for Sioux Falls and pitched well, allowing two runs in six innings. The Sioux Falls bullpen was dominant from there, allowing just one hit over the final three innings. Christian Johnson turned the victory and Charlie Hasty came on to get the final three outs for his second save of the season. Tyler Grauer allowed just two hits and two runs in seven innings for the RedHawks. Reid Birlingmair took the loss, giving up both runs in the ninth.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Chris Herrmann (Kansas City Monarchs) 3-4, R, 4 RBI, HR
No. 2 – Max Murphy (Winnipeg Goldeyes) 3-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI
No. 1 – Jalen Miller (Kansas City Monarchs) 5.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 5 BB, 7 K
American Association Daily Notes
Kansas City Monarchs catcher Chris Herrmann extended his hitting streak to 14 straight games. That is tied for the longest streak in the American Association this season. Herrman also leads the league with 26 RBI… Lincoln Saltdogs outfielder Nick Anderson hit his league-leading eighth home run of the season.
Fargo-Moorhead: Activated RHP Alex DuBord from the Inactive List
Kane County: Traded OF Dondrei Hubbard to Missoula (Pioneer League) for a player to be named later
Kansas City: Released RHP Carlos Sanabria
Lake Country: Released LHP Carlos D. Diaz
Milwaukee: Released RHP A.J. Jones
Sioux City: Signed LHP Stephen Greenlees
Winnipeg: Placed OF/LHP Andrew Shaps on the Injured List retroactive to May 27; Signed INF Jace Mercer
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By Robert Pannier