Monarchs, Saltdogs, RedHawks Complete Sweeps, Cougars Slug Way Past DockHounds
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 six games in the American Association on Sunday, including the Kansas City Monarchs slugging their way to sweep, The Gary SouthShore RailCats rallying to down the Milwaukee Milkmen, and the Lincoln Saltdogs hang on to down the Winnipeg Goldeyes. This and much more.
RailCats Rally to Down Milkmen
The Gary Southshore RailCats rallied from three runs down, scoring four in the eighth and two in the ninth, then held on for a 10-9 victory over the Milwaukee Milkmen. Milwaukee took the lead with a run in the first inning and two more in the second. Chad Sedio homered in the second frame, his third homerun of the year.
The RailCats were able to grab the lead, however, scoring single runs in the second and third innings, then adding two more in the fourth. Zach Racusin homered to tie the score, and Daniel Lingua singled home the go-ahead run. However, Milwaukee responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. The Milkmen extended their lead with a run of the six, but Gary Southshore came up with four runs in the top of the eighth inning. Thomas Walraven had a two run double and Lingua followed with a run-scoring triple. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Javeyon Williams. In the ninth, the RailCats extended the lead to three, but Bryan Torres hit a two run double in the bottom half of the inning, putting the tying run at second base with just one out. Carlos Vega did not panic however, retiring the final two batters to earn his first save of the season.
Josh Vincent earned the victory. Racusin finished 3-5 with three runs scored and two RBI. Walraven and Lingua each had three hits and drove in two runs as well. Sedio went 4-5 to with three runs scored and four RBI for Milwaukee.
Gary Southshore RailCats Recap by Ryan Zimmerman
Saltdogs Hang on to Down Goldeyes
The Lincoln Saltdogs had rallied in each of the previous two contests to defeat the Winnipeg Goldeyes, but Sunday was a different story. Lincoln jumped out to a 6-0 lead thanks to two runs in the third and four in the fourth, then held off a feverish rally by Winnipeg to earn a 6-4 victory. Hunter Clanin put his team ahead in the bottom of the third when he reached on a single and moved to third on an error, allowing Omar Artsen the score. Garett Delano followed with a base hit to make it 2-0. An inning later, Artsen delivered a two-run double and Delano a two-run triple to extend the lead to six.
However, the Goldeyes came back with a run of the fifth and two in the seventh to pull back within three runs. A two-run blast by Andrew Martinez in the seventh helped cut the deficit. In the ninth, Logan Hill hit his fifth homerun of the year to make this a two-run game, but that is as close as Winnipeg would get. Greg Minier was fantastic for Lincoln, allowing one unearned run in 6.0 innings pitched. Carson Lance was able to get the final three outs for his first save of the year.
Delano went 2-4 with three RBI and Artsen was 2-2 with two runs scored and two RBI. Winnipeg was led by Martinez with two runs driven in.
Winnipeg Goldeyes Recap by Steve Schuster
Lincoln Saltdogs Recap by Michael Dixon
Hernandez Powers Monarchs to Sweep of Canaries
Jan Hernandez homered twice and drove in four to lead the Kansas City Monarchs to a 14-8 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries. The Canaries took the lead with two runs in the top of the first, but Kansas City responded with four runs in the bottom half of the inning, then scored two in the third, three in the fourth, a run in the fifth, three more in the sixth, and one more in the seventh. The Canaries were trying to rally in the ninth, cutting the deficit to six, but could get no closer.
Hernandez finished 3-4 with three runs and four RBI. He drove in 10 runs over the final two games of the series. Gabriel Guerrero had four hits, scored four runs, and drove in two. Matt Adams and Willie Abreu also went deep for Kansas City. Jacob Lindgren earned the victory.
Shamoy Christopher drove in three for Sioux Falls. Wyatt Ulrich, Ozzie Martinez, Kona Quiggle, and Gavin LaValley each had two hits. Quiggle hit his third homer of the year.
Kansas City Monarchs Recap by Gabriel Lopez
RedHawks Win Ninth Straight with Victory over Explorers
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning, then held on for a 7-6 victory over the Sioux City Explorers. That was the ninth straight win for the RedHawks while the Explorers dropped their eighth straight contest.
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks scored two in the first on a two-run blast by Leobaldo Pina. Drew Ward added a two-run single in the third to make it 4-0. Sioux City responded with a run in the bottom of the third and added three in the bottom of the fourth. Nate Samson, Danny Amaral, and Blake Tiberi each drove home a run in the frame. However, Pina put his team back on top with a single in the eighth and Sam Dexter added a two-run double. Sioux City responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning, but could not get the equalizer.
Pina finished with three RBI and Dexter had a pair of RBI. Ward also drove in two. Jon Jones earned the win and Alex DuBord recorded his seventh save of the season. Sebastian Zawada and Amaral each had three hits for the Explorers. Gabe Snyder hit his fourth homer of the year.
Sioux City Explorers Recap by Mackenzie Attkissson
Four-Run Frames Propel Dogs to Victory
The Chicago Dogs scored four runs in the second and seventh innings, leading them to a 9-6 victory over the Cleburne Railroaders. The Dogs took the lead in the top of the second thanks to a two-run double by Harrison Smith. Charlie Tilson and Michael Crouse added RBI singles to extend the lead to four.
The Railroaders were down, but battled back with six unanswered runs, scoring one in the second, two in the fourth, and three in the sixth. Hunter Wolfe drove in the first run and last runs of the game for Cleburne, giving his team a 6-4 lead. However, Chicago retook the lead in the top of the seventh. Smith blasted a two-run homer to tie the score and Crouse followed with a two-run shot to put Chicago on top for good.
Crouse finished with three hits and four RBI. Tilson and Smith each had two hits and scored two runs. Johnathan Tripp earned the victory and Jeff Kinley came on to close out the game for his second save of the season. and Wolfe each had two hits and two RBI for the Railroaders.
Chicago Dogs Recap by Michael Barthelemy
Seven-Run First Propels Cougars to Victory
The Kane County Cougars scored 10 runs in the first, jumping out to a 10-0 lead on their way to a 15-7 victory. The Cougars sent 13 players to the plate in the first. Josh Rolette hit a two-run single and B.J. Lopez hit a two-run homer in the decisive frame.
Cornelius Randolph, Steve Lombardozzi, Jimmy Kerrigan, Dylan Busby, and Alexis Pantoja each had three-hits in the game. Kerrigan had two doubles, scored four runs and drove in two. Lombardozzi scored three runs and had two doubles. Rollette finished with three RBI. Ryan Tapani earned the victory, allowing two runs in five innings.
Jesse Remington took the loss for the DockHounds, allowing nine earned runs in 3.0 innings. T.J. Bennett was 3-5 with three runs, a homer and two RBI. Gio Brusa drove in three runs and had three hits.
Lake Country DockHounds Recap by Sam Matheny
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Chad Sedio (Milwaukee Milkmen) 4-5, 3 R, HR, 4 RBI
No. 2 – Michael Crouse (Chicago Dogs) 3-5, R, Double, 4 RBI
No. 1 – Jan Hernandez (Kansas City Monarchs) 3-4, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2 HR, Double
American Association Daily Notes
Fargo-Moorhead OF Drew Ward and Sioux Falls Canaries OF Wyatt Ulrich each extended their hitting streaks to 15 straight games. That is the longest streak in the American Association this season… The Kansas City Monarchs put on the quite the offensive showcase over the weekend, scoring 51 runs in the three-game series with the Sioux Falls Canaries. Jan Hernandez led the way, going 9-12 with six runs scored, 11 RBI, three doubles, a triple, and three homers… The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks extended their winning streak to nine straight games, the longest winning streak in the league this season…Kane County Cougars infielder Steve Lombardozzi has recorded three-hits in four of his last five games.
By Robert Pannier