Monarchs Win in Walk-Off, Holmberg Muzzles Dogs, Erwin Grounds RedHawks
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 Wednesday, including the Kansas City Monarchs and Cleburne Railroaders earning walk-off victories and the Lincoln Saltdogs rallying to defeat the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Plus, the Gary SouthShore RailCats hold on to defeat the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. This and much more.
Three Ninth Inning Homers Help Monarchs to Walk-Off Victory
The Kansas City Monarchs entered the ninth inning trailing the Houston Apollos 11-9, but solo homeruns by Jan Hernandez and Casey Gillaspie erased the deficit and Colin Willis won the game with a solo homer of his own to give the Monarchs a 12-11 victory. Kansas City hit four homers in all, including the sixth of the season by Darnell Sweeney. Gillaspie and Daniel Wasinger each had three hits and Ramsey Romano earned the victory, allowing a run in two innings of relief.
That ruined a big night for Aaron Takacs, who became the first Apollos’ player to homer twice in the same game. Takacs drove in five in the contest. Hudson Bilodeau and Dom DeRenzo each had three hits.
Railroaders Rally to Beat Cougars
After watching the Kane County Cougars score two runs in the top of the ninth to take a 7-5 lead, the Cleburne Railroaders responded in the bottom half, scoring three to win on a walk-off single by Zach Nehrir to give Cleburne an 8-7 victory.
Tyler Wilson, who had given up an unearned run in the top of the ninth but earned the victory. Nehrir finished with two hits and two RBI. Alay Lago had three hits and two RBI and Ramon Hernandez and Hunter Clanin each drove in a pair of runs as well. Kacy Clemens hit a two-run homer for Kane County.
RailCats Stave Off Late RedHawks Rally
The Gary SouthShore RailCats took an early 2-1 lead, then added solo runs in the eighth and ninth that looked like nothing more that extra runs. However, they proved to be critical, as the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks rallied for two in the ninth, but could not get the equalizer as the RailCats earned the 4-3 victory. Chris Erwin pitched a gem for Gary, allowing one run in seven innings. Michael Woodworth had three hits.
Correlle Prime had a big day for Fargo, going 3-4 with two RBI. Manuel Boscan had two hits. Logan Nissen took the loss despite pitching a solid game, allowing one earned run in six innings.
Explorers Down Canaries Behind Tolbert
L.T. Tolbert drove in three runs to help lead the Sioux City Explorers to a 7-5 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries. Jose Sermo and Chris Clare each had two hits and two RBI. Joe Riley was shaky at times, but earned the bullpen. Danny Hrbek came on to retire the final batter of the game to earn the save.
Jabari Henry was 3-4 with a run and an RBI for Sioux Falls. The Canaries recorded just six hits.
Holmberg Tames Dogs
David Holmberg, fresh off being named PURE Performance Pitcher of the Week, allowed three runs in his third complete game of the season as the Milwaukee Milkmen defeated the Chicago Dogs, 6-3. Holmberg gave up eight hits while striking out nine. The lefty had blanked Chicago for the first eight innings before the Dogs were finally able to get on the board. Tony Rosselli and Anibal Sierra each drove in a pair of runs for the Milkmen.
Both Danny Mars and K.C. Hobson went 2-4 with a run scored for Chicago. Grant Kay drove in a pair of runs.
Saltdogs Rally to Down Goldeyes
The Lincoln Saltdogs tied the score with a run in the top of the seventh, then scored three more in the top of the eighth to defeat the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 5-2. Yanio Perez had the big hit in the inning, a two-run double. He later scored to extend the lead. That made a winner of Josh Norwood who tossed two scoreless innings. James Pugliese closed the game out for his 13th save of the season.
Tyler Hill went 2-2 with a run, RBI and two walks and Max Murphy had two hits. It was the third straight game Murphy had two hits against Lincoln.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Chris Erwin (Gary SouthShore RailCats) 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, ER, 3 K
No. 2 – Aaron Takacs (Houston Apollos) 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, BB
American Association Daily Notes
Sioux Falls Canaries IF Wyatt Ulrich extended his consecutive on-base streak to 36 straight games. Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks OF Jordan George is also on such a streak, reaching 32 consecutive games where he has reached base…Kansas City Monarchs IF Raul Navarro extended his hitting streak to 18 straight games, tied for second longest in the American Association this season.
Chicago: Signed RHP Jase Dalton; Activated LHP Max Foody from the Injured List
Cleburne: Signed RHP Joseph Camacho
Gary SouthShore: Traded C Cameron Comer to Billings (Pioneer League) for a player to be named later; Traded OF M.J. Rookard to Florence (Frontier League) for a player to be named later
Kane County: Placed INF Nick Zamarelli on the Inactive List retroactive to July 12; Activated C B.J. Lopez from the Inactive List
Kansas City: Signed RHP Justin Donatella
By Robert Pannier