Monarchs Win Slugfest, Baez, LaValley Have Big Days, RedHawks Rally Late
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 Friday, including the Kansas City Monarchs hitting five home runs in a slugfest victory over the Cleburne Railroaders and the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks rallying to defeat the Sioux City Explorers in the 10th. This and much more.
Baez, LaValley Lead Cougars to Victory
Both Jeffrey Baez and Gavin LaValley had five hits, including hitting homeruns as the Kane County Cougars defeated the Houston Apollos, 15-3. Kane County held a 4-2 lead entering the bottom of the fifth, but scored 11 runs over the next four innings to take a commanding lead. LaValley scored four runs and drove in a pair and Baez scored a pair of runs and added an RBI. Mitch Reeves had three hits, three runs, and three RBI. The offensive support was plenty enough to earn ace Tyler Viza his fifth victory of the season. The right-hander allowed two unearned runs in 6.1 innings pitched.
Jordan Pontious continued his torrid run, recording two hits for the third straight game. Pontious has hits in four straight contests, going 7-19.
Long Powers Saltdogs over RailCats
Three runs in the fourth and eighth innings helped lead in the Lincoln Saltdogs two an 8-3 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Ryan Long continued his hot streak, recording two hits, including hitting his 15th homer of the year. Curt Smith also had two hits and drove in a pair of runs. Jake Hohensee earned the victory, allowing one run in 2.2 innings, and Josh Norwood tossed the final three innings to earn the save.
Raymond Jones had two hits and an RBI for Gary. Jones has recorded hits in only four of his last nine games, but has two hits in each of those contests.
Goldeyes Extend Winning Streak to Four
The Winnipeg Goldeyes took a six-run lead before hanging on for a 6-4 victory over the Milwaukee Milkmen. Max Murphy and Kevin Lachance each had two hits in the game. Lachance drove in a pair of runs. Catcher Austin Rei was 3-4 with two runs scored. That was plenty enough run support for Greg Harris, who tossed five scoreless innings to earn his second victory since joining Winnipeg.
Trey Martin, Christian Correa, and Christ Conley each had two hits for Milwaukee. Cole Sturgeon hit a three-run homer, his first of the season.
Monarchs Hit Five Homers in Slugfest
The Kansas City Monarchs hit five home runs in a 16-12 slugfest victory over the Cleburne Railroaders. Michael McCullough, Ryan Grotjohn, Darnell Sweeney, Gabriel Guerrero, and Daniel Wasinger all went deep for Kansas City. Guerrero, Grotjohn, and Wasinger each of drove in three runs.
Cleburne scored runs in each of the first six innings, but the Monarchs scored three in the first, fourth, and eighth and added five in the fifth, too much for the Railroaders to overcome. Ramon Hernandez led Cleburne, going 3-5 with three runs and three RBI. Ozzie Martinez homered twice in the game. Colton Pogue had four hits.
RedHawks Rally to Down Explorers
Dylan Kelly added a solo home run in the top of the night to tie the score and Leobaldo Pina added a two-run blast in the top of the 10th to lead the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks to a 5-3 victory over the Sioux City Explorers. Luke Lind earned the victory with two scoreless innings of relief and Alex DuBord closed the game out in the 10th for his eighth save of the season.
Seamus Curran had two hits for Sioux City, including hitting his first homerun of the season. The Explorers recorded five hits in all.
The contest between the Sioux Falls Canaries and the Chicago Dogs was suspended in the bottom the seventh inning due to rain. Sioux Falls led in the contest, 6-5. When play resumes, Chicago will have two on with one down and T.J. Bennett at the plate.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Gabriel Guerrero (Kansas City Monarchs) 3-5, 3 R, 3 RBI, HR
No. 2 – Ozzie Martinez (Cleburne Railroaders) 2-5, 4 R, 2 RBI, BB, 2 HR
American Association Daily Notes
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks OF Jordan George extended his consecutive on-base streak to 53 games. That is the longest in the American Association this season and is just three away from tying the all-time league record…The Kansas City Monarchs have won 10 straight games at home…Cleburne Railroaders IF Ramon Hernandez now has 84 RBI. He is 19 away from the American Association single season record with four weeks left in the season.
Chicago: Released LHP Max Foody and RHP Brendan Smith; Activated INF T.J. Bennett from the Injured List
Fargo-Moorhead: Released RHP Gage Hinsz
Gary SouthShore: Placed LHP Jack Eisenbager on the Injured List; Activated LHP Kevin Escorcia from the Reserve List; Signed RHP Bobby Kametas
Kansas City: Placed RHP Jose Tavares on the Injured List retroactive to July 30; Signed OF Ibandel Isabel
Lincoln: Placed RHP Logan Lombana on the Inactive List retroactive to August 2; Released OF Kevin Connolly
Milwaukee: Claimed INF Brendon Dadson, OF Canice Ejoh, RHP/OF Jordan Garr, RHP/OF Dustyn Macaluso, LHP/INF Carson McCurdy, RHP Danny Taggart, RHP Jonathan Vance and C Cole Warken off waivers from Sioux City
Sioux City: Released OF Jordan Anderson, INF Jarrett Anton, INF Dustin Asham, INF Jacob Bockelie, OF Ernie Geraci, OF Josh Goulet, RHP/OF Jesus Grimaldo, RHP Marc-Andre Habeck, C Robbie Kellerman, RHP Eric Morell, OF Ty Paddock, INF Frank Podkul, INF Jamey Smart, INF James Smibert, OF Brett Smith, RHP Keaton Sullivan, RHP Clark Whelpton and LHP Ken Williams
Winnipeg: Released RHP Kyle Thomas
By Robert Pannier