Muir Blanks Dogs, Pobereyko Dominates, Milkmen 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. In today’s edition, Robert Pannier recaps the six games in the American Association on Tuesday, including Westin Muir shutting down the Chicago Dogs, Matt Pobereyko tosses five no-hit innings, and the Milwaukee Milkmen rally to win.. This, plus much more.
RedHawks Power Way Past Canaries
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks added two more homeruns on Tuesday, helping lead them to a 9-4 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries. The RedHawks took the lead in the bottom of the first on a two run double by John Silviano. Sioux Falls battle back to tie the score in the top of the fourth on a solo homerun by Trey Michalczewski and an RBI single by Kona Quiggle.
However, the RedHawks responded, retaking the lead in the bottom half of the frame on a two run double by Evan Alexander. An inning later, Fargo-Moorhead blew this game open. After Leobaldo Pina drove home a run with an RBI double, Sam Dexter drilled a two-run homer, his ninth of the year. Alexander added an RBI single to make it 8-2. The Canaries cut into the lead with two runs in the sixth, but Silviano sealed the contest with his 17th homerun of the season in the bottom of the seventh.
Derek Feldman earned the victory while Cesilio Pimentel took the loss. Alexander finished with three hits and three RBI. Silviano and Dexter each had two hits with Silviano driving in three and Dexter plating two. Nick Gotta and Jabari Henry each had two hits for the Canaries.
Muir Blanks Dogs
Westin Muir continued his dominance on Tuesday, tossing seven shutout innings to lead the Kane County Cougars to a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Dogs. The victory moved Muir to 5-0 and, more importantly, pulled Kane County within 2.5 games of the struggling Dogs.
The Cougars scored both of their runs in the bottom of the second. Dylan Busby led off the inning with a single and Sherman Johnson blasted a two-run homer two batters later. For Sherman, it was his 10th homerun of the season. Muir did the rest, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out six. Michael Morin came on in the eighth to toss a scoreless frame and Ryan Tapani closed out the contest for his third save of the season.
Jeff Kinley suffered the hard luck loss, allowing two runs in 6.0 innings.
Milkmen Rally Late to Down DockHounds
The Milwaukee Milkmen erased a two-run deficit, scoring three in the seventh and six in the eighth to earn a 10-3 victory over the Lake Country DockHounds. The DockHounds took the lead in the top of the second. Casey Dykstra put his team on top with an RBI single and Jake Snider added a two run double to make it 3-0.
The Milkmen responded with a run in the bottom half of the frame on an RBI single by Carl Chester. However, Angel Ventura shut down Milwaukee over the next four frames. He left after six, allowing one run on four hits while striking out eight. In the seventh, Takoda Metoxen came on and Milwaukee rallied right away. Keon Barnum drove home a run with a sacrifice fly and Aaron Hill gave his club the lead with a two-run triple. An inning later, the Milkmen blew this game open, sending 12 men to the plate while scoring six runs.
Kyle Huckaby earned the victory, tossing two scoreless innings of relief. Miguel Gomez had three hits and scored two runs. Bryan Torres had two hits. Wilfredo Gimenez and Jordan Schaffer each had two hits for the DockHounds.
Explorers Blast Saltdogs
The Sioux City Explorers set a season-high for runs, dominating the Lincoln Saltdogs on Tuesday, 16-3 Sioux City scored their runs off just 10 hits while drawing nine walks in the contest. Matt Pobereyko earned the victory, tossing five no-hit innings while striking out 10.
The Explorers took the lead in the bottom of the third, scoring three, then added two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings and blew this game open with nine in the seventh. A three-run homer by Danry Vasquez put Sioux City on top in the third. Ademar Rifaela added a two-run shot in the fourth. In the seventh, the club sent 12 men to the plate, scoring nine runs off just three hits. Sebastian Zawada had the big blast of the inning, hitting a three-run homer, his ninth homerun of the year.
Rifaela had two hits, scored two runs, and drove in three. Vasquez and Zawada also drove in three. Josh Altmann had two hits for Lincoln.
Lincoln Saltdogs Recap by Michael Dixon
Sioux City Explorers Recap by Connor Ryan
Three-Run Sixth Propels Railroaders
In a battle of two teams fighting for the final playoff spot in the East Division, the Cleburne Railroaders scored three runs in the top of the sixth to help them eclipse the Gary SouthShore RailCats, 3-2. This was a scoreless tie through the first four, as Garrett Alexander and John Sheaks were both pitching very well.
In the fifth, the RailCats finally broke through, as Jesus Marriaga delivered an RBI single to put his club on top. The lead did not last long, however. In the top of the sixth, Edwin Arroyo led off with a walk and scored when Wyatt Mathisen followed with an RBI double. Two batters later Chase Simpson delivered a double of his own, putting the Railroaders in front. He later scored when Hunter Wolfe was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Gary South Shore got one of those runs back in the bottom of the seventh, but could not find the equalizer.
Brendan Bell earned the victory with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief. Nick Gardewine came on in the ninth to earn his 12th save of the season. Mathisen had three hits for Cleburne. Marriaga had three hits for the RailCats.
Gary SouthShore RailCats Recap by Ryan Zimmerman
Five-Run Fourth Propels Monarchs in Opener
The Kansas City Monarchs took charge of their contest with the Winnipeg Goldeyes on Tuesday, scoring five runs in the top of the fourth on their way to a 7-4 victory. Winnipeg took the lead in the bottom of the on a two-run single by Max Murphy and Landen Bourassa made that stand through the first three frames.
However, Mallex Smith led off the top of the fourth with his first homerun of the season, opening the floodgates. With the bases loaded and two down, Casey Gillaspie drilled a grand slam, his 15th homer of the year. Nick Belzer pitched very well for the Monarchs, allowing three runs through the first seven innings to earn his fourth victory of the season. The Goldeyes chipped away with single runs in the sixth and eighth to pull within a run, but Kansas City sealed the victory with two in the top of the ninth thanks to a two-run shot by Ryan Grotjohn.
Brandon Koch came on to close out the contest for his second save of the season. Gillaspie finished with two hits, two runs scored, and four RBI. Murphy had four RBI for Winnipeg.
Kansas City Monarchs Recap by GMW Vaughan
Winnipeg Goldeyes Recap by Steve Schuster
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Casey Gillaspie (Kansas City Monarchs) 2-4, 2 R, Grand Slam, 4 RBI
No. 2 – Matt Pobereyko (Sioux City Explorers) 5.0 IP, BB, 0 H, 0 ER, 10 K
No. 1 – Westin Muir (Kane County Cougars) 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 0 ER, 6 K
American Association Daily Notes
The Chicago Dogs lost their 10th straight game on Tuesday. That is tied for the longest losing streak in the American Association this season.
By Robert Pannier