Murphy, Washington Homer Twice for Goldeyes, Dogs Complete Sweep, Minier Shines
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 Sunday, including the David Washington and Max Murphy both homering twice for the Winnipeg Goldeyes, the Lincoln Saltdogs get a great outing out of Greg Minier, and the Chicago Dogs complete their sweep by winning a slugfest. This and much more.
Railroaders Rally Late, Hang on to Down DockHounds
The Cleburne Railroaders broke a two all tie, scoring three runs in the top of the eighth, then held on to down the Lake Country DockHounds, 5-4. Cleburne took the lead for good on an RBI double by Eddie Hernandez and a two-run shot by Edwin Arroyo that made it 5-2. However, Lake Country would not go away quietly, scoring a run in the bottom of the eighth and adding another in the bottom of the ninth on a Zion Pettigrew homerun. However, Nick Gardewine was able to close out the contest for his fourth save of the year.
Hunter Cervenka earned the victory, moving to 3-0. Arroyo finished 2-5 with a run into RBI. Hunter Wolfe had two hits and scored two runs and Hernandez had two doubles.
Pettigrew had a big day for Lake Country, going 3-4 with two runs and two RBI. That included homering twice in the contest, giving him four homers on the year. Shea Murray took the loss.
RedHawks Hang on to Down Canaries
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks hit three homeruns, helping them to a 9-8 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries. The teams exchanged runs in the first and were tied it to heading to the top of the fifth when the RedHawks took the lead. John Silviano had the big hit of the inning, a three-run blast, his 14th of the year.
Sioux Falls got one of those runs back in the bottom half of the frame, but Fargo-Moorhead restored the three-run lead on a bases-loaded walk to Drew Ward in the top of the sixth. Once again, Sioux Falls responded with a single run in the bottom of the sixth, as Angelo Altavilla drove home Zane Gurwitz. In the seventh, the RedHawks put three more on the board thanks to a three-run shot by Sam Dexter. However, Kona Quiggle delivered a bases clearing double in the bottom half of the frame and Gavin LaValley cut the deficit to one with an RBI sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Alex DuBord came on and shut the door however, recording the final six outs for his 15th save of the season. Peyton Wigginton earned the victory, allowing two runs in 5.1 innings. Dexter had two hits and three RBI. Jabari Henry and Gurwitz each had three hits for Sioux Falls and Quiggle drove in three.
Cougars Slug Way Past Milkmen
The Kane County Cougars scored five runs in the first inning then never took their foot off the gas, defeating the Milwaukee Milkmen, 14-6. Kane County sent nine men to the plate in the first inning, scoring five runs on four hits. Nick Anderson had a two-run single to close out the scoring in the frame. Keon Barnum homered in the bottom half, his 14th of the year, to cut the deficit to four.
However, the Cougars were relentless, scoring a run in the third, two in the fourth, a run in the sixth, two in the seventh, one of the eighth, and two more in the ninth. Kane County hit three homeruns on the day, as Ernie De La Trinidad, Cornelius Randolph, and Jimmy Kerrigan all went deep. The 1-5 batters in the Cougars order were a combined 10-26 with 10 runs scored and nine RBI.
Myles Smith was rocked for Milwaukee, allowing eight runs in 3.1 innings. Bryan Torres was 3-5 with two runs scored and RBI. That included his second homerun of the season.
Minier Shuts Down Monarchs
Greg Minier shut down the Kansas City Monarchs on Sunday, allowing one unearned run in 6.0 innings to lead the Lincoln Saltdogs to a 4-1 victory. Minier scattered seven hits and two walks while striking out eight. The only run the Monarchs scored was in the top of the sixth when Gabriel Guerrero plated David Thompson with a sacrifice fly.
Lincoln jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Garett Delano reached on an error that allowed two runners to score and Skyler Weber drove home another with a single. An inning later, the Saltdogs extended the lead to four when Patrick Caulfield drove home Randy Norris.
Stefon Moore came on in the ninth and allowed to baserunners to reach, but got out of the jam for his seventh save of the season. Akeem Bostick drop his fourth straight decision for Kansas City.
Kansas City Monarchs Recap by Gabriel Lopez
Lincoln Saltdogs Recap by Michael Dixon
Nine-Run Frame Leads Goldeyes
The Winnipeg Goldeyes took command of this game early on Sunday, scoring nine runs in the second inning on their way to a 12-3 victory over the Sioux City Explorers. Winnipeg hit six home runs in the game, including two by both Max Murphy and David Washington.
Trailing by a run entering the second, Washington and Logan Hill led off the bottom of the frame with back-to-back homers. Washington homered later in the inning, a two-run shot, giving him 15 on the season. In the fourth, Murphy led off with his first homerun of the day and Justin Thompson added a solo shot in the fifth. Murphy closed out the scoring with a solo homerun in the eighth, his 17th of the year.
Murphy finished 4-5 with three runs and three RBI. Washington was 2-5 with two runs scored and three RBI. Danry Vasquez and Blake Tiberi each had three hits for Sioux City.
Sioux City Explorers Recap by Connor Ryan
Winnipeg Goldeyes Recap by Steve Schuster
Dogs Complete Sweep with Slugfest Victory
The Chicago Dogs completed their sweep of the Gary SouthShore RailCats on Sunday, but it took 17 hits and a five run ninth to be able to do so, as they earned a 16-12 victory. Chicago jumped out to an 8-0 lead, scoring three in the first, four in the third, and a run in the fourth. Stevie Wilkerson hit a three-run blast in the first and added an RBI single in the third. Danny Mars hit a three-run homer in the third and Ryan Lidge drove home the eighth run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
It looked like Chicago was going to run away with this game, but the RailCats began a comeback with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Chicago put two more on the board of the top of the fifth, holding a 11-3 lead heading to the bottom of the eighth. That is when the RailCats began to rally, scoring four runs, capped off by a two-run blast off the bat of Michael Cruz.
In the ninth, Chicago looked like they had clinched this victory, sending 11 meant to the plate and scoring five times. That included drawing three bases-loaded walks. These RailCats refused to quit though, scoring five in the bottom of the ninth, but could not find the equalizer.
Jeff Kinley earned the win, allowing two earned runs in 5.0 innings. The first six batters in the Dogs lineup were a combined 13-28 with 14 runs scored and 10 RBI. Lidge, K.C. Hobson, and Wilkerson each had two hits and scored three runs. Jesus Marriaga and Cruz each of drove in three for Gary.
Gary SouthShore RailCats Recap by Ryan Zimmerman
Three Stars of the Night and infuriated and myself being me
No. 3 – Zion Pettigrew (Lake Country DockHounds) 3-4, 2 R, 2 R HR, 2 RBI
No. 2 – Greg Minier (Lincoln Saltdogs) 6.0 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
No. 1 – Max Murphy (Winnipeg Goldeyes) 4-5, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
American Association Daily Notes
Winnipeg Goldeyes 1B David Washington became the first player this season to homered twice in the same inning… The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks enter the All-Star break with the top record in the American Association (36-16). The Chicago Dogs lead the East (35-17)… The Chicago Dogs have won nine straight games on the road, the longest road winning streak this season.
By Robert Pannier