Nehrir Ties Record, RedHawks Shutout Milkmen, Goldeyes Sweep Double-Header
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 seven contests in the American Association on Thursday, including a double-header sweep by the Winnipeg Goldeyes and the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks shutting out the Milwaukee Milkmen. Plus, Cleburne Railroaders outfielder Zach Nehrir ties in American Association hit record.
RedHawk Blank Milkmen
Four Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks pitchers combined to allow just one hit as the team shut out the Milwaukee Milkmen, 9-0. This was a one run game until the bottom of the sixth when Fargo put up six runs. Ryan Flores earned the victory with four shutout innings of relief, striking out eight. Leobaldo Pina went 4-5 with his third homer of the season. Kevin Krause, John Silviano, and Jordan George each had a pair of hits for the RedHawks.
David Holmberg was solid for Milwaukee, allowing one run in five innings while striking out eight. Christ Conley had the lone hit for Milwaukee.
Goldeyes Sweep Double-Header
The Winnipeg Goldeyes snapped a six-game losing streak ended in style, sweeping a double-header from the Kane County Cougars. Winnipeg opened with an 11-6 victory, thanks to eight unanswered runs to start the contest. Darren Seferina had a huge game, going 2-2 with four runs scored and two RBI. That included a double and a homer. Max Murphy and Kevin Lachance also went deep for Winnipeg.
That ruined a great day by the Cougars Jeffrey Baez, who went 2-3 with a homer and four RBI. Luis Roman went 1-3 with a run scored and a walk.
In the nightcap, Eduard Reyes combined with Kyle Thomas on a seven hit shutout. Reyes allowed five hits over five innings to earn his second victory of the season. Kyle Martin and Tyler Hill both homered in the contest. Martin finished 2-3 with two runs scored and two RBI.
Anfernee Seymour had two of the seven hits for Kane County. Max Steffens went the distance, allowing five runs on 10 hits in six innings.
Smith, Corino Leads Saltdogs to Victory
Curt Smith and Edgar Corcino both hit homeruns to help lead the Lincoln Saltdogs to a 4-2 victory over the Houston Apollos. The score was tied into the bottom of the fifth when Smith drilled an 0-1 pitch for his third homer of the year. An inning later, Corcino led off the frame with his third homer of the year. Carter Hope earned the victory with two innings of scoreless relief and James Pugliese came on to close the contest out for his sixth save of the season.
Houston recorded just three hits in the contest. Abdallah Aris took the loss, allowing three runs in 4.1 innings of work.
Nehrir Ties Record in Railroaders Victory
Zach Nehrir tied an American Association record with six hits as the Cleburne Railroaders defeated the Sioux Falls Canaries, 8-3. Cleburne held a 4-1 lead until scoring four runs in the top of the sixth to blow this game open. Nehrir led the way, going 6-6 with a run in two RBI. Alay Lago was 3-6 with two runs scored and an RBI as Cleburne pounded out 18 hits a night after recording 19. Austin Fairchild earned the victory, allowing three runs in six innings.
Shamoy Christopher had a big day for Sioux Falls, going 2-4 with two RBI. Nick Gotta also had two hits in the contest.
Monarchs Dominate RailCats
Justin Shafer allowed one run in five innings to lead the Kansas City Monarchs to a 6-1 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Shafer allowed just three hits while striking out eight. Gabriel Guerrero had the big bat for Kansas City, hitting his fifth homer and driving in a pair of runs. Ryan Grotjohn had two hits a night after recording four against Gary.
Michael Woodworth had two hits for the RailCats. Gary managed just four hits in the contest.
Explorers Avoid Sweep with Taming of Dogs
The Sioux City Explorers scored three runs in the fourth and three in the sixth on their way to a 9-2 victory over the Chicago Dogs on Thursday. L.T. Tolbert led the way with three hits and four RBI. Tolbert recorded two doubles. Nate Sampson had three hits and Mitch Ghelfi drove in a pair of runs with the triple. Tyler Beardsley earned the victory, allowing one run in six innings of work.
Harrison Smith had two hits for Chicago, including hitting his fourth homer of the year. The Dogs had six hits in the contest.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Ryan Flores (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) 4.0 IP, H, 0 BB, 0 ER, 8 K
No. 2 – Zach Nehrir (Cleburne Railroaders) 6-6, R, 2 RBI, Double
No. 1 – Darren Seferina (Winnipeg Goldeyes) 3-4, 6 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB, Double, HR
American Association Daily Notes
Cleburne Railroaders OF Zach Nehrir tied an American Association record with six hits…Gary SouthShore RailCats IF Hayden Shilling had his 12-game hitting streak snapped on Thursday. That is the high in the American Association this season… Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks LHP Kevin McGovern had his contract purchased by the St. Louis Cardinals. McGovern was leading the league in most pitching categories and will join an affiliate club for the first time in his career…The Milwaukee Milkmen had their six-game winning streak snapped.
By Robert Pannier