Pettigrew, Carranza Homer Twice for DockHounds, Kipper Shuts Down RailCats, Simpson Homers Three Times
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 Thursday, including Zion Pettigrew and Tristen Carranza each homering twice for the Lake Country DockHounds, Chase Simpson homers three times to lead the Cleburne Railroaders, and Jordan Kipper shuts down the Gary SouthShore RailCats. This and much more.
Altmann, Saltdogs Down Cougars
The Lincoln Saltdogs scored three in the fourth and five in the fifth, then held on for an 8-7 victory over the Kane County Cougars. Josh Altmann led the way, scoring two runs and drilling a three-run homer, his sixth of the year. Kyle Kinman struggled for Lincoln, but earned the victory, allowing seven runs in 5.2 innings for his fourth win of the year.
Kane County took the lead with two runs in the top of the third, but Lincoln erased that with a three run fourth. Alex Steinbach gave his team to lead with a two run double. An inning later, the Cougars tied the score on a sacrifice fly by Jimmy Kerrigan, but the first two batters reached in the bottom half of the inning and Altmann made Ben Allison pay, drilling a 2-2 pitch for a three-run homer. The Cougars were down, but rallied for four runs in the top of the sixth thanks to a bases clearing double by Steve Lombardozzi. However, Steffon Moore came on to record the final six outs for his fourth save of the year.
Randy Norris and Skyler Weber each had two hits and scored a run for Lincoln. Lombardozzi had three hits and drove in four for Kane County. Allison took the loss.
Lincoln Saltdogs Recap by Michael Dixon
Errors Doom Explorers in Loss to Canaries
The Sioux City Explorers made five errors on Thursday, helping the Sioux Falls Canaries to a 12-3 victory. Ty Culbreth pitched very well for Sioux Falls, allowing two runs in 7.0 innings for his fifth victory of the year.
Sioux Falls took command of this game in the top of the second, plating four runs. An error by starter Zach Hedges helped open the floodgates. It was 4-2 entering the top of the fifth, but Sioux Falls sealed the victory with three in the fifth and three in the sixth.
Kona Quiggle went 3-4 with two runs and three RBI. Gavin LaValley also had three hits for Sioux Falls. Danny Amaral scored two runs for the Explorers.
Sioux City Explorers Recap by Connor Ryan
Simpson, 10-Run Sixth Puts Railroaders on Track to Victory
The Cleburne Railroaders and Kansas City Monarchs were tied at two entering the sixth, but Cleburne scored 10 runs in the top half of the frame on their way to a 14-5 victory. Cleburne sent 14 men to the plate in the decisive frame, recording 10 hits. Chase Simpson delivered the key hits of the inning, hitting a solo homerun to start things off and later adding a grand slam.
It was more than enough support for Kevin Hilton, who earned his third victory of the season, allowing four runs in 7.0 innings. Simpson finished 4-5 with three runs scored, three homers, and six RBI. Hector Sanchez also went deep for the Railroaders as part of a four hit, two run, three RBI performance. Chuck Taylor was 4-6 with a run in two RBI.
Kansas City hit three more homeruns, led by Jan Hernandez with his league-leading 18th of the season. Hernandez had three hits as did Darnell Sweeney. Matt Adams and Gabriel Guerrero also went deep.
Kansas City Monarchs Recap by Gabriel Lopez
Kipper Tames RailCats Bats
Jordan Kipper tossed seven scoreless innings as the Chicago Dogs shut out the Gary SouthShore RailCats, 3-0. Kipper allowed six hits and a walk while striking out six to earn his fourth victory of the season. The seven shutout innings lowered his ERA to 2.90. Brian Schlitter came on in the ninth to close the contest out for his second save of the season.
Chicago took the lead in the top of the third one Connor Kopach connected for his fifth homerun of the season. The one run lead held to the seventh when Kopach drove home his second run of the game with an RBI double. In the eighth, Stevie Wilkerson drilled his second homerun to close out the scoring.
Chris Erwin pitched well for Gary SouthShore, allowing two runs in 6.2 innings, but dropped to 1-2. Alec Olund had two hits for the RailCats.
Gary SouthShore RailCats Recap by Ryan Zimmerman
Late Surge Helps DockHounds Crush Milkmen
The Lake Country DockHounds scored 11 runs over the final four innings to help propel them to a 12-2 victory over the Milwaukee Milkmen. Lake Country held a one run lead after four, but scored two in the fifth, six in the sixth, two in the seventh, and a run in the eighth to earn the victory.
Lamar Briggs drilled a two-run shot in the bottom of the fifth, his sixth homerun of the season. In the sixth, Lake Country blew this game open, as Tristen Carranza drilled a two-run homer and Zion Pettigrew followed with a solo shot. Both players hit solo home runs in the seventh inning as well.
Alex McRae was brilliant for the DockHounds, tossing five shutout innings. Carranza went 3-3 with three runs scored and three RBI. Pettigrew was 2-3 with two runs and three RBI. Correlle Prime and Will Kengor homered for Milwaukee.
RedHawks Rally Late to Down Goldeyes
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks found themselves trailing after seven, but scored two in the top of the eighth and a run in the ninth to earn a 4-3 victory. Winnipeg took the lead in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice fly by David Washington. Fargo-Moorhead tied the score in the top of the third on a sacrifice fly by Evan Alexander, but the Goldeyes jumped back on top when Max Murphy tripled home Ian Sagdal to make it 2-1.
That lead held until the eighth thanks to Luis Ramirez, who allowed one run in 6.0 innings. Travis Seabrooke came on to toss a scoreless seventh, but Bryan Blanton came on in the eighth and the RedHawks rallied right away. An error got the inning started and two walks helped to load the bases with one down. Tasker Strobel then came on and gave up a sacrifice fly to Sam Dexter that tied the score and Christian Correa followed with a two-out single to make it 3-2. Fargo-Moorhead scored the decisive run in the top of the ninth when Leobaldo Pina drove home Alexander. Washington led off the bottom of the ninth with his 11th homer of the season, pulling the Goldeyes back within one, but Alex DuBord was able to finish off the game for his 12th save of the season.
Ben Livorsi, Alexander and Pina each had two hits for the RedHawks. Luke Lind (4-1) earned the victory with a scoreless inning of relief. Murphy had three hits for the Goldeyes.
Winnipeg Goldeyes Recap by Jason Young
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Zion Pettigrew (Lake Country DockHounds) 2-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 HR
No. 2 – Tristen Carranza (Lake Country DockHounds) 3-3, 3 R, 3 RBI, 2 HR
No. 1 – Chase Simpson (Cleburne Railroaders) 4-5, 3 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI
American Association Daily Notes
Tristen Carranza and Zion Pettigrew it back-to-back homers twice in the Lake Country DockHounds’ victory over the Milwaukee Milkmen on Thursday… Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks infielder Leobaldo Pina extended his hitting streak to 17 straight games. That is one short of the longest streak this season… Cleburne Railroaders IF Chase Simpson became the third player this season to homer three times in the same game.
By Robert Pannier