RailCats Blank Cougars, Dogs Pound Saltdogs, 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 games in the American Association on Wednesday, including the Winnipeg Goldeyes sweeping the Sioux Falls Canaries in a double-header, the Lake Country DockHounds earning their third straight victory, and the Gary SouthShore RailCats blanking the Kane County Cougars. This and much more.
Heidenfelder, Erwin Combine to Blank Cougars
A night after watching Ben Allison no-hit their team for seven innings, Gary SouthShore RailCats hurlers Adam Heidenfelder and Chris Erwin provided a little pitching mastery of their own, combining on a four hitter in a 4-0 shutout of the King County Cougars. Heidenfelder allowed three hits while striking out seven in five innings to earn his first victory of the season. Erwin came on in the sixth and tossed four shutout frames to earn the save.
Alec Olund was the star at the plate for the RailCats. Olund blasted a three-run homer in the top of the fourth inning and added an RBI single in the sixth, driving home all four runs scored by Gary SouthShore. Olund finished 2-4 with a run scored and four RBI. Daniel Lingua did not have a hit in the contest, but still scored two runs.
Ryan Tapani he pitched well for Kane County, giving up three earned runs in 6.0 innings. The right-hander struck out eight, dropping to 1-1.
Chicago Proves to Be Top Dogs in Victory over Lincoln
The Chicago Dogs scored runs in six of the eight innings on Wednesday, earning a decisive 15-4 victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs. Chicago scored two runs in the first and one of the second, but the Saltdogs responded with four runs in the top of the third. Garett Delano had a two-run single to close out the scoring in the frame. However, the Dogs took the lead right back in the bottom half of the inning. After scoring two runs in the top of the fifth to make it an 8-4 game, Chicago put together a seven-run frame in the seventh to put this game out of reach. Danny Mars capped off the inning with a three-run blast as Chicago scored seven runs on three hits, three walks, and an error.
Kyle Murphy started for Chicago, but gave up four runs in 2.2 innings before coming out of the game. Jonathan Tripp took over, tossing 3.1 innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory. Every starter for Chicago had at least one hit in the game, and eight of the nine starters had two hits in the contest, including Mars who went 2-3 with two runs, three walks, and four RBI. Charlie Tilson was impressive at the top of the order, going 2-4 with two walks and he scored four times. Chicago rapped out 17 hits and 13 walks.
Tucker Smith started for Lincoln, allowing six runs on eight hits and 2.0 innings. Josh Altmann had two hits, two walks, and scored a run.
Four-Run Third Propels Milkmen to Victory
The Milwaukee Milkmen broke a scoreless tie with four runs in the bottom of the third inning, then held on for a 4-2 victory over the Cleburne Railroaders. Logan Trowbridge got the scoring going when he reached on an error, driving home Mason Davis. Two batters later, Chad Sedio walked with the bases loaded to extend the lead to two. Will Kengor followed with a two-run single to make it 4-0.
After struggling in his first start of the season, Myles Smith responded with six outstanding innings, allowing two hits and one run while striking out seven. Cleburne plated a run against the right-hander in the fifth and added a run in the seventh, inching their way back into the contest, but Takoda Metoxen closed out the game in the ninth for his first save of the season.
Davis finished with three hits and a run for Milwaukee. Zach Nehrir and Bryce Brueggemeyer each had two hits for Cleburne.
DockHounds Earn Third Straight Victory
The Lake Country DockHounds earned their third straight victory on Wednesday, thrashing the Sioux City Explorers, 9-2. Lake Country open with single runs in the first and second innings, a pair of runs in both the fourth and fifth, and added three more in the eighth as the club took advantage of all nine of their hits. Wilfredo Gimenez led the way for the DockHounds, going 2-3, including hitting his first homerun of the season. Gimenez scored three runs and added three RBI.
That was plenty enough support for Jesse Remington, who earned his first victory of the season, allowing one run on six hits in 7.0 innings. Remington evened his record at 1-1 while lowering his ERA to 3.24.
Zach Hedges struggled for Sioux City, giving up five earned runs in 4.1 innings. Nick Franklin continued his hot start for the Explorers, recording two hits and now has reached base safely in all five games for Sioux City.
Goldeyes Sweep Double-Header Against Canaries
The Winnipeg Goldeyes swept the Sioux Falls Canaries on Wednesday. In the opener, both starting pitchers were solid, as Alex Manasa allowed one run in five innings for Winnipeg and Joey Pulido held the Goldeyes to two runs in 5.0 innings. The Goldeyes held a 2-1 advantage coming out of the fifth, but Sioux Falls tied the score when Trey Michalczewski hit his first homerun of the season to tie the score. Michalczewski drove in both runs for Sioux Falls.
With the score tied, the game went to extra innings where Winnipeg earned the victory in the bottom of the eighth. With Reggie Pruitt starting the inning on second. The Canaries loaded the bases with one down, bringing Deon Stafford to the plate. He hit a sacrifice fly to left field, bringing home Pruitt with the game-winner. Jhon Vargas earned the victory, tossing a scoreless frame.
In the second game, the score was tied at two heading to the bottom of the fifth. That is when the Goldeyes scored two runs to close out the sweep for a 4-2 victory. Winnipeg took the lead in the bottom of the first on the first homerun of the season by Ian Sagdal. The Canaries tied the score in the top of the second, but Winnipeg retook the lead on a wild pitch in the bottom half of the frame. Sioux Falls tied the score in the top of the fourth on a single by Wyatt Ulrich. In the bottom of the fifth, the Goldeyes retook the lead for good as Eric Rivera drove home Raul Navarro with the go-ahead run and Stafford added an insurance run.
Zac Ryan earned his first victory of the season. Tasker Strobel closed out the contest for his first save of the year. Ulrich, Zane Gurwitz, and Shamoy Christopher each had two hits for the Canaries.
McGovern Dominates Monarchs in RedHawks Victory
Kevin McGovern allowed one run in seven innings to lead the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks to a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Monarchs on Wednesday. McGovern was spectacular, keeping Kansas City off the board through the first five frames. He allowed three hits and two walks while striking out 11 to earn his first victory of the season. Alex DuBord came on in the ninth inning to close out the contest for his second save of the year.
The game was scoreless through the first three innings, but Fargo-Moorhead took the lead in the top of the fourth. Manuel Boscan led off with a base hit and Drew Ward followed with a double, plating Boscan. Leobaldo Piña then drilled a double of his own, driving home Ward to make it 2-0.
Darnell Sweeney got Kansas City on the board in the bottom of the sixth, drilling his second homerun of the season over the left field wall. However, that would be all the runs that the Monarchs could produce. Nick Belzer took the loss, giving up two runs in 4.0 innings. Sweeney finished with two hits.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Danny Mars (Chicago Dogs) 2-3, 2 R, 4 RBI, 3 BB, HR
No. 2 – Kevin McGovern (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) 7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, ER, 11 K
No. 1 – Wilfredo Gimenez (Lake Country DockHounds) 2-3, 3 R, 3 RBI, HR, Double, BB
American Association Daily Notes
Kevin McGovern earned his first victory of the season for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks on Wednesday. The left-hander had struggled in his first start of the year, but was absolutely brilliant on Wednesday…The Lake Country DockHounds are proving to be no easy mark in their first season, winning their last three games. The DockHounds are fourth in the league in runs scored with 32.
By Robert Pannier