RailCats, Explorers Win Nail-Biters, Sedio Leads Milkmen to Victory
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 five games in the American Association on Tuesday, including the Gary SouthShore RailCats and the Sioux City Explorers each winning 1-0 victories and Chad Sedio homered twice to lead the Milwaukee Milkmen past the Cleburne Railroaders. This and much more.
Harris, Eisenbargar Combine to Blank DockHounds
Harrison Francis tossed six shutout innings and Jack Eisenbargar completed the shutout as the Gary SouthShore RailCats blanked the Lake Country DockHounds, 1-0. Francis allowed five hits and no walks in earning his first victory of the season. Eisenbargar came on in the seventh and tossed three hitless innings, striking out six for his second save of the year.
This was a fantastic pitcher’s duel that saw Alex McRae nearly match Francis pitch for pitch. McRae opened with three scoreless innings, but the RailCats finally got on the board in the top of the fourth when Michael Woodworth led off with a single, stole second, and scored on a base hit by Daniel Lingua. McRae left after seven innings, allowing one run on five hits.
Woodworth and Lingua each finished with two hits for Gary SouthShore. Jake Snider had two hits for the DockHounds.
Hedges, Bullpen Blank Cougars
Zach Hedges tossed 6.1 shutout innings, and Brandon Brosher and Thomas McIlraith finished off the shutout as the Sioux City Explorers defeated the Kane County Cougars, 1-0. This was a fantastic pitcher’s battle between Hedges and José Fuentes. Neither pitcher was giving in, as this was a scoreless contest through the first eight innings. Hedges left after 6.1 innings, allowing five hits and two walks. Fuentes tossed seven shutout innings, allowing two hits and four walks.
Brosher came on to close out the seventh and tossed a scoreless eighth. In the ninth, Logan Nissen took over for Kane County. He was greeted by a single off the bat of Nate Samson, who moved to second on a sacrifice. With two down, Sebastian Zawada single to left, driving home Samson with the only run of the contest. McIlraith came on in the ninth to close the game out for his fifth save of the year.
Samson and Zawada each had two hits for Sioux City. Dylan Busby had a pair of hits for the Cougars.
Sedio Homers Power Milkmen
Chad Sedio homered twice and drove in five runs to help lead the Milwaukee Milkmen to a 12-8 victory over the Cleburne Railroaders. This was an exciting contest that looked like Milwaukee was going to dominate. The Milkmen scored a run in the first and added five more in the fourth to take a commanding lead. Sedio delivered the big blow in the fourth, drilling a grand slam for his fifth homerun of the year.
However, Cleburne responded with six runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the score. Edwin Arroyo and Hector Sanchez each had two run singles in the frame. The Milkmen then responded in the top of the sixth, scoring two runs and adding a run in the seventh. The Railroaders made this a one run game with single runs in the seventh in the eighth, but Sedio led off the ninth with his second homerun of the contest and Keon Barnum drove home two more to seal the victory.
Sedio finished 3-5 with three runs scored and five RBI. Logan Trowbridge also went deep for the Milkmen, his first of the season. Zach Nehrir and Sanchez each had two hits and drove in three runs for the Railroaders
Silviano Homer Propels RedHawks
John Silviano hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning and Sebastian Kessay and three relievers made that stand as the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks defeated the Sioux Falls Canaries, 4-1. Silviano connected for his seventh homerun of the year with two on and two down in the first. The Canaries cut the deficit to two when Ozzie Martinez drove home Zane Gurwitz in the third, but the RedHawks added one more run in the fifth when Silviano drove home his fourth run of the game.
Kessay and the bullpen did the rest. The RedHawks starter allowed one run on three hits in 5.0 innings. Jon Jones then tossed two innings of scoreless relief and Luke Lind added a scoreless frame. Alex DuBord came on in the ninth to close out the contest for his ninth save of the year.
Silviano finished with two hits and four RBI. Leobaldo Pina and Rymer Liriano each had two hits for Fargo-Moorhead. No player had more than one hit for the Canaries.
Kinman Stymies Dogs in Rain-Shortened Victory
Kyle Kinman tossed the second complete game in the American Association this season, although it was a rain shortened one as the Lincoln Saltdogs defeated the Chicago Dogs in six innings, 4-1. Lincoln took the lead in the bottom of the first when Justin Byrd drove home Randy Norris. Chicago tied the score in the third on a single by Danny Mars, but the Saltdogs took the lead for good when Josh Altmann led off the bottom of the fourth with his fifth homerun of the year. Alex Steinbach added a sacrifice fly and Skyler Weber drove home the final run of the game with a single.
That was all the support that Kinman needed, as he allowed six hits and three walks while striking out seven. Byrd finished with two hits. Mars had two hits for Chicago. A.J. Kullman took the loss, allowing two earned runs in 4.0 innings.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Zach Hedges (Sioux City Explorers) 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 0 ER
No. 2 – Harrison Francis (Gary SouthShore RailCats) 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, 5 K
No. 1 – Chad Sedio (Milwaukee Milkmen) 3-5, 3 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI
American Association Daily Notes
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks closer Alex DuBord earned his ninth save of the season on Tuesday. That leads the American Association… The Chicago Dogs saw their eight-game winning streak come to an end. That was the second longest winning streak in the league this year… The Sioux City Explorers have now won five straight games… Lake Country DockHounds OF Aaron Takacs, Chicago Dogs OF Charlie Tilson, and Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks OF Drew Ward have all reached base and 22 consecutive games.
Cleburne: Released RHP Calvin Bush, RHP Jacob Garcia and RHP Austen Seidel
Fargo-Moorhead: Signed LHP Ryan Duffy
Lake Country: Signed C Daniel Martins-Molinari
Sioux City: Released RHP John Beuckelaere
Sioux Falls: Placed RHP Angel Ventura on the Injured List retroactive to June 4
By Robert Pannier