RailCats Rally Late, Long Leads Saltdogs to Victory, Controversial Forfeit
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 four games in the American Association on Friday, including the Gary SouthShore RailCats and the Kane County Cougars rallying to win their games late, and the Lincoln Saltdogs edging the Kansas City Monarchs. Plus, a controversial forfeit for the Cleburne railroaders. This and much more.
Long Leads Saltdogs to Victory
Ryan Long led off the bottom of the eighth inning with his sixth homerun of the season to give the Lincoln Saltdogs a 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Monarchs in a rain shortened affair. Lincoln took the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning, and then the contest was called after an extended rain delay. Kyle Kinman was outstanding for Lincoln, allowing two runs on four hits in 6.2 innings while striking out 10. Carter Hope earned the victory with 1.1 innings of shutout relief. Long finished with two runs scored.
That ruined a solid performance by Gregori Vasquez, who allowed two runs in 6.0 innings pitched. Gabriel Guerrero hit his eighth homer of the year for Kansas City.
RailCats Rally to Down Canaries
The Sioux Falls Canaries held a 2-0 lead through seven innings on Friday, but the Gary SouthShore RailCats tied the score with two runs in the top of the eighth and scored five in the top of the ninth on their way to a 7-2 victory. Alec Olund led the way with three hits, two runs, and two RBI. Thomas Walraven drove in a pair of runs for Gary. Trevor Lubking earned the victory, allowing one run in eight innings. He struck out 12.
The comeback ruined an outstanding performance by Tyler Garkow, who allowed no runs in six innings. Garkow struck out eight. Jabari Henry hit his eighth homerun of the season for Sioux Falls.
Early Surge Propels Goldeyes
The Winnipeg Goldeyes scored nine runs to the first three innings, then held on for a 13-7 victory. Winnipeg scored three in the first, four in the second, and two in the third, only to see Houston battle back with five in the top of the fourth. However, the Goldeyes sealed the victory with four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Max Murphy and Kyle Martin each drove in three runs for Winnipeg. Jay Gonzalez finished a perfect 3-3 with two runs, two RBI, and a walk.
Houston got an outstanding performance out of David Aldrich, who went 2-5 with three runs driven in. Blake Berry and Brian Dansereau each had two hits for the Apollos.
Milkmen Down RedHawks
Adam Brett Walker homered again as part of a three homerun performance by the Milwaukee Milkmen as the team defeated the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, 9-7. Correlle Prime gave Fargo a 3-0 lead with a three-run shot in the top of the first inning. Walker responded with a two-run homerun in the bottom half the inning. A two-run homer by Tony Rosselli in the bottom of the second put Milwaukee on top, but the RedHawks rallied for three runs to tie the score at six heading into the bottom of the seven. That is when Logan Trowbridge broke the tie with a two-run homer, his fifth of the year, and Rosselli added an RBI double to secure the victory.
Misael Siverio earned the victory and Nate Hadley came on to close out the contest to earn his fourth save of the season. Will Zimmerman and Manuel Boscan each had three hits for Fargo.
Five Run Eighth Propels Cougars
The Chicago Dogs trailed by two entering the bottom of the seventh, but a two-run single by Michael Crouse tied the score. The Chicago euphoria did not last long however, as the Kane County Cougars scored five runs in the top of the eighth to earn a 7-2 victory. Mitch Reeves gave his team back the lead with a bases loaded walk, and Jack Surin followed with a two-run single. Reeves and Surin both finished with two hits and two runs driven in. Josh Tols earned a no decision despite allowing two runs in 6.2 innings pitched. Christian DeLeon earned the victory with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Jonathan Crawford was solid for Chicago, allowing two runs and 5.1 innings.
Railroaders Forced to Forfeit
The American Association announced that the Cleburne Railroaders would forfeit their contest against the Sioux City Explorers on Friday evening. An issue with the team’s transportation appears to be at the heart of the matter, resulting in a forfeiture. Sioux City is credited with an additional victory.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Mitch Reeves (Kane County Cougars) 2-3, R, 2 RBI, 2 BB
No. 2 – Trevor Lubking (Gary SouthShore RailCats) 8.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, ER, 2 BB, 12 K
American Association Daily Notes
Chicago Dogs catcher Ryan Lidge returned to the lineup on Friday after having the last two days off and went 1-3. That extended his hitting streak to 18 straight games, the longest in the American Association this season. Lidge is hitting .418 during the streak… Sioux Falls Canaries OF Wyatt Ulrich extended his hitting streak to 16 straight games with a hit on Friday. That is tied for the second-longest streak this season… Kane County Cougars OF Anfernee Seymour stole his 21st based on Friday. That is seven ahead of the next closest number…Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks IF Leobaldo Piña extended his consecutive on-base streak to 21 games. Piña is hitting .416 during the streak and has a .447 on-base percentage. The 21 games is the second-longest this season (24 games)…Milwaukee Milkmen OF Adam Brett Walker now leads the American Association with 14 home runs.
By Robert Pannier