Railroaders Down Explorers, Milkmen Sweep, Cougars Defeat Dogs Late
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 Sunday, including the Kane County Cougars scoring late to defeat the Chicago Dogs, and the Milwaukee Milkmen completing their sweep of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Plus, the Cleburne Railroaders defeat the Sioux City Explorers for the second straight night. This plus much more.
Cougars Score Late to Defeat Dogs
Anthony Ray drilled a 1-0 pitch for his third homerun of the season to give the Kane County Cougars an 8-7 victory over the Chicago Dogs on Sunday. The ninth inning homerun was the third of the day for Kane County, as the Cougars were finally able to put Chicago away after the Dogs had battled back three times in the contest to tie the score.
Ray finished 2-5 with three runs scored and an RBI. Gavin LaValley continued his hot week, going 2-5 with a homer and four RBI. Kacy Clemens was a perfect 4-4. Chicago was led by a Grant Kay, who went 2-4 with three runs driven in. Danny Mars went 2-3 with three runs scored.
Pair of Big Innings Propel Canaries
The Sioux Falls Canaries scored four runs in the third and six in the sixth to help propel them to a 12-8 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Five players recorded at least two RBI for Sioux Falls, including Zane Gurwitz, who hit a three-run homer, his third of the year. Cade Gotta hit his first homerun since joining the Canaries and Wyatt Ulrich had a big day, going 5-5 with four runs scored and two RBI. Ulrich also hit his first homerun in a Sioux Falls uniform.
Zach Welz had a big day for Gary, driving in three runs. Jackson Smith went 2-3 with a run and two RBI and Tommy McCarthy had three hits and a run scored.
Milkmen Complete Sweep of RedHawks
The Milwaukee Milkmen scored three runs in the third and three in the fifth to secure a 7-2 victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. The victory secured a three-game sweep of Fargo. Brett Vertigan led the way, going 3-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Adam Brett Walker and Trey Martin both went 2-4 with a run scored. Matt Solter was outstanding for the Milkmen, allowing two runs in seven innings to earn the victory.
Jordan George, John Silviano, and Manuel Boscan each had two hits for the RedHawks. Silviano and Sam Dexter drove in the two runs for the team.
Early Surge Propels Railroaders to Victory
The Cleburne Railroaders scored three in the first, two in the second, and one in the third on their way to a 6-4 victory over the Sioux City Explorers. Chase Simpson had the big blow of the contest, a three-run homer in the top of the first inning. That proved to be enough support for Austin Fairchild, who allowed two earned runs in 5.2 innings to earn the victory. Kyle Chavez came on in the ninth to close the game out for his fourth save of the season.
The loss spoiled a big night for the bottom of the order for the Explorers, as Joseph Monge and Mitch Ghelfi each went 2-4. Ghelfi hit his first homerun of the year.
Guerrero, Hernandez Lead Monarchs Past Saltdogs
Gabriel Guerrero drove in four and Jan Hernandez drove in three runs as the Kansas City Monarchs avoided a sweep by defeating the Lincoln Saltdogs, 8-6. Guerrero staked his team to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, hitting his ninth homer of the year. Lincoln battled back with two runs in the bottom half of the inning on a Josh Altmann two run homer, but Hernandez extended the lead with a three-run shot in the top of the fourth, his ninth of the year. Both players finished 3-5. Hernandez scored two runs to go along with the three RBI, while Guerrero scored a run and drove in four.
Altmann finished 2-4 with two runs and two RBI from Lincoln. Ryan Long hit his seventh homer of the year for the Saltdogs.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Gavin LaValley (Kane County Cougars) 2-5, R, HR, 4 RBI
No. 2 – Gabriel Guerrero (Kansas City Monarchs) 3-5, R, 4 RBI, HR
American Association Daily Notes
Sioux Falls Canaries OF Wyatt Ullrich extended his consecutive on-base streak to 22 straight games. Ullrich is hitting .415 with a .486 on-base percentage during the streak…Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks IF Leobaldo Piña saw his 22-game consecutive on-base streak come to an end on Sunday. He is tied with Ullrich for the second-longest streak this season.
Gary SouthShore: Transferred the contract of RHP Nolan Clenney to the New York Mets
Sioux City: Signed LHP Tyler Koch
By Robert Pannier