RedHawks McGovern Blanks Railroaders, Canaries Hit Four Homers
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 closing contests of the first series of the year, including Kevin McGovern blanking the Cleburne Railroaders and the Sioux Falls Canaries hitting four homers to propel the team to an 8-1 victory over the Winnipeg Goldeyes.
Jones Sacrifice Fly Gives RailCats Walk-Off Win in 13
Raymond Jones hit a walkoff sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 13th inning to give the Gary Southshore RailCats a 10-9 victory over the Milwaukee Milkmen on Thursday afternoon. The RailCats used a seven run sixth inning to jump out to a 9-6 lead, but Milwaukee rallied over the final two frames to tie the score, forcing extra innings.
Zach Welz finished with three hits and four RBI for Gary, including tripling twice in the contest. Chris Erwin earned the victory with three outstanding innings of relief. Myles Smith started for Milwaukee and tossed five shutout innings in his first American Association start. David Washington went 4-5 and hit his second homerun of the season. Aaron Hill continued his torrid start with his fourth homer of the year.
Back-to-Back Homers Propel Dogs
K.C. Hobson and Johnny Adams hit back-to-back homers in the top of the fourth inning to give the Chicago Dogs a 2-1 lead over the Kane County Cougars. However, it would be an RBI single by Grant Kay in the top of the eighth that would win it for Chicago. Paul Schwendel closed it out for Chicago for his second save of the season. Kay finished with two hits.
Tom Curtin was outstanding in relief for Kane County, allowing one hit in three innings of work. Mark Karaviotis went 2-4 with a run scored for the Cougars.
McGovern Shuts Out Railroaders
Kevin McGovern allowed just four hits in going the distance, leading the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks to a 4-0 victory over the Cleburne Railroaders on Thursday. McGovern did not walk a batter and struck out eight. Sam Dexter continues his torrid start, going 2-5, one of four RedHawks batters with two hits in the game. Osvaldo Martinez had three hits for Cleburne.
A three run second inning proved to be all the support that McGovern needed. RBIs by Kevin Krause, Dylan Kelly, and Dexter helped stake their starter to the early lead. The lefty then did the rest.
Four Homers Propel Canaries over Goldeyes
Homers by Ed Reichenbach, Logan Landon, Troy Alexander and Mike Hart proved to be too much for the Winnipeg Goldeyes on Thursday, as the Sioux Falls Canaries dominated the rubber match of their series, winning 8-1. Landon went 3-5 with two runs driven in and Reichenbach had the biggest blow of all, a three-run homer in the bottom of the second that staked Sioux Falls to the early lead. Tyler Culbreth was outstanding for the Canaries, tossing six shutout innings.
Kyle Martin and Kevin Lachance each had three hits for Winnipeg. Dakota Conners had two hits and drove in the lone run for the Goldeyes.
Explorers Strikeout 16, Complete Sweep of Apollos
Patrick Ledet struck out seven in four innings, setting the stage for the Sioux City Explorers as they struck out 16 Houston Apollos on their way to a 10-0 victory. Matt Quintana earned his first victory of the season, tossing two shutout innings, and all five Explorers pitchers struck out at least two batters in the contest.
Jared Walker continues his torrid start for Sioux City, hitting his third homerun of the season while driving in three runs. LT. Tolbert had two hits and drove in two for Sioux City. Nick Anderson went 3-5 for Houston.
Saltdogs-Monarchs Rained Out
The contest between the Lincoln Saltdogs in the Kansas City Monarchs was rained out on Thursday. The contest will be made up as part of a double-header. A date has not been set. Lincoln had won the first two games of the series.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – David Washington (Milwaukee Milkmen) 4-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
No. 2 – Zach Welz (Gary Southshore RailCats) 3-6, 2 R, 2 Triples, 4 RBI
No. 1 – Kevin McGovern (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) 9 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
Cleburne: Transferred the contract of RHP Nick Gardewine to the Arizona Diamondbacks
Kansas City: Acquired RHP Wilmer Torres from Tri-City (Frontier League) for a player to be named later.
By Robert Pannier