RedHawks Edge Goldeyes, Matson Stymies Explorers, Lott Drives in Five
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, Rob Pannier recaps the six games in the American Association on Sunday, including the Kane County Cougars and Kansas City Monarchs both avoid sweeps of their three-game sets, the Lake Country DockHounds offense erupts for a second straight night, and Gregori Vasquez leads the Milwaukee Milkmen to victory.
Game Recaps for Sunday
Milkmen Hang on to Down Dogs
The Milwaukee Milkmen jumped out to a five run early lead, then held on to defeat the Chicago Dogs, 5-3. Gregori Vasquez earned his seventh victory of the season, allowing two earned runs in 6.0 innings. Jack Mahoney came on to toss two scoreless innings and Peyton Gray closed the contest out for his second save of the year.
Milwaukee rolled early against Johnathon Tripp, scoring a run in the first, then adding two in the second and the third innings. Bryan Torres led the contest off with his eighth homer of the year. In the second, Rudy Martin delivered a two-run single, and Gabriel Cancel added a two-run homer in the third, his eighth of the year. Chicago finally put two on the board in the fourth against Vasquez as Luke Mangieri hit his 13th homer of the year, a two-run shot. In the sixth, Brennan Metzger hit an RBI single, but that was the last run Chicago would score.
Cancel finished with two hits and two RBI for Milwaukee. Three players had two hits for Chicago.
Lott Drives in Five to Lead Cougars
Todd Lott drove in five to lead the Kane County Cougars to an 11-6 victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs. That helped Kane County avoid being swept, as the team got five solid innings from Westin Muir, who earned his fourth victory of the year.
The game was tied at one heading into the top of the fifth when Olivier Basabe put his team on top with a leadoff home run and Lott closed out the scoring with a grand slam, his seventh of the year. The Saltdogs got one of those runs back in the bottom half of the frame when Nick Anderson hit his 19th homer of the year, but the Cougars added two in the seventh, one of the eighth, and two more in the ninth to seal the victory. Lincoln did mount a rally in the ninth as Nate Samson and Connor Panas each delivered two run singles but the comeback ended their.
Josh Allen had three hits and scored two runs and Basabe had three hits, scored twice, and drove in two for Kane County. Jason Rogers had four hits and Anderson finished with three hits and two runs scored.
DockHounds Offense Explodes for Second Straight Night
One night after scoring 17 runs, the Lake Country DockHounds scored 15 in the span of four frames to earn a 15-6 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries on Sunday. The Canaries put five runs up in the bottom of the first, as Welington Dotel delivered a two run double in the frame that saw nine batters come to the plate.
Sioux Falls held that advantage until the fifth when Dustin Woodcock hit a two-run home run, his fourth of the season. An inning later, Lake Country took the lead as Demetrius Sims tied the score with a three-run home run, his seventh of the year, and a wild pitch put the DockHounds on top. Kevin Maitan added an RBI single. Lake Country added two more in the seventh, then blew this game open in the eighth, scoring six runs on just two hits. The first two batters of the inning reached on a walk before an error loaded the bases. Sims then singled to drive home a run before Marcus Chiu walked to drive in a second run. That brought Curtis Terry to the plate, who drilled a grand slam, his sixth of the year.
Sims finished 3-6 with three runs scored and four RBI. Chiu scored three times in reached base three times. Trevor Achenbach had four hits and Darnell Sweeney had three hits and scored twice for Sioux Falls.
Four-Run Third Sends RedHawks Soaring
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks scored four runs in the third inning, then held on to defeat the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 6-4. Colten Davis gave up three runs in four innings, but still earned the victory. Reza Aleaziz came on to close out the contest for his fifth save of the year.
Winnipeg held a one run advantage through the first two innings, but the RedHawks took the lead in the top of the third. Correlle Prime tied the score with an RBI ground out and Manuel Boscan put his team on top with a two-run single. Leobaldo Pina later added his 11th home run of the season to extend the lead to three. The lead became five in the sixth when Evan Alexander singled to drive home two. Dayson Croes homered in the bottom half of the frame, his third of the year. Winnipeg pulled within two when Andy Armstrong drove home two in the eighth, but could not find the equalizer.
Alec Olund had three hits for the RedHawks. Four players had two hits for Winnipeg, including Armstrong who drove in a pair of runs.
Mattson, Monarchs Blank Explorers
Zach Mattson tossed six shutout innings, combining with two relievers to blank the Sioux City Explorers, 4-0. The victory snapped a six-game losing streak for Kansas City. Mattson allowed two hits and three walks while striking out five. Jordan Martinson retired the final four batters for his first save of the year.
Jared Wetherbee started for Sioux City and was outstanding, tossing three perfect innings before his evening was over. Franklin Dacosta came on in the fourth and the Monarchs immediately responded, scoring four runs off just two hits. An error and a walk led off the inning before Chris Herrmann doubled to make it 1-0. Jan Hernandez extended the lead to two with a sacrifice fly and Micker Adolfo delivered a two-run homer, his fifth of the year.
That was all the scoring in the contest. Sioux City produced just five hits. Adolfo had two hits and two RBI for the Monarchs.
Kalich, Big Inning Propel Railroaders
Kasey Kalich tossed six shutout innings in the Cleburne Railroaders scored five runs in the sixth to earn a 5-2 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Kalich allowed five hits and a walk, striking out five to earn his third victory of the year. Michael Krauza came on in the ninth to close out the contest for his first save of the year.
This was a great pitcher’s battle, as José Betances threw three scoreless innings for the RailCats to start the contest and Oddy Nunez tossed a scoreless fourth and fifth innings. Aaron Phillips came on in the sixth and Cleburne responded immediately, scoring five runs on four hits. Bret Boswell had a two-run single and J J. Figueroa drilled a pinch-hit, three-run home run, his fourth of the year. The RailCats were shut out through the first seven innings, but got on the board in the eighth with two runs. However, they would get no closer.
Brian Klein finished a perfect 3-3 with a run scored for the Railroaders. The top of the order for the RailCats were a combined 6-13 with two runs scored.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Demetrius Sims (Lake Country DockHounds) 3-6, 3 R, HR, 4 RBI
No. 2 – Zach Matson (Kansas City Monarchs) 6.0 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 0 ER, 5 K
No. 1 – Kasey Kalich (Cleburne Railroaders) 6.0 IP, 5 H, BB, 0 ER, 5 K
American Association Daily Notes
Lake Country DockHounds first baseman Curtis Terry had a grand slam for the second straight night… Lincoln Saltdogs first baseman Luke Roskam had two hits on Sunday, extending his consecutive on-base streak to 33 straight games.… Milwaukee Milkmen infielder Bryan Torres has 30 RBI over his last 24 games.
Chicago: Released RHP Kenneth Serwa; Placed OF Nick Heath on the Inactive List retroactive to July 27; Activated RHP Conor Maguire from the Injured List
Fargo-Moorhead: Released OF Andy Gravdahl
Kane County: Released RHP Jose Fuentes and C J.D. Osborne; Signed LHP Cam Opp
Sioux City: Released OF Jake Sanford
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By Robert Pannier