Riley, Bullpen Blank Apollos, Hernandez, Lago Homer for Railroaders, Cougars Rally 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 Tuesday, as the Milwaukee Milkmen earn their fifth straight victory, and Joe Riley and the explorers bullpen shut out the Houston Apollos. Plus, Tom Wynn joins Kevin Luckow and Robert Pannier on This Week in the Association. This plus much more.
Milkmen Win Fifth Straight
Myles Smith rebounded from two tough starts, tossing 6.2 shutout innings in a 9-1 Milwaukee Milkmen victory over the Chicago Dogs. That was the fifth straight victory for the Milkmen. Smith walked seven and allowed two hits while striking out six, lowering his ERA to 2.95. Christian Correa had the big blow of the game, a grand slam, and Adam Brett Walker II hit his league-leading 16th homer of the year.
Anfernee Grier continues to hit for Chicago, going 1-3 with two walks. He scored the lone run for the Dogs. K.C. Hobson had an RBI.
Riley, Explorers Blank Apollos
Joe Riley tossed six shutout innings as the Sioux City Explorers defeated the Houston Apollos, 3-0. Riley pitched a great game, allowing six hits and one walk. Matt Pobereyko came on in the ninth to close out the game for his 12th save of the season. L.T. Tolbert had the big blow of the game, a two-run homer in the third inning, his third of the year.
Abdallah Aris pitched well for Houston, allowing two runs in five innings while striking out seven. Blake Berry and Hudson Bilodeau each had two hits for the Apollos.
Prime, Jordan Lead RedHawks to Victory
Correlle Prime and Jordan George drove in three runs apiece as the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks defeated the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 11-3. This was a scoreless tie until the third when Fargo put up six runs. Three of those came when George blasted his sixth homer of the year. Logan Nissen pitched an outstanding game for the RedHawks, allowing one run in six innings.
Tyler Hill went 2-3 with a run scored for Winnipeg. Raul Navarro drove in a pair of runs.
Reeves Walk-Off Hit Gives Cougars Victory
Mitch Reeves drove home Brandon Chinea in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Kane County Cougars a 5-4 walk-off victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Kane County trailed by a run entering the ninth inning, but a single, a hit by pitch, and a walk loaded the bases for Mark Karaviotis. He was then hit by a pitch, driving home the tying run and bringing Reeves to the plate. The Cougars outfielder drilled a 1-1 pitch up the middle for a base hit, driving home the winning run.
Kacy Clemens drove home a pair of runs for Kane County. Zach Welz and Daniel Lingua each had two hits for Gary.
Railroaders Double-Up Saltdogs
Alay Lago and Ramon Hernandez each homered for the Cleburne Railroaders, as they defeated the Lincoln Saltdogs 10-5. Hernandez staked the Railroaders to a 2-0 lead with a two-run blast in the bottom of the first-inning. Lincoln battled back to tie the score in the top of the third, but Cleburne responded with four runs in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead for good. Lago drilled a two run shot in the bottom of the eighth inning as part of a 2-5 performance. Lago finished with two runs scored and two RBI. Hernandez was 2-3 with two runs scored and three runs driven in.
Josh Altmann drove home two runs for Lincoln. Both Curt Smith and David Vidal had two hits.
Rain postpone the contest between the Sioux Falls Canaries and the Kansas City Monarchs. This contest will be made up as part of a double-header on Wednesday.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Myles Smith (Milwaukee Milkmen) 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 7 BB, 6 K
No. 2 – Logan Nissen (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, ER, 2 K
American Association Daily Notes
Milwaukee Milkmen OF Adam Brett Walker II hit his American Association leading to 16th homerun of the year. Walker has hit 14 home runs in June… The Sioux Falls Canaries were rained out on Tuesday, keeping OF Wyatt Ulrich’s hitting streak at 18 straight games. That is tied with Chicago Dogs catcher Ryan Lidge for the longest streak in the American Association this season. Ullrich is hitting .407 during the streak…The Kane County Cougars earned their second victory when trailing after eight innings. Ironically, that came against the Gary SouthShore RailCats who are the only other team to have two such victories.
Cleburne: Released RHP Bryan Saucedo
Fargo-Moorhead: Signed RHP Luke Lind
Lincoln: Released INF Louis Martini; Signed INF Yanio Perez; Returned INF Curt Smith to the active roster
Sioux Falls: Activated OF Troy Alexander from the Inactive List
Winnipeg: Activated C Austin Rei from the Injured List
By Robert Pannier