Samson Homers Twice, Explorers Complete Sweep, Martinez Drives in Four
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 a busy Sunday in the American Association as there were five games played. That includes the Sioux City Explorers completing their sweep of the Lincoln Saltdogs, and Osvaldo Martinez returning from the DL to drive in four in the Cleburne Railroaders victory. Plus, Sioux Falls wins their fourth straight series.
Samson Homers Twice as Explores Complete Sweep
Nate Samson homered twice as part of a four-hit performance to help lead the Sioux City Explorers to a 10-8 victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs on Sunday. The win completed a three-game sweep. Sioux City jumped out to a 7-2 lead, scoring at least one run in each of the first five innings. However, Lincoln battled back behind four hits by Josh Altmann. The Saltdogs trailed by four entering the ninth and pulled within two on a Curt Smith double, but Matt Pobereyko came on to close the door for his sixth save of the season.
Samson finished 4-5 with three runs scored and two RBI. Chase Harris went 3-3, hitting his third homerun of the season and Sebastian Zawada and José Sermo also went deep for the Explorers. Edgar Corcino had three hits for Lincoln.
Martinez Leads Railroaders over Monarchs
Osvaldo Martinez returned from the disabled list earlier in the day, and made his return an impressive one, going 5-6 with two runs scored and four RBIs as the Cleburne Railroaders defeated the Kansas City Monarchs, 12-2. Cleburne jumped out the three runs in the first inning and held a 10-0 lead before Kansas City would finally get on the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh. Zach Nehrir also had a big day, hitting his third homerun of the season and driving in three runs. John Nester was a perfect 3-3 with three runs scored.
Kansas City was able to record just five hits against the Railroaders pitching. Darnell Sweeney drove in both runs with a two-run double.
Dogs Dominate RailCats
The Gary SouthShore RailCats scored the first run of the game, then watched the Chicago Dogs put up six unanswered runs in a 6-1 victory. Ryan Lidge led the way with three hits and two runs driven in. Grant Kay had two hits, including his first triple of the year. Jake Dahlberg earned the victory, tossing four scoreless innings of relief, striking out five.
Tyler Van Marter had a big day at the plate for Gary, going 2-3 and he scored the only run for the RailCats. David Griffin took the loss, allowing three earned runs in four innings of work.
Gotta Leads Sioux Falls to Victory
Nick Gotta hit his first homerun of the season and drove in five runs as the Sioux Falls Canaries defeated the Houston Apollos, 16-7. Sioux Falls trailed by two entering the bottom of the third, but took the lead with four runs and blew this game open with an eight-run fifth inning. Eight of the nine hitters in the Sioux Falls line of at least two hits in the ballgame. That included Trey Michalczewski, who had three hits and scored three runs. Zane Gurwitz was 3-5 with two runs scored and two RBI. Ty Culbreth earned the victory, allowing two earned runs over seven innings of work.
Yeiler Peguero and Breland Almadova both had big days for Houston, going 3-5 with the runs scored and an RBI. Ian Yetsko drove in two runs with his third homerun of the season.
Cougars Snap Four-Game Skid
The Kane County Cougars found themselves trailing 4-1 entering the bottom of the second inning, but scored two in the second, three in the fifth, and four in the seventh on their way to a 10-5 victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks on Sunday. That snapped a four-game losing streak for the team. Luis Roman went 3-4 with three runs scored and two runs driven in. He hit his first homerun of the season in the contest, one of three homers hit by Kane County on the day. Christian DeLeon earned the victory, tossing three scoreless innings of relief.
Fargo-Moorhead got a big day out of Manuel Boscan, who went 4-5 with a run in three runs driven in. Leobaldo Pina and Jordan George each had two hits for the RedHawks.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Manuel Boscan (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) 4-5, R, 3 RBI, Double
No. 2 – Osvaldo Martinez (Cleburne Railroaders) 5-6, 2 R, 4 RBI, Double
No. 1 – Nate Samson (Sioux City Explorers) 4-5, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 HR, Double
American Association Daily Notes
Kansas City Monarchs IF Jan Hernandez saw his hitting streak ended at 11 straight games. He is tied with Cleburne Railroaders IF Alay Lago for the long as it streak in the American Association this season… Sioux City Explorers IF Jared Walker extended his consecutive on-base streak to 17 straight games, the longest streak in the league this season…With his victory on Sunday, Sioux Falls Canaries LHP Ty Culbreth is now tied for the league lead in victories with four…Explorers closer Matt Pobereyko earned his league-leading sixth save of the season on Sunday…The RedHawks are a perfect 6-0 when scoring first, the only team with an undefeated record.
Cleburne: Transferred the contract of RHP Michael Mariot to the Cincinnati Reds; Signed RHP Emerson Martinez and RHP Jesus Sanchez
Kansas City: Transferred the contract of LHP Eric Stout to the Miami Marlins
Sioux Falls: Placed LHP Caleb Frare on the Inactive List retroactive to May 31
Winnipeg: Released C Michael Gulino
By Robert Pannier