Sierra Walk-Off Hit, Monarchs Sweep Explorers, Railroaders, Cougars Split
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. Robert Pannier recaps a great Sunday in the American Association as the Cleburne Railroaders and Kane County Cougars split a double-header, and Anibal Sierra delivers a walk-off hit for the Milwaukee Milkmen. Plus, the Kansas City Monarchs complete their sweep of the Sioux City Explorers. This and much more.
Early Runs Help Monarchs Complete Sweep
The Kansas City Monarchs scored eight runs through the first three innings on their way to a 10-7 victory over the Sioux City Explorers. That helped Kansas City complete the three-game sweep. Jan Hernandez had four hits and drove in two runs. Michael McCullough went 3-4 which to run scored and two RBI. Carlos Diaz came on in the ninth to close out the game for his ninth save of the year.
Joseph Monge had a big day for Sioux City, going 2-4 with a run and three RBI. Mitch Ghelfi drove in a pair of runs for the Explorers.
Long Walk-Off Homer Gives Saltdogs Victory
Ryan Long hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Lincoln Saltdogs a 2-1 victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Lincoln had taken the lead in the bottom of the third, and Fargo responded with a run in the top of the fourth to tie the score. Ryan Flores started for the RedHawks, allowing a run in five innings of work. John Richy gave up a run in seven innings for the Saltdogs. James Pugliese came on and tossed two scoreless frames for Lincoln to earn the victory.
Jordan George, John Silviano, and Sam Dexter each had two hits for the RedHawks.
Cougars, Railroaders Split Double-Header
Garrett Alexander allowed a run in seven innings to earn a complete game victory as the Cleburne Railroaders defeated the Kane County Cougars 5-1 in the first game of their double-header. Alay Lago led the way for the Railroaders, going 3-3 with a run, and RBI, including his second triple of the year. Osvaldo Martinez was 2-4 with two runs scored and Ramon Hernandez drove in three for the Railroaders. Nick Zammarelli had two hits for Kane County.
In the second game, Koby Bishop held the Railroaders scoreless through the first five innings as the Cougars earned a 6-1 victory. Josh Allen drove in three runs for Kane County and Jeffrey Baez scored a pair of runs. Lago had another big game, going 3-4.
Haug Leads Dogs to Victory
Ryan Haug hit a two-run homer as part of a three-run inning for the Chicago Dogs as the team went onto a 3-2 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries. Jeff Kinley came on in the eighth to record the final six outs for his second victory of the year.
Ty Culbreth tossed a solid game for Sioux Falls, allowing three runs on just two hits in eight innings. Zane Gurwitz and Trey Michalczewski each had a pair of hits.
RailCats Down Goldeyes in 12
A dropped third strike allowed Daniel Lingua to score the winning run in the top of the 12th inning to give the Gary SouthShore RailCats a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Raymond Jones had three hits. Jacob Talamante had two hits and drove in a run.
Max Murphy and Jay Gonzalez each had a pair of hits for Winnipeg. Jorge Gonzalez gave a solid start for the Goldeyes, allowing two runs in seven innings.
Sierra Walk-Off Hit Completes Sweep for Milkmen
Anibal Sierra drove home Aaron Hill with the winning run in the bottom the ninth inning as the Milwaukee Milkmen completed their three-game sweep of the Houston Apollos with a 3-2 victory. Hill doubled to start the inning and moved to third on a base hit. Sierra then hit the first pitch he saw for an RBI single. Adam Brett Walker II finished with two hits and had an RBI for the Milkmen. Ryan Zimmerman allowed two runs in six innings.
Matt Cronin was solid in his start for Houston, allowing two runs in 5.1 innings. Blake Berry scored two runs.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Jan Hernandez (Kansas City Monarchs) 4-5, R, 2 RBI, Double
No. 2 – John Richy (Lincoln Saltdogs) 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 BB, ER, 3 K
American Association Daily Notes
Sioux Falls Canaries IF Wyatt Ulrich saw his consecutive hitting streak end at 28 games on Sunday. That was the longest streak in the American Association the season. He hit .411 during the streak. Ulrich also saw his consecutive on-base end at 33 games. That was also the longest streak in the league this year…The Gary SouthShore RailCats moved to 6-1 in extra any games this year with their victory on Sunday.
Chicago: Signed LHP Ryley Widell
Gary SouthShore: Placed LHP Cole Cook on the Injured List retroactive to July 8; Signed RHP John Sheaks
Sioux Falls: Signed RHP John Straka
Winnipeg: Released RHP Greg Harris
By Robert Pannier