Smith Fans 14, Tomshaw Dominates in Return, Saltdogs Win in Walk-Off
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 the six games in the American Association on Saturday, including Matt Tomshaw returning to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks to toss six shutout innings, Myles Smith striking out 14 in the Milwaukee Milkmen victory, and Curt Smith homers twice to lead the Lincoln Saltdogs. This and much more.
Tomshaw Returns to Dominate Canaries
Matt Tomshaw made his first start since returning to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks a memorable one, tossing six no hit innings as the RedHawks defeated the Sioux Falls Canaries, 6-1. Tomshaw walked two and struck out nine, dominating the Canaries. Correlle Prime hit a two-run homer and John Silviano hit a solo shot to provide more than enough run support for the left-hander. Dylan Kelly also drove in a pair of runs
Trey Michalczewski produced the only run for Sioux Falls, hitting his 10th homerun of the year. Brady Stover tossed four shutout innings of relief.
Smith Homers Twice, Perez with Walk-Off Hit
Yanio Perez delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Lincoln Saltdogs a 7-6 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Gary had tied the score in the top of the ninth when Thomas Walraven doubled home Billy Cooke, however, the Saltdogs responded right away in the bottom half of the frame, as a hit by pitch and a walk put two on. Perez hit a 1-1 pitch for a base hit, scoring Ryan Long with a winning run. Perez drove home three in all. Curt Smith had a huge day for Lincoln, hitting two homeruns and driving in four.
Walraven finished with three RBI. M.J. Rookard scored two runs.
Sermo Homer Powers Explorers
Jose Sermo hit a two-run homer with two down in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead the Sioux City Explorers to a 3-1 victory over the Cleburne Railroaders. Sermo drove home all three runs for Sioux City, hitting a double to go along with his 25th homer of the year. Brett Adcock allowed one run in seven innings while striking out six. Brandon Brosher earned the victory with two scoreless innings of relief.
Kyle Bullard was solid for Cleburne, allowing one run in 5.2 innings. Ozzie Martinez had three hits.
Bourassa, Bullpen Blank Cougars
Landen Bourassa tossed six shutout innings, combining with three relievers to blank the Kane County Cougars in a 2-0 Winnipeg Goldeyes victory. Bourassa allowed two hits and struck out four to move to 3-0. Three relievers came on to close out the shutout with Christian James earning his first save of the season. Tyler Hill had three hits.
The Cougars had three hits in all. Jack Fox was outstanding for Kane County, allowing two runs in six innings.
Hobson, Dogs Edge Monarchs
John Baker allowed two runs in six innings to lead the Chicago Dogs to a 7-4 victory over the Kansas City Monarchs. Chicago took a 3-0 lead through six, but the Monarchs cut the deficit to one run in the top of the seventh. The Dogs responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning, led by K.C. Hobson who had two hits, including hitting his 18th homerun of the season, and drove in three. Anfernee Grier and Michael Crouse each had two hits, scored two runs, and had an RBI. Jeff Kinley came on to close out the contest for his 12th save of the season.
Michael McCullough and Casey Gillaspie each hit home runs for the Monarchs. Both drove in a pair of runs.
Smith Shines in Milkmen Victory
Myles Smith allowed one run and struck out 14 to lead the Milwaukee Milkmen to a 4-1 victory over the Houston Apollos. Houston took a one run lead in the top of the third, but Milwaukee tied the score in the bottom of the fifth. The score remained tied into the bottom of the seventh when David Washington delivered a bases clearing double. The 14 strikeouts were a season-high for Smith. Nate Hadley earned his 11th save of the season.
Matt Sanchez pitched well for Houston in his second start of the season, allowing one run in five innings.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Curt Smith (Lincoln Saltdogs) 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
No. 2 – Matt Tomshaw (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) 6.0 IP, 0 H, 2 BB, 0 ER, 9 K
American Association Daily Notes
Milwaukee Milkmen RHP Myles Smith won his league leading 12th game on Saturday. Smith also won his seventh straight game, the longest winning streak in the American Association this season…Lincoln Saltdogs closer James Pugliese saw his 14 consecutive save conversions streak end.
By Robert Pannier