Snider Sets American Association Mark, Fox Tosses Gem, Explorers Down Canaries
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 six games in the American Association on Wednesday, including the Duncan Snider striking out 16 in a shutout victory over the Milwaukee Milkmen, Jack Fox tossed a gem for the Kane County Cougars, and the Sioux City Explorers Rally late to down the Sioux Falls Canaries. This and much more.
Early Surge Propels RedHawks over Goldeyes
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks scored two in the first and four in the third on their way to a 7-3 victory over the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Leobaldo Pina got things going for Fargo-Moorhead, drilling his seventh homerun of the season in the top of the first, a two-run shot. Two innings later, the RedHawks extended their lead to six thanks to an RBI single by John Silviano, a two-run single by Sam Dexter, and an RBI double by Ben Livorsi.
Fargo starter Peyton Wigginton rolled to the first four innings, but Winnipeg was finally able to get on the board in the fifth on a wild pitch. An inning later, Max Murphy hit his 13th homerun of the season to cut the deficit to three, but the RedHawks added one more run in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Dexter.
Wigginton earned the victory, allowing three runs in 6.0 innings. Piña was 2-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Drew Ward had three hits and scored three runs and Dexter drove in three runs for the RedHawks. Murphy finished 2-4 with a run in two RBI and Ian Sagdal and David Washington each had two hits for the Goldeyes as well.
Winnipeg Goldeyes Recap by Steve Schuster
Snider, DockHounds Blank Milkmen
Duncan Snider allowed three hits and no runs while striking out a season-high 16 as the Lake Country DockHounds shut out the Milwaukee Milkmen, 9-0. Snider was in complete command of this game, allowing singles in the second, third, and eighth as the only blemishes on the evening. At one point, he retired 13 consecutive batters, including setting an American Association record for consecutive strikeouts with nine.
While Snider was blowing down Milwaukee, his team scored four in the first, added single runs in the sixth and seventh, and scored three in the eighth. Gio Brusa had an RBI single in the first and Jake Snider added a three-run homer in the bottom of the frame. Brusa finished with three hits and two RBI and T.J. Bennett added two hits and two RBI. Bryan Torres had two of the three hits for Milwaukee.
Kullman Shuts Down RailCats in Dogs Win
A.J. Kullman tossed six shutout innings and the Chicago Dogs scored three in the fifth and three in the sixth to earn an 8-2 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Chicago took the lead in the top of the first on a ground out by K.C. Hobson and held that one run lead for four innings. However, the Dog secured the victory with six combined runs over the fifth and sixth frames.
Ryan Lidge led the way for the Dogs, going 3-3 with two RBI. Charlie Tilson, Michael Crouse, and Trent Bauer each had two hits and two runs scored. Kullman was spectacular for Chicago, allowing five hits and no walks in six shutout innings.
Alec Olund drove home both runs for the RailCats and Jesus Marriaga had two hits. Harrison Francis took the loss, allowing three earned runs in 5.0 innings.
Gary SouthShore RailCats Recap by Ryan Zimmerman
Railroaders Score Early, Down Monarchs
The Cleburne Railroaders jumped out to an 11-2 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth, then held on for a 12-9 victory over the Kansas City Monarchs. Zach Nehrir got things going with a solo homerun in the top of the first, but Kansas City came back with two runs in the bottom half of the frame on a two-run double by Matt Adams.
The Railroaders took command from there, as Nick Shumpert hit a grand slam in the top of the second. In the fourth, Kacy Clemens drilled a three-run homer and Jacob Bockelie added two more runs with a double and it looked like Cleburne was going to roll toward the victory. However, Adams homered in the bottom of the sixth and J.C. Escarra added a two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh to help pull Kansas City within six. Casey Gillaspie added a two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth making this a three-run game, but Kevin McCarthy was able to record the final out to end the contest.
Cleburne set a season-high with 17 hits. Clemens and Bockelie each had three hits. Clemens scored three runs and added three RBI. Shumpert had two hits, scored two runs, and drove in four. Adams and Kevin Santa had three hits for Kansas City. Adams drove in three.
Kansas City Monarchs Recap by Caleb Grizzle
Late Surge Propels Explorers Past Canaries
The Sioux City Explorers broke open a close contest, scoring three in the sixth and five in the seventh on their way to a 12-4 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries. Sioux Falls jumped out to a 3-0 lead through the first two frames, but Sioux Falls made this a one run contest with single runs in the top of the third and fourth innings. Sioux City extended the lead back to two when Nate Samson led off the bottom of the fourth with his second homerun of the year.
Tom Windle was making the two-run lead hold, allowing two runs in six innings while striking out eight. However, Sioux City blew this game open, scoring three runs in the sixth and adding five more in the seventh highlighted by a two-run double by Ademar Rifaela.
Rifaela finished 2-4 with three RBI. Trey Martin had three hits and drove in two. Tyler Rando made an impressive debut for Sioux City, going 3-4 with three runs and two RBI. Chase Harris also scored three runs. Ozzie Martinez had three hits for Sioux Falls and Trey Michalczewski had two hits and drove in two runs.
Sioux City Explorers Recap by Will Glocker
Fox, Cougars Blank Saltdogs
Jack Fox tossed six shutout innings and the bullpen did the rest as the Kane County Cougars shut out the Lincoln Saltdogs, 5-0. Fox was fantastic, allowing six hits and three walks while striking out four. Jack Anderson, Ryan Richardson, and C.J. Carter each tossed a scoreless frame.
Kane County took the early lead, scoring two runs in the top of the first on a two-run homer by Dylan Busby. Two innings later, the lead became three when Jimmy Kerrigan connected for his 13th homerun of the year. The Cougars added two more runs in the top of the ninth on a two-run shot by Ernie De La Trinidad.
Greg Minier was a hard luck loser, allowing three runs in 6.0 innings. Hunter Clanin and Skyler Weber each had two hits for the Saltdogs.
Lincoln Saltdogs Recap by Michael Dixon
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Jack Fox (Kane County Cougars) 6.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
No. 2 – A.J. Kullman (Chicago Dogs) 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
No. 1 – Duncan Snider (Lake Country DockHounds) 8.0 IP, 3 H, BB, 0 ER, 16 K
American Association Daily Notes
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks became the first team in the American Association to reach 30 victories this season. They currently hold a 3.0 game lead over the Kansas City Monarchs… The Kansas City Monarchs and the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks are tied for the top record when leading after eight innings. Both teams are 26-0… RedHawks infielder Leobaldo Pina extended his hitting streak to 16 straight games. That is tied for the second longest streak in the American Association, two behind Sioux Falls Canaries OF Wyatt Ulrich who had in 18 game hitting streak.
Lake Country: Traded INF Aaron Takacs to Sioux Falls for RHP Angel Ventura and future considerations
Sioux City: Signed C Tyler Rando
Sioux Falls: Activated INF Zane Gurwitz from the Injured List
Winnipeg: Activated OF Reggie Pruitt Jr. from the Injured List
By Robert Pannier