Vertigan Leads Milkmen, Goldeyes Sweep Apollos, Hasty Tosses Gem for 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 seven games on Wedmesday evening, including Charlie Hasty tossing a gem for the Sioux Falls Canaries, and the Winnipeg Goldeyes sweep a double-header from the Houston Apollos. Plus, Brett Vertigan leads the Milwaukee Milkmen to victory. This plus much more.
Hasty, Railroaders Down RailCats
Charlie Hasty tossed seven shutout innings to earn his second victory of the season as the Sioux Falls Canaries defeated the Sioux City Explorers, 2-1. Hasty allowed five hits while striking out six. Jabari Henry drove home both runs with a two-run triple in the sixth to break a scoreless tie. Caleb Frare came on to close out the contest to earn his sixth save of the season.
Brett Adcock was the hardluck loser, allowing two runs in the complete game. D.J. Poteet had two hits for the Explorers.
RedHawks Rally to Down Cougars
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks rallied from a 5-1 deficit, scoring two in the fourth and three in both the sixth and seventh innings on their way to a 9-6 victory over the Kane County Cougars. Dylan Kelly led the way, recording three hits, including his fourth homerun of the season. Kelly drove in four. Kevin Krause had two hits and drove in a pair of runs and Nick Novak also drove in two. Ryan Flores earned the victory and Alex DuBord closed the game out for his fourth save of the season.
Gavin LaValley was a perfect 3-3 with a run and an RBI. Josh Allen hit his ninth homerun of the season and Kacy Clemens added his 11th.
Saltdogs Rally to Down Monarchs
The Lincoln Saltdogs erased a one run deficit with three runs in the fifth on their way to a 5-2 victory over the Kansas City Monarchs. Ryan Long had the decisive blow, a two-run homer as part of a three RBI day. Justin Byrd drove in the other two runs for the Saltdogs. Connor Lance earned the victory out of the bullpen and James Pugliese closed the game out for his 16th save of the season.
Ryan Grotjohn hit his fourth homerun of the season for Kansas City. Casey Gillaspie drove in the other run.
Vertigan Propels Milkmen to Victory
Brett Vertigan drove in three to lead the Milwaukee Milkmen to a 7-2 victory over the Chicago Dogs. Vertigan had three hits, including his third triple of the year. He fell a homerun short of hitting for the cycle. Trey Martin also had three hits and scored two runs. Tony Rosselli scored two runs and drove in a third. Matt Solter earned the victory, allowing two runs in six innings while striking out eight.
Danny Mars hit his fifth homerun of the season for Chicago. The Dogs recorded just four hits in the contest.
Goldeyes Sweep Apollos
The Winnipeg Goldeyes swept a double-header from the Houston Apollos thanks to a Kyle Martin grand slam that helped Winnipeg complete the sweep. The Goldeyes earned the victory in the first contest, erasing a four-run deficit with three runs in the fifth and a single run in both the sixth and the seventh on their way to a 5-4 victory. Max Murphy delivered the walkoff hit in the bottom of the seventh, an RBI single that scored Dakota Conners. Jose Jose earned the victory.
Brian Dansereau drove in a pair of runs for Houston. Alvaro Gonzalez had two hits and an RBI.
In the second game, Martin capped off a six-run third inning with a grand slam as Winnipeg went on to win, 8-4. Murphy scored two runs and drove in two others. He hit his ninth homerun of the season. Dansereau went 1-2 with a run and an RBI for the Apollos.
Railroaders Down RailCats in Gary
The Cleburne Railroaders scored four runs in the first two innings on their way to a 4-2 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Osvaldo Martinez and Alay Lago each drove in a pair of runs for Cleburne. Martinez also scored two runs. That was all the support that Austin Fairchild needed, as he gave up one run in five innings. Edward Cruz came on to close out the contest for his third save of the season.
Jack Alkire was roughed up early, but responded with seven solid innings, striking out nine. Tommy McCarthy had two hits.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Gavin LaValley (Kane County Cougars) 3-3, R, RBI, Double
No. 2 – Brett Vertigan (Milwaukee Milkmen) 3-5, R, 3 RBI, Double, Triple
American Association Daily Notes
The consecutive on-base streak reached 43 straight games for Sioux Falls Canaries IF Wyatt Ulrich. The league record is 56…Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 1B John Silviano extended his hitting streak to 23 straight games. That is the second-longest in the American Association this season. Silviano is hitting .385 during the streak. Teammate Jordan George extended his consecutive on-base streak to 39 games…Lincoln Saltdogs closer James Pugliese recorded his 16th save of the season, tops in the American Association.
By Robert Pannier