Walker Record Setting Homer Propels Milkmen over RailCats
GARY, Ind.- There’s a new home run king of the American Association and his name is Adam Brett Walker II. The Milwaukee Milkmen (58-41) star outfielder smashed his record-shattering thirty-second home run of the season in the fifth inning against the Gary SouthShore RailCats (39-60) to give his team the lead as the Milkmen took game three with a 6-4 final at the Steel Yard.
Milwaukee struck out 17 RailCats which ties a single-season high for Gary SouthShore as the Christian Young earned the win with four innings, three runs on four hits, one walk, and seven strikeouts.
The RailCats jumped on top in the third as Tom Walraven belted a three-run home, his team-best sixth of the year, to give the ‘Cats a 3-0 lead. Yet, two innings later, the Milkmen would score four capped off by Walker’s two-run home run to swipe a 4-3 lead after five.
An inning later, Christian Correa and Aaron Hill delivered back-to-back doubles to add a pair more and make it 6-3 Milkmen.
Yoel De Leon suffered the loss with three innings in relief, allowing six runs on six hits and two walks with one strikeout.
Despite out hitting the Milkmen 12-to-6 with four hits from Billy Cooke and a 3-for-5 night from Jose Mercado, Gary couldn’t manufacture enough late runs to retake the lead as Zach Hartman would earn his fourth save of the season for Milwaukee.
The Gary SouthShore RailCats’ final game of the season is scheduled for tomorrow, September 6 at 1:10 p.m. at the Steel Yard in Gary, Indiana.