Adames Shuts Down Explorers, Gillaspie Homers Twice, Milkmen Win Pitcher’s Duel
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 Friday, including Freisis Adames and the Winnipeg Goldeyes bullpen combining to blank the Sioux City Explorers, the Milwaukee Milkmen when a pitcher’s duel against the Kane County Cougars, and Casey Gillaspie homers twice for the Kansas City Monarchs. This and much more.
Wong Dominates in First Start
Michael Wong made his first start for the Cleburne Railroaders a memorable one, allowing two runs in 8.0 innings to lead Cleburne to a 5-2 victory over the Lake Country DockHounds. Wong scattered six hits and did not walk a batter while striking out four. Hunter Cervenka came on in the ninth to close the game out for his first save of the season.
Cleburne state their starter to a lead, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. Kacy Clemens delivered the big blow of inning, a two run double to make a 2-0. Three innings later, Cleburne added three more runs. That was more than enough support for Wong, who allowed solo runs in the third and eight innings as the only blemishes of the evening.
Clemens, Nick Shumpert, and Edwin Arroyo each had two hits and a run scored for the Railroaders. Gabriel Noriega had two hits for the DockHounds. Angel Ventura allowed five runs in 6.0 innings, taking the loss.
Adames, Goldeyes Blank Explorers
Freisis Adames tossed six shutout innings in the bullpen did the rest as the Winnipeg Goldeyes blanked the Sioux City Explorers, 9-0. Adames allowed six hits and a walk in earning his fifth victory of the season. Jhon Vargas tossed two scoreless frames and Zac Ryan finished off the shutout with a scoreless ninth inning.
Winnipeg took the lead in this contest in the bottom of the third, as Max Murphy singled to drive in a run and Logan Hill followed by hitting into a double play that plated another. Two innings later, Murphy blasted a three-run homer, his 15th of the year. The Goldeyes added three more runs an inning later as both Deon Stafford and Hidekel Gonzalez went deep. David Washington also homered for the Goldeyes.
Murphy finished with three hits and three RBI. Reggie Pruitt and Gonzalez each had two hits and scored two runs. Sagdal drove in a pair. Blake Tiberi and Tyler Rando each had two hits for the Explorers.
Gillaspie Homers Twice in Monarchs Victory
Casey Gillaspie homered twice and the Kansas City Monarchs hit three homeruns overall as the team defeated the Lincoln Saltdogs, 4-2. Lincoln held a 1-0 lead entering the top of the fourth, but the Monarchs responded with single runs over each of the next three innings. J.C. Escarra tied the score with an RBI single in the fourth and Jan Hernandez put his team on top in the top of the fifth with his 20th homerun of the season. An inning later, Gillaspie connected for his first homerun of the night and he added his 10th of the year two innings later.
That was more than enough support for Kansas City starter Matt Hartman, who allowed one run on two hits and 6.0 innings. Jordan Martinson and Brandon Koch each tossed a scoreless frame. In the ninth, Jameson McGrane came on looking to close out the contest. He gave up a walk before giving up back-to-back singles to pull Lincoln within a run. With two on and no one out, Jameson settled down, getting Patrick Caulfield to hit into a double play before striking out Eddy Martinez to earn his eighth save of the season.
Willie Abreu had two hits for the Monarchs. Welington Dotel scored both runs for Lincoln.
Canaries Edge RedHawks
The Sioux Falls Canaries continued to roll on Friday, earning their six straight win with a 10-8 victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Sioux Falls set the tone for this game right off. After Fargo-Moorhead scored two runs in the top of the first, the Canaries responded with six runs in the bottom half of the inning. Zane Gurwitz had the big blow of the frame, drilling a grand slam, his second homer of the season.
An inning later, Sioux Falls extended the lead to six when Trey Michalczewski drilled a two-run homer, his sixth of the year. The RedHawks responded with two runs in the top of the third cutting the deficit to four, but Aaron Takacs homered for the third straight game, a two-run shot to make it 10-4. Fargo-Moorhead was not done however, scoring two in the sixth and two in the eighth, but Riley Ferrell came on in the ninth to close the door for his ninth save of the season.
Takacs went 3-4 with two hits and three RBI. Gurwitz also had three hits and drove in four. Wyatt Ulrich added three hits and scored a run. Drew Ward and Christian Correa each had three hits for Fargo. Leobaldo Pina had two hits, scored two runs, and drove in two. A
Three-Run Seventh Propels Milkmen
The Kane County Cougars and Milwaukee Milkmen were locked an exciting pitcher’s duel on Friday evening and it looked like Milwaukee was going to come up on the short end, but three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning helped lead the Milkmen to a 3-1 victory. A.J. Jones and Jose Fuentes were both on top of their games. Fuentes held Milwaukee off the scoreboard through the first six frames while an RBI groundout by Galli Cribbs in the top of the third was the only blemish against Jones.
Jones looked like he was going to be the hardluck loser, but Dylan Kelly walked and Will Kengor followed with a single in the bottom of the seventh, ending the evening for Fuentes. Jack Anderson came on and gave up a double that scored Kelly. Kengor was thrown out of the plate, but Aaron Hill scored on a single by Logan Trowbridge and he came home on a base hit by Bryan Torres.
A.J. Schugel earned the victory, tossing a scoreless inning of relief. Juan Echevarria earned the save with a scoreless ninth. Torres, Hill, and Keon Barnum each had two hits for Milwaukee. Fuentes allowed one run in 6.0 innings.
Dogs Down RailCats in Series Opener
The Chicago Dogs scored three runs in the third and added three in the fifth to help lead the club to an 8-3 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Shane Barringer earned the victory, allowing three runs in five innings. Nick Garcia took the loss.
The game was tied entering the top of the third, but Ryan Lidge hit a two-run homer and K.C. Hobson followed with a solo blast. The RailCats cut the lead to one in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a Victor Nova homerun in an RBI single by Michael Cruz. However, Chicago responded right away in the top of the fifth, completing three runs on three hits. Chicago added two more runs in the seventh to seal the victory.
Michael Crouse had three hits and scored two runs. Lidge reached base four times and scored three runs.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Aaron Takacs (Sioux Falls Canaries) 3-4, 2 R, Double, HR, 3 RBI
No. 2 – Matt Hartman (Kansas City Monarchs) 6.0 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, ER, 7 K
No. 1 – Freisis Adames (Winnipeg Goldeyes) 6.0 IP, 6 H, BB, 0 ER, 4 K
American Association Daily Notes
The Sioux Falls Canaries won their six straight game on Friday and are 8-2 in their last 10. That moved the club on the last place in the West Division and they are 4.5 games behind the Lincoln Saltdogs for fourth place… Kansas City Monarchs right-hander Matt Hartman allowed one run in 6.0 innings on Friday. That lowered his league-leading ERA to 1.61… Sioux Falls Canaries OF Aaron Takacs has hits in six straight games, with five of those contests being multi-hit games.
By Robert Pannier