Alexander Hits Three Homers, Eldred Dominates, RedHawks Avoid Sweep
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, Rob Pannier recaps the six games in the American Association on Thursday, including the Cleburne Railroaders crushing the Chicago Dogs behind three home run performance by Hill Alexander, the Winnipeg Goldeyes and Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks avoid sweeps, and C.J. Eldred rocks for the Kane County Cougars.
Game Recaps for Thursday
RedHawks Rally to Down Saltdogs in 11
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks found themselves trailing by three, but rallied to force extra innings where Leobaldo Pina delivered a walk-off single to give the team a 4-3 victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs. Zane Zurbrugg gave his team a two-run lead in the top of the second, and Nate Samson followed with an RBI single to make it 3-0. In the fifth, the RedHawks rallied to cut the deficit to one on an RBI single by Nick Novak and a sacrifice fly by Scott Schreiber. The Lincoln lead held until the eighth when the RedHawks tied it on an RBI double by Sam Dexter. That sent the game to extra innings where Pina drove home the winning run.
Dexter finished with two runs scored and Novak had three hits. Samson and Jason Rogers had two hits for the Saltdogs. Reza Aleaziz earned his second victory of the season, tossing 3.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Jandron Stymies Explorers
Tyler Jandron tossed five solid innings of relief to help the Winnipeg Goldeyes avoid a sweep as they defeated the Sioux City Explorers, 5-1. It was a big four run fifth inning that was the deciding factor in the game. Solomon Bates took the loss, allowing four runs in five innings. Dayson Croes and Miles Simington each had two RBI.
Sioux City took the lead in the bottom of the third on a ground out by Scott Ota. In the fifth, the Goldeyes took the lead on a two-run single by Croes a two run double by Simington. In the eighth, Winnipeg added one more run on an RBI double by Jackson Smith.
Canaries Take Rubber Match
The Sioux Falls Canaries scored five unanswered runs to help lead them to an 8-4 victory over the Kansas City Monarchs. Neil Lang earned the victory, allowing two runs in five innings while Zach Matson took the loss. Spencer Sarringer had two hits and drove in three and Logan Eickhoff had two hits and scored three times.
The teams both scored two runs in the second inning. In the third, Sioux Falls took the lead on a two run double by Sarringar and they extended the lead to three when Jabari Henry hit his 18th homer of the year, a solo shot. In the fifth, a sacrifice fly and an RBI single by Ozzie Martinez made it a five-run advantage. The Monarchs got on the board in the bottom of the seventh, but Sioux Falls immediately responded with a run in the top of the eighth. Chris Herrmann drove in his second run of the game in the bottom of the ninth.
Four-Run Third Propels DockHounds
The Lake Country DockHounds scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning, helping to propel them to a 6-3 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Franklyn Kilome earned his first victory of the season, allowing two runs in five innings.
Lake Country jumped out in front of the bottom of the third, scoring four runs. The RailCats responded with two in the top of the fourth, but the DockHounds put up one more in the bottom of the fourth to continue to dominate this game early. Each team scored a run in the eighth.
Justin Lavey had three hits and scored two runs and Thomas Jones hit his 13th home run of the season. LG Castillo and Jacob Bockelie homered for the RailCats.
Alexander Homers Three Times in Railroaders Victory
Hill Alexander homered three times and drove in six as the Cleburne Railroaders crushed the Chicago Dogs, 16-5. Cleburne pounded out 18 hits. Alexander, José Sermo, and Bret Boswell each scored three times. Boswell and Guillermo Quintana also went deep for the Railroaders.
Cleburne jumped out to a six-run lead, scoring for in the first and adding two more in the second. Boswell and Alexander both homered in the first. An inning later, Boswell and Sermo provided RBI doubles. The Dogs got on the board with single runs in the third and fourth, but Alexander hit a two-run shot in the top of the fifth. In the seventh, Quin him tana hit a two-run shot and Alexander added a solo home run in the ninth as part of a six-run inning.
Kasey Kalich earned the victory, allowing two runs in five innings. Trevor Lane was hammered, allowing six runs in 1.1 frames. Payton Eeles it to solo home runs for Chicago.
Cougars Edge Milkmen
C.J. Eldred continues his torrid run, allowing one run in seven innings to lead the Kane County Cougars to a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Milkmen. Eldred outdueled Kyle Mora, who took the loss for the Milkmen, allowing three runs in 6.0 innings. Daniel Bies recorded the final three outs for his 14th save of the season.
Milwaukee took the lead in the top of the first on an RBI double by Gabriel Cancel, but Hector Sanchez tied the score against his former team, singling in the bottom of the second to knot the game at one. The game remained tied at one until the sixth when Sanchez delivered a two-run double, putting his team on top for good. Milwaukee cut the deficit in half when Cam Balego hit a solo home run in the top of the eighth, but could not get any closer.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Spencer Sarringer (Sioux Falls Canaries) 2-3, R, 3 RBI, Double, SF
No. 2 – C.J. Eldred (Kane County Cougars) 7.0 IP, 7 H, ER, 2 BB, 2 K
No. 1 – Hill Alexander (Cleburne Railroaders) 3-5, 3 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI, HBP
American Association Daily Notes
Lincoln Saltdogs catcher Luke Roskam did not play on Thursday, keeping his streak of reaching in consecutive games at 46… Kane County Cougars right-hander C.J. Eldred earned his sixth straight victory. He has allowed three earned runs in his last 49.0 innings pitched.
August 17, 2023
Fargo-Moorhead: Signed RHP Tristen Roehrich
Lincoln: Placed LHP John Bezdicek on the Injured List; Activated LHP Abdallah Aris from the Injured List
Winnipeg: Activated RHP Samuel Adames from the Injured List
August 16, 2023
Kane County: Signed INF Ernny Ordonez
Kansas City: Placed LHP Dalton Moats on the Inactive List retroactive to August 13; Placed C Gavin Collins on the Injured List retroactive to August 14; RHP Ashton Goudeau and INF Taylor Snyder
Sioux City: Released RHP Brenden Heiss
Winnipeg: Released RHP Matt Leon
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By Robert Pannier