Allen, Boswell Homer Twice, Wylie Hits for Cycle, Goldeyes 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 Gio Diaz driving in four for the Gary SouthShore RailCats, Justin Wylie hitting for the cycle in a loss for the Kansas City Monarchs, and the Sioux Falls Canaries down the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in 10.
Game Recaps for Thursday
Cougars Hold Off Monarchs
The Kane County Cougars scored four runs in the second inning, then held on for a 6-5 victory over the Kansas City Monarchs. The victory gave the surging Cougars a sweep of the three-game set.
The game was tied after one as Josh Allen hit a solo home run in the top of the first and Chris Herrmann drove home a run with a ground out in the bottom half of the inning. However, Kane County responded with four in the top of the second as Allen hit his second home run of the day, a grand slam to make it 5-1. It was the ninth home run of the season for Allen. Kansas City scored one in the bottom half of the third, and added two more in the fifth as Justin Wylie hit a solo homer to lead off the inning, his eighth of the year.
Kane County added a run in the top of the eighth when Jimmy Kerrigan hit his 11th home run of the season. Kansas City responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning as Wylie drove home a run with a triple, completing the cycle. Kansas City loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth against Kane County closer Daniel Bies, but he was able to get two pop outs to end the contest to earn his 11th save of the season.
Wylie finished 4-5 with a run and three RBI. Allen was to-five with two runs scored and five RBI. Tyler Beardsley earned the victory while Brandon Finnegan took the loss.
Ramirez Gem Helps Goldeyes Complete Sweep
Luis Ramirez allowed one run in six innings to earn his fifth victory of the season as the Winnipeg Goldeyes completed their sweep of the Sioux City Explorers, winning 3-2. Ramirez walked five, but gave up just two hits while striking out four. Samuel Adames came on in the ninth to earn his ninth save of the season.
Most of the runs in this game came in a short span. Winnipeg scored two in the bottom of the third on a two-run homer by Dayson Croes, his second of the year. Sioux City cut the deficit in half on an RBI single by Jake Sanford in the top of the fourth, but Max Murphy led off the bottom of the fourth with his league-leading 19th home run of the season. Sioux City cut the deficit to one on a sacrifice fly by Chase Harris in the eighth but got no closer.
Aker Dominates as Dogs Sweep
Cole Aker allowed one hit in five innings, leading the Chicago Dogs to a 6-4 victory over the Lake Country DockHounds. Aker tossed five scoreless innings to earn his first victory of the season. Connor Fisk took the loss despite a solid performance.
This game was dominated by Chicago, as the Dogs scored one of the fourth, two in the fifth, and added three in the seventh. Ryan Lidge hit a two-run homer in the seventh, his seventh homer of the year. Lake Country did nothing through the first eight innings, but loaded the bases in the ninth for Tyler Hill, who drilled a grand slam, his first home run of the year. The DockHounds had the tying run at the plate with one down, but Brian Schlitter was able to get the final two outs for his 11th save of the year.
Torres Drives in Three as Milkmen Sweep
Bryan Torres homered and drove in three to help lead the Milwaukee Milkmen to an 8-3 victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs. The Milkmen did most of their damage in the third and fourth innings, scoring four in the third and three in the fourth. Ryan Zimmerman earned the victory and Josh Roeder took the loss.
Lincoln held a one run lead heading into the third, but Milwaukee put four on the board. Torres tied the contest with an RBI single and Roy Morales put his team on top with an RBI double. Miguel Gomez followed with a two-run single. An inning later, Lincoln cut the deficit to two on a sacrifice fly by Nate Samson, but Gabriel Cancel led off the bottom half of the inning with his seventh homer of the year and Torres added a two-run shot, his seventh of the year. Each team added a run later in the contest.
Torres finished 2-3 with two runs scored and three RBI. Nick Anderson had two hits and scored two runs. Anderson hit his 17th homer of the year.
Big Night for Diaz Propels RailCats
Gio Diaz had four hits and drove in four to lead the Gary SouthShore RailCats to a 10-7 victory over the Cleburne Railroaders. John Sheaks earned his sixth victory of the year and Kody Bullard took the loss.
Cleburne was trailing heading into the bottom of the first, but scored three runs as Bret Boswell hit the first of two home runs on the evening, a three-run shot. The RailCats responded immediately, scoring three runs in the top of the second. The third lead change of the game happened in the third when Boswell and Hill Alexander delivered back-to-back home runs to put the Railroaders back on top by one. However, Gary SouthShore retook the lead in the top of the fourth, scoring three runs.
The RailCats added two more in the fifth and one of the ninth to extend the lead to five, but Cleburne would not go away. The Railroaders scored two in the bottom of the ninth and had the bases loaded with one down, but Jack Eisenbarger struck out Elmer Reyes and got Zach Nehrir to ground out to end the contest.
Diaz finished 4-5 with three runs scored and four RBI. Boswell was 2-4 with three runs scored and three RBI for Cleburne
Canaries Win in 10
Jordan Barth drilled a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Sioux Falls Canaries a 7-5 walk-off victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Hunter Clanin also homered in the game, driving in four, and Charlie Hasty earned the victory in relief.
The RedHawks took the lead in the top of the second, scoring two runs. The lead held until the fourth when Clanin turned on a 2-1 pitch, drilling a grand slam for his eighth homer of the year. In the sixth, Jabari Henry hit a solo home run to lead off the frame, extending the lead to three. However, the RedHawks battled back with three runs in the top of the seventh, taking advantage of three hits and three walks, but left the bases loaded. That forced extra innings where Barth crushed the first pitch he saw for the game-winner.
Clanin finished 2-4 with a run scored and four RBI. Barth had two hits, two runs scored, and two RBI. Correlle Prime had two RBI for the RedHawks.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Gio Diaz (Gary SouthShore RailCats) 4-5, 3 R, 4 RBI, Double, HR
No. 2 – Bret Boswell (Cleburne Railroaders) 2-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 HR, BB
No. 1 – Justin Wylie (Kansas City Monarchs) 4-5, Double, Triple, HR, R, 3 RBI
American Association Daily Notes
Kansas City Monarchs infielder Justin Wylie hit for the cycle on Thursday afternoon. He is the first player to accomplish defeat in the league this year… The Kane County Cougars have now won five straight games. The Winnipeg Goldeyes also won their fifth straight game… Milwaukee Milkmen right-hander Ryan Zimmerman became the first pitcher to reach eight victories. Zimmerman is 8-1 this season… The Sioux City Explorers have lost six straight games.
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By Robert Pannier