Allison Flirts with No-Hitter, Monarchs Rally Against RedHawks, Saltdogs Down Dogs
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 Tuesday, including King County Cougars starter Ben Allison flirting with a no-hitter, the Kansas City Monarchs rallied to down the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, and the Lincoln Saltdogs used a six-run frame to propel them past the Chicago Dogs . This and much more.
Allison Declaws RailCats in Cougars Win
Ben Allison was spectacular for the Kane County Cougars on Tuesday, allowing one hit in 8.0 innings to lead the Cougars to a 3-0 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Allison carried a no-hitter into the top of the eighth inning before Alec Olund ruined it with a leadoff double. Logan Nissen came on to finish off the shutout, tossing a perfect ninth inning.
Kane County staked their starter to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Jimmy Kerrigan singled up the middle to score Ernie De La Trinidad. In the fourth, the Cougars extended their lead to two when B.J. Lopez singled home Josh Rolette. Kane County added one more run in the bottom of the eighth inning when Rolette scored for the second time in the game, coming home on a base hit by Dylan Busby. Rolette finished 2-3 with two runs scored and two doubles in the contest.
John Sheaks was to hard luck loser, allowing one earned run in 5.0 innings pitched.
Six-Run Fourth Propels Saltdogs to Victory
A six-run fourth inning proved to be too much for the Chicago Dogs to overcome as the Lincoln Saltdogs held on for an 8-5 victory. Lincoln scored two runs in the top of the third to take the lead thanks to a two-run single by Matt Goodheart. An inning later, Goodheart added a two run double, extending the lead for the Saltdogs to 7-1. Hunter Clanin closed out the inning with an RBI single and the Saltdogs looked like they were in control with a seven-run lead.
However, there was no quit in these Dogs. The club scored a run in the seventh and were rallying in the bottom of the ninth thanks to a two-run single by Grant Kay that pulled Chicago within three. However, Garett Delano was able to get the final two outs of the contest to finish off the victory.
David Zoz (2-0) earned the victory, tossing 1.1 innings of scoreless relief. A.J. Kullman started for Chicago and took the loss. Goodheart finished with two hits and four RBI. Ryan Long went 2-3 with two runs scored, two walks, and an RBI. KC Hobson and Anfernee Grier each walked three times in the game. Hobson reached based four times and Grier five
DockHounds Rally to Down Explorers in 11
The Lake Country DockHounds found themselves trailing by four early in Tuesday night’s contest, but scored two in the third and two in the seventh to tie the score, then scored the only run in the 11th to earn a 6-5 victory. The Sioux City Explorers sent 10 men to the plate in the bottom the fourth, plating four. D.J Poteet delivered the big hit of the inning, a two-run single that put his club up 2-0. Nate Samson and Gabe Snyder added RBI hits as well.
However, Lake Country responded with two runs in the top of the third and added two more in the seventh. In the ninth, Aaron Takacs, Sunday’s hero, put his team on top with an RBI single. However, Nick Franklin responded with his third homerun of the season in the bottom half of the frame, sending the contest extra innings. That is where Wilfredo Gimenez would give his team their second straight victory, beating out a slow dribbler down the third base line that scored Blake Berry to give Lake Country a 6-5 victory.
Gimenez finished a perfect 4-4 with a run in two RBI. Berry had three hits and scored three runs. Takacs drove home a pair of runs. Duncan Snyder even his record (1-1) with two scoreless innings of relief. Thomas McIlraith took the loss for Sioux City. Franklin finished 2-5 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Monarchs Rally to Down RedHawks
The Kansas City Monarchs found themselves trailing by three on Tuesday, but rallied for six unanswered runs on their way to a 6-4 victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. John Silviano gave his team the lead, hitting his third homerun of the season in the top of the second. Sam Dexter later plated the second run of the inning with an RBI single. In the third, Leobaldo Piña added a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to three.
However, Kansas City got things started against Fargo-Moorhead right-hander Ryan Flores in the bottom of the third when Darnell Sweeney hit his first homerun of the season, a two-run shot to pull the Monarchs within a run. Two innings later, David Thompson homered to tie the score, and Kansas City took the lead when Gabriel Guerrero doubled home Sweeney to make it 4-3. Matt Adams followed with a two-run single to make a three-run lead.
Brock Gilliam earned the victory with 0.2 innings of scoreless relief. Jameson McGrane came on in the ninth to close out the contest for his first save of the season. Sweeney finished with two hits, two runs, and two RBI for Kansas City. Pete Maris was 3-52 doubles and an RBI.
Milkmen Rally to Down Railroaders
The Cleburne Railroaders twice held one run leads in this contest, but the Milwaukee Milkmen rallied each time, tying the score in the third and taking the lead with a two run sixth inning on their way to a 3-2 victory. José Espada earned the victory, allowing two runs and 5.2 innings of work. Karch Kowalczyk closed out the contest for his first save of the season.
The opening contest between the Sioux Falls Canaries and the Winnipeg Goldeyes was postponed because of rain on Tuesday. This game will be made up as part of a double-header on Wednesday. Opening pitch is scheduled for 5:30 with the second game beginning 30 minutes after the first concludes.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Matt Goodheart (Lincoln Saltdogs) 2-5, R, Double, 4 RBI
No. 2 – Wilfredo Gimenez (Lake Country DockHounds) 4-4, R, 2 RBI, Double
No. 1 – Ben Allison (Kane County Cougars) W, 8.0 IP, H, 2 BB, 0 ER, 6 K, 7.0 No-Hit Innings
American Association Daily Notes
Kane County Cougars right-hander Ben Allison held a no-hitter through 7.0 innings on Tuesday. The 8.0 inning outing was the longest in the American Association so far this season…The Cougars announced they signed former Major Leaguer Steve Lombardozzi on Tuesday. Lombardozzi spent 291 games in the Major Leagues, hitting .260.
Kane County: Signed INF Steve Lombardozzi Jr.
Sioux City: Traded LHP Brett Adcock Evansville (Frontier League) for a player to be named later
Sioux Falls: Transferred the contract of RHP Ryan Miller to the New York Yankees
By Robert Pannier