Amaral Homers Twice, Tripp Dominates, Altavilla Records Five Hits
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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 Sunday, including the Kansas City Monarchs completing their sweep of the Sioux Falls Canaries, the Kane County Cougars and Lincoln Saltdogs each when slugfests, and the Chicago Dogs blank the Gary SouthShore RailCats. This, plus much more.
Game Recaps for Sunday
Dogs Blank RailCats
Jonathan Tripp and two relievers combined to three hit the Gary SouthShore RailCats as the Chicago Dogs defeated Gary, 11-0. Tripp allowed a leadoff single and loaded the bases in the first inning before getting out of the jam unscathed. He did not give up another hit over the next four innings, retiring 13 straight before his afternoon was over.
Joe Cavallaro came on and tossed a scoreless sixth, giving up two hits. Tanner Lawson tossed three perfect innings, striking out six for his third save of the season.
The Dogs lineup provided plenty of run support. Ryan Lidge went 3-5 with two runs scored and six RBI. He doubled and hit his 12th homerun of the season. Thomas Walraven had two of the hits for the RailCats.
Seven-Run First Sends RedHawks Soaring
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks scored seven runs in the first inning, downing the Winnipeg Goldeyes on Sunday, 11-5. The RedHawks sent 13 men to the plate in the first, scoring seven runs off just four hits. John Silviano had the big blow of the inning, a grand slam for his 21st homerun of the year.
Kevin McGovern started for the RedHawks, but lasted just four innings, giving up four in the second and one of the third. Logan Hill led the comeback, drilling a two run double and Deon Stafford and Reggie Pruitt added run-scoring doubles of their own in the second. However, Fargo-Moorhead put this game away, scoring a run in the fifth and seventh and adding two in the eighth.
Trevor Simms earned the victory, tossing 1.2 scoreless innings. Silviano finished with two hits and six RBI. Drew Ward and Leobaldo Pina each had two hits and scored two runs. Hill finished with three hits and drove in two for the Goldeyes.
Amaral Homers Twice to Lead Explorers
The Sioux City Explorers inched closer to a playoff berth, hitting four homeruns on Sunday to defeat the Lake Country DockHounds, 10-4. Sioux City scored five in the first and added two in the second to jump out to a commanding lead. Danny Amaral led off the game with his first homerun of the contest and seventh of the year. Chase Harris added a two-run single and Dylan Kelly and Blake Tiberi each drove in a run in the inning.
In the second, Trey Martin and Gabe Snyder hit back-to-back homeruns to extend the lead to 7-1. In the sixth, Amaral added his second homerun of the contest. Lake Country cut the deficit to six in the bottom half of the frame on a three-run homerun by Efrain Contreras. However, Kevin McCanna was able to finish off the complete game to earn his 10th victory of the year.
Amaral finished 3-4 with two hits and three RBI. Every player in the Sioux City lineup had at least one hit. Gabriel Noriega, Lamar Briggs, and Contreras each had two hits for the DockHounds.
Canaries Rally Falls Short
The Sioux Falls Canaries had no answers for Kansas City Monarchs starter Jalen Miller, but rallied against the bullpen. However, the Monarchs were able to close the door to complete the sweep of the three-game series, winning on Sunday, 13-8.
Miller was dominant in this contest, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out nine to earn his first victory. The club staked him to a commanding lead, scoring three in the first, four in the fifth, three in the sixth, and three in the seventh to make it a 13-2 game. Gio Brusa had a two-run single in the first and Jacob Robson added a two run double in the fifth. The lead became 10 in the sixth on a two run double by Ryan Grotjohn and an RBI groundout by Robson.
Sioux Falls looked all but out of this game heading into the bottom of the eighth, but rallied for five runs on seven hits against Frank Rubio. Kona Quiggle added two-run single in the frame, and the Canaries added one more run in the ninth to pull within five, but could get no closer.
Angelo Altavilla had a big game for Sioux Falls, going 5-5 with two runs scored and three RBI. Mallex Smith and Brusa each had three hits for Kansas City. Robson drove in three and Kevin Santa scored three runs.
Saltdogs Keep Playoff Hopes Alive
The Lincoln Saltdogs scored six runs in the fifth and added three more in the eighth to earn an 11-8 victory over the Cleburne Railroaders. Cleburne held a 3-1 lead entering the bottom of the fifth, but the Saltdogs bats came alive. Jason Rogers made it a one run game with an RBI single and Luke Roskam tied the score with a single to right. Matt Goodheart followed with a two-run single and Hunter Clanin drilled a two run homer to make it 7-3.
The Railroaders scored three in the top of the sixth to make it a one run game, but Lincoln responded with a run in the seventh, then added three more in the bottom of the eighth. Drew Devine hit a solo homerun and Rogers added a two-run shot, his fifth of the year. The Railroaders responded with two runs in the top of the ninth on a Hill Alexander two run double.
Rogers finished 2-5 with two runs scored and three RBI. Devine had three hits and scored two runs and Clanin had two hits and drove in three. Alexander had two hits and drove in two for Cleburne. Edwin Arroyo and Nick Shumpert each had three hits and scored two runs. Arroyo also drove in two.
Cougars Batter Way Past Milkmen
The Kane County Cougars rapped out 16 hits on their way to a 14-8 victory over the Milwaukee Milkmen, taking two of three games in the series. That moved the Cougars into a second-place tie in the East Division.
This game was tied at two heading to the top of the sixth when Kane County put up seven runs on five hits. Mitch Nay led off the inning with his first homerun of the season and Galli Cribbs gave his team a two-run lead when he drew a bases-loaded walk. Ernie De La Trinidad followed with an RBI single. With the bases still loaded, Nick Anderson drilled a 1-2 offering to the wall, clearing the bases with a triple. He later scored on a wild pitch.
Milwaukee responded with three in the bottom of the seventh as Logan Trowbridge hit a two run double and later scored on a groundout by Keon Barnum. However, the Cougars put this game away with five runs in the top of the eighth. Five different players drove in runs in the inning.
De La Trinidad finished with three hits and scored three runs and Nay had four hits, scored two times and drove in three. Will Kengor and Hector Sanchez each had two hits and drove in two runs for the Milkmen.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Mitch Nay (Kane County Cougars) 4-5, 2 R, Double, HR, 3 RBI
No. 2 – Ryan Lidge (Chicago Dogs) 3-5, 2 R, HR, Double, 6 RBI
No. 1 – Angelo Altavilla (Sioux Falls Canaries) 5-5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI
American Association Daily Notes
The Kane County Cougars pulled into a second-place tie in the East Division with the Milwaukee Milkmen on Sunday. Milwaukee begins a three-game series with the Chicago Dogs on Tuesday while the Kane County Cougars travel to take on the Gary SouthShore RailCats… Sioux City Explorers right-hander Kevin McCanna earned his 10th victory of the season on Sunday, tying him for the American Association lead. McCanna is also tied for the league lead in complete games with two.
Lake Country: Activated INF Manuel Blanco from the Inactive List
Lincoln: Removed LHP Kyle Kinman from the Injured List and placed him on the Inactive List retroactive to August 2
By Robert Pannier