Barnum Hits Grand Slam, Railroaders Hit Five Homers, Podsednik Homers Twice
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 Saturday, including the Chicago Dogs extending their road winning streak to eight straight games, the Sioux Falls Canaries see their six game winning streak end, and the Cleburne Railroaders homer five times in their victory. This and much more.
Five-Run Seventh Sinks Canaries
The Sioux Falls Canaries battled back to tie the score at two, but the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks scored five runs in the seventh inning to earn an 8-2 victory. Fargo took a 2-0 lead with single runs in the fourth and sixth frames. However, the Canaries tie the score in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI double by Jabari Henry and a run-scoring single by Gavin LaValley.
That sent the game tied to the top of the seventh where the RedHawks blew this game open. Leobaldo Pina put his team on top for good with a two-run single, and John Silviano followed with a three-run homer, his 13th of the year. Pina and Rymer Liriano also went deep for the RedHawks in this contest.
Tyler Grauer earned the victory, allowing two runs in 7.0 innings. Neil Lang pitched very well for Sioux Falls, allowing two runs and 6.0 innings, earning a no decision. Canaries OF Aaron Takacs saw his six-game hitting streak come to an end. Pina and Silviano each had three RBI for Fargo-Moorhead.
Dogs Pull Two Pair in Downing RailCats
The Chicago Dogs scored a pair of runs in the first and second innings, then added three in the fourth and sixth innings on their way to an 11-3 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. This was a game dominated by Chicago from the start, as an RBI double by Ryan Lidge and a run-scoring single by K.C. Hobson gave Chicago a 2-0 lead. The RailCats got one of those runs back in the bottom of the first, but a two run double off the bat of Grant Kay in the second made this a three run Chicago lead.
That lead held into the fourth when the Dogs began to pull away. Michael Crouse hit a two-run homer, his sixth of the year, and Hobson added an RBI double. Two innings later, the Dogs added three more runs on a pair of run-scoring groundouts and an RBI single by Stevie Wilkerson.
That was more than enough support for A.J. Kullman, who earned the victory by allowing three runs in 5.1 innings pitched. Kay finished 3-3 with three runs scored, three RBI, and two walks for Chicago. Crouse drove in two and scored three runs and Hobson drove in three. Victor Nova, Daniel Lingua, and Michael Cruz each had two hits for Gary.
Adams Drives in Five to Lead Monarchs
Matt Adams homered and drove in five to help lead the Kansas City Monarchs to an 11-5 victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs. Kansas City found themselves trailing 3-1 entering the top of the fourth, but a grand slam by put the Monarchs on top for good. Lincoln pulled within a run with two in the bottom of the fifth, but Kansas City added one of the sixth and two in both the seventh and ninth innings.
Pete Kozma had two hits and scored three runs. J.C. Escarra also had two hits and scored twice. Chad De La Guerra walked five times in the game and reached base all six plate appearances, scoring twice. Lincoln was led by Patrick Caulfield, who drove in two. Matt Goodheart hit his third homerun of the season.
Late Rally Sends Railroaders on Track to Victory
The Cleburne Railroaders blew open a one run game, scoring nine runs over the final five innings on their way to a 13-3 victory. Cleburne took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-run blast by Zach Nehrir. Lake Country cut the deficit in half in the bottom half of the frame, but the Railroaders extended the lead to three on a two-run single by Kacy Clemens in the top of the third.
The DockHounds battled back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, but it was all Cleburne from there. The Railroaders added a run in the top of the fifth, then got solo homers from Chase Simpson and Hector Sanchez in the seventh. In the ninth, Hill Alexander hit a three-run homer and Edwin Arroyo added a two-run blast.
The Railroaders had five home runs in all. Nehrir was 3-6 with four runs scored and two RBI. Simpson had three hits, scored three runs, and drove in two. Clemens had three hits and drove in three and Alexander had two hits and drove in three. Gio Brusa and Daikan Yoh each had two hits and an RBI for Lake Country.
Podsednik Homers Twice in Explorers Victory
Shane Podsednik homered twice and drove in four as the Sioux City Explorers defeated the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 11-4. Sioux City took a 3-0 lead, scoring two in the first thanks to a Tyler Rando homerun, and adding a run in the second. Winnipeg came back with two in the bottom of the third on back-to-back RBI double by Reggie Pruitt and Ian Sagdal.
However, Podsednik began to give his team some breathing room in the top of the fourth, hitting a two-run homer. In the sixth, Sioux City added another run, then scored three more in the eighth. In the ninth, Podsednik hit his second two-run homer of the day.
The bottom of the order was outstanding for Sioux City, going a combined 6-11 with six runs scored and six RBI. Blake Tiberi went 2-3 with three runs scored and Patrick Ledet was 2-4 with a run in two RBI. Tom Windle earned the victory, allowing two runs in 6.2 innings. Sagdal had three hits and Pruitt scored twice for the Goldeyes.
Barnum Grand Slam Propels Milkmen to Victory
After giving up four runs in the top of the fourth, the Milwaukee Milkmen responded with seven unanswered runs to earn a 9-5 victory over the Kane County Cougars. Sherman Johnson put the Cougars on top by four with a three-run blast in the top of the fourth. Milwaukee cut the deficit to three with a run in the bottom half of the frame, but the Milkmen exploded for six runs in the bottom of the fifth to take command of this contest. Keon Barnum had the big blow of the inning, hitting a grand slam for his 13th homerun of the year.
Ryan Zimmerman earned the victory, evening his record at 3-3. The Milwaukee bullpen was outstanding, allowing just one run in 4.0 innings pitched. Aaron Hill had two hits, scored two runs, and drove in two. Johnson finished with two hits and three RBI for Kane County and Dylan Busby was 2-4 with two runs scored.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Chad De La Guerra (Kansas City Monarchs) 1-1, 2 R, RBI, 5 BB
No. 2 – Grant Kay (Chicago Dogs) 3-3, 3 R, 3 RBI, 2 Doubles, 2 BB
No. 1 – Shane Podsednik (Sioux City Explorers) 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
American Association Daily Notes
The Kansas City Monarchs Chad De La Guerra walked five times in Saturday’s victory, tying an American Association record… The Sioux Falls Canaries saw their six-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday. The club is still 7-3 in their last 10… The Chicago Dogs have won eight straight road games, the longest streak in the American Association this season.
Lake Country: Placed RHP Angel Ventura on the Injured List
Lincoln: Placed LHP Kyle Kinman on the Injured List retroactive to July 6; Signed RHP Tucker Smith
Sioux City: Signed OF Michael Lang
Sioux Falls: Placed RHP Tony Lanier on the Injured List retroactive to July 1; Signed C Robert Barham
By Robert Pannier