Barnum Homers Twice, Maris Delivers Game-Winner, Barringer Shines for 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 Keon Barnum homering twice for the Milwaukee Milkmen, Pete Maris delivers a walk-off hit in the bottom of the night for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, and Shane Barringer tosses a gem for the Chicago Dogs This, plus much more.
Graves, Big Inning Propel RailCats
The Gary SouthShore RailCats put up six runs in the fifth inning to earn an 8-2 victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs early Tuesday afternoon. Sherman Graves hit his first homerun of the season for the RailCats, driving in four.
This game was scoreless to the first three innings, but Gary SouthShore jumped out to a two-run lead in the top of the fourth inning when Graves drilled a two-run homer. An inning later, the RailCats sent 11 men to the plate, scoring six runs on just three hits to blow this game open. Graves added a two run double in the frame, and Michael Woodworth also had a two run double.
Adam Heidenfelder was in complete command, allowing just two hits through the first six innings. He came out in the seventh, and the Saltdogs scored two runs against Nick Garcia however, they would fall far short. Drew Devine had three hits for the Saltdogs.
Holmes Dominates in Blanking of Railroaders
Ben Holmes tossed six shutout innings as the Milwaukee Milkmen blanked the Cleburne Railroaders, 8-0. Holmes was spectacular in moving his record to 3-0, allowing six hits and two walks while striking out five. Three relievers helped to complete the shutout, including Juan Echevarria, Karch Kowalczyk, and Rodrigo Benoit.
Milwaukee took the lead in the bottom of the second when Keon Barnum led off with his 21st homerun of the season. Logan Trowbridge later added an RBI single. In the fourth, Bryan Torres helped to extend the lead with a two run double and Correlle Prime brought home Trowbridge with a sacrifice fly, making it 5-0. Barnum connected for his second homerun of the contest, and Milwaukee added two more runs in the eighth on Torres’ third homer of the year.
Miguel Gomez finished with three hits and scored a run. Torres was 3-5 with a run scored and four RBI. Edwin Arroyo had two hits for Cleburne and Nick Shumpert was 3-4.
Cougars Jump on Monarchs Early to Take Series Opener
The Kane County Cougars scored nine runs through the first three innings on their way to an 11-7 victory over the Kansas City Monarchs. Kane County took a two-run lead in the top of the first inning on a two-run homer by Cornelius Randolph. An inning later, the team put up six runs on just four hits as a two run double by Randolph made it 5-0, and Jimmy Kerrigan followed with his 25th homer of the year, a two-run shot.
The Monarchs looked like they were about to be blown out, but they began to chip away at the lead, scoring single runs in the third, fifth, and sixth before putting up to in the seventh to pull within four. David Thompson had a solo homerun of the fifth and Willie Abreu delivered a two run double in the seventh. The Cougars scored two more the ninth, looking like they had sealed the victory, but Kansas City responded with two in the bottom half of the frame. However, the rally fell short.
José Fuentes earn the victory, allowing three runs in 5.2 innings. Matt Hartman suffered the loss. Randolph finished 2-3 with two runs scored and four RBI while Kerrigan was 2-4 with two runs scored and three RBI. J.C. Escarra and Abreu each had four hits for the Monarchs. Abreu drove in three.
Barringer Outduels Ventura to Lead Dogs
Shane Barringer allowed one run in six innings, outdueling Lake Country DockHounds starter Angel Ventura to lead the Chicago Dogs to a 4-1 victory. Barringer allowed four hits and two walks while striking out six to earn his fifth victory of the season. Joe Cavallaro tossed two scoreless frames and Kevin Marnon came on in the ninth to earn his first save of the season.
That made Ventura a tough luck loser, as he allowed just two runs in 6.0 innings. Ventura struck out five.
After Lake Country took the lead in the bottom of the third on the second homerun of the season by Casey Dykstra, Chicago responded with two runs in the top of the fourth. Grant Kay drilled a two-run shot, his 15th of the year. The Dogs added two more in the top of the eighth to seal the victory.
Canaries Down Goldeyes in Wild Affair
The Sioux Falls Canaries scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead them to a 14-11 victory over the Winnipeg Goldeyes. This was a wild affair that saw the teams combine for 30 hits and six homeruns.
The score was tied at one heading in the bottom of the third when Sioux Falls scored four runs. Trey Michalczewski hit a three-run shot in the inning, his ninth of the year. An inning later, it looked like the Canaries had blown this game open, scoring five runs including a three-run homerun by Jabari Henry, his 24th of the year.
However, Winnipeg responded with four runs in the top of the fifth, capped off by a bases clearing double off the bat of Kevin Lachance. Winnipeg then took the lead in the top of the seventh, scoring five runs, including a grand slam by Justin Thompson. That made it 11-10, but the Canaries took the lead for good in the bottom of the eighth, sending 10 men to the plate with Gavin LaValley giving his team the lead thanks to a two-run single.
Matthew Dunaway earned the victory with a scoreless inning of relief and Mitchell Walters came on in the night to record his third save of the season. Ozzie Martinez, Henry, LaValley, and Angelo Altavilla each had three hits for Sioux Falls. The 1-5 hitters in the Canaries lineup were a combined 13-24 with nine runs scored and nine RBI. Lachance finished with four hits and three RBI for the Goldeyes. Max Murphy hit his 24th homer of the year.
Maris Walk-Off Hit Propels RedHawks to Victory
The Sioux City Explorers looked like they were about to pull off another comeback victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, but Peter Maris ruined that scenario, driving home the winning run with an RBI double in the bottom of the ninth to give Fargo-Moorhead an 11-10 victory. The RedHawks jumped out to a 5-1 lead through the first four innings, as Manuel Boscan had a two run double in the bottom of the fourth.
Sioux City responded, scoring seven runs in the top of the fifth on eight hits. Trey Martin and Gabe Snyder each had two run doubles in the frame. Fargo-Moorhead responded in the bottom half of the inning, as Ben Livorsi hit a two-run homer, his first of the season. The Explorer still have the lead, but that was erased quickly in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a three-run homer by Rymer Liriano. Sioux City was not done however, as Snyder homered to lead off the seventh and Blake Tiberi tied the score with an RBI single in the eighth. That sent the game to the ninth where Sam Dexter began the inning with a single. Max Kuhns was able to retire the next two batters, but Maris turned on a 1-1 pitch, drilling it to the wall to give Fargo-Moorhead the victory.
Jon Jones earned the win. Maris was 4-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Liriano finished with two hits, two runs scored, and three RBI. Danny Amaral had four hits and scored two runs for the Explorers. Tiberi and Martin each had three hits.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Shane Barringer (Chicago Dogs) 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, ER, 6 K
No. 2 – Peter Maris (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) 4-5, 2 R, RBI, BB, Walk-Off Hit
No. 1 – Ben Holmes (Milwaukee Milkmen) 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 0 ER, 5 K
American Association Daily Notes
Kane County Cougars OF Jimmy Kerrigan hit his league-leading 25th homerun of the season… Winnipeg Goldeyes RHP Luis Ramirez will be looking for his league-leading ninth victory of the season on Wednesday… Sioux City Explorers OF Danny Amaral stole two bases on Tuesday. He is now tied with Chicago Dogs OF Michael Crouse for the league lead with 32… The Gary SouthShore RailCats recorded the first triple-play in the American Association this season on Monday evening. The 4-6-3-5 triple-play ended a crazy 17-12 victory for the RailCats over the Lincoln Saltdogs… Winnipeg Goldeyes IF Raul Navarro extended his hitting streak to 22 straight games, the longest streak in the American Association this season. Navarro has hit .418 during the string, going 38-91… The Sioux City Explorers have the most victories (10) when either tied or trailing after eight innings.
Lake Country: Released INF Jordan Garr and OF Frank Podkul
Lincoln: Placed LHP Kyle Kinman on the Injured List; Activated RHP Carson Lance from the Injured List
By Robert Pannier