Bourassa Grounds Canaries, Monarchs Power Surge, Bates Wins 10th
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 Wednesday, including Landen Bourassa wins his sixth straight game, the Chicago Dogs remain red hot, and the Kansas City Monarchs down the Lincoln Saltdogs.
Game Recaps for Wednesday
Hot Dogs Down DockHounds
The Chicago Dogs earned their fifth straight victory, defeating the Lake Country DockHounds, 5-3. Chicago erased a one run deficit, responding with four unanswered runs to earn the victory. Nick Green earned the win, allowing two runs in five innings, and Brian Schlitter gave up a run in the ninth but still earned his 17th save of the year.
Each of the team scored a run in the fourth, and Curtis Terry gave the DockHounds the lead when he hit his 15th home run of the season. The Dogs took over from there. Dylan Rosa put his team on top for good in the top of the sixth when he hit a two-run homer, his 12th of the year, and the Dogs extended the lead to two in the seventh on an RBI ground out. Each team scored a run in the ninth.
Josh Altmann had two hits and scored two runs for Chicago. Justin Lavey had three hits and drove in two for Lake Country. Thomas Jones had two hits and scored two runs.
Monarchs Use Long Ball to Down Saltdogs
The Kansas City Monarchs homered four times to help them defeat the Lincoln Saltdogs, 9-3. Chris Herrmann, Micker Adolfo, Taylor Snyder, and LJ Hatch each went deep for the team. That helped Ashton Goudeau earn his second victory in as many starts. The right-hander allowed one run in five innings, striking out nine.
Kansas City took a 2-0 lead in the third thanks to a two-run blast by Hatch, his third of the year. An inning later, Snyder hit his second home run of the season. Lincoln got one of those runs back in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Nate Samson, but the Monarchs took charge in the seventh. Herrmann delivered a two-run single and Adolfo followed with his 11th homer of the year. The Saltdogs responded with two in the bottom of the seventh, thanks to the 17th home run of the season by Connor Panas, but Herrmann sealed the victory in the ninth, drilling his 21st homer of the year.
Herrmann and Hatch each finished with two hits, two runs scored, and three RBI. Panas had three hits, scored twice, and drove in two.
RailCats Rally to Down RedHawks
The Gary SouthShore RailCats found themselves unable to generate any offense, trailing by three to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks through seven. However, the team rallied for four runs in the eighth to defeat the RedHawks, 4-3. The Gary SouthShore bullpen was great, tossing six scoreless innings. DJ Wilkinson earned the victory, tossing a scoreless eighth. Jack Eisenbarger earned the save, striking out the side in the ninth to earn his second save.
The RedHawks jumped out in front, scoring two in the first and one in the second. That looked to be more than enough for Fargo-Moorhead as Kevin McGovern was on fire, tossing 6.1 scoreless innings. However, things changed quickly in the eighth. The first two batters of the inning drew walks. Thomas Greely followed with a single and an error tied the score. Next up was Daniel Lingua, who doubled home two runs to give the RailCats the lead.
Dillon Thomas and Manuel Boscan had each had three hits. Greely had two hits.
Bates Wins 10th for Explorers
Solomon Bates allowed three runs in seven innings to earn his 10th victory of the year as the Sioux City Explorers defeated the Milwaukee Milkmen, 9-4. The Explorers hit three home runs led by Wilfredo Gimenez, who went 3-4 with three runs scored and three RBI. Scott Ota and Daniel Perez also homered.
Sioux City took the lead in the bottom of the second on a two-run homer by Perez. An inning later, Gimenez drilled a three-run shot. Drew Ward cut the deficit to three in the top of the fourth when he hit a two-run shot, but the Explorers began to pull away in the sixth. Kyle Kasser had an RBI double and Ota hit a solo shot an inning later. Milwaukee scored a run in the eighth, but the Explorers scored two runs in the bottom of the frame.
Ota also had three hits for Sioux City. Aaron Hill had two hits for the Milkmen.
Bourassa Shuts Down Canaries
Landen Bourassa came out of the bullpen to start the second and shut down the Sioux Falls Canaries, tossing eight shutout innings to lead the Winnipeg Goldeyes to a 3-0 victory. Travis Seabrooke had started the contest and loaded the bases, but came away unscathed. Bourassa came on in the second and dominated, allowing five hits and no walks while striking out eight over the final eight frames.
This was a scoreless tie through four, but Winnipeg took the lead in the fifth when Keith Torres dilled a solo homer, his third of the year. An inning later Javeyan Williams hit a solo homer, also his third of the year to extend the lead to two. The Goldeyes added one more run in the seventh on an RBI ground out by Dayson Croes.
The contest between the Kane County Cougars and the Cleburne Railroaders was suspended in the top of the second with two outs. The contest will continue on Thursday.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – LJ Hatch (Kansas City Monarchs) 2-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, HR
No. 2 – Wilfredo Gimenez (Sioux City Explorers) 3-4, 3 R, HR, 2 Doubles, 3 RBI
No. 1 – Landen Bourassa (Winnipeg Goldeyes) 8.0 IP, 5 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, 8 K
American Association Daily Notes
Winnipeg Goldeyes right-hander Landen Bourassa has earned victories in each of his last six appearances. He has allowed 12 total runs in 42.2 innings pitched during that span… Sioux City Explorers right-hander Solomon Bates earned his league leading 10th victory of the season.
Kane County: Released OF Ashton Creal and INF Pete Kozma
Kansas City: Placed RHP Cody Deason on the Injured List retroactive to August 21; Signed C Andy Yerzy; Returned the loaned contract of INF Peter Maris to Monclova (Mexican League)
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By Robert Pannier