Canaries End Skid, Explorers Walk-Off RailCats, Brusa 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 Sioux Falls Canaries snapping their seven-game losing streak, Gio Brusa homering twice and driving in five for the Lake Country DockHounds, and the Sioux City Explorers when in dramatic fashion. This and much more.
Four-Run Fifth Helps Canaries End Skid
The Sioux Falls Canaries scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, helping to lead the team to a 6-2 victory over the Cleburne Railroaders. After falling behind 2-0, Sioux Falls responded with six unanswered runs. Chase Simpson gave the Railroaders the lead, hitting his second homerun of the season to lead off the top of the second. Two innings later, Jacob Bockelie drove home Hector Sanchez to extend the lead to two.
However, Sioux Falls jumped out in front thanks to a two-run double by Kona Quiggle and a two-run single by Jabari Henry in the bottom of the fifth. Gavin LaValley drove home the fifth run of the game when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the seventh and Andres Noriega hit his third homerun of the season in the eighth to close out the scoring.
Neil Lang earned his first victory of the season, allowing two runs and 5.0 innings. Four Canaries relievers finished off the victory, with each tossing a no-hit inning. Simpson finished with two hits for Cleburne. Jalen Evans took the loss for the Railroaders despite only allowing one hit in 4.2 innings.
Goldeyes Tame Saltdogs to Even Series
The Winnipeg Goldeyes erased a 1-0 deficit with two runs in the second and four in the third on their way to a 10-3 victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs. Lincoln had taken the lead in the top of the first on Justin Byrd’s third homerun of the season, but a wild pitch and a catcher interference call helped put Winnipeg on top in the second. In the third, Logan Hill singled home David Washington and Reggie Pruitt followed with a three-run homer two batters later.
From there, RJ Martinez cruised, allowing three runs in 6.0 innings for his third victory of the season. Hill had two hits, including his seventh homerun of the season, scored three runs, and drove in four for the Goldeyes. Eric Rivera drove in a pair of runs.
Greg Minier took the loss, allowing four earned runs in 3.0 innings. Josh Altmann also went deep for Lincoln, his fourth of the season. Welington Dotel had three hits.
Dogs Clip Cougars in Chicago
The Chicago Dogs scored four unanswered runs to earn a 4-3 victory over the Kane County Cougars. Kane County took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to a two-run homer off the bat of Jimmy Kerrigan, his fifth of the season. However, the Dogs responded with single runs in the second, third, seventh, and eighth innings to take the lead. Connor Kopach put Chicago on the board with his second homerun of the season in the second inning and Danny Mars tied the score with a sacrifice fly in the third. In the seventh, Trent Bauer connected for his first homerun of the year, putting Chicago on top. Michael Crouse provided what proved to be the game-winning run when he drew a bases loaded walk in the eighth.
In the ninth, Donivan Williams hit his first homerun of the season to pull Kane County within one. However, Paul Schwendel was able to get the final out for his third save of the year. Kevin Marnon earned the victory with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief.
C.J. Carter took the loss for the Cougars. Steve Lombardozzi and Kerrigan each finished with two hits.
Six-Run Sixth Sends RedHawks Soaring Past Milkmen
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks blew open a 2-0 game with six runs in the top of the sixth to help lead the team to a 12-2 victory over the Milwaukee Milkmen. John Silviano gave the RedHawks the lead in the top of the second with his sixth homerun of the year. An RBI single by Manuel Boscan in the fifth made it 2-0. In the sixth, Fargo-Moorhead sent 10 men to the plate as Darian Sandford drove in a pair of runs with a two-run single.
Milwaukee added two runs in the eighth inning. Chad Sedio hit his fourth homerun of the year for the Milkmen. Sedio and Dylan Kelly each had three hits for the Milkmen.
Silviano had a huge day for the RedHawks, going 3-5 with three runs scored and three RBI. Sam Dexter and Boscan each had two hits. Kevin McGovern earned the victory, allowing two earned runs in 7.0 innings.
Explorers Earn Walk-Off Victory over RailCats
An error sent home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Sioux City Explorers a 5-4 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Gary took the lead in the top of the fourth, scoring two runs. The Explorers cut the deficit in half in the fifth on a single off the bat of Danny Amaral.
In the seventh, Sioux City took the lead, plating three runs. Chase Harris doubled home Blake Tiberi to tie the score and Nick Franklin drove home a pair of runs with a single. The RailCats responded in the top of the eighth to tie the score, as an error and a single by Sam Abbott knotted the game at four. That set up the ninth inning where an error allowed Harris to score the winning run to give the Explorers their fourth straight victory.
Harris finished 2-2 with two runs scored and an RBI for Sioux City. Thomas McIlraith earned the victory with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief. Michael Woodworth had three hits for Gary SouthShore and Daniel Lingua scored two runs.
Brusa Leads DockHounds Past Monarchs
Gio Brusa hit a pair of homeruns to lead the Lake Country DockHounds to a 10-5 victory over the Kansas City Monarchs. Kansas City had taken the lead in the top of the first when Willie Abreu and Matt Adams each hit solo shots, then added a third run on an RBI double by Kevin Santa in the second. However, Lake Country tied the score in the bottom of the second thanks to a two-run homer by Brusa and a solo shot by Blake Berry.
The DockHounds took command of this game in the bottom of the third, scoring five runs. Gabriel Noriega gave his team the lead with an RBI single and Brusa followed with his second two-run homer of the day. Brusa later added an RBI double in the fourth. Kansas City hit two more homeruns in the fifth, as Gabriel Guerrero and David Thompson hit solo shots, but that would be all the offense that Kansas City could muster.
Brusa finished 4-4 with two runs scored and five RBI. Francisco Jimenez earned the victory. Guerrero had two hits for the Monarchs.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Logan Hill (Winnipeg Goldeyes) 2-4, 3 R, HR, 4 RBI
No. 2 – John Silviano (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) 3-5, 3 R, HR, Double, 3 RBI
No. 1 – Gio Brusa (Lake Country DockHounds) 4-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 Doubles, BB
American Association Daily Notes
The Sioux Falls Canaries snapped of their seven-game losing streak on Saturday… The Chicago Dogs have now won seven straight games, propelling them to the top of the East Division… The Kansas City Monarchs hit four homeruns on Saturday. They have 11 homeruns through the first three games of June… The Chicago Dogs Charlie Tilson and the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks Drew Ward have each reached base in 20 straight games, the longest streak in the American Association this season.
Cleburne: Released OF Derek Hurt and C Nik Sanchez
Gary SouthShore: Released RHP Francois Castillo
Kane County: Placed OF Ernie De La Trinidad on the Injured List retroactive to May 27; RHP Westin Muir
Lake Country: Signed RHP Devin Beckley
Sioux Falls: Released RHP Dean Deetz
By Robert Pannier