Canaries, Goldeyes Extend Winning Sreaks, Saltdogs Set Record
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 Saturday, including the Cleburne Railroaders rallying behind Bret Boswell, Landen Bourassa dominates for the Winnipeg Goldeyes, and the Sioux Falls Canaries extend their winning streak to seven straight games.
Game Recaps for Saturday
Cuello Tames Cougars
Edward Cuello allowed just one run in eight innings, leading the Gary SouthShore RailCats to a 3-1 victory over the Kane County Cougars. Cuello was spectacular in earning his fourth victory of the season, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out seven.
Gary SouthShore took the lead in the bottom of the first, but Kane County battled back to tie the score in the top of the fourth when Hector Sanchez singled home Trent Lott. From there, it was all RailCats, as the team retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth and added an insurance run in the fifth. Cuello did the rest, as he did not allow a runner to reach past first base after the fourth inning. DJ Wilkinson came on in the ninth to close out the game for his 11th save of the season.
Gary SouthShore RailCats Recap by Zach Letson
Saltdogs Rally to Complete Improbable Comeback
The Lincoln Saltdogs found themselves trailing by nine entering the bottom of the fourth, but rallied for 18 runs over the final five frames to defeat the Kansas City Monarchs, 20-13. Lincoln scored runs in all but one inning, the first, as every player in the lineup had at least one hit, one run scored, and one RBI. Every player in the Monarchs lineup had at least one hit and one run scored as well.
Kansas City had control of this game early, scoring five runs in the first as Micker Adolfo hit a grand slam to cap off the scoring. Each team scored a run in the second and the Monarchs added three more in the third when LJ Hatch hit a three-run homer, his second of the year. Kansas City extended the lead in the fourth on a Hatch two run single, making it 11-2.
This contest looked all but over, but Lincoln scored three in the fourth and sixth innings, added a run in the fifth, then put up seven in the seventh, and added four more in the eighth. The seventh inning saw 12 men come to the plate, as the team scored seven runs on just four hits. Zane Zurbrugg plated two in the frame with a triple and Nick Anderson added a two-run single. The Saltdogs sealed the victory in the eighth with four more runs. Anderson had a two-run homer in the frame.
Kansas City Monarchs Recap by Carter Woodiel
Lincoln Saltdogs Recap by Michael Dixon
Dogs Surge Early to Down Explorers
The Chicago Dogs scored six in the first and added three more in the second to earn an 11-5 victory over the Sioux City Explorers. D.J. Snelten earned the victory in relief, tossing 2.0 scoreless frames.
Josh Altmann got things going in the first, clubbing a grand slam, his 20th homer of the year. Matt Bottcher added an RBI single in the frame and Johnni Turbo plated the final run with a fielder’s choice. In the top of the second, Chicago added three more with Bottcher capping off the scoring with a two-run single.
Sioux City trailed by eight entering the sixth, but tried to rally to get back in the game, scoring three runs. However, Chicago added single runs in the eighth and ninth to seal the victory. Ryan Lidge had two hits and scored three runs and Bottcher had two hits and drove in three. Jake Ortega drove in two for Sioux City.
Sioux City Explorers Recap by Austin Thomas
Canaries Extend Winning Streak to Seven
The Sioux Falls Canaries scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning on a walk-off double by Jordan Barth to earn a 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Milkmen. Sioux Falls twice rallied from deficits in this contest to force extra innings. The victory was the seventh in a row for the Canaries.
Milwaukee jumped out in front in the top of the second when Michael Crouse hit a two-run homer, his third of the year. An inning later, Mike Hart tied the score with a two-run single. Milwaukee regained the lead in the top of the fourth on an RBI single by Bryan Torres and held that lead until the seventh when Shamoy Christopher hit a solo home run, his fourth of the year. The game went to extra innings where Barth quickly fell behind 0-2, then fouled off two pitches to stay alive before drilling the game-winning double to the wall.
Red-Hot Goldeyes Down RedHawks
The Winnipeg Goldeyes earned their fourth straight victory, scoring five in the third and eighth innings to defeat the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, 8-2. Landen Bourassa was spectacular in this contest, holding the RedHawks off the scoreboard through the first seven frames, eventually allowing two runs in 8.0 innings.
The Goldeyes held a two-run advantage until the fifth when they began to pull away. Chris Burgess had a two run double and Hidekel Gonzalez added a sacrifice fly. Bourassa was untouchable through the first seven innings, allowing no runs on five hits. Finally, in the eighth, the RedHawks got on the board when Scott Schreiber hit his eighth homer of the year, a two-run shot. The Goldeyes immediately responded with three in the bottom half of the frame. Brynn Martinez had a two-run single.
Winnipeg Goldeyes Recap by Doug Greenwald
Railroaders Rally to Defeat DockHounds
The Cleburne Railroaders found themselves trailing by two early on, but rallied behind Bret Boswell, who homered twice and drove in all four runs to lead the Railroaders to a 4-2 victory over the Lake Country DockHounds. That made a victor of Kevin Hilton, who allowed two runs in eight innings. Michael Krauza came on in the ninth to seal the victory, earning his second save of the season. The comeback spoiled a solid performance by David Richardson, who allowed one run in 5.2 innings.
Lake Country jumped out in front, scoring a run in the first and fourth innings. Marek Chlup made it a one run lead with an RBI single in the top of the first and Demetrius Sims led off the top of the fourth with his eighth homer of the year. Cleburne cut into the deficit in the sixth when Boswell hit a solo home run and he gave his team the lead with a three-run shot in the bottom of the eighth, his sixth of the year.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Landen Bourassa (Winnipeg Goldeyes) 8.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
No. 2 – Edward Cuello (Gary SouthShore RailCats) 8.0 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, 7 K
No. 1 – Bret Boswell (Cleburne Railroaders) 2-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, BB
American Association Daily Notes
Lincoln Saltdogs catcher Luke Roskam has now reached base in 43 consecutive games, the longest streak in the league this season… The Lincoln Saltdogs tied a franchise record by scoring 20 runs on Saturday. The run total matched the number they put up on May 31, 2011… The offensive onslaught between the Kansas City Monarchs and Lincoln Saltdogs produced 33 runs on 40 hits. Every player in the contest had at least one hit and one run scored… The Sioux Falls Canaries extend their winning streak to seven straight games.
Cleburne: Released RHP Michael Wong
Kane County: Signed OF Ashton Creal
Milwaukee: Released INF Cam Redding
Sioux City: Activated RHP Kent Hasler from the Inactive List
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By Robert Pannier