Canaries Outscore Saltdogs, Monarchs Roll Dogs, DockHounds Win
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 six great games in the American Association on Saturday, including the Sioux City Explorers and Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks splitting a double-header, the Winnipeg Goldeyes snap their losing skid, and the Lake Country DockHounds hold off the Cleburne Railroaders.
Game Recaps for Saturday
RedHawks-Explorers Split Double-Header
It was a tale of two games on Saturday as each team received an outstanding pitching performance as the Sioux City Explorers and Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks split their double-header. The first contest was a spectacular pitching duel between Austin Drury and Correlle Prime. Prime only allowed one run in six innings, giving up an RBI single in the third. That lead held through the sixth as Drury had a no-hit bit until the top of the seventh when he gave up a leadoff single. Kent Hasler came on and loaded the bases before giving up a walk-0ff single to Zack Miller to give the RedHawks the 2-1 victory.
In the second game, the Explorers received another great pitching performance, as this time it was Heitor Tokar and three relievers combining to allow one run on four hits in an 8-1 victory. Tokar allowed all four hits in four innings, and the bullpen did the rest, tossing three hitless, scoreless frames.
The Sioux City offense put their starter in the driver’s seat in the first, scoring three runs. It was 3-1 in the fourth when Chase Harris hit a solo homer and Sioux City put this game away in the seventh, scoring four runs, three of which came from one swing by Wilfredo Gimenez, who hit his first homer of the year.
Late Rally Spurs Canaries Victory over Saltdogs
The Sioux Falls Canaries scored five in the eighth inning to earn a 12-8 victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs. The clubs combined for nine home runs, including five by the Saltdogs. Three players drove in three runs apiece for the Canaries.
The Canaries took a 3-0 lead in the second as Wyatt Ulrich hit a two-run homer and Trevor Achenbach hit a solo shot. In the fourth, Lincoln got on the board as Yanio Perez and Will Kengor led off the frame with back-to-back homers. An inning later, the Saltdogs took the lead with two runs, but Sioux Falls responded with three in the bottom half of the frame thanks to a two-run homer by Jordan Barth and an RBI triple by Hunter Clanin.
The clubs exchanged runs in the seventh, but Lincoln erased the two-run deficit in the top of the eighth, scoring three. Those runs came courtesy of solo homers by Nate Samson, Aaron Takacs, and Drew Devine. The Canaries were down for the second time in this game, but took the lead for good in the bottom half of the frame. A fielder’s choice by Welington Dotel tied the score and Barth put his team on top for good with an RBI single. Jabari Henry followed with a three-run blast seal the victory.
Jose Cruz earned the victory for the second straight night and Matt Cronin took the loss. Henry went 2-3 with four runs scored and three RBI and Barth and Ulrich had three hits, three RBI, and a home run. Devine had three hits, two runs scored, and an RBI for Lincoln.
Bourassa Returns to Dominate for Goldeyes
Landen Bourassa came off the disabled list and was brilliant, allowing one run in 7.1 innings to lead the Winnipeg Goldeyes to a 6-1 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. After sitting out nearly three weeks, Bourassa earned his third victory while also snapping the five-game losing streak for the Goldeyes.
The Goldeyes took the lead in the bottom of the first on a single by Hidekel Gonzalez. The Goldeyes extended the lead to two in the sixth on a passed ball, but the RailCats got that run back in the top of the seventh when Will Decker hit a sacrifice fly. The contest stayed a nail-biter until the bottom of the eighth when Winnipeg sent eight men to the plate, scoring four runs.
John Sheaks allowed two runs in seven innings but took the loss. LG Castillo had two hits. Gonzalez had two hits and scored two runs and Tra Holmes had three RBI.
DockHounds Hold Off Railroaders Rally
The Lake Country DockHounds jumped out to an 11-4 lead, then held off a feverish late rally by the Cleburne Railroaders to win 11-9. Marcus Shawaryn earned the victory while Jojanse Torres came on to record his second save of the year. Trey Cumbie took the loss.
Demetrius Sims hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first to put Lake Country on top and Blake Tiberi added a two-run shot in the second to make it 4-0. Cleburne got those two runs back in the top of the third, but Matt Rodriguez crushed his second home run in the bottom of the third, a three-run shot to make it 7-2. The Railroaders responded with two in the top of the fourth thanks to a solo homer by Zach Nehrir and an RBI double by Hill Alexander. The DockHounds scored another run in the fifth and Thomas Jones blasted a two-run shot in the sixth as part of a three-run frame for the DockHounds. However, the Railroaders would not go away, as Elmer Reyes hit a two-run home run in the seventh and the team scored three more runs in the eighth. However, the offense was slowed from there, preserving the victory for the DockHounds.
Jones went 3-3 with three runs scored, two RBI and a homer. Sims and Tiberi each had three hits, including a homer. Jose Figueroa had three hits and drove in two for the Railroaders, and Reyes and Alexander each drove in two.
Monarchs Crush Dog
The Kansas City Monarchs jumped out to a 9-2 lead and kept the momentum going, crushing the Chicago Dogs, 14-6. Each team hit three homers in the game, including Chris Herrmann, who hit his 11th home run of the season for the Monarchs. Dylan Rosa was 4-4 with three runs scored and three RBI and Justin Wylie went 3-4 with four runs scored and two RBI.
Herrmann got things going for Kansas City in the first, hitting a solo homer. Nick Heath tied the score in the second when he led off with a solo homer, but the Monarchs took the lead for good in the bottom half of the inning, scoring two. Kansas City then added three more in the third and Rosa hit a three-run shot in the fourth. Ryan Lidge hit a three-run shot in the fifth trying to get Chicago, however, Kansas City scored a run in the fifth, added three more in the sixth, and scored one more in the seventh.
The offense made a winner of Cody Deason, who allowed five runs in six innings. Every player in the starting lineup had at least one RBI or one run scored. Lidge drove in four for Chicago.
Muir Dominates as Cougars Beat Milkmen
Westin Muir continues to roll through American Association teams, allowing just one run in seven innings to lead the Kane County Cougars to a 7-1 victory over the Milwaukee Milkmen. Muir moved to 3-0, allowing three hits and two walks.
Kane County took control of this game early, scoring two runs in the top of the first. Josh Allen led off the game with a solo homer and Jimmy Kerrigan added an RBI single. Milwaukee got on the board with a run in the second and the contest remained a nail-biter until the fifth when Kane County scored four runs, sending nine men to the plate. Gio Brusa plated a run on a bases loaded walk and Kerrigan followed with a two-run double. Galli Cribbs closed the scoring with an RBI single.
Kerrigan had two hits and drove in three and Armond Upshaw had three hits and scored a run. Roy Morales had two hits for Milwaukee.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Thomas Jones (Lake Country DockHounds) 3-3, 3 R, 2 RBI, HR, BB
No. 2 – Jabari Henry (Sioux Falls Canaries) 2-3, 4 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, HR, Double
No. 1 – Dylan Rosa (Kansas City Monarchs) 4-4, 3 R, 3 RBI, BB, HR
American Association Daily Notes
Kane County Cougars infielder Josh Allen reached base in the 28th straight game, the longest streak in the American Association this season… Teammate Westin Muir moved to 3-0 with his victory on Saturday. He is now 10-0 in his professional career… The Sioux Falls Canaries and Lincoln Saltdogs combined for nine home runs on Saturday, the most hit in a game this season…
Chicago: Acquired OF David Maberry on loan from Monclova (Mexican League); Signed OF David Maberry
Fargo-Moorhead: Released C Robbie Lopez
Lincoln: Activated RHP R.J. Freure and OF Connor Panas from the Inactive List
Kane County: Claimed RHP Jose Fuentes off waivers from Milwaukee
Sioux City: Placed INF Kyle Kasser on the Injured List retroactive to June 16; Activated INF Matt Lloyd and OF Jake Sanford from the Inactive List
Winnipeg: Placed RHP Josh Vincent on the Inactive List retroactive to June 15; Activated RHP Landen Bourassa from the Inactive List; Released LHP/OF Andrew Shaps
American Association Stories at Minor League Sports Report
By Robert Pannier