Canaries, Railroaders Win Slugfests, McGovern Blanks Goldeyes
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 Friday, including Kevin McGovern tossing seven shutout innings to lead the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, and the Sioux Falls Canaries and Gary SouthShore RailCats each earned slugfest victories.
Game Recaps for Friday
McGovern, Bullpen Blank Goldeyes
Kevin McGovern tossed seven shutout innings, and two relievers combined with the left-hander to blank the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 6-0. McGovern allowed two hits and two walks, striking out five to earn his seventh victory of the year. Joey Matulovich took the loss.
Fargo-Moorhead gave their starter all the runs he would need in the top of the second when Nick Novak hit a two-run homer, his eighth of the year. The RedHawks added a run in the sixth on a wild pitch and scored three more in the eighth. A sacrifice fly by Scott Schrieber brought home one run and an error plated two more.
Manuel Boscan finished with three hits and B.J. Lopez had two. Winnipeg produced two total hits.
RailCats Maul Railroaders
The Gary SouthShore RailCats scored nine in the second and added four in the fourth and eighth innings to defeat the Cleburne Railroaders, 18-9. LG Castillo led the way, scoring four times and driving in three, and Jesus Marriaga and Jackson Valera also drove in three for the RailCats.
Cleburne took the lead in the bottom of the first, but Gary responded with nine in the second. Triples by Marriaga and Castillo helped keep the rally going. The Railroaders responded with a run in the second and added two more in the third, but Gary SouthShore refused to allow Cleburne back in this contest, scoring for in the top of the fourth. Cleburne responded with four in the bottom half of the fifth, but Gary SouthShore added a run in the sixth and four more in the eighth.
Castille finished 3-5 with four runs scored and three RBI. Thomas Greely had four hits and Marriaga scored three times and drove in three. Zach Nehrir had three hits and scored twice for Cleburne. Hill Alexander hit his 17th home run of the year.
Clanin Homers Twice to Lead Canaries
Hunter Clanin homered twice and drove in six to help lead the Sioux Falls Canaries to a 17-12 victory over the Lake Country DockHounds. It was a very economical victory for the Canaries, who needed just 14 hits and seven walks to produce the run total. Lake Country scored 12 runs on 11 hits and two walks.
The DockHounds scored a run in the top of the first, but Sioux Falls responded with three in the bottom half of the first and second innings and added two more in the third to take an 8-1 lead. Darnell Sweeney hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the first and Clanin drilled a two-run homer in the third. Lake Country cut the deficit to four in the fourth when Brian Rey delivered a bases clearing double. The game stayed that way until the sixth when Sioux Falls scored six runs on three hits, sending 11 men to the plate. A bases loaded walk and hit by pitch plated two, and Clanin followed with a grand slam, his 10th homer of the year. The Canaries led 17-6 entering the ninth, but Lake Country refused to go away, scoring six runs to pull within five, but could get no closer. Marcus Chiu hit a grand slam in the inning, his second home run of the game.
Chiu finished 3-5 with three runs scored and four RBI and Rey had three hits and drove in four for the DockHounds. Sweeney had four RBI and Trevor Achenbach drove in three for Sioux Falls.
Dogs Rally to Down Milkmen
The Chicago Dogs trailed by four after five, but rallied for seven runs over the final four innings to earn a 7-6 victory over the Milwaukee Milkmen. Josh Altmann led the way, hitting his 18th home run of the season and driving in four. Ryan Lidge was a perfect 4-4 with two runs scored.
Milwaukee looked in control of this game, scoring a run in the first, then adding two in the second and fourth innings. Chicago was shut down by Frankie Bartow, but finally got on the board in the fifth as Altmann delivered a two-run double and he scored on a single by Dylan Rosa. Trailing 6-3 going into the seventh, Altmann hit a two-run home run and Rosa followed with his 10th homer of the year, a solo shot that tied the score at six. An inning later, Matt Bottcher beat out a ground ball for a single, driving home the winning run.
Brian Schlitter came on in the ninth to record his 12th save of the season. Nate Hadley took the loss. Altmann finished 3-5 with two runs scored and four RBI and Rosa had two hits and two RBI for the Dogs. Bryan Torres was 3-5 with two runs scored and two RBI and Reggie Pruitt was 3-4 with three runs scored for Milwaukee.
Error Gives Explorers Walk-Off Win
An error in the bottom of the ninth inning allowed the winning run to score as the Sioux City Explorers earned a walk-off victory over the Kansas City Monarchs on Friday, 6-5. This was a contest that saw Sioux City dominate early, as Heitor Tokar kept Kansas City off the scoreboard. That allowed his team to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Jake Ortega put his team on top with an RBI double in the second and a single by Scott Ota in the third made it 2-0. In the fifth, Ota drove home his second run of the game with an RBI single.
Kansas City had no answers early on, but put three on the board in the sixth to tie the score. Chris Herrmann drove home a run with an RBI single and Jan Hernandez followed with a two run single to knot the game at three. Sioux City retook the lead in the bottom of the seventh on an error, but the Monarchs took their first lead of the game Hernandez drilled a two-run homer in the top of the eighth, his eighth of the year.
Patrick Weigel came on in the ninth to close the contest out. He hit the first batter, then gave up an RBI double to Matt Lloyd. Two batters later, Tyler Rando hit a grounder to Andy Whitefield. The ball went through the legs of the second baseman, allowing the winning run to score. Francys Peguero earned the victory, striking out three and 1.2 innings.
Saltdogs Win Opener
The Lincoln Saltdogs opened the contest scoring nine of the first 10 runs on their way to a 9-4 victory over the Kane County Cougars. Luke Roskam scored three runs and Nick Anderson had three hits to help pace the victory. Abdallah Aris earned his fourth victory of the year, allowing three runs in six innings while striking out nine.
Lincoln jumped on top in the bottom of the first thanks to an RBI double by Nick Anderson and an RBI ground out by Jason Rogers. Two innings later, the lead became five. Anderson drove in his second run of the game with a single and Rogers followed with a sacrifice fly. Two batters later, Aaron Takacs drove in two. Lincoln added three more in the fifth on a run-scoring single by Will Kengor and a two-run single by Nate Samson.
The Cougars were dominated by Aris through four, but cut the deficit to six in the top of the fifth. Jonah Davis ripped a ball down the line, plating two with a triple. However, he was left stranded. Kane County added one more run in the eighth when Todd Lott hit his second solo home run of the game, his fifth of the year.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Marcus Chiu (Lake Country DockHounds) 3-5, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2 HR, Double
No. 2 – Kevin McGovern (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
No. 1 – Hunter Clanin (Sioux Falls Canaries) 3-5, 3 R, 6 RBI, 2 HR
American Association Daily Notes
Lincoln Saltdogs catcher Luke Roskam extended his consecutive on-base streak to 31 straight games, the second longest streak in the American Association this season. Kane County Cougars infielder Josh Allen recorded a 39 games streak… Sioux Falls Canaries outfielder Jabari Henry extended his consecutive on-base streak to 29 straight games… The Winnipeg Goldeyes and Kane County Cougars both saw their five-game winning streaks come to an end… The six-game losing streak of the Sioux City Explorers also ended on Friday evening… Milwaukee Milkmen right-hander Nate Hadley has allowed nine earned runs over his last 7.1 innings pitched… Rookie first baseman Ryan Hernandez re-signed with the Cleburne Railroaders. Hernandez had five home runs through the first 11 games of his professional career before his contract was transferred to the Los Angeles Angels back in May.
July 28, 2023
Cleburne: Signed INF Ryan Hernandez
Fargo-Moorhead: Released INF Ed Reichenbach
Milwaukee: Activated INF Drew Ward from the Inactive List
Sioux Falls: Claimed LHP Beaux Bonvillain off waivers from Kansas City
Winnipeg: Signed RHP Nolan LaMere; Released RHP Max Steffens
July 27, 2023
Fargo-Moorhead: Signed INF Peter Brookshaw and INF Ed Reichenbach
Kane County: Signed C Héctor Sánchez; Released C Daniel Wasinger
Kansas City: Activated OF Jan Hernandez from the Injured List
Lake Country: Returned the loaned contract of RHP Jorge Guzmán to Monclova (Mexican League); Activated RHP Austin Faith from the Inactive List
Milwaukee: Activated RHP Hansel Rodriguez from the Injured List; Removed INF Drew Ward from the Injured List and placed him on the Inactive List retroactive to July 6
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By Robert Pannier