Canaries Soar, Railroaders Rally, DockHounds Edge Explorers
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 great games in the American Association on Wednesday, including the Cleburne Railroaders rallying to victory, the Lincoln Saltdogs rout the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, and the Sioux Falls Canaries remain red-hot.
Game Recaps for Wednesday
Saltdogs Blow Out RedHawks
The Lincoln Saltdogs scored four runs in the fourth and six innings to lead the team to a blowout victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, 12-2. Yanio Perez led the way, driving in three as part of a two-hit day. Luke Roskam scored three runs.
The score was tied heading to the bottom of the fourth when Lincoln began to take control of this contest. Aaron Takacs doubled to score Roskam to give Lincoln the lead for good. He scored when Nate Samson followed with a base hit and Drew Devine delivered a two-run single to make it 5-1. Two innings later, Leobaldo Pina led off the sixth with his ninth home run of the season, cutting the deficit to three, but the Saltdogs responded with four in the bottom half of the frame. Roskam delivered an RBI single before Perez hit his seventh home run of the year. In the eighth, Lincoln added three more runs for good measure. Samson drew a bases loaded walk and Will Kengor followed with an RBI single. Connor Panas was hit by a pitch to drive home the final run of the game.
Abdullah Aris earned his third victory of the season, allowing two runs in 5.1 innings. The Lincoln bullpen tossed 3.2 innings of scoreless relief. Correlle Prime took the loss.
Christopher Drives in Five to Lead Canaries
Shamoy Christopher homered and drove in five to lead the Sioux Falls Canaries to a 5-2 victory over the Kansas City Monarchs. That gave Sioux Falls their fourth straight win, moving the team three games behind the Sioux City Explorers for fourth place in the West Division standings.
Christopher got things going in the bottom of the second, hitting his first home run of the season, a three-run shot. In the fourth, the Canaries catcher delivered a two-run single to extend the lead to five. The Monarchs attempted to rally, scoring a single run in the sixth and ninth innings, but could not overcome a solid pitching performance by the Sioux Falls staff.
Mitchell Walters earned the victory, allowing one run in five innings. Brandon Finnegan took the loss. Christopher finished 2-3 with a run and five RBI.
Railroaders Rally to Down Goldeyes
The Cleburne Railroaders overcame an early five run deficit to defeat the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 8-6. The bottom of the order led the way for the Railroaders, as the 7-9 hitters when a combined 10-15 with three runs scored and six RBI. Tyler Perry earned the victory despite giving up five earned runs in 6.2 innings. Joe Corbett tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his first save of the season.
Winnipeg looked like they would blowout Cleburne, scoring one in the first and third innings and adding four in the second. With the score tied at one in the bottom of the second, Dayson Croes delivered a two-run single and Andy Armstrong followed with an RBI double. Armstrong scored on a sacrifice fly to make it 5-1. An inning later, Javeyan Williams drove home Jackson Smith with an RBI single.
The Railroaders were down, but began to rally in the fourth, scoring three runs. Alex Jackson and John Figueroa each delivered RBI singles and Brian Klein drove home his first run of the game with a sacrifice fly. An inning later, the Railroaders took the lead. Jackson delivered his second RBI the night with a single and a single by Jarel McDade tied the score. He scored when Figueroa laced a ball to the wall in right field, reaching third on a triple. Cleburne added one more run in the sixth when Klein led off with his first home run of the year.
Explorers Rally Falls Short
The Lake Country DockHounds jumped out to a four-run lead, then held on for a 7-6 victory over the Sioux City Explorers. Lake Country used a four run second to help propel the team to victory. Demetrius Sims had three RBI and Curtis Terry drove in two, hitting his first home run of the season.
In the second, the DockHounds scored four runs on just one hit. Brenden Heiss hit the second batter of the inning then threw a wild pitch, but recorded two outs before losing his command, walking the next four batters, making it 2-0. Sims then delivered a two-run single to extend the lead to four. Sioux City got on the board in the third when Vince Fernandez delivered an RBI double, but the DockHounds restore the four-run advantage in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Sims.
In the seventh, Terry made it 7-3, hitting a two-run homer. The Explorers refused to quit, however, plating three in the top of the ninth. Kyle Kasser drove home two with a single and Wilfredo Gimenez followed with a two run double. Sioux City had the bases loaded with two down, but Jake Sanford flew out to end the contest, giving Jojanse Torres his seventh save of the season.
The contest between the Gary SouthShore RailCats and the Kane County Cougars was delayed because of rain. The contest will be made up as part of a double-header on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
The contest between the Chicago Dogs and the Milwaukee Milkmen was delayed because of rain. The contest will be made up as part of a double-header on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Yanio Perez (Lincoln Saltdogs) 2-4, 2 R, Double, HR, 3 RBI, BB
No. 2 – Alex Jackson (Cleburne Railroaders) 4-5, R, 2 RBI
No. 1 – Shamoy Christopher (Sioux Falls Canaries) 2-3, HR, 5 RBI
American Association Daily Notes
Lincoln Saltdogs catcher Luke Roskam extended his hitting streak to 14 straight games. That is the second longest streak in the American Association this season.
American Association Stories at Minor League Sports Report
By Robert Pannier