Canaries Sweep, Bates Wins Ninth, DockHounds, Milkmen Avoid Sweeps
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 Thursday, including Solomon Bates tossing a gem to earn his ninth victory of the season in the Sioux City Explorers victory, the Lake Country DockHounds offense explodes early to help the team avoid the sweep, and the Sioux Falls Canaries sweep the Kane County Cougars behind Akeem Bostick.
Game Recaps for Thursday
Canaries Complete Sweep of Cougars
Akeem Bostick allowed two runs in seven innings as the Sioux Falls Canaries completed their sweep of the Kane County Cougars, winning 3-2 in a matinee affair. Bostick was spectacular, needing just 85 pitches to make it through seven frames. Charlie Hasty came on in the ninth to earn his 19th save of the year. Westin Muir was the hard luck loser, allowing only two runs in 6.0 innings.
Kane County twice led by a run in this contest. The Cougars took the lead in the top of the third on an RBI ground out by Cornelius Randolph, but Sioux Falls responded immediately in the bottom half of the inning, scoring a run on a sacrifice fly. The Cougars retook the lead in the top of the fourth on an RBI double by Olivier Basabe. In The lead held for just two innings before Mike Hart tied the score with his 17th home run of the year. An inning later, Sioux Falls took the lead when Spencer Sarringar drove home Ozzie Martinez with a double.
Sioux Falls Canaries Recap by Tanner Hoops
Milkmen Rally to Avoid Sweep
The Milwaukee Milkmen scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat the Kansas City Monarchs, 5-3. That helped Milwaukee avoid being swept as Cam Balego and Drew Ward delivered RBI singles in the decisive frame. Frankie Bartow earned the victory with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, and Peyton Gray closed out the game for his sixth save of the season.
Kansas City took the lead in the top of the first when Odubel Herrera led off the game with a solo homer. In the bottom of the first, Bryan Torres led off with a homerun, his 10th of the year, and Balego added an RBI single. In the third, Michael Crouse singled home Ward to extend the lead to two. The Monarchs had very few answers for Vasquez through the first five innings, but tied the score in the top of the sixth when Justin Wylie drilled a two-run homer, his 13th of the year. In the bottom half of the inning, Balego put his team on top for good.
Kansas City Monarchs Recap by Carter Woodiel
Dogs Defeat RailCats to Win Series
The Chicago Dogs scored three runs in the fifth and added two in the sixth to earn a 7-3 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. That helped the team win the three-game set, earning victories in each of the last two games. Jonathan Cheshire earned the victory in relief, tossing 1.2 scoreless innings.
Chicago took a two-run lead, scoring single runs in the first and fourth innings. The RailCats cut the deficit in half in the top of the fifth, but Chicago responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning, as a ground out, a wild pitch, and an RBI single by Dylan Rosa extended the lead to four. In the sixth, Cody Bohanek led off with his eighth home run of the year and Luke Mangieri drove home a run when he drew a bases loaded walk. Gary SouthShore scored two runs in the top of the seventh, but the offense was shut down from there.
Ryan Lidge finished 2-4 with two runs scored and two RBI and Mangieri drove in two for the Dogs. Johnni Turbo scored three runs. Daniel Lingua drove in two for the RailCats.
Gary SouthShore RailCats Recap by Zach Letson
Early Lead Helps DockHounds Avoid Sweep
The Lake Country DockHounds jumped out to an 8-2 lead before defeating the Cleburne Railroaders, 9-5. Blake Tiberi homered and drove in three for Lake Country and Curtis Terry hit his 12th home run in just 22 games since joining the DockHounds.
Tiberi led off the game with his sixth homer of the year, but Cleburne tied the score in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI single by José Sermo. Late Country responded with three runs in the top of the second, taking the lead for good. Bret Boswell led off the bottom of the third with his fourth homer of the year, but the DockHounds scored four more in the top of the fourth, sending nine men to the plate.
Juan Hillman earned the victory while Michael Wong took the loss. Demetrius Sims had three hits and Terry scored three runs. Zach Nehrir had two hits, including his 14th home run of the season for the Railroaders.
Bates Dominates as Explorers Take Series Finale
Solomon Bates allowed one run in seven innings to earn his ninth victory of the season as the Sioux City Explorers defeated the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, 4-1. Sioux City trailed in this game after one as Scott Schreiber delivered an RBI single in the bottom half of the inning. However, it was all Explorers from there, as the team scored a run in the third, two in the fifth, and added one in the ninth.
Bates was spectacular, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out eight. Sean Rackoski came on in the ninth to earn his 16th save of the year. Kelvan Pilot took the loss, allowing three runs in 5.2 innings. Kyle Kasser had four hits for Sioux City.
Sioux City Explorers Recap by Austin Thomas
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks Recap by Chad Miller
Saltdogs-Goldeyes Rained Out
The contest between the Lincoln Saltdogs in Winnipeg Goldeyes was postponed because of rain. The game will be made up on August 18 as part of a double-header.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Curtis Terry (Lake Country DockHounds) 1-3, 3 R, HR, RBI, BB, HBP
No. 2 – Akeem Bostick (Sioux Falls Canaries) 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, K
No. 1 – Solomon Bates (Sioux City Explorers) 7.0 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 8 K
American Association Daily Notes
The Sioux Falls Canaries won their fifth straight game on Thursday… Sioux City Explorers right-hander Solomon Bates earned his league-leading ninth victory of the year.
Gary SouthShore: Placed LHP Chris Erwin on the Injured List retroactive to August 9; Signed LHP Quincy Jones
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By Robert Pannier