Canaries Win Fourth Straight, Trio of Double-Header Splits
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, Robert Pannier recaps another a busy Saturday in the American Association as there were three double-header splits and the Sioux Falls Canaries when their fourth straight game.
Henry, Hart Homer in Canaries Victory
The Sioux Falls Canaries won their fourth straight game thanks to a four-run second inning highlighted by the fourth homerun of the season off the bat of Mike Hart that gave Sioux Falls a 9-2 victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs. Jabari Henry also homered in the game. Angel Ventura was solid for the Canaries, allowing two runs on three hits in six innings while striking out seven to earn his first victory of the season. Robbie Gordon earned the save with three shutout innings of relief.
Josh Altmann continues to hit well for Lincoln early on, extending his hitting streak to six games with an RBI single.
Explorers-Dogs Split Double-Header
A four run fifth inning proved to be the deciding factor in a 5-3 victory by the Sioux City Explorers, giving them a double-header split with the Chicago Dogs on Saturday. Chicago earned the victory in the first contest behind two homers by Johnny Adams, giving him five on the season. Brennan Metzger also homered in the game as Chicago scored three in the third. Michael Bowden earned the victory, allowing two earned runs in 5.1 innings pitched. Paul Schwendel finished off the game for his third save of the season.
Chicago held a 3-1 lead in the second game, but a four run fifth put Sioux City on top and they would not relinquish the lead in the 5-3 victory. L.T. Tolbert tied the score with a two-run homer and a two-run error allowed the Explorers to take the lead. Danny Hrbek earned the victory while Matt Pobereyko came on to close it out for his fourth save of the season.
RailCats Rebound to Win Night Cap
After being blown out in the first game of their double-header, the Gary SouthShore RailCats responded with a 5-1 victory over the Milwaukee Milkmen in the second contest. David Griffin was outstanding, allowing one run in five innings, but it would take 10 before the RailCats would earn the victory. An RBI single by Hayden Schilling put Gary on top, and Cameron Comer completed the inning with a two-run double. Cole Cook earned the victory with four shutout innings of relief.
In Game 1, Milwaukee scored runs in each of the first five innings on their way to a 10-1 victory. Adam Brett Walker had a huge contest, recording three hits and driving in four runs. The Milkmen rapped out 14 hits, including a pair by Brett Vertigan, who finished the double-header with five hits in all. Ryan Zimmerman was outstanding, allowing one run in six innings to earn his second victory of the season.
Monarchs Down Railroaders
A five-run third inning proved to be too much for the Cleburne Railroaders as the Kansas City Monarchs defeated Cleburne, 6-2. Gabriel Guerrero had another huge game, going 3-4 with his fourth homer of the year. Darnell Sweeney drove in three runs for the Monarchs. Eric Stout was stellar for the second time this season, allowing no runs on three hits in six innings while striking out nine.
John Nester drove in the lone run for Cleburne.
Zimmerman Leads RedHawks Victory
Will Zimmerman drove in three runs and had three hits to lead the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks to a 4-1 victory over the Houston Apollos. The score was tied at one through the first four innings, but Zimmerman drove in runs in the fifth, six, and eight innings, including hitting his first homer of the year. Michael Hope earned the victory with two innings of shutout relief and Blake Rogers came on in the ninth to close the game out for his first save of the season.
Abdallah Aris was solid for Houston, allowing two runs over five innings. Blake Berry scored the lone run of the game for the Apollos.
Cougars Bury Goldeyes in Opener, Winnipeg Rebounds in Night Cap
The Kane County Cougars rapped out 15 hits and drew eight walks to lead them to a 17-8 victory over the Winnipeg Goldeyes in the opening contest of their double-header. Josh Allen, B.J. Lopez, and Jeffrey Baez each drove in three runs in the contest for the Cougars. Baez finished 2-3 with three runs scored and three runs driven in, and Lopez was 2-2 with two runs, three RBI, and two walks. Logan Hill had two hits and drove in three for the Goldeyes
Winnipeg responded in the second game, scoring a pair of runs in the second and third innings on their way to a 5-1 victory. Christian James was outstanding, allowing one run on four hits and five innings to earn the victory. Max Murphy hit a two-run homer and Kevin Lachance was a perfect 3-3 with two runs scored and a run driven in.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Johnny Adams (Chicago Dogs) 3-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 HR, BB
No. 2 – Eric Stout (Kansas City Monarchs) 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, BB, 9 K
No. 1 – Will Zimmerman (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) 3-4, R, 3 RBI, HR, Triple
American Association Daily Notes
With hits in both games of the double-header, Milwaukee Milkmen OF Adam Brett Walker extended his hitting streak to nine games, the longest in the American Association this season… Cleburne Railroaders infielder Alay Lago had a hit on Saturday as well, extending his hitting streak to eight straight games… With their 10th inning victory in Game 2 on Saturday, the Gary SouthShore RailCats moved to 4-0 an extra-inning games this season…The four-game winning streak by the Sioux Falls Canaries is the second-longest in the league this year. The Kane County Cougars had a five-game winning streak… The Houston Apollos have lost six straight games. The Railroaders have lost four straight… With his fourth save of the season on Saturday, Sioux City Explorers closer Matt Pobereyko is now tied for the league lead with Lincoln Saltdogs hurler James Pugliese.
Chicago: Placed RHP Greg Harris on the Inactive List retroactive to May 26
Fargo-Moorhead: Activated RHP Alex DuBord from the Inactive List; Transferred the contract of INF Trace Loehr to the Texas Rangers; Transferred the contract of LHP Tyler Pike to the St. Louis Cardinals
Kansas City: Transferred the contract of RHP Brian Glowicki to the Chicago White Sox
Sioux Falls: Placed OF Troy Alexander on the Inactive List retroactive to May 22; Signed C Shamoy Christopher, INF Jordan Ebert and OF Wyatt Ulrich
Winnipeg: Signed INF Darren Seferina
By Robert Pannier