Davis Blanks Explorers, Palm Declaws RailCats, Railroaders Offense Rolling
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 Wednesday, including the Kansas City Monarchs rallying to defeat the Milwaukee Milkmen for the second straight night, the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks shut out the Sioux City Explorers, and the Chicago Dogs defeat the Gary SouthShore RailCats in a great pitcher’s duel.
Game Recaps for Wednesday
Railroaders Offense Keeps Rolling
For the second straight night the Cleburne Railroaders offense put up 14 runs, this time defeating the Lake Country DockHounds, 14-6. A night after defeating the DockHounds 14-3, Cleburne put up 17 hits, hitting four home runs. Hill Alexander homered as part of a four hit performance and Mark Karaviotis and Elmer Reyes each drove in three.
After a scoreless first, the Railroaders began to roll, scoring at least two runs in each of the next five innings. It started in the second when Alexander singled and Karaviotis followed with a triple that brought home Alexander. Guillermo Quintana singled to bring home Karaviotis to extend the lead to two. In the third, Zach Nehrir hit a two-run home run and José Sermo followed with his 20th homer of the year. Marek Chlup hit a solo home run for Lake Country in the top of the fourth, but Reyes hit a two-run shot in the bottom half of the inning, his fourth of the year. Alexander had a two-run home run in the fifth and Cleburne exploded for five runs in the sixth. Karaviotis had a two-run single in the frame.
Travis Perry earned the victory, allowing two runs in five innings. Nehrir and Karaviotis were both 2-4 with three RBI.
Monarchs Reign Over Milkmen
The Kansas City Monarchs defeated the Milwaukee Milkmen for the second straight night, earning the top record in the American Association. Brandon Finnegan earned his sixth victory of the season and Justin Wylie had four hits. Gavin Collins and Brian O’Grady both hit their 10th homers of the year.
Kansas City trailed by a run after three as Christian Young dominated early. However, the Monarchs took the lead in the fourth, as a two-run error plated two runs and O’Grady followed with a two-run blast. In the sixth, Collins hit a two-run homer to extend the lead to three and the Monarchs added two more in the seventh.
Palm Silences RailCats Bats
Tyler Palm combined with two relievers to shut out the Gary SouthShore RailCats, 3-0. Palm tossed seven scoreless innings to earn his team-leading seventh victory of the year. Joe Cavallaro tossed a scoreless eighth and Brian Schlitter came on in the ninth to record his 14th save.
Harrison Francis pitched very well for the RailCats, allowing three runs in six innings. Two of those runs came in the fourth when Payton Eeles delivered a two-run single and the Dogs extended their lead in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI double by Johnni Turbo.
Ryan Lidge had three hits for the Dogs. Jackson Valera had two hits for Gary SouthShore.
Holmberg Suffers First Loss
The Winnipeg Goldeyes scored eight runs over the span of three innings to deliver the first loss of the season to Lincoln Saltdogs starter David Holmberg in an 8-4 victory. Max Murphy led the way, recording three hits, including hitting his league-leading 22nd home run of the year. RJ Martinez earned the victory, allowing just one hit in 5.2 innings to earn his fifth win of the year.
This contest was scoreless through the first three innings, but the Goldeyes jumped out on top in the bottom of the fourth when Murphy clubbed a three-run homer. Lincoln cut the deficit to one in the top of the fifth, and a sacrifice fly by Dayson Croes in the bottom half of the frame extended the lead to two. In the sixth, the Goldeyes blew this game open, scoring four runs. Croes drove in two in the inning, finishing with three RBI in scoring two runs in the game.
Jason Rogers scored two runs for Lincoln and Aaron Takacs drove in two. Murphy finished 3-4 with a run scored and four RBI for the Goldeyes.
Canaries Edge Cougars
The Sioux Falls Canaries held off the Kane County Cougars on Wednesday, winning 6-5. Sioux Falls held a three run and four-run advantage in this contest before winning by one. Ty Culbreth earned the victory, tossing 6.0 outstanding innings, allowing two runs, and Charlie Hasty came on leading 18th save of the season.
Sioux Falls took the lead in the bottom of the first inning when Jordan Barth hit a solo home run, his ninth of the year. The lead became three in the second when Darnell Sweeney led off with his 15th homer of the year and Wyatt Ulrich delivered an RBI single. Kane County pulled within one when Armond Upshaw and Cornelius Randolph led off the top of the fourth with back-to-back home runs, but Sioux Falls got one of those runs right back is Wyatt Ulrich singled home Hunter Clanin in the bottom half of the frame. Two innings later, Sweeney hit his second leadoff home run, and Ulrich drove in his third run of the game with a single. Kane County refused to go away, however, as Harrison Smith hit a solo home run and Randolph a two-run shot in the eighth to pull within one.
Ulrich finished 3-3 with three RBI and Sweeney was 2-3 with two home runs. Randolph went 2-4 with two runs scored and three RBI for Kane County.
Davis, RedHawks Blank Explorers
Colten Davis tossed seven shutout innings as the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks blanked the Sioux City Explorers, 3-0. Garrett Alexander tossed a scoreless eighth and Reza Aleaziz struck out the side in the ninth to earn his sixth save of the year. Heitor Tokar was the hard luck loser, giving up one run in 5.1 innings.
This was a scoreless tie through five, but the RedHawks finally took the lead in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Leobaldo Pina. Two innings later, Correlle Prime singled home the second run of the game for Fargo-Moorhead, and a passed ball extended the lead to three.
Prime finished with three hits and Pina and Scott Schreiber each had two. Scott Ota had two hits for the Explorers.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Hill Alexander (Cleburne Railroaders) 4-5, 3 R, HR, Double, 2 RBI
No. 2 – Colten Davis (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 5 BB, 3 K
No. 1 – Tyler Palm (Chicago Dogs) 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, BB, 6 K
American Association Daily Notes
Lincoln Saltdogs catcher Luke Roskam extended his consecutive on-base streak to 41 straight games, going 1-4… Kansas City Monarchs outfielder Jan Hernandez drove in two runs on Wednesday, giving him 18 RBI over his last 12 games… Lincoln Saltdogs left-hander David Holmberg suffered his first loss since joining the team. He is now 5-1… Winnipeg Goldeyes outfielder Max Murphy hit his league-leading 22nd home run of the season… Sioux Falls Canaries closer Charlie Hasty earned his league-leading 18th save of the year.
Chicago: Acquired OF Johnni Turbo from Gastonia (Atlantic League) for a player to be named later; Signed OF Johnni Turb
Lake Country: Placed RHP Conor Fisk on the Inactive List retroactive to August 2; Activated RHP Mike Shawaryn from the Injured List
Sioux Falls: Signed OF Logan Eickhoff; Removed RHP Hayden Thomas from the Injured List and placed him on the Inactive List retroactive to July 13
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By Robert Pannier