DockHounds Blank Saltdogs, Canaries Sweep, Railroaders Win
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 eighth games in the American Association on Sunday, including the Sioux City Explorers and the Gary SouthShore RailCats splitting a double-header, the Sioux Falls Canaries sweep a double-header, and Don Moats tosses a gem for the Kansas City Monarchs.
Game Recaps for Sunday
DockHounds Turn Tables
A day after being blanked by the Lincoln Saltdogs, the Lake Country DockHounds returned the favor, earning a 5-0 victory on Sunday. David Richardson was spectacular in his fourth appearance for the team, tossing six scoreless innings while allowing five hits and one walk, striking out seven. Three relievers each tossed a scoreless frame to finish off the shutout.
Lake Country scored single runs in the second and third, that added two in the fourth and put up one more in the sixth. Steven Sensley hit a solo home run to start the second and Thomas Jones led off the third with his 10th home run of the season. An inning later, Curtis Terry added a two-run shot, his 10th of the year. The DockHounds added one more run in the sixth on an RBI double by Marek Chlup.
Luke Roskam and Connor Panas each had two hits for the Saltdogs. Justin Lavey and Chlup had two hits apiece for Lake Country.
Milkmen Edge Dogs in 11
Aaron Hill singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Milwaukee Milkmen a 4-3 walk-off victory over the Chicago Dogs. Nate Hadley earned the victory, tossing a scoreless inning of relief while Brian Schlitter took the loss.
Milwaukee took the lead in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice fly by Gabriel Cancel and a wild pitch gave the Milkmen the early lead. Ryan Zimmerman tossed five scoreless innings to start the contest, but Chicago finally broke through in the top of the sixth on an RBI single by Payton Eeles. Zimmerman came out of the seventh and Chicago tied the score against Frankie Bartow. The game went to extra innings where each team scored in the 10th.
Zimmerman allowed one run in six innings, taking the no decision. Cam Balego had two hits and scored two runs for the Milkmen. Jesus Lujano had three hits and an RBI for Chicago.
Moats Dominates in Monarchs Victory
Dalton Moats tossed six scoreless innings, earning his fifth victory of the year to lead the Kansas City Monarchs to a 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Kansas City staked their starter to a two-run lead, scoring a run in the third and fifth innings. Jan Hernandez added an RBI single in the third and Justin Wylie hit a solo home run in the fifth, his 12th of the year. In the seventh, both teams scored runs as Hidekel Gonzalez cut the deficit in half, but Wylie restored the two-run advantage with an RBI double. The Monarchs added one more run in the bottom of the eighth when Brian O’Grady led off with his seventh home run of the year. Patrick Weigel came on and gave up a run in the ninth, but still earned his eighth save of the year.
Seven-Run Third Propels Railroaders to Victory
The Cleburne Railroaders scored seven runs in the third inning, leading them to a 9-3 victory over the Kane County Cougars. Kevin Hilton earned the victory, going the distance, allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out five for his sixth victory of the year. Bret Boswell led the offense, recording four hits and driving in two for Cleburne.
It was scoreless through the first two innings, but the Railroaders exploded for seven runs on five hits, sending 13 batters to the plate in the third. José Sermo had an RBI double and a bases loaded walk in the frame. Hill Alexander drove in two with a single and Brian Klein and Zach Nehrir both drew bases loaded walks as well.
Kane County finally got on the board in the fourth on RBI doubles by Olivier Basabe and Pete Kozma. The Cougars cut the deficit to four on a Jonah Davis double in the fifth, but Cleburne added two more runs in the seventh on a two-run single off the bat of Boswell.
Canaries Sweep Double-Header
Seth Miller allowed two runs in five innings in the night as the Sioux Falls Canaries swept a double-header from the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, winning 4-2. Sioux Falls jumped out to a three-run lead in the contest, scoring a run in the second and adding two more in the fourth. Ozzie Martinez and Jordan Barth hit back-to-back singles in the fourth. The RedHawks put up two runs in the fifth, cutting the deficit to one, but Mike Hart homered in the top of the seventh, sealing the victory.
Charlie Hasty came on in the ninth to close out the contest, earning saves in both games. Hart and Wyatt Ulrich each finished with two hits. Evan Alexander had two hits for the RedHawks.
The first contest was a continuation of the suspended game from Saturday. The game was scoreless through three, but both teams caught fire as the Canaries scored in five consecutive frames. The teams each scored two runs in the fourth. Barth led off the inning with a home run and Hunter Clanin added an RBI single. In the bottom half of the inning Leobaldo Pina and Alec Olund delivered back-to-back RBI doubles. The Canaries retook the lead in the fifth, but Fargo-Moorhead responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning as Scott Schrieber tripled home a run and scored on a single by Manuel Boscan.
Once again, Sioux Falls responded with two runs in the top of the sixth to retake the lead. Ulrich and Martinez delivered back-to-back RBI singles. Fargo-Moorhead refused to go away, however, as Peter Brookshaw hit a two-run homer in the bottom half of the frame and Correlle Prime followed with a solo shot. Sioux Falls was trailing 7-5, but cut the deficit to one in the top of the seventh, and added four in the top of the eighth to take the lead for good. Hart hit a three-run homer in the frame.
Hart and Barth each had two hits, scored two runs, and drove in three. Schrieber had four hits for the RedHawks.
Explorers, RailCats Split Double-Header
The Sioux City Explorers scored a run of the top of the eighth inning to help earn a split of their double-header with the Gary SouthShore RailCats on Sunday. The RailCats earned the victory in the first contest, scoring three in the third and adding two more in the sixth to come away with a 5-2 victory. Trailing by one entering the bottom of the third, LG Castillo hit a three-run homer, his third of the year. That was plenty enough support for Edward Cuello, who allowed two runs in six innings for his third victory of the year. Jack Eisenbarger earned the save.
In the night, the RailCats took the lead in the bottom of the first, but Sioux City took the lead, scoring a run in the third and adding another in the fourth. In the bottom of the fourth, Gary SouthShore tied the score, sending this game to extra innings. That is where Scott Ota delivered the game-winner, hitting a sacrifice fly.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Dalton Moats (Kansas City Monarchs) 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, 4 K
No. 2 – David Richardson (Lake Country DockHounds) 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, BB, 7 K
No. 1 – Mike Hart (Sioux Falls Canaries) 4-7, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2 Doubles, 2 HR
American Association Daily Notes
Lincoln Saltdogs catcher Luke Roskam extended his consecutive on-base streak to 39 straight games, tying him for the longest streak in the league this season… Sioux Falls Canaries closer Charlie Hasty recorded saves in each contest of a double-header on Sunday, giving him a league-leading 17 this season.
Chicago: Released OF Caeden Harris
Gary SouthShore: Released INF Victor Nova; Signed INF Marcos Gonzalez
Lake Country: Activated OF Aaron Simmons from the Inactive List
Sioux Falls: Activated RHP Akeem Bostick from the Inactive List
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By Robert Pannier