DockHounds, Cougars Earn Walk-Off Wins, RedHawks Blank Canaries
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 Friday, including Solomon Bates tossing a gem to lead the Sioux City Explorers two victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats, and both the Lake Country DockHounds and Kane County Cougars earn walk-off victories.
Game Recaps for Friday
DockHounds Rally to Down Saltdogs
The Lake Country DockHounds scored single runs in each of the final three innings, including a walkoff single by Tyler Hill in the bottom of the ninth to give the team a 5-4 victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs. The DockHounds twice trailed by two runs in this contest, but battled back to tie in each instance, eventually winning the game.
Lincoln took the lead in the top of the second on an RBI single by Marshall Awtry. Two innings later, the lead became two on a double-play grounder, but Curtis Terry tied the score with one swing in the bottom half of the frame, drilling his ninth home run of the season and fifth in the last seven games. The Saltdogs responded right away, scoring two in the top of the fifth to retake the lead. Lake Country cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single by Jaxx Groshans and tied the score an inning later when Marek Chlup doubled home Blake Tiberi. Carter Hope came on in the ninth for the Saltdogs and gave up back-to-back singles before Hill singled up the middle to give the DockHounds the victory.
Matt Mullenbach (2-0) earned the victory while Hope took the loss. Chlup and Groshans each had two hits for the DockHounds. Nate Samson scored twice for Lincoln.
Monarchs Thwart Goldeyes Comebacks
The Winnipeg Goldeyes scored five runs in the fourth inning to erase an early deficit, but then gave up three runs in the seventh in an 8-7 loss to the Kansas City Monarchs. Justin Wylie and Brian O’Grady each homered for Kansas City and Gavin Collins had two hits and drove in two runs. Matt Hartman earned the victory in relief and Bubby Rossman came on in the ninth to close out the contest for his first save of the season.
Kansas City jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead as O’Grady hit a solo home run in the second and Wylie added a solo shot in the third. In the top of the fourth, the Winnipeg offense exploded, sending nine men to the plate. Tommy McCarthy had a two-run single and Brynn Martinez added a two run double. The Monarchs tied the score in the bottom of the fifth on a two-run single by Collins, but the Goldeyes retook the lead, scoring single runs in the sixth and seventh innings. The lead did not last long, however, as Kansas City responded with three runs in the bottom half of the seventh. LJ Hatch a sacrifice fly that put his team on top for good.
RedHawks Committee Combines to Toss Shutout
Five Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks pitchers combined to shut out the Sioux Falls Canaries, 4-0. Kelvan Pilot began the contest with three scoreless innings, striking out seven. Alex DuBord then tossed three scoreless frames to earn the victory. Three relievers then took over from there, with each tossing a scoreless frame. Sioux Falls did record nine hits, but struck out 12 times and left 11 men on base.
Akeem Bostick pitched very well for Sioux Falls, but gave up one run in the bottom of the fifth and that proved to be too much on this evening. Peter Brookshaw put his team ahead with a sacrifice fly and the RedHawks extended the lead to two on an RBI triple by Sam Dexter in the seventh. In the eighth, Fargo-Moorhead sealed the victory as Scott Schrieber and Leobaldo Pina each drove in a run.
Mike Hart finished with three hits for Sioux Falls and Wyatt Ulrich had two. Correlle Prime and Schrieber each had two hits for the RedHawks.
Bates Stymies RailCats
Solomon Bates allowed two runs in seven innings, outdueling John Sheaks as the Sioux City Explorers defeated the Gary SouthShore RailCats, 3-2. Bates allowed five hits and a walk while striking out eight to earn his eighth victory of the season. Sean Rackoski came on in the ninth to record his 14th save of the year. Sheaks took the loss despite pitching extremely well, allowing three runs and eight innings.
This was a scoreless tie through four, but Sioux City took the lead in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Scott Ota. An inning later, Wilfredo Gimenez and Daniel Perez drove home runs to put the Explorers on top by three. Gary SouthShore rallied for two runs in the bottom half of the sixth as Jackson Valera and Jesus Marriaga each drove home runs, but Bates and the Explorers bullpen shut the contest down from there.
Four-Run Second Helps Milkmen Edge Dogs
The Milwaukee Milkmen scored four runs in the second inning, then held on for a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Dogs. Gregori Vasquez earned the victory, allowing one earned run in 6.0 innings. Three Milwaukee relievers each tossed a scoreless frame with Peyton Gray coming on in the ninth to record his fifth save of the year.
The Milkmen rocked Chicago starter Johnathon Tripp for four runs in the bottom of the second. Roy Morales hit a two-run double to put his team on top. Cam Balego then scored on a passed ball and Miguel Gomez followed with an RBI single. A double-play grounder cut the Dogs deficit to two in the top of the third and an error by Vasquez in the fourth allowed two runs to score to pull Chicago within one. However, Drew Ward hit a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh, his third of the year, sealing the victory.
Jesus Lujano had four hits for Chicago and Matt Bottcher had three hits and scored a run. Gomez had two hits for the Milkmen.
Cougars Down Railroaders in 13
The Kane County Cougars took advantage of an error and the bottom of the 13th inning to earn a 7-6 victory over the Cleburne Railroaders. The Cougars refused to two go away in this contest, scoring a run in the 10th and 12th innings to keep this contest going before scoring two in the bottom of the 13th to earn the victory.
Ryan Richardson earned the win and Galli Cribbs had three hits and scored three runs. Zach Nehrir drove in two for Cleburne.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Jesus Lujano (Chicago Dogs) 4-5
No. 2 – Galli Cribbs (Kane County Cougars) 3-5, 3 R, 2 Doubles, RBI
No. 1 – Solomon Bates (Sioux City Explorers) 7.0 IP, 5 H, BB, 2 ER, 8 K
American Association Daily Notes
Lincoln Saltdogs catcher Luke Roskam did not play on Friday, keeping his consecutive on-base streak at 37 straight games… The Kane County Cougars defeated the Cleburne Railroaders and 13 innings on Friday. That is the longest contest in the American Association this season… Sioux City Explorers right-hander Solomon Bates earned his eighth victory of the season, tying him for the league lead. He also struck out eight batters on Friday, becoming the first pitcher to reach 100 strikeouts this season… Milwaukee Milkmen right-hander Gregori Vasquez also earned his eighth victory of the season on Friday… Sioux City Explorers closer Sean Rackoski recorded his 14th save of the year. That is one behind Sioux Falls Canaries closer Charlie Hasty for the league lead… Milwaukee Milkmen infielder Bryan Torres stole two bases on Friday, giving him 52 on the season. He is 10 away from tying the single-season record.
Chicago: Activated OF General McArthur IV from the Inactive List
Fargo-Moorhead: Released RHP Jake Dykhoff
Kansas City: Placed INF Peter Maris on the Injured List retroactive to July 29; RHP Trey Cobb
Lake Country: Transferred the contract of RHP Randall Delgado to the Uni-President Lions (Chinese Professional Baseball League); Signed RHP Franklyn Kilome
Sioux City: Activated C Wilfredo Gimenez from the Injured List; Placed RHP Trenton Toplikar on the Injured List retroactive to July 26
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By Robert Pannier