DockHounds Defeat Dogs, Cancel, Lloyd Homer Twice, Cougars 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 six great games in the American Association on Sunday, including the Cleburne Railroaders splitting their series with the Winnipeg Goldeyes, Matt Lloyd homers twice for the Sioux City Explorers in their victory, and the Milwaukee Milkmen down the Lincoln Saltdogs behind Gregori Vasquez and Gabriel Cancel.
Game Recaps for Sunday
DockHounds Down Dogs in Rubber Match
A pair of fours proved to be the perfect solution for the Lake Country DockHounds, as the team defeated the Chicago Dogs, 10-3. Lake Country scored four in the fifth and added four more in the eighth to seal the victory. Steven Sensley hit his first home run since joining the DockHounds as part of a three-hit performance.
Lake Country took the lead in the top of the second on an RBI double by Sensley and a single into right field by Dustin Woodcock that scored Sensley. In the fourth, Brennan Metzger led off with his second home run, cutting the deficit in half. However, Lake Country responded with four runs in the top of the fifth. Nick Banks delivered a two-run single, and Curtis Terry hit into a double play that scored the third run of the frame. The next batter was Sensley, who drilled a 1-1 pitch for his first home run of the season. Chicago got two of those runs back in the bottom half of the frame but Lake Country put this game away in the top of the eighth, scoring four runs on three hits. A sacrifice fly by Blake Tiberi brought home one run, and a wild pitch, an error, and a single score the final three runs of the frame.
Conor Fisk left after four innings, and David Richardson took over in the fifth. He allowed two runs in three innings in his first appearance for the DockHounds, earning the victory.
Early Runs Help Explorers Take Series
The Sioux City Explorers scored three in the first and added two more in the second, leading them to a 7-2 victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. The victory in the rubber match was led by Matt Lloyd, who had four hits and drove in three, homering twice in the contest.
Lloyd led off the game with his ninth home run of the season, and Kyle Kasser added a two run double later in the frame. In the top of the second, it was Lloyd who struck again, drilling his second home run of the contest to extend the lead to five. The RedHawks got on the board with a run in the third, but Sioux City added a run in the sixth and one more in the seventh to put this game out of reach.
Austin Drury earned the victory, allowing one run in seven innings to even his record at 2-2. Tyler Rando and Kasser each had three hits. Manuel Boscan and Sam Dexter each had two hits for Fargo-Moorhead.
Vasquez Dominates in Milkmen Win
Gregori Vasquez allowed just one run and two hits in six innings to earn his fifth victory of the season as the Milwaukee Milkmen defeated the Lincoln Saltdogs, 9-1. Gabriel Cancel homered twice in the contest and drove in three.
Milwaukee jumped out in front, scoring a single run in each of the first three innings. Lincoln cut the deficit to two with a run in the bottom of the third, but the Milkmen began to pull away in the fifth, scoring three runs. Milwaukee added single runs in each of the final three innings to close out the scoring.
The bottom of the order was devastating for the Milkmen, as the 6-9 hitters went a combined 10-17 with six runs scored and seven RBI. Cancel was 3-4 with three runs scored and three RBI and Reggie Pruitt with 3-3 with a run scored and three RBI. Nate Samson had two of the four hits for Lincoln.
Railroaders Even Series
The Cleburne Railroaders defeated the Winnipeg Goldeyes on Sunday, 7-4, leaving Canada after going 3-3 in the six-game set. Trey Cumbie earned his second victory of the season, allowing three runs in six innings and Nick Gardewine walked two in the ninth before retiring the side to earn his third save of the year.
Cleburne scored three runs in the top of the fourth to take the lead. Brian Klein had an RBI double and John Figueroa extended the lead to three with a two-run single. Winnipeg responded right away, scoring three runs in the bottom half of the frame. Max Murphy led off with his 16th home run of the year, and Brynn Martinez added a two-run single to center.
Cleburne did a little responding of their own in the top half of the fifth, as Mark Karaviotis lined a two run double to the wall in center, putting Cleburne back on top. The Goldeyes got a run in the bottom of the seventh, but the Railroaders added one in the eighth and one in the ninth to seal the victory.
Cougars Hold Off Canaries to Take Series
The Kane County Cougars jumped out to a three-run advantage before holding on to defeat the Sioux Falls Canaries, 5-4. The victory gave Kane County a series victory. José Fuentes earned the victory, allowing two runs in five innings and Keith Rogalla recorded his second save of the year.
Each team scored a run in both the second and third innings, but Kane County took the lead in the bottom of the fifth on a two-run home run by Armond Upshaw, his third home run in the last two games. An error allowed the Cougars to extend the lead to three, but Sioux Falls began to battle back. Oswaldo Martinez doubled home Hunter Clanin in the seventh and Martinez hit a solo home run in the ninth to cut the deficit to one. However, Rogalla was able to get Darnell Sweeney to ground out to end the contest.
Jonah Davis also homered for the third time in his last two contests. Martinez finished 2-5 with a run scored and two RBI.
The contest between the Gary SouthShore RailCats and the Kansas City Monarchs was canceled due to inclement weather. Since these two teams do not play each other again the season, the game was officially canceled.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Gregori Vasquez (Milwaukee Milkmen) 6.0 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 2 K
No. 2 – Gabriel Cancel (Milwaukee Milkmen) 3-4, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, HBP
No. 1 – Matt Lloyd (Sioux City Explorers) 4-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 HR
American Association Daily Notes
Lincoln Saltdogs catcher Luke Roskam saw his 16-game hitting streak come to an end on Sunday after he went 0-3.
Transactions; Kane County: Released C Dylan Nolan; Activated INF Josh Allen from the Injured List
Winnipeg: Signed RHP Taylor Lepard
American Association Stories at Minor League Sports Report
By Robert Pannier