DockHounds Earn First Walk-Off Win, Sheaks, Mora, Flores Dominate, Cougars Sweep
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 the six games in the American Association on Sunday, including the Lake Country DockHounds earning a walkoff victory, the Milwaukee Milkmen and Gary SouthShore RailCats getting spectacular pitching performances, and the Chicago Dogs avoiding a sweep.. This and much more.
Cougars Score Five in Seventh to Complete Sweep
The Kane County Cougars completed their sweep of the Sioux City Explorers on Sunday, scoring five runs in the top of the seventh to earn a 7-6 victory. The Explorer scored three runs in the first and added two more in the fifth to take a 5-2 lead, but Kane County took the lead in the seventh. Jimmy Kerrigan tied the score with an RBI single and Steve Lombardozzi followed with a two run double to put the Cougars on top for good.
Ben Allison earned the victory, allowing five runs in 6.0 innings. Ryan Richardson came on to record the final two outs for his first save of the season. Kerrigan went 4-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. B.J. Lopez continues his torrid start, going 1-2 with two runs scored and an RBI. Lopez hit his second homerun of the season.
The loss spoiled a big game for Chase Harris, who went 3-4, including hitting his first homer of the year. Nick Franklin added a two-run blast, his fourth homerun of the season.
Kullman Dominates for Dogs
A.J. Kullman tossed five shutout innings to lead the Chicago Dogs to a 4-1 victory over the Kansas City Monarchs. Kullman allowed five hits in evening his record at 1-1. Ryan Clark then tossed two scoreless innings of relief. The Monarchs were finally able to score against reliever Jeff Kinley, adding an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth.
Chicago took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Charlie Tilson led off with a triple and scored when Michael Crouse followed with a sacrifice fly. In the sixth, the Dogs added three more runs to all but seal the victory. A sacrifice fly by Cosimo Cannella extended the lead to two and an error made it a 3-0 lead. Crouse drove in his second run of the game with an RBI single.
The Monarchs had their opportunities, delivering nine hits, but left 12 men on base. Jon Harris pitched well, allowing one earned run in 5.0 innings.
DockHounds Rally in Ninth to Thwart Goldeyes Comeback
The Winnipeg Goldeyes rallied from a 4-2 deficit, scoring two in the eighth and one in the ninth to take the lead. However, the Lake Country DockHounds scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth thanks to a walkoff single off the bat of Daikan Yoh to earn a 6-5 victory. Lake Country had taken a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Gio Brusa drove home a run with a double and Lamar Briggs followed with a two-run homerun.
The Goldeyes trailed 4-2 entering the eighth, but Deon Stafford delivered a two-run double to tie the score at four. In the top of the ninth, Raul Navarro drove home the go-ahead run, setting up the stage for the dramatic ninth inning victory, giving Lake Country their first walkoff win in franchise history.
Duncan Snider earned the victory. Briggs finished 3-4 with three runs scored and three RBI. He homered twice in the game. Kevin Lachance went 3-4 with two runs scored for Winnipeg, David Washington hit his fourth homerun of the year.
Sheaks Shines in RailCats Victory
John Sheaks earned his first victory of the season, tossing six shutout innings to lead the Gary SouthShore RailCats to a 4-1 victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs. Sheaks allowed three hits and no walks while striking out four. Jack Eisenbarger finished out the contest for his first save of the season, striking out six in 3.0 innings.
The RailCats jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth. The club added two more in the seventh before Lincoln finally got on the board with a run of the top of the eighth. K.V. Edwards had two hits and scored a run. Sherman Graves and Garett Delano each had two hits for Lincoln.
Mora Shuts Down Canaries as Milkmen Win Series
Kyle Mora tossed six shutout innings to lead the Milwaukee Milkmen to a 5-1 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries. Mora gave up three hits and walked three while striking out five. The win gave Milwaukee the series victory.
Milwaukee jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, but extended their lead to four when Chad Sedio hit a two run homer in the top of the fourth inning. The Milkmen added one more run of the top of the sixth. Sioux Falls finally got on the board of the bottom of the eighth, ending the shutout.
Sedio went 2-4 and drove in a pair of runs. Mason Davis and Bryan Torres each had two hits for the Milkmen. Kona Quiggle went 2-2 with two walks and a run scored for Sioux Falls.
Flores, RedHawks Blank Railroaders
Ryan Flores tossed seven shutout innings, combining with two relievers to shut out the Cleburne Railroaders, 2-0. Flores was spectacular in earning his first victory of the season, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out five. Luke Lind pitched a scoreless eighth and Alex DuBord came on in the ninth to close out the contest for his league-leading fourth save of the season.
Fargo-Moorhead scored single runs in the first and third innings. In the top of the first, Nick Novak led off with a double and advanced to third on a single by Manuel Boscan. Peter Maris delivered a sacrifice fly to score Novak. Two innings later, a wild pitch scored Maris, making it 2-0.
That spoiled a solid performance by Cleburne starter Trevor Simms, who allowed one earned run in 5.0 innings pitched, striking out seven. Chase Simpson and Hunter Wolfe each had two hits for the Railroaders.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – John Sheaks (Gary SouthShore RailCats) 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, 4 K
No. 2 – Ryan Flores (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 0 ER, 5 K
No. 1 – Lamar Briggs (Lake Country DockHounds) 3-4, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
American Association Daily Notes
The Kane County Cougars extended their winning streak to four straight games. The Cougars have the best record in the American Association at 7-2…The Milwaukee Milkmen became the first team to have two players reach double digits in RBI. Keon Barnum is second in the league with 12 runs driven in and Chad Sedio is third with 10… Chicago Dogs right-hander Ryan Clark has now appeared in four games this season, tossing 7.2 shutout innings. Clark has struck out 10…The Kansas City Monarchs are the only club with an ERA under 4.00. The Monarchs have been spectacular, posting a 2.33 ERA, 1.89 runs better than the next lowest ERA.
By Robert Pannier