DockHounds End Skid, Goldeyes Extend Streak, Henry Homer Propels 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, Robert Pannier recaps the six games in the American Association on Tuesday, including the Lake Country DockHounds snapping their 10-game losing streak, the Chicago Dogs winning their fourth straight, the Winnipeg Goldeyes won their sixth straight game. This and much more.
Busby Blast Propels Cougars
Dylan Busby hit a three-run homer in the top of the fourth inning to lead the Kane County Cougars to a 4-1 victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs. Kane County took the lead in the top of the second when Josh Rolette hit his third homerun of the season.
José Fuentes rolled through the first five innings, shutting down Lincoln, but the Saltdogs were finally able to get through in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI double by Ryan Long. However, that was all the offense that Lincoln could produce, as Fuentes went seven innings, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out four. Logan Nissen came on in the ninth and finished off the contest for his sixth save of the season.
Josh Altmann and Long each had two hits for Lincoln. Elijah Johnson took the loss.
Lincoln Saltdogs Recap by Michael Dixon
Henry Homer Delivers Canaries Comeback Victory
Jabari Henry drilled a three-run homer in the top of the seventh, giving the Sioux Falls Canaries a 4-3 come from behind victory over the Sioux City Explorers. Sioux City took the lead in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly by Danry Vasquez but Sioux City tied the score in the top of the fourth when Gavin LaValley doubled home a run.
Patrick Ledet and Neil Lang were both pitching well. Ledet allowed one run through the first six innings while Lang gave up one run in his 5.0 innings of work. Colby Wyatt came on in the sixth and Sioux City scored two runs to take the lead. That set up the seventh, where Henry turned on the first pitch he saw for his 16th homerun of the season.
Trey Michalczewski and LaValley each had two hits for Sioux Falls, Wyatt earned the victory and Riley Ferrell came on in the ninth to earn his seventh save of the season. Ademar Rifaela had four hits for Sioux City and Chase Harris was 3-5 with a run and an RBI.
Sioux City Explorers Recap by Will Glocker
Four-Run 10th Propels Railroaders
The Cleburne Railroaders scored four runs in the top of the 10th inning to earn an 8-4 victory over the Kansas City Monarchs. Cleburne took the lead in the top of the third thanks to an RBI single by Zach Nehrir and a two-run single by Chase Simpson. Kansas City reduced that deficit to one, as Willie Abreu and Darnell Sweeney homered in the bottom half of the frame.
Cleburne extended the lead to two with an RBI double by Nehrir in the fifth, but the Monarchs responded in the bottom half of the inning as Sweeney singled home a run to cut the deficit to one and Kevin Santa tied the score with an RBI single. That sent the game to the 10th, where an RBI double by Kacy Clemens put Cleburne on top for good. The Railroaders sent nine batters to the plate in earning the victory
Nick Gardewine earned the victory, tossing two innings of scoreless relief. Nehrir and Clemens each had three hits and two RBI. Sweeney had three hits and drove in two runs for Kansas City.
Kansas City Monarchs Recap by Gabriel Lopez
Dogs Rally to Down RailCats
The Chicago Dogs erased a 3-1 deficit, scoring two in the eighth and four in the ninth to earn a 7-4 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Gary scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead thanks to a two-run triple by Daniel Lingua who then scored on a sacrifice fly by Michael Cruz.
The Dogs had been stymied by Adam Heidenfelder all evening, but he came out in the seventh and Chicago rallied in the top of the eighth, tying the score. In the ninth, Stevie Wilkerson gave the Dogs the lead, crushing a grand slam for his first homerun of the season.
Michael Crouse had two hits and scored two runs for Chicago. The top of the RailCats order was spectacular, going a combined 8-15 with three runs and three RBI. Unfortunately, the bottom five in the lineup went a combined 2-19.
Gary SouthShore RailCats Recap by Ryan Zimmerman
DockHounds Rally Late to End Skid
The Lake Country DockHounds looked like they were about to lose their 11th straight game, trailing by two entering the bottom of the eighth. However, the team rallied for three runs to defeat the Milwaukee Milkmen, 3-2. Greg Veliz earned the victory with two scoreless innings of relief, and Cyrillo Watson came on in the ninth to close the contest out for his third save of the season.
Milwaukee took the lead in the top of the first inning when Correlle Prime hit his sixth homer of the year, a solo shot to put Milwaukee on top 1-0. In the third, Keon Barnum doubled home Mason Davis to extend the lead to two, and it looked like Milwaukee would roll as José Espada tossed six shutout innings for the Milkmen.
However, Lake Country rallied in the eighth against A.J. Schugel. A walk and a double began the inning and Aaron Takacs scored on a passed ball. Gio Brusa then doubled to tie the game at two and Wilfredo Gimenez reached on an error, driving home a third run to give Lake Country the victory.
Pruitt Grand Slam Gives Goldeyes Victory
Reggie Pruitt, Jr. hit a grand slam in the bottom of the fourth inning to give the Winnipeg Goldeyes a 6-4 victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Fargo had taken the lead in the top of the third on a two-run shot by Evan Alexander. The Goldeyes cut the deficit in half in the bottom half of the frame, but Leobaldo Pina scored on a wild pitch in the top of the fourth to extend the lead back to two. That set up the fourth where the first three batters reached on two walks in a single before Pruitt drilled his sixth homerun of the season.
Freisis Adames started for Winnipeg and pitched well, allowing three runs in 6.0 innings. Tasker Strobel recorded the final four outs of the game for his 11th save of the year. Deon Stafford had two hits, including hitting his fifth homerun of the year. Alexander finished with two hits for the RedHawks.
Winnipeg Goldeyes Recap by Steve Schuster
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Zach Nehrir (Cleburne Railroaders) 3-5, 2 R, Double, 2 RBI
No. 2 – José Espada (Milwaukee Milkmen) 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 0 ER, 8 K
No. 1 – José Fuentes (Kane County Cougars) 7.0 IP, 5 H, BB, ER, 4 K
American Association Daily Notes
The Winnipeg Goldeyes earned their sixth straight victory on Tuesday. That moved the team 5.5 games behind the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in the West Division standings… The Lake Country DockHounds ended their 10-game losing streak on Tuesday. The streak was the longest in the American Association this year… Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 3B Leobaldo Pina went 1-3 on Tuesday, keeping his batting average right at .400. Pina has hits in 15 straight games, three off the longest streak in the American Association this season… With three RBI on Tuesday, Sioux Falls Canaries DH Jabari Henry took over the American Association RBI lead (45).
Cleburne: Released RHP Austen Seidel
Fargo-Moorhead: Signed RHP Taylor Bloye and C Ben Livorsi
Winnipeg: Placed OF Reggie Pruitt Jr. on the Injured List retroactive to June 18
By Robert Pannier