DockHounds, Milkmen Record Shutouts, Dogs Snap Monarchs Streak
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 six great games in the American Association on Friday, including the Milwaukee Milkmen blanking the Cleburne Railroaders, the Lake Country DockHounds muzzle the Gary SouthShore RailCats, and the Chicago Dogs rally to down the Kansas City Monarchs.
Game Recaps for Friday
Herold Dominates in DockHounds Victory
Nick Herold combined with two relievers as the Lake Country DockHounds defeated the Gary SouthShore RailCats, 5-0. Herold allowed four hits while striking out a season high 10. Keisy Portorreal tossed 1.2 scoreless frames and Jojanse Torres finished off the game for his first save of the year.
Lake Country took the lead in the top of the first on an RBI single by Nick Banks. From there, Herold was locked in a great pitching battle against Chris Erwin, who allowed one run in six innings, striking out 11. However, the DockHounds blew this game open in the seventh, scoring four runs. Brian Rey and Tyler Hill delivered back-to-back RBI singles and Thomas Jones closed out the scoring with a two-run triple.
The RailCats finished with four total hits. Blake Tiberi led the DockHounds with three hits and two runs scored.
Five-Run Second Powers RedHawks to Victory
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks scored five runs in the first, helping them to roll past the Sioux Falls Canaries, 9-2. Fargo-Moorhead scored a run in the fifth and added three more in the sixth, plenty enough support for Tyler Grauer, who earned the victory, allowing two runs in six innings.
Fargo-Moorhead took control of this game in the second, sending 10 men to the plate. Leobaldo Pina led off with a homer and Sam Dexter extended the lead to two with a sacrifice fly. B.J. Lopez followed with a two-run home run, and Dillon Thomas added an RBI single. In the fifth, Correlle Prime hit a solo homer and the RedHawks made it 9-0 with three runs in the sixth. The Canaries finally broke through against Grauer in the bottom half of the inning as Welington Dotel led off with a homer and Jabari Henry added an RBI double. That was all the team could produce, however.
Prime went 3-5 with two runs scored and two RBI and Pina was 2-5 with two runs and two RBI. Mike Hart, Darnell Sweeney, and Ozzie Martinez each had two hits for Sioux Falls.
Fox Wins Fourth
Jack Fox allowed one earned run in six innings to earn his fourth victory of the season as the Kane County Cougars crushed the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 12-3. The Cougars dominated this game from the start, scoring four in the first, then adding a run in the fourth, four in the fifth, and three more in the sixth.
Josh Allen closed out the scoring in the second with a two-run double. Winnipeg cut the deficit in half in the third, but the Cougars dominated from there. Jimmy Kerrigan added a two-run double in the fifth and a two-run error in the sixth all but put this game away. Kerrigan finished with three RBI.
That was more than enough support for Fox, who allowed six hits and three walks in six innings. Tyler Jandron gave up nine runs in 4.2 innings to take the loss.
Dogs Rally to Down Monarchs
The Chicago Dogs scored four runs in the seventh, helping them to rally to a 6-4 victory over the Kansas City Monarchs. The victory snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Monarchs and gave the Dogs just their second victory out of their last 14.
Chicago held a 2-o lead until the fifth when the Monarchs scored three times. That came courtesy of Micker Adolfo, his third of the year. Chicago retook the lead in the seventh, as Luke Mangieri led off with a homer to tie the score and Ben Livorsi put his team on top with an RBI double. That brought Matt Bottcher to the plate, who sent a two-run homer over the wall in right. The Monarchs were able to cut the deficit to two but could not get any closer.
Joe Cavallaro earned the victory and Brian Schlitter recorded the final four outs for his fifth save of the year. Jordan Martinson took the loss. Mangieri had three hits for Chicago. Keon Broxton and Adolfo each had two hits for Kansas City.
Milkmen Blank Railroaders
Four pitchers combined to allow just four hits as the Milwaukee Milkmen defeated the Cleburne Railroaders, 6-0. Gregori Vasquez started and tossed 5.1 scoreless innings to earn the victory. The bullpen did the rest, allowing two hits and no walks over the final 3.2 frames.
It took just two frames for Milwaukee to score all their runs. Gabriel Cancel put his team on top in the first with an RBI single and Drew Ward made it 2-0 with a ground out. The Milkmen took command of this game in the fifth, sending nine men to the plate. Cam Balego hit a two-run home run and Ward and Roy Morales each had RBI singles.
Cancel and Balego each had two hits and Balego and Bryan Torres each scored twice. Milwaukee has taken four of the first five games of this series.
Explorers Staff Muzzles Saltdogs
Five pitchers allowed just one run as the Sioux City Explorers defeated the Lincoln Saltdogs, 8-1. This was a great pitchers’ duel for eight innings, but the Explorers finally blew this game open, scoring six in the top of the ninth. Nate Gercken earned the victory in relief and Abdallah Arias took the loss despite giving up just two runs in 6.2 innings.
Sioux City took the lead in the top of the third when Jake Ortega singled to plate Daniel Perez. Lincoln tied the score in the bottom of the fifth when Nate Samson led off with a double and scored on a single by Zane Zurbrugg. The Explorers retook the lead in the seventh thanks to a sacrifice fly by Delvin Zinn, then sealed the win in the ninth, sending 10 men to the plate. Miguel Sierra had a two-run double and an error allowed two more runs to score. Vince Fernandez closed out the scoring with a two-run single.
Trenton Toplikar started for Sioux City and was very good, allowing one run on six hits in five innings. Daniel Perez had two hits and he and Wilfredo Gimenez each scored two runs. Zurbrugg had two hits for the Saltdogs.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Jack Fox (Kane County Cougars) 6.0 IP, 6 H, ER, 3 BB, 3 K
No. 2 – Chris Erwin (Gary SouthShore RailCats) 6.0 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 11 K
No. 1 – Nick Herold (Lake Country DockHounds) 6.1 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 0 ER, 10 K
American Association Daily Notes
The Milwaukee Milkmen are 12-2 in the June, the best record in the league… The Cleburne Railroaders are 5-9 at home this season.
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By Robert Pannier