DockHounds Snap Streak, Canaries Rout, Dogs Rally
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 Wednesday, including the Chicago Dogs rallying to defeat the Milwaukee Milkmen, the Lake Country DockHounds and the Sioux City Explorers winning streak, and John Sheaks tosses a gem for the Gary SouthShore RailCats.
Game Recaps for Wednesday
DockHounds Snap Explorers Winning Steak
The Sioux City Explorers saw their eight-game winning streak come to an end in a matinee affair against the Lake Country DockHounds, as the DockHounds used a five run sixth inning to earn a 10-6 victory. Keisey Portorreal earned the victory, needing just one out in the sixth to earn the win. Three relievers then each tossed a hitless frame to finish off the contest.
Sioux City took the lead in the top of the first on a bases loaded walk to Miguel Sierra and a sacrifice fly by Wilfredo Gimenez. Lake Country cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Marcus Chiu. The DockHounds took the lead in the bottom of the third. Demetrius Sims tripled to drive home a run, tying the score, and he scored on an RBI single by Nick Banks.
Sioux City tied the score in the top of the fifth when Vince Fernandez led off with a home run, his 11th of the season. The Explorers then took the lead in the top of the sixth thanks to a two run double off the bat of Delvin Zinn and an RBI single by Matt Lloyd. The DockHounds responded right away, as Chiu led off the bottom half of the frame with his ninth home run of the year. Brian Rey then drove home a run with a double and he scored on an error to tie the score. Three batters later, Thomas Jones doubled to put Lake Country on top for good. The DockHounds added two more in the eighth to seal the victory.
Sims finished with three hits and scored two runs. Blake Tiberi had two hits and scored three runs. Fernandez had two hits and scored twice for Sioux City.
Matulovich Leads Goldeyes to Victory
Joey Matulovich allowed two runs in 6.1 innings to lead the Winnipeg Goldeyes to a 5-2 victory over the Cleburne Railroaders. Matulovich earned his second victory of the season, allowing seven hits and three walks, and Samuel Adames came on to record the final four outs for his seventh save of the season.
Cleburne plated a run in the top of the second, but Winnipeg took the lead in the bottom of the third, scoring three runs. Chris Burgess had an RBI double to tie the score and Hidekel Gonzalez followed with a two-run single. Each team scored a run in the fourth, with Keshawn Lynch driving in his second run of the game for the Railroaders, and Andy Armstrong adding an RBI single in the bottom half of the frame. The Goldeyes added one more run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI double by Max Murphy.
Najee Gaskins, Armstrong, and Murphy each had three hits for Winnipeg. Hill Alexander and Lynch had three hits for the Railroaders.
Dogs Score Six in 10th to Down Milkmen
The Chicago Dogs rallied for four runs in the eighth to force extra innings, then scored six in the top of the 10th to defeat the Milwaukee Milkmen, 14-9. Milwaukee had taken a sizable lead in the bottom of the fourth, erasing a one run deficit with six runs. It was 8-4 heading in the top of the eighth, when the Dogs tied the score. Chicago blew this game open in the 10th, moving them into second place in the East Division.
Sheaks Shines in RailCats Victory
John Sheaks allowed one run in 7.2 innings to lead the Gary SouthShore RailCats to a 5-1 victory over the Kane County Cougars. Sheaks kept the Cougars off the scoreboard, allowing just four hits through the first seven innings, but finally gave up a run on two hits in the eighth.
By that time the decision was all but secure. Gary SouthShore staked their starter to a 3-0 lead in the top of the third with Jackson Valera delivering a two-run single and Jesus Marriaga following with a run-scoring hit. Two innings later, an error drove home a run and Marriaga plated his second run of the game with a double.
Westin Muir suffered his second straight loss, giving up three earned runs in five innings. Michael Woodworth and Marriaga each had two hits for the RailCats.
RedHawks Rally to Down Saltdogs
The Lincoln Saltdogs twice held one run advantages, but the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks rallied in each instance, earning a 4-3 victory. Fargo-Moorhead had taken the lead in the top of the first on a sacrifice fly by Manuel Boscan, and held that lead behind Garrett Alexander, who kept Lincoln off the scoreboard through the first five innings.
However, the Saltdogs took the lead in the bottom of the sixth as Luke Roskam led off with his eighth home run of the year and Aaron Takacs put his team on top with an RBI single. The RedHawks tied the score in the top of the seventh when Scott Schrieber led off with his first homer of the year, but Lincoln retook the lead once again, as Yanio Perez drove home Drew Devine with a single. Fargo-Moorhead regained the lead thanks to a two-run home run by Correlle Prime, his 11th of the year.
Reza Aleaziz came on in the ninth inning to preserve the victory for his third save of the year. Steffon Moore took the loss. Takacs had three hits for the Saltdogs.
Canaries Rout Monarchs
The Sioux Falls Canaries scored 10 runs over the final three innings to Rout the Kansas City Monarchs, 13-2. Sioux Falls put up 17 hits, led by Wyatt Ulrich, Welington Dotel, and Hunter Clanin, who each had three hits.
The Canaries took a 3-0 lead, scoring two in the first and adding a run in the second. Kansas City cut the deficit to one, scoring two runs in the sixth, but it was all Sioux Falls from there. The Canaries scored 10 unanswered runs, putting up three in the sixth, two in the seventh, and adding five more in the eighth.
That was more than enough support for Chris Hardin, who earned his second victory of the season, tossing five scoreless innings. Ulrich scored three times and Clanin had two runs scored and two RBI. Clanin also hit his fifth home run of the year. Darnell Sweeney had two hits, including his 13th homer, and added three RBI. LJ Hatch had two hits and drove in two for Kansas City.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Blake Tiberi (Lake Country DockHounds) 2-4, 3 R, BB, Double
No. 2 – Chris Hardin (Sioux Falls Canaries) 5.0 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 0 ER, 5 K
No. 1 – John Sheaks (Gary SouthShore RailCats) 7.2 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 5 K
American Association Daily Notes
The Sioux City Explorers saw their eight-game winning streak come to an end with their loss to the Lake Country DockHounds on Tuesday afternoon. The winning streak is the longest in the American Association this season.
Cleburne: Signed C Nik Sanchez
Fargo-Moorhead: Signed INF Scott Schreiber; Activated RHP Tanner Riley from the Injured List
Gary SouthShore: Released RHP Jesus Rosario
Lake Country: Signed INF Brandon Chinea and LHP Juan Hillman
Winnipeg: Signed RHP Max Steffens
American Association Stories at Minor League Sports Report
By Robert Pannier