Dogs Remain Hot, Railroaders Win in 10, Monarchs 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 six great games in the American Association on Wednesday, including the Kansas City Monarchs rally to down the Sioux City Explorers, the Sioux Falls Canaries defeat the Milwaukee Milkmen, and the Lincoln Saltdogs remain red-hot with their victory.
Game Recaps for Wednesday
Monarchs Rally to Down Explorers
The Kansas City Monarchs trailed by three after five but rallied for six runs over the next three innings to defeat the Sioux City Explorers, 6-3. The Kansas City bullpen was spectacular, tossing four shutout innings. Jordan Martinson tossed two scoreless frames to earn the win and Patrick Weigel recorded the final three outs for his third save.
Sioux City took the lead in the top of the third on a three-run homer by Delvin Zinn. The Monarchs scored a run in the sixth and tied the score in the seventh, then took the eighth on an RBI double by Micker Adolfo. Olivier Basabe followed with an RBI single and Justin Wylie drove home a run with a bases loaded walk.
Nate Gercken took the loss. John Nogowski had two hits. L.J. Hatch had three hits and Basabe had two hits and scored two runs.
Dogs Pitching Muzzles Cougars
Five pitchers combined to allow just one run on four hits as the Chicago Dogs downed the Kane County Cougars, 4-1. Jonathan Cheshire earned the victory, tossing three perfect frames while striking out five, and Brian Schlitter came on to record his seventh save of the season. Tyler Beardsley took the loss.
Chicago took the lead in the top of the first on an RBI double by Josh Altmann. Two innings later, Matt Bottcher hit a solo homerun, but Kane County responded in the bottom half of the frame, cutting the deficit back to one on an RBI single by T.J. Bennett. In the fifth, the Dogs put this game away, thanks to an RBI single by Jesus Lujano and a run scoring triple by Nick Heath.
Bottcher had four hits and scored twice. Lujano had three hits. No player for the Cougars had more than one hit.
Saltdogs Hang On to Down Goldeyes
The Lincoln Saltdogs remained red-hot, holding on to defeat the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 4-3. Zach Keenan was spectacular, allowing one run in five innings to earn his second victory of the season and Steffon Moore recorded the final six outs for his fourth save of the year.
Zane Zurbrugg led of the game with his first home run of the year and Luke Roskam added an RBI fielder’s choice in the first. Winnipeg cut the deficit in half in the fifth, thanks to an RBI single by Max Murphy. In the seventh, the Saltdogs looked like they put this game away when Yanio Perez doubled to the wall in right, plating two, however, the Goldeyes scored two in the bottom half of the inning to make this a one-run game. Moore came on in the eighth and closed the door, however.
Luis Ramirez took the loss despite pitching very well, allowing two runs in six innings. Four players had two hits for Winnipeg, including Dayson Croes, who also scored two runs. Zurbrugg scored two runs for Lincoln and Drew Devine and Nick Anderson each had two hits.
Railroaders Down DockHounds in 10
The Lake Country DockHounds refused to go away, but the Cleburne Railroaders were finally able to get the best of them, scoring two in the top of the 10th to earn a 9-8 victory. That made a winner of Joe Corbett and Nick Gardewine earned his first save since rejoining the Railroaders.
The Railroaders scored five in the top of the third. Jose Curpa hit a three-run homer and a double by Alex Jackson made it 4-0. Two batters later, Jose Sermo drove home Jackson to make the lead five. However, the DockHounds responded with three in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a two-run homer by Matt Rodriguez and an RBI single by Nick Banks. Two innings later, the Railroaders extended the lead to four when Zach Nehrir drilled his seventh homer of the year, a two-run shot. Once again, Lake Country responded, scoring three in the bottom of the frame. Brian Rey had a two-run double and Marcus Chiu pulled his team within one with a single.
The DockHounds tied the score in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI ground out by Banks, sending this game to extra innings. In the top half, Mark Karaviotis and Hill Alexander drove home runs and Lake Country was able to get one of those runs back, but they could not get the equalizer.
Delino DeShields had two hits and scored three times. Blake Tiberi had two hits and scored twice and Rey had two hits and two RBI.
Canaries Rally to Down Milkmen
The Sioux Falls Canaries found themselves trailing by a run, but scored three unanswered runs to earn a 5-3 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries. Neil Lang earned the victory, pitching six solid innings, allowing three runs. Charlie Hasty allowed two hits in the ninth, but got the final three outs for his seventh save.
Milwaukee took the lead in the bottom of the first on a solo homer by Cam Balego, but the Canaries responded right away, tying the score in the top of the second on a sacrifice fly by Hunter Clanin. Sioux Falls took the lead in the top of the fourth, but it was the Milkmen who responded this time, scoring two in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead. This time it was the Canaries who responded, scoring two in the top of the fifth to take the lead for good. Welington Dotel tied the score with an RBI single and Jabari Henry put the Canaries in the lead with a run scoring single of his own. Mike Hart closed the scoring with an RBI single in the seventh.
Henry and Darnell Sweeney each had three hits for Sioux Falls. Clanin drove in two. Milwaukee was led by Balego, Aaron Hill, and Miguel Gomez who each had two hits.
Dykhoff Dominates RailCats
Jake Dykhoff tossed seven shutout innings to lead the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks to a 5-2 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Dykhoff allowed just three hits and no walks, evening his record at 2-2. Alex DuBord came on in the ninth and allowed two baserunners to reach, but got out of the inning unscathed to earn his first save of the year.
Fargo-Moorhead took the lead in the third on back-to-back doubles by Leobaldo Pina and John Silviano. An inning later they extended the lead to five thanks to a two-run homer by Alec Olund and an RBI double by Dillon Thomas. The RailCats had no answers for Dykhoff but he was replaced by Tristen Roehrich in the eighth and Gary SouthShore responded, as Francisco Del Valle brought home a run on an RBI single by Jesus Marriaga followed with an RBI single. However, Roehrich got out of inning without any further damage and DuBord shut the door.
Daniel Lingua had three hits and scored a run for Gary SouthShore. Evan Alexander had three hits for Fargo-Moorhead and Olund had two hits, two runs scored, and two RBI.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Delino DeShields (Cleburne Railroaders) 2-5, 3 R, SB
No. 2 – Matt Bottcher (Chicago Dogs) 4-5, 2 R, RBI, Double, HR
No. 1 – Jake Dykhoff (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, 5 K
American Association Daily Notes
Chicago Dogs outfielder Matt Bottcher recorded four hits on Wednesday, his second consecutive game with four hits. He now has at least three hits in three straight games and is 11-17 over his last three contests.
Kansas City: Signed OF Odúbel Herrera
Lake Country: Acquired RHP Alberto Gonzalez III on loan from Monclova (Mexican League); Signed RHP Alberto Gonzalez III; Released RHP Alex McRae and LHP JJ Santa Cruz
Sioux City: Activated RHP Mitchell Verburg from the Injured List; Placed RHP Francys Peguero on the Injured List retroactive to June 10
American Association Stories at Minor League Sports Report
By Robert Pannier