Dogs Snap RedHawks Winning Streak, DockHounds Rally Late, Muir Remains Undefeated
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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 and Gary SouthShore RailCats locked in a pitcher’s duel, the Chicago Dogs snap the nine-game winning streak of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, and Westin Muir wins his sixth straight decision for the Kane County Cougars. This, plus much more.
Game Recaps for Sunday
Muir Shuts Down Railroaders
Westin Muir earned his sixth straight victory, allowing one run in six innings to lead the Kane County Cougars to a 3-1 victory over the Cleburne Railroaders. Muir remained undefeated, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out four. Ryan Tapani came on in the ninth to close out the contest for his fourth save of the season.
Kane County scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the second. With two on and two down, Sherman Johnson blasted a three-run shot, his 11th of the season. Cleburne cut the deficit to two in the top of the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Wyatt Mathisen, but that was all the offense they could produce.
Ernie De La Trinidad had three hits for the Cougars. Edwin Arroyo had two hits for Cleburne.
Burks Drives in Four to Keep Milkmen Hot
Jeremiah Burks homered and doubled, driving in four to lead the Milwaukee Milkmen to a 9-3 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries. Sioux Falls jumped out on top on an RBI double by Kona Quiggle in the top of the second, but the Milkmen responded with four in the bottom half of the frame. Burks had a bases clearing double and Bryan Torres added an RBI double of his own.
In the fourth, Milwaukee extended their lead to six. Torres drove home a run with a single and Logan Trowbridge followed with a two-run single. Leading by seven, Burks delivered the final run of the game for the Milkmen, hitting his third homerun of the season in the bottom of the eighth. Sioux Falls scored two runs in the top of the ninth to close out the scoring.
Myles Smith had his second outstanding outing, allowing one run on five hits in 8.0 innings. This came after Smith tossed six scoreless innings in his last outing. Burks finished 2-3 with three runs scored and four RBI. Torres had two hits and walked twice for the Milkmen. Gavin LaValley, Aaron Takacs, Angelo Altavilla and Quiggle each had two hits for Sioux Falls.
Walk-Off Wild Pitch Gives Saltdogs Win
Matt Goodheart scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Lincoln Saltdogs a 6-5 walk-off victory over the Kansas City Monarchs. This was a contest that saw Lincoln take charge from the start, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first. Jason Rogers delivered a two-run single to put his team on top. The teams exchanged runs in the third, with Jacob Robson hitting a solo blast for the Monarchs and Rogers delivering his third RBI of the day with a double that score Justin Byrd. In the seventh, Byrd homered, his ninth of the season, extending the lead to three.
This game look like it was over, as Greg Minier was pitching a gem, allowing one run on three hits in seven innings. Minier struck out eight, but left before the eighth inning and Kansas City rallied against Matt Cronin, scoring four runs on three hits. A double, a walk, and a single loaded the bases for Robson, who drilled his second homerun of the game, a grand slam that put the Monarchs on top, 5-4. However, Lincoln was not discouraged. In the ninth, a walk and a single put two on with one down for Byrd, who singled home Hunter Clanin to tie the score. An error kept the inning alive before Jameson McGrane threw a wild pitch that brought home Goodheart.
Carter Hope earned the victory while Brandon Koch took the loss. Rogers finished with two hits and three RBI and Byrd was 4-5 with two runs scored and two RBI. Robson had two hits and drove in all five runs for Kansas City.
DockHounds Rally to Down RailCats
The Lake Country DockHounds looked like they were going to suffer a disappointing loss, trailing 1-0 entering the bottom of the eighth inning. However, the team scored two runs to earn a 2-1 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats.
This was a fantastic pitcher’s duel between RailCats starter John Sheaks and DockHounds right-hander Angel Ventura. Gary SouthShore got things going in the top of the first on the sixth homerun of the season by LG Castillo. From there, Ventura shut the door, allowing five hits in seven innings while striking out five. Sheaks was just as brilliant, tossing 6.2 scoreless innings.
Joel Huertas came on to finish off the seventh and was able to retire the final batter of the inning, but he got in trouble in the eighth right away, giving up a leadoff walk and a single to put two on with no one out. Jack Eisenbarger came on and walked Jake Snider to load the bases before giving up a sacrifice fly to Tristen Carranza and an RBI ground out to T. J. Bennett that put the DockHounds on top.
Greg Veliz had come on to toss a scoreless eighth, earning the victory, and Carlos Diaz finished off the game for his second save of the season. RailCats Thomas Greely had two hits for Gary South Shore and Jordan Schaffer had two hits for Lake Country.
Dogs Snap RedHawks Winning Streak
Jeff Kinley combined with two relievers to shut out the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, as the Chicago Dogs went on to a 6-0 victory. The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak for Fargo-Moorhead.
Chicago scored runs in five of the first six innings. In the bottom of the first, Ryan Lidge hit a homerun with two outs, his seventh of the season, and an RBI double by Connor Kopach and a sacrifice fly by Trent Bauer extended the lead to three in the second. In the fourth, Chicago began a run of three straight innings scoring a single run. Grant Kay hit his 20th homerun of the season in the fourth, and Lidge added an RBI single in the fifth. Kopach closed out the scoring with his 10th homerun of the season in the bottom of the sixth.
That was more than enough support for Kinley, who allowed four hits and three walks in 5.2 innings, striking out six. Joe Cavallaro came on in the sixth and tossed 1.1 innings of scoreless relief. Brian Schlitter finished off the shutout with two innings of scoreless relief. Lidge had two hits and drove in two for Chicago. Kay was 2-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Kopach had two hits, scored a run, and drove in two. Drew Ward and John Silviano each had two hits for the RedHawks.
Bourassa Sends Explorers on Wrong Path
Landen Bourassa allowed one run in six innings to lead the Winnipeg Goldeyes to a 6-1 victory over the Sioux City Explorers. Sioux City got to the Winnipeg starter in the first, scoring a run on a Trey Martin single. However, Bourassa took charge from there, yielding just four hits over the next five innings. Three Winnipeg relievers came on to each tossed a scoreless frame to finish off the victory.
After being shut out for the first two innings, the Goldeyes got on the board with three in the top of the third, scoring three runs against Explorers starter Matt Pobereyko, who yielded his first run since rejoining the team. Logan Hill led off with a homerun and a costly error allowed two more runs to score to give Winnipeg a 3-1 lead. In the fifth, David Washington crushed his 28th homerun of the season, a two-run shot. The Goldeyes added one more run in the eighth as a third run scored because of an error.
Raul Navarro had two hits and scored two runs. Kevin Lachance also had two hits. Martin had two hits and the lone RBI for Sioux City.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – John Sheaks (Gary SouthShore RailCats) 6.2 IP, 4 H, BB, 0 ER, 3 K
No. 2 – Westin Muir (Kane County Cougars) 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, ER, 4 K
No. 1 – Myles Smith (Milwaukee Milkmen) 8.0 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, ER, 8 K
American Association Daily Notes
Winnipeg Goldeyes first baseman David Washington hit his league-leading 28th homerun of the season on Sunday… Kane County Cougars right-hander Westin Muir remain undefeated, going 6-0. The six-game winning streak is the longest in the American Association this season… Sioux City Explorers RHP Matt Pobereyko saw his consecutive scoreless streak and at 13.0 innings… The Chicago Dogs snap a nine-game winning streak of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. The Lincoln Saltdogs snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Kansas City Monarchs. The Winnipeg Goldeyes saw their six-game losing streak snapped…
Chicago: Activated RHP Justin Goossen-Brown from the Inactive List
Cleburne: Placed RHP Jordan Foley on the Injured List retroactive to August 15
Lake Country: Released RHP Skylar Janisse
Sioux Falls: Signed OF Connor Blair
By Robert Pannier