Duncan Dazzles, Busfield Brilliant- American Association Daily
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 of American Association Daily Recap, Robert Pannier recaps Sunday’s games in the American Association, including Frank Duncan combining with two relievers to blank the RedHawks and the Chicago Dogs completing their sweep of the Milwaukee Milkmen.
Duncan, Bullpen Blank RedHawks, 2-0
Frank Duncan continued his mastery of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, as he tossed seven shutout innings, combining with two relievers to give the Winnipeg Goldeyes a 2-0 victory. Duncan and RedHawks starter Matt Tomsahw both tossed seven shutout innings in the best pitchers’ duel in the American Association this season.
The Goldeyes broke the scoreless tie in the top of the eighth against Tyler Wilson. With one down, Darnell Sweeney drilled his fifth homer of the year. Two batters later, Kyle Martin walked, then stole second, and scored on a single by Logan Hill.
Duncan was making his fourth start of the season against Fargo-Moorhead. In three of those outings he has allowed no runs. Tomshaw allowed six hits and struck out seven.
Longball Leads Saints to Victory, 6-4
The St. Paul Saints homered three times on Sunday evening, helping to propel them to a 6-4 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries. That included homers by Max Murphy, John Silviano, and Mitch Ghelfi, the bottom third of the Saints order. The trio combined to go 3-9 with four runs scored and all six runs driven in. Josh Allen scored the other two runs.
Saints starter Eddie Medina earned his first victory of the season, allowing four runs in six innings. Jameson McGrane closed out the contest for his fifth save of the season. Grant Kay had three hits, including his second homer of the season for the Canaries.
Busfield, Homers Drive Dogs to Victory, 9-0
The Chicago Dogs had been swept at home by the Milwaukee Milkmen in the second series of the 2020 season. They returned the favor Sunday night, winning their fourth straight game over the Milkmen, thanks to five shutout innings by J.D. Busfield in the 9-0 shutout. The only blemish against the Chicago starter was a fifth inning single by Adam Walker. He struck out three in the rain shortened affair.
Chicago provided plenty of offense for the starter, blasting five homeruns. Victor Roache and Michael Crouse were both a perfect 3-3 and each player homered. Crouse and Harrison Smith added three RBI apiece.
The Milwaukee Milkmen added 2018 American Association MVP Jose Sermo. In four seasons in the American Association, Sermo has hit .279 with 42 homers and 217 RBI in 292 games. In 2018, the infielder hit .316 with 22 homers and 81 RBI in 87 games…Dylan Tice saw his streak of reaching base end at 19 consecutive games…The Chicago Dogs set a club record with five homeruns on Sunday.
By Robert Pannier