Eldred Continues to Roll, Monarchs Down Saltdogs, Morales Big Night
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 games in the American Association on Tuesday, including C.J. Eldred helping the Kane County Cougars blank the Cleburne Railroaders, the Sioux Falls Canaries keep rolling, and the Kansas City Monarchs use a big ninth inning to seal their victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs.
Game Recaps for Tuesday
Eldred Blanks Railroaders
C.J. Eldred tossed seven shutout innings to lead the Kane County Cougars to a series opening victory over the Cleburne Railroaders, 4-0. Eldred allowed three hits and a walk in earning his ninth victory of the season. A.J. Jones got two outs in the eighth before turning the game over to closer Daniel Bies, who got the final four outs for his 15th save of the year.
Kane County gave their starter the lead in the second, scoring three runs. Olivier Basabe had an RBI double and Armond Upshaw drilled a two run double to extend the lead to three. The Cougars added one more run for good measure when Josh Allen hit a leadoff home run in the top of the ninth inning, his 11th of the season.
Allen finished with two hits and two runs scored. Mark Karaviotis had two of the four hits for the Railroaders.
Morales Drives in Five to Lead Milkmen
Roy Morales homered and drove in five as the Milwaukee Milkmen downed the Sioux City Explorers, 12-7. Gregori Vasquez earned the win, allowing three runs in 5.2 innings.
Milwaukee was trailing by one entering the top of the second, but took the lead with a four run inning. Aaron Hill had a two run double and Morales delivered a two-run single. In the fourth, the Milkmen began to pull away, scoring three runs. Morales hit his seventh home run of the year in the inning. In the fifth, a two run double by Miguel Gomez capped off another three run inning and Morales drove in two more in the sixth.
The Explorers were down by 10, but began to rally in the bottom half of the sixth. Wilfredo Gimenez hit a solo home run, his fourth of the year, and Delvin Zinn added a two-run shot in the eighth, his third home run of the year. In the ninth, Daniel Perez hit a two-run homer, pulling the team within five, but Kyle Johnson was able to get the final out.
Morales finished with four hits and Gomez had three hits, scored twice, and drove in three. Hill also had three hits. Gimenez had two hits and scored twice for Sioux City.
Lane Provides Relief in Dogs Victory
Trevor Lane came out of the bullpen and cost 4.1 scoreless innings to give his team an opportunity to rally, as the Chicago Dogs defeated the Lake Country DockHounds, 10-6. Chicago was down by five after one as the DockHounds chased Cole Aker just seven batters into the contest. Blake Tiberi led off the bottom of the first with his eighth homer of the year, and Marek Chlup hit a three-run shot in the frame.
Chicago was down, but began to rally in the third with Ryan Lidge delivering a sacrifice fly and Josh Altmann following with a three run home run, his 23rd of the year. An inning later the Dogs took the lead. Matt Bottcher tied the score with a double and Payton Eeles followed with a two-run double. Chlup hit his second home run of the day in the sixth, pulling Lake Country within one, but the Dogs began to pull away in the eighth. Ben Livorsi hit a solo homer to lead off the inning, and Bottcher added a two-run shot in the ninth.
Brian Schlitter came on to close out the contest for his 16th save of the year. Bottcher finished with three hits and three RBI. Chlup had three hits and drove in four for the DockHounds.
Canaries Keep Soaring in Victory over Goldeyes
The Sioux Falls Canaries earned their 14th victory in the last 16 games, defeating the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 6-5. The bottom five in the Sioux Falls lineup were spectacular, going a combined 9-16 with six runs scored and six RBI. Trevor Achenbach had two hits and scored three runs and Aaron Whitefield drove in three.
Sioux Falls jumped out to a two-run advantage in the top of the second. The lead became four in the fourth as Achenbach led off with his 11th homer of the year and Shamoy Christopher added an RBI single. The Goldeyes got two of those runs back in the bottom of the fourth, and cut the deficit to one on an RBI single by Max Murphy in the fifth. However, Whitefield drilled a two-run triple down the line it right field to restore the three-run advantage. The Goldeyes refused to go away with Dayson Croes delivering a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning. José Cruz then came on, retiring the final four batters of the game for his second save of the year.
The loss spoiled a big performance by Croes, who was 4-4 with a run scored and two RBI. Achenbach, Whitefield, Darnell Sweeney, and Hunter Clanin each had two hits for the Canaries.
RedHawks Rally to Down RailCats
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks scored the final five runs of the game, defeating the Gary SouthShore RailCats, 7-3. Tyler Grauer earned his sixth victory of the year, allowing three runs in 6.1 innings. Aaron Phillips took the loss.
The RedHawks jumped out to a two-run advantage in the third, only to see Gary SouthShore take the lead in the bottom half of the inning. Jackson Valera had the big blow, a three-run blast, his first of the year. The RailCats were on top, but it was all RedHawks from there, as the team tied the score in the top of the fifth, then took the lead for good in the sixth, scoring three runs. Fargo-Moorhead added one more in the eighth.
Leobaldo Pina drove in three for the RedHawks and Nick Novak scored three runs. Valera had two hits for the RailCats.
Big Ninth Seals Victory for Monarchs
The Kansas City Monarchs scored six runs in the top of the ninth inning to seal their 11-4 victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs. Chris Herrmann led the way, recording three hits and driving in three runs.
The game was tied at one in the fifth when the Monarchs took the lead, scoring three runs. Herrmann hit a solo homer, his 20th of the year. The Saltdogs began to chip away, scoring a run in the fifth and adding one more in the sixth. The Monarchs extended the lead to two in the seventh, but Lincoln responded with one of the eighth to make this a one run game once again. Kansas City put this contest away in the top of the ninth, sending 11 men to the plate, scoring six runs on five hits.
Zach Matson earned the victory, allowing two earned runs in five innings. Herrmann, Jan Hernandez, and Micker Adolfo each had three hits. Luke Roskam and Aaron Takacs had two hits apiece for Lincoln.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Chris Herrmann (Kansas City Monarchs) 3-5, 3 R, Double, HR, 3 RBI
No. 2 – Roy Morales (Milwaukee Mlikmen) 4-6, 2 R, HR, 5 RBI
No. 1 – C.J. Eldred (Kane County Cougars) 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, BB, 8 K
American Association Daily Notes
Milwaukee Milkmen right-hander Gregori Vasquez earned his league leading 10th victory of the season… Kansas City Monarchs second baseman Justin Wylie has reached base in 32 straight games… Kane County Cougars right-hander C.J. Eldred won his eighth straight game. He has allowed one or fewer runs in each of those eight starts, allowing three total earned runs in 56.0 innings.
Gary SouthShore: Traded INF Michael Woodworth to Kane County for a player to be named later
Sioux Falls: Activated OF Aaron Whitefield from the Injured List; Released INF Cole Pengilly
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By Robert Pannier