Eldred Dominates, Hilton Shines, Canaries Edge RedHawks
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 Wednesday, including C.J. Eldred helps to Kane County Cougars shut out the Kansas City Monarchs, the Winnipeg Goldeyes scored 10 unanswered runs to defeat the Sioux City Explorers, and the Milwaukee Milkmen defeated the Lincoln Saltdogs in 11.
Game Recaps for Wednesday
Goldeyes Late Surge Seals Victory
The Winnipeg Goldeyes scored 10 unanswered runs, including six in the eighth inning to seal their 10-3 victory over the Sioux City Explorers. Landen Bourassa earned his fifth victory of the season, allowing three runs in seven innings. Tyler Jandron earned the save with two scoreless innings of relief.
Sioux City took the lead in this game, scoring two in the third and adding a run in the fourth. Scott Ota led off the top of the third with his second homer of the year and Kyle Kasser added an RBI double. An inning later, Delvin Zinn singled home Vince Fernandez to extend the lead to three.
However, it was all Goldeyes from there. Max Murphy hit his league-leading 18th homerun of the season and Najee Gaskins added a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth to cut the deficit to one. In the fifth, Keith Torres hit his second home run of the season to tie the score. The game remained tied until the seventh when Brynn Martinez put his team on top with an RBI single. In the eighth, Winnipeg exploded for six runs, sending 11 men to the plate. Hidekel Gonzalez and Tra Holmes each had two run singles in the frame.
Railroaders Roll Past RailCats
The Cleburne Railroaders found themselves trailing by one after half an inning, but responded with nine unanswered runs to earn a 9-1 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Kevin Hilton was dominant in this game, allowing one unearned run in seven innings to earn his fifth victory of the season. Cleburne hit three homers in the contest, including the first of the season by Bret Boswell.
The RailCats took the lead in the top of the first on an error, but Cleburne responded immediately in the bottom half of the frame as Blaze Brothers hit a solo home run, his second of the season, and Boswell added a two-run shot. Two innings later, Boswell delivered an RBI double, and Cleburne blew this game open in the sixth, scoring four runs on five hits. Hill Alexander hit his 15th home run of the season. Keshawn Lynch later delivered an RBI single and Zach Nehrir drove home two with a double. The Railroaders added one more run in the seventh on an RBI single by Guillermo Quintana.
Boswell finished 3-4 with two runs scored and three RBI. Brothers also had three hits and scored two runs. Gio Diaz and Jesus Marriaga had two hits each for Gary SouthShore.
Eldred Silences Monarchs
C.J. Eldred tossed seven scoreless innings to help lead the Kane County Cougars to a 7-0 victory over the Kansas City Monarchs. Ryan Richardson finished off the shutout, tossing two scoreless innings as the duo combined to allow just five hits while striking out eight.
Kane County broke a scoreless tie when Armond Upshaw singled home the newly signed Hector Sanchez in the top of the third. The Cougars extended the lead to two on a Donivan Williams single in the fourth. The Cougars continued to build their lead, scoring two more in the sixth thanks to a passed ball and an RBI single by J.D. Osborne. Kane County sealed the victory in the eighth as Jonah Davis had an RBI single and Jimmy Kerrigan followed with his 10th homer of the year.
Osborne and Sanchez each finished with three hits. Odubel Herrera had two hits for Kansas City.
Milkmen Rally to Defeat Saltdogs in 11
The Milwaukee Milkmen rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to force extra innings, then scored three in the 11th to defeat the Lincoln Saltdogs, 6-5. Trevin Reynolds earned the victory despite giving up two runs in the top of the 11th. Steffon Moore took the loss.
Lincoln jumped out in front in the top of the first thanks to a solo home run by Drew Devine and an RBI single by Yanio Perez. Milwaukee cut the deficit to one in the bottom half of the frame on an RBI double by Miguel Gomez, but the Saltdogs restored the two-run advantage in the fourth as Luke Roskam singled home Devine.
It remained that way until the ninth, as Tanner Brown was spectacular, allowing one run in six innings for Lincoln. R.J. Freure came on in the seventh and tossed two scoreless frames, sending the game to the ninth. Devin Conn came on to close the game for Lincoln, but a walk, a stolen base, and an RBI single by Aaron Hill cut the deficit to one. Three batters later Bryan Torres tied the score with an RBI single.
In the 11th, Lincoln took a two-run advantage for the third time in the contest. Perez had an RBI double and he scored on a single by Will Kengor. Milwaukee refused to go away, however, as Gabriel Cancel singled to drive home Hill. Cam Redding then followed with a two-run, walk-off single to give Milwaukee the victory.
The loss ruined big nights for Roskam and Perez, who each had three hits. Devine had two hits and scored three runs. Five players recorded two hits for the Milkmen.
Dogs Defeat DockHounds
The Chicago Dogs received six solid innings out of Trevor Lane to help lead them to a 7-3 victory over the Lake Country DockHounds. Lane allowed five hits while striking out eight to earn his third victory of the season. Two Chicago relievers combined to toss three perfect innings to finish off the contest.
This contest got off to a wild start, as Chicago scored three runs in the bottom of the first to take the lead. Ryan Lidge drove home a run with an RBI single and Matt Bottcher hit a two-run homer, his ninth of the year. Lake Country responded with two in the top half of the second, as Marcus Chiu led off with his 11th home run of the season and Tyler Hill added an RBI single. The Dogs extended the lead to two on an RBI double by Lidge in the bottom half of the frame, and the DockHounds scored a run in the top of the third to make it 4-3. In the fifth, David Maberry added an RBI single, and Chicago put this game away in the bottom of the seventh, scoring two more runs. Ben Livorsi hit his fourth home run of the season to lead off the frame.
This became a testy contest, as DockHounds pitchers hit four Dogs players, including Cody Bohanek twice. Lidge and Bottcher each finished with three hits, a run scored, and two RBI. Hill had two of the five hits for Lake Country.
Canaries Hold on to Down RedHawks
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks rallied for four runs in the top of the eighth inning to take a one run lead, but the Sioux Falls Canaries scored two runs in the bottom half of the frame to earn a 7-6 victory. Ozzie Martinez plated the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly. Three players hit home runs in the contest for the Canaries.
The game was scoreless through three, but Fargo-Moorhead got on the board in the fourth when a run scored on a double-play grounder. Mike Hart responded in the bottom of the fourth, giving his team the lead when he hit a two-run homer, his 13th of the year. The Canaries extended the lead to two in the bottom of the fifth, and made it a three run lead Trevor Achenbach led off the sixth with his ninth home run of the year.
Fargo-Moorhead was down, but scored four runs in the top of the eighth, capped off by a three-run homer by Andy Gravdahl, his first of the season. Hunter Clanin tied the score in the bottom half of the frame, hitting his seventh home run of the season. Shamoy Christopher then tripled to the wall in right and scored when Martinez delivered a sacrifice fly.
Despite giving up four runs in the eighth, José Cruz earned the victory. Charlie Hasty came on to record his 14th save of the year. Christopher had two hits and scored two runs for Sioux Falls and Alec Olund scored two runs for the RedHawks.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Bret Boswell (Cleburne Railroaders) 3-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 Doubles, HR
No. 2 – Kevin Hilton (Cleburne Railroaders) 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
No. 1 – C.J. Eldred (Kane County Cougars) 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, BB, 7 K
American Association Daily Notes
Winnipeg Goldeyes outfielder Max Murphy hit his league-leading 18th home run of the season… Sioux Falls Canaries closer Charlie Hasty saved his league-leading 14th the game of the year on Wednesday… The Winnipeg Goldeyes and the Kane County Cougars have each won four straight games.
Cleburne: Signed INF Bret Boswell
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By Robert Pannier