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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. Robert Pannier recaps the six games in the American Association on Sunday, including the Sioux City Explorers completing an improbable comeback to win on a walk-off single by Lane Milligan, the Milwaukee Milkmen and Winnipeg Goldeyes complete sweeps and Kyle Kinman and the Lincoln Saltdogs shutout the RailCats. This and much more.
Explorers Complete Improbable Comeback
The Sioux City Explorers scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to earn a dramatic walk-off victory over the Cleburne Railroaders on Sunday, 10-9. A seven run third inning helped Cleburne stake themselves to a 9-3 lead, but the Explorers rallied to pull within four entering the final frame. D.J. Poteet got the rally started with a three-run homer, and Blake Tiberi followed with a solo shot to tie the score. Michael Lang singled and moved to second on a wild pitch before José Sermo was intentionally walked. That brought Lane Milligan to the plate, who singled up the middle to score Lang with the winning run.
Milligan finished with two hits and three RBI. John Nester drove in four with a grand slam, his fifth homerun of the season.
Martin Homers to Help Goldeyes Complete Sweep
Kyle Martin hit his league-leading 28th homer of the season to help lead the Winnipeg Goldeyes to a 5-3 victory over the Kane County Cougars. That completed the sweep of the three-game set. Winnipeg scored two in the second and third innings and added a run in the sixth to take a 5-0 lead. Kane County battled back with three runs but could get no closer. Jorge Gonzalez earned the victory, allowing one run in 6.1 innings, and Donnie Hart finished off the game for his fourth save of the season.
The Cougars managed seven hits in the game. Mark Karaviotis hit his sixth homerun of the season.
Homers, Young Propel Milkmen to Victory
David Washington hit a two-run homer, his 17th of the season, as the Milwaukee Milkmen defeated the Houston Apollos, 6-2. The Washington blast was one of three homeruns hit by Milwaukee on the day, as Logan Trowbridge and Aaron Hill also went deep. Christian Young earned his first victory of the season, allowing two runs in five innings. Four relievers each tossed a scoreless frame to close out the victory.
Houston managed just four hits in the contest. Hudson Bilodeau continues to shine for the Apollos, hitting a double and driving in a run.
Kinman Outduels Sheaks to Lead Saltdogs
John Sheaks opened the contest with six perfect innings for the Gary SouthShore RailCats, but Lincoln Saltdogs left-hander Kyle Kinman was up to the task as well, blanking the RailCats for seven innings, as Lincoln went on to a 2-0 victory. Ryan Long broke the scoreless tie with an RBI single, bringing home Justin Byrd. Long scored on a base hit by Curt Smith. That proved to be all the support Kinman needed, as he allowed three hits and struck out nine. James Pugliese closed out the contest for his 23rd save of the year.
Sheaks had been dominant, retiring the first 18 batters of the contest, but gave up two runs in the seventh to take the loss. He finished with three hits allowed in 6.1 innings, striking out nine.
Garkow Shuts Down RedHawks
Tyler Garkow allowed one run in six innings to lead the Sioux Falls Canaries to a 3-1 victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Garkow was outstanding, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out eight. Caleb Frare loaded the bases in the ninth inning, but got out of the jam to earn his 10th save of the year. Jabari Henry delivered the big blow of the game, a two-run blast, his 16th of the season.
Bret Helton pitched very well for Fargo, allowing three runs in six innings. Kevin Krause hit his 10th homerun of the season.
Dogs Muzzle Monarchs to Win Series
The Chicago Dogs scored three runs in the second, fourth, and sixth innings on their way to an 11-2 victory over the Kansas City Monarchs. Michael Crouse led the way, going 3-5 with three runs scored and three RBI. The Dogs earned 10 walks to go along with nine hits. Michael Bowden earned the victory, allowing a run in five innings. Kansas City produced six hits and all.
PURE Performance Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Michael Crouse (Chicago Dogs) 3-5, 3 R, 2 Doubles, 3 RBI
No. 2 – John Sheaks (Gary SouthShore RailCats) 6.1 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 ER, 9 K
American Association Daily Notes
Fargo-Moorhead: Activated OF Will Zimmerman from the Injured List
Kane County: Released INF Nick Zammarelli
Sioux Falls: Signed RHP Joey Wagman
By Robert Pannier