Fox Sharp, Jones, Dogs Blank RailCats, Monarchs Sweep Double-Header in Sioux Falls
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 seven games on Wednesday evening, including the Kansas City Monarchs sweeping a double-header from the Sioux Falls Canaries and A.J. Jones in the Chicago Dogs bullpen combining to blank the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Plus, Canaries IF Wyatt Ulrich extended his hitting streak. This and much more.
Kinman Gem Helps Saltdogs Earn Split
Jack Fox allowed one run in 5.2 innings pitched to leave the Kane County Cougars to an 11-2 victory over the Houston Apollos. Fox allowed three hits and three walks in earning his first victory of the season. This was a one run game until the bottom of the fourth when the Cougars scored three runs. They added five in the sixth to put this game away. Josh Allen had a big day, going 3-3 with his sixth homer of the year, one of three hit on the day by the Cougars. Allen added to RBI and scored two runs. Kacy Clemens homered and drove in a pair of runs as did Luis Roman.
Aaron Takacs hit his first homerun of the season, and walked twice in the game for Houston. Hudson Bilodeau had a pair of hits.
Monarchs Sweep Double-Header in Sioux Falls
Jameson McGrane allowed one run in six innings to lead the Kansas City Monarchs to a 7-1 victory in the first contest of their double-header against the Sioux Falls Canaries. McGrane allowed three hits while striking out nine to earn his second victory of the season. Gabriel Guerrero and Colin Willis each went 2-4 with a run and an RBI. Michael McCullough knocked in two runs for the Monarchs. Wyatt Ulrich was 1-2 with a run into walks for Sioux Falls.
In the second game, Sioux Falls took a 6-4 lead with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, but Kansas City scored four runs over the final three innings on their way to an 8-6 victory. Jan Hernandez hit his team-leading 15th homerun of the season, a two-run shot, and Casey Gillaspie also went deep for the Monarchs. Brian Ellington earned the victory, tossing 1.1 innings in relief, and Carlos Diaz came on to close out the contest with two scoreless innings.
Nick Gotta had two hits and drove in a pair of runs, and brother Cade also had two hits in the game. Ullrich had two hits and drove in a run to keep his hitting streak alive.
Hedges, Sermo Lead Explorers over Saltdogs
Zach Hedges allowed zero runs in six innings and José Sermo blasted his 17th homer of the season to lead the Sioux City Explorers to a 3-2 victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs. Hedges allowed four hits while striking out five. Matt Pobereyko came on to close out the contest for his league-leading 14th save of the season. Chris Clare had three hits for Sioux City and Chase Harris added a pair of hits.
Justin Byrd hit his fifth homerun of the season as part of a two-hit performance. Kevin Bartlett was the hardluck loser, allowing two runs in six innings.
Jones, Dogs Shutout RailCats
A.J. Jones through seven scoreless innings to lead the Chicago Dogs to a 3-0 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Jones allowed five hits and no walks while striking out five. Jeff Kinley came on in the ninth and loaded the bases, but was able to get out of the jam for his fifth save of the year. Michael Crouse and Danny Mars each had two hits and scored a run for Chicago.
MJ Rookard and Thomas Walraven each had a pair of hits for Gary. Cole Cook pitched well, allowing three runs in 6.2 innings.
Manzueta Shuts Down Milkmen to Lead Red Hot Railroaders
Jheyson Manzueta allowed one run in seven innings to lead the Cleburne Railroaders to a 6-1 victory over the Milwaukee Milkmen. The victory ensured that Cleburne will win their sixth straight series. Colton Pogue homered for the second straight game for the Railroaders and Hunter Clanin added his sixth homerun of the year. Ramon Hernandez had four hits and drove in a pair of runs.
Derek Reddy led Milwaukee with a pair of hits.
Goldeyes Rally to Down RedHawks
The Winnipeg Goldeyes erased a 4-3 deficit with a run in the seventh and two in the eighth on their way to a 6-4 victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. After tying the score in the seventh, Kevin Lachance drove home the go-ahead run with an RBI triple. Austin Rei followed with a single to left, bringing home Lachance. Travis Seabrooke earned the victory with a scoreless inning of relief and Jose Jose came on in the ninth to close out the contest. Raul Navarro had a perfect 2-2 with two walks performance for Winnipeg. He scored three runs and Rei drove in three.
Kevin Krause continues his torrid pace, going 2-3 with a run scored. John Silviano hit his 10th homer of the year.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Jameson McGrane (Kansas City Monarchs) 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, ER, 9 K
No. 2 – Zach Hedges (Sioux City explores) 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 0 ER, 5 K
American Association Daily Notes
Sioux Falls Canaries IF Wyatt Ulrich extended his hitting streak to 26 straight games, recording hits in both games of the double-header. That is the longest streak in the American Association this year. He also extended his streak of consecutive games reaching base, extending it to 30, also a league high…The Kansas City Monarchs moved to 6-4 in double-header contests. They have played the most double-header games this year…The Chicago Dogs (3.40) and Kane County Cougars (3.57) are the only teams in the league with ERAs lower than 4.50 in July…The Sioux Falls Canaries have lost eight straight games.
Chicago: Signed RHP Andro Cutura; Released RHP J.C. Llaser
Gary SouthShore: Signed LHP Yoel De Leon
Kane County: Released RHP Jamal Wade
Milwaukee: Signed RHP Takoda Metoxen
Sioux Falls: Removed INF Mitch Glasser and RHP D.J. Sharabi from the active roster to participate for the Israeli National Team at the Summer Olympics
Winnipeg: Signed RHP Austin Henrich; Returned INF Darren Seferina to the active roster
By Robert Pannier