Garcia Stymies Monarchs, DockHounds Walk-Off Cougars, Martinez Dominates 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 six games in the American Association on Tuesday, including RJ Martinez tossing a gem to lead the Winnipeg Goldeyes to victory, the Lake Country DockHounds winning in 10, and the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks top the Milwaukee Milkmen.. This and much more.
Garcia Shines for RailCats Under the Sun
Nick Garcia tossed five shutout innings in a late morning affair to lead the Gary SouthShore RailCats to a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Monarchs. Garcia allowed three hits while striking out four. Aaron Phillips came on in the sixth and was nearly as brilliant, allowing one run over the final four innings to earn his first save of the season.
The RailCats jumped out in front to the bottom of the first inning, plating two runs against Kansas City starter Matt Hartman. After retiring the first batter of the frame, Hartman gave up a base hit and issued two walks to load the bases for Raymond Jones. Jones singled to score Michael Woodworth and Thomas Walraven followed with a ground out to make it 2-0. Garcia and Phillips took over from there.
Jackson Smith and Jones each finished with two hits for the RailCats. Alexis Olmeda had a pair of hits for the Monarchs.
RedHawks Rally to Down Milkmen
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks found themselves trailing 3-0 after three innings, but rallied to down the Milwaukee Milkmen, 4-3. The RedHawks scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to tie the score, setting up the dramatic ninth inning. Sam Dexter led off with a base hit and moved to second on a sacrifice. After an intentional walk, Manuel Boscan singled up the middle, bringing home Dexter with the winning run.
Fargo-Moorhead reliever Alex DuBord earned the victory. John Silviano and Dexter each had two hits for the RedHawks. Silviano drove in two. Keon Barnum drove home two runs for the Milkmen. The loss spoiled a solid performance by José Espada, who allowed one run in 6.0 innings.
DockHounds Walk-Off Cougars in 10
Gabriel Noriega singled home Aaron Takacs with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Lake Country DockHounds earned their second walk-off victory of the season, defeating the Kane County Cougars, 4-3.
T.J. Bennett staked his team to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, blasting a two-run homer, his fourth of the season. However, Kane County cut the deficit in half with a run in the second and took the lead with two in the third. Lake Country tied the score in the fifth, setting up the dramatic finish.
Noriega finished with three hits and an RBI. Takacs scored two runs. Cyrillo Watson earned the victory, tossing two scoreless innings of relief. Dylan Busby and Ernie De La Trinidad each had two hits for the Cougars.
Martinez Shines in Downing Canaries
RJ Martinez tossed seven shutout innings to lead the Winnipeg Goldeyes to a 3-1 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries. Martinez was devastating, allowing six hits and a walk while striking out five. He has now started the season allowing zero earned runs in his first 13 innings, moving his record 2-0.
Winnipeg took the lead in the top of the first inning when Ian Sagdal drove home Raul Navarro with a ground out. Two innings later, a passed ball plated Reggie Pruitt, and the Goldeyes added their final run on a single by Logan Hill in the top of the fourth inning. Tasker Strobel came on in the ninth inning to earn his second save of the season.
That spoiled a solid performance out of Angel Ventura, who allowed three runs in 6.0 innings pitched. Neil Lang came on in the seventh and tossed three perfect innings for the Canaries. Kona Quiggle continues his red-hot start, adding two hits.
The contest between the Chicago Dogs and the Cleburne Railroaders was suspended with the score tied at two. This contest will continue as part of a double-header on Wednesday.
The contest between the Sioux City Explorers and the Lincoln Saltdogs was postponed due to inclement weather. This contest will be made up as part of a double-header on Wednesday.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Nick Garcia (Gary SouthShore room count) 5.0 IP, 3 H, BB, 0 ER, 4 K
No. 2 – Gabriel Noriega (Lake Country DockHounds) 3-4, RBI
No. 1 – RJ Martinez (Winnipeg Goldeyes) 7.0 IP, 6 H, BB, 0 ER, 5 K
American Association Daily Notes
Kane County Cougars Ernie De La Trinidad, Sioux Falls Canaries Wyatt Ulrich, and Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks Drew Ward all extended their hitting streak to 10 straight games on Tuesday. Those are the longest streaks in the American Association this season… Winnipeg Goldeyes Eric Rivera has reached base in 11 straight games… The Kane County Cougars had their four-game winning streak snapped when they fell in extra innings to Lake Country DockHounds… The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks have won their last four games, helping to propel them to the top of the West Division.
Lincoln: Released C Adam Donachie
Sioux Falls: Placed RHP Tyler Garkow on the Injured List retroactive to May 21; Signed RHP Austin Orvis
Winnipeg: Traded INF Dakota Connors to Ogden (Pioneer League) for a player to be named later
By Robert Pannier