Goldeyes Rally, Herrmann Homers Twice, RailCats Sweep
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 seven great games in the American Association on Thursday, including the Winnipeg Goldeyes rallying to down the Cleburne Railroaders in 11, the Kansas City Monarchs and Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks win in routs, and the Gary SouthShore RailCats and Milwaukee Milkmen sweep double-headers.
Game Recaps for Thursday
Goldeyes Rally to Victory
The Winnipeg Goldeyes twice rallied from deficits late in Thursday’s contest to defeat the Cleburne Railroaders in 11, 11-10. Winnipeg scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings, then scored three in the bottom of the 10th to keep this game going before finally winning an inning later.
Cleburne jumped out on top in the top of the first on a two-run single by Alex Jackson. In the bottom half of the inning Chris Burgess hit a three-run homer, his first of the year. The Railroaders retook the lead in the top of the fifth, scoring twice, but the Goldeyes tied the score in the bottom half of the frame. In the sixth, Jarel McDade hit his first home run since joining the Railroaders, a two-run shot. Winnipeg responded an inning later when a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly tied the score, however, Cleburne retook the lead in the top of the eighth on a bases loaded walk to Zach Nehrir.
Nick Gardewine came on in the ninth to close the door, but a single, a stolen base, and a base hit by Dayson Croes tied the score, sending this game to the 1oth. In the top half of the frame, Cleburne took what looked like a commanding lead, scoring three runs on just two hits. However, Winnipeg refused to go away, as a single by Jacob Bockelie and a two RBI hit by Javeyan Williams tied the score once again. Cleburne did not score in the top of the 11th, but Burgess delivered a two-out single in the bottom half of the frame to give the Goldeyes the victory.
Burgess finished 3-6 with two runs scored and four RBI. Croes reached base four times, including recording three hits, and Williams had three hits as well. Brian Klein had three hits for Cleburne and Blaze Brothers scored three times.
Herrmann Homers Twice to Lead Monarchs
Chris Herrmann homered twice and drove in three to help lead the Kansas City Monarchs to an 8-1 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for Kansas City and ended the four-game winning streak of the Canaries.
Kansas City took a four-run lead, scoring two in the first, then adding single runs in the second and third. Herrmann hit his first home run of the game in the top of the first, then added a solo shot in the third. The Canaries got on the board in the bottom of the fifth, scoring a run, but the Monarchs put this game away in the top of the six as Jacob Robson delivered an RBI single and LJ Hatch followed with a two-run double. Robson led off the eighth with his sixth home run of the season.
That made a winner of Dalton Moats, who allowed one run in 5.0 innings. Jordan Martinson then came on and tossed three scoreless frames.
RedHawks Blow Out Saltdogs
A day after losing by 11, the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks returned the favor, defeating the Lincoln Saltdogs, 11-2. It was a seven run fourth inning that blew this game open, with Scott Schrieber hitting his second home run since joining the Monarchs, and Sam Dexter drove in five.
The RedHawks took command of this game from the start, jumping out to an 11-run lead. Dexter got things started in the top of the second, hitting a two-run homer, his fourth of the year. An inning later, B.J. Lopez led off with his second home run of the season. In the fourth, the RedHawks blew this game open, sending 10 men to the plate. Dexter delivered a two-run triple and he scored on a base hit by Lopez. Fargo-Moorhead then loaded the bases for Schrieber, who turned on a 2-2 pitch, drilling it for his second homer in his third game with the team. Dexter delivered his fifth RBI in the sixth. Connor Panas hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth to get Lincoln on the board.
Kevin McGovern earned the victory, allowing two runs in seven innings to earn his sixth victory of the year. Lopez delivered three hits, scored twice, and drove in two. Yanio Perez also went deep for Lincoln.
Mora, Zimmerman Help Milwaukee Sweep
Kyle Mora tossed 5.2 scoreless innings in the opener and Ryan Zimmerman gave up one run in five innings in the second contest, as the Milwaukee Milkmen swept the Chicago Dogs in their double-header on Thursday. Mora set the tone in Game 1, allowing four hits and two walks in 5.2 innings to earn his fifth victory of the season.
Milwaukee staked their starter to a one run lead in the bottom of the first when Bryan Torres led off with his third homer of the year. It remained a one advantage until the fifth when Torres hit his second home run of the night. Peyton Gray came on to close out the contest for his first save of the year.
in the second contest, Zimmerman allowed one run in five innings, giving up four hits and three walks, but came away with a no decision. As they had in the first contest, the Milkmen jumped out to a one run lead in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly by Roy Morales. Reggie Pruitt extended the lead to two with an RBI single in the second. Chicago finally got on the board in the fifth when a run scored on a double play, but the Milkmen restored the two-run advantage thanks to an RBI single by former Dogs outfielder Michael Crouse.
Zimmerman came out of the sixth, and the Dogs rallied right away against Trevin Reynolds, scoring three runs on four hits. Josh Altmann made it a one game, scoring Jesus Lujano, and Nick Heath then hit into a double play that scored Ryan Lidge to tie the game. After Dylan Rosa doubled, Luke Mangieri doubled down the left field line to put Chicago on top. The Milkmen responded right away, as Torres tied the score in the bottom half of the frame on a sacrifice fly. That sent the game to extra innings where Torres singled into right field, delivering the game-winner.
Aneuris Rosario earned the victory, tossing 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. Torres finished 2-3 with two runs scored and two RBI.
Cuello Gem Gives RailCats Sweep
The Gary SouthShore RailCats earned a sweep of their double-header against the Kane County Cougars, thanks to a gem by Edward Cuello in the second game. Cuello went the distance, allowing one run on five hits to earn his second victory of the year.
The RailCats gave him more than enough support, scoring three in the third, two in the fifth, and adding single runs in the sixth and seventh. Michael Woodworth put his team on top in the third, plating a run with an RBI single, and Jackson Valera delivered a two-out, two run single. Two innings later, Gio Diaz tripled to drive home Woodworth, and he scored on a ground out to extend the lead to five. Kane County got on the board in the bottom of the fifth, but Seth Caddell hit a solo home run in the sixth, his first of the year, and Jesus Marriaga added an RBI single in the seventh.
Valera finished with two hits and three RBI and Caddell and Diaz scored twice. Harrison Smith had two hits for the Cougars.
In the first contest, the RailCats jumped out to a four-run advantage, then held on for a 6-4 victory. Julio Vivas earned the win, allowing two runs in 5.1 innings.
Gary SouthShore had a one run lead heading in the top of the second, but extended the lead to four as a fielder’s choice, wild pitch, and single made it 4-0. Donivan Williams got the Cougars on the board in the bottom of the second, hitting his first home run of the year. It was 5-1 entering the sixth when Kane County had back-to-back-to-back run-scoring hits to cut the deficit to one. Gary SouthShore added one more run in the top of the seventh to seal the victory.
The top of the RailCats order was spectacular, going 6-11 with three runs scored and two RBI.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Kyle Mora (Milwaukee Milkmen) 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, K
No. 2 – Chris Herrmann (Kansas City Monarchs) 2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 HR, BB
No. 1 – Bryan Torres (Milwaukee Milkmen) 4-6, 4 R, 4 RBI, 2 HR, SB
American Association Daily Notes
Lincoln Saltdogs catcher Luke Roskam extended his hitting streak to 15 straight games, going 1-4 on Thursday. That is the second longest streak in the American Association this season… Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks infielder Scott Schrieber has had an impressive power start with the team. Schrieber has three hits in his first 13 at bats, but that includes two homers and a double.
July 13, 2023
Chicago: Activated LHP Bryan Warzek from the Injured List; Placed OF Taylor Jackson on the Injured List retroactive to July 6
Kane County: Activated LHP Luke Westphal from the Injured List; Placed RHP Westin Muir on the Injured List retroactive to July 12
Lake Country signed OF Steven Sensley; Released INF Brandon Chinea and RHP Aaron Husson
Sioux Falls: Placed RHP Akeem Bostick on the Inactive List retroactive to July 10
July 12, 2023
Gary SouthShore: Signed RHP Jose Betances
Kane County: Placed INF Josh Allen on the Injured List retroactive to July 9; INF Donivan Williams
Kansas City: Placed OF Jan Hernandez on the Injured List retroactive to July 3
Lake Country: Acquired RHP David Richardson, OF Steven Sensley and INF Curtis Terry from Gastonia for three (3) players to be named later; Signed RHP David Richardson and INF Curtis Terry
Sioux Falls: Released INF Tyler Ryan
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By Robert Pannier