Green Leads Dogs to Even Series, Goudeau, Monarchs Blank Explorers
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 two Game 2s in the second round of the American Association playoffs, including the Chicago Dogs evening their series with the Milwaukee Milkmen, and Ashton Goudeau combines with Patrick Weigel to blank the Sioux City Explorers.
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Green Dominates as Dogs Even Series
Nick Green allowed one unearned run in 6.2 innings to lead the Chicago Dogs to a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Milkmen. Green was spectacular, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out nine. Frankie Bartow took the loss, giving up a run in the sixth inning.
This was a scoreless tie through the first four innings, as neither team was able to generate any offense. In the fifth, Milwaukee put a run on the board without recording a hit. Michael Crouse led off with a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. With one down, he stole third, but the throw from catcher Ryan Lidge sailed past the third baseman, allowing Crouse to score. Chicago responded right away in the bottom half of the inning as Dylan Rosa drew a two-out walk and scored when Matt Bottcher followed with a triple down the line in left field.
Gregori Vasquez came out after five, giving up a run on two hits. He was replaced by Bartow, who gave up a Ben Livorsi home run to lead off the inning. The Dogs added a run in the eighth which proved to be crucial. Cody Bohanek walked and moved to second on a sacrifice. Payton Eeles then double just inside the third base bag for a double, extending the lead to two. Brian Schlitter came on in the ninth, and gave up singles to two of the first three batters. After striking out Crouse, Schlitter gave up a base hit to Gabriel Cancel, pulling Milwaukee within one. Trevor Lane took over for the Dogs closer, getting Drew Ward the ground out to end the contest. Lane earned his first save of the postseason. Eeles was the only player with more than one hit in the contest.
Goudeau Shuts Down Explorers
The Kansas City Monarchs evened their series with the Sioux City Explorers as Ashton Goudeau tossed eight shutout innings to lead the Monarchs to a 5-0 victory. Patrick Weigel got the final three outs of the contest to finish off the shutout. Mitchell Verburg to the loss.
Kansas City took the lead in the bottom of the second inning when Jan Hernandez hit a solo home run. Two innings later, it would be Hernandez once again, hitting his second solo homer of the evening. The Monarchs blew this game open in the bottom of the sixth. Micker Adolfo reached on an error, driving home two runs, and Hernandez scored on a wild pitch.
That was more than enough support for Goudeau, who allowed five hits and no walks, striking out five to earn his second victory of the postseason. Hernandez finished with two hits, drove in two, and scored three times. Delvin Zinn had two of the five hits for the Explorers.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Nick Green (Chicago Dogs) 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, BB, 9 K
No. 2 – Jan Hernandez (Kansas City Monarchs) 2-3, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 HR, BB
No. 1 – Ashton Goudeau (Kansas City Monarchs) 8.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
American Association Daily Notes
This is the fourth time that the Sioux City Explorers have face the Kansas City Monarchs (T-Bones) in the postseason. With Kansas City winning on Wednesday, it will be the second time these teams have gone the distance in a series. Kansas City defeated Sioux City in five games in 2018… Kansas City Monarchs outfielder Jan Hernandez became the first player this postseason to homer twice in the same game… The Sioux City Explorers have allowed 12 runs in the postseason, but only five have been earned… The Milwaukee Milkmen and Chicago Dogs will meet in a winner take all Game 3 for the second straight postseason.
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By Robert Pannier