Alexander, Karaviotis Homer Twice, Bates Grounds RedHawks
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 six great games in the American Association on Sunday, including Hill Alexander and Mark Karavioties each homering twice for the Cleburne Railroaders, Solomon Bates shuts down the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, and the Kansas City Monarchs muzzles the Chicago Dogs.
Game Recaps for Sunday
Brown Sharp in Helping Saltdogs Avoid Sweep
Tanner Brown allowed one run in six innings, helping the Lincoln Saltdogs to avoid being swept as they defeated the Sioux Falls Canaries, 9-1. Brown gave up five hits and has now allowed one earned run in three straight starts. Nic Laio tossed two scoreless frames and Carson Lance got the final three outs to finish off the contest.
Lincoln got off to a great start when Connor Panas led off the game with his fifth home run of the season. It remained a one-run game until the fifth when the Saltdogs began to blow this game open. Drew Devine had an RBI single and Yanio Perez drove home two more with a single of his own. Sioux Falls scored their only run in the bottom of the frame on a triple by Jordan Barth, but the Saltdogs got that run back in the top of the sixth and added four more in the seventh, thanks to back-to-back homers by Will Kengor and Zane Zurbrugg. Kengor hit a three-run homer.
Nate Samson had three hits and has raised his batting average 22 points over the last two weeks. Devine also had three hits. Carson Clowers had two hits for the Canaries.
Alexander, Karaviotis Power Railroaders Win
Hill Alexander homered twice and drove in six and Mark Karaviotis homered twice and drove in five as the Cleburne Railroaders crushed the Lake Country DockHounds, 12-2. Cleburne scored three runs in three different frames and Travis Perry allowed one run in eight innings to earn the victory.
Cleburne got things going in the second when Karaviotis hit a two-run homer and John Figueroa added a solo shot to make it 3-0. An inning later, Alexander drilled a three-run homer to make it 6-0. Two innings later, Karaviotis hit his second home run of the game, a three-run shot to make it 9-0. It was the 10th homer of the season of the season for Alexander. The lead became 10 two innings later when Alexander delivered an RBI double. Lake Country finally got on the board in the seventh, but Alexander closed out the scoring for the Railroaders, hitting a two-run shot in the ninth. Brian Rey hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth for the DockHounds.
Alexander finished 3-4 with three runs scored and six RBI and Karaviotis went 2-5 with two runs and five RBI. Zach Nehrir had four hits and scored three times. Rey and Aaron Simmons each had two hits for Lake Country.
Bates, Explorers Blank RedHawks
Solomon Bates gave up just two hits in 7.2 innings to lead the Sioux City Explorers to a 2-0 victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Nate Gercken got the final out in the eighth, and Sean Rackoski tossed a scoreless ninth for his fifth save of the season. The outing moved Bates to 5-3, tying him for the league lead in victories.
Sioux City took the lead right off as John Nogowski doubled home Vince Fernandez three batters into the contest. That lead held for eight innings until the Explorers made it 2-0 in the ninth when Jake Ortega singled home Matt Lloyd.
That spoiled a great outing for Kevin McGovern, who yielded just one run in five innings. The RedHawks produced just three hits. Ortega had two hits for Sioux City.
Matulovich Declaws RailCats
Joey Matulovich allowed one run in six innings as the Winnipeg Goldeyes won the rubber match of their series against the Gary SouthShore RailCats, 7-3. The victory was the first of the season for the Winnipeg starter. Najee Gaskins scored two runs.
The Goldeyes took the lead in the second on an RBI single by Javeyan Williams, but Gary SouthShore tied the score in the fourth on a single by LG Castillo. The score did not remain tied for long, however, as the Goldeyes scored two in the bottom of the frame, scoring two runs. Winnipeg added two more in the sixth. The RailCats added two more in the seventh, but Winnipeg got those two runs back in the bottom of the eighth to seal the victory.
Williams had two hits and drove in a run and Dayson Croes had two hits and an RBI. Paul Mondesi and Will Decker each had two hits for Gary Southshore.
Monarchs Take Finale to Split Series
The Kansas City Monarchs scored four in the fourth and three in the sixth to lead the team to an 8-3 victory over the Chicago Dogs. The victory gave the Monarchs the victory in the series.
It was a one-run lead the Monarchs coming out of the third, but Kansas City took control in the fourth, scoring four runs thanks to three homers. Dylan Rosa and Olivier Basabe hit back-to-back shots and Jan Hernandez also went deep. Luke Mangieri led off the top of the fifth with his eighth homer of the year, but Kansas City responded with three in the bottom of the sixth. David Maberry hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth for the Dogs, but it was far too little, too late.
Brandon Finnegan earned the win, allowing one run in seven innings. Ryan O’Reilly took the loss. Hernandez had two hits, scored twice, and drove in two for the Monarchs, and Odubel Herrera had three hits and scored twice. Jesus Lujano and Mangieri each had two hits for the Dogs.
Seven-Run Fourth Propels Milkmen to Victory
The Milwaukee Milkmen scored seven runs in the fourth inning to erase an early two-run deficit in their 13-3 victory over the Kane County Cougars. Miguel Gomez had a huge game, recording four hits as every player in the starting lineup had at least one hit.
The Cougars took the lead in the top of the third on a two-run double by Cornelius Randolph. In the fourth, Milwaukee sent 11 men to the plate to take command of this game. The Milkmen straight hits that scored runs, including a two-run single by Bryan Torres. It was 8-4 in the bottom of the seventh when Reggie Pruitt hit a two-run double. An inning later, the Milkmen scored three more runs.
Milwaukee had five players who scored two runs and Pruitt drove in three. Randolph and Josh Allen each drove in two RBI. Ryan Zimmerman earned the victory for the Milkmen.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Solomon Bates (Sioux City Explorers) 7.2 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 0 ER, 7 K
No. 2 – Mark Karaviotis (Cleburne Railroaders) 2-5, 2 R, 5 RBI, 2 HR
No. 1 – Hill Alexander (Cleburne Railroaders) 3-4, 3 R, 6 RBI, 2 HR, Double
American Association Daily Notes
Kane County Cougars infielder Josh Allen reached base in the 29th straight game, the longest streak in the American Association this season… The Sioux City Explorers held the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks to just three total runs in the three game set over the weekend.
Fargo-Moorhead: Transferred the contract of OF Dillon Thomas to Oaxaca (Mexican League); Signed INF Jack Hanson
Kansas City: Transferred the contract of OF Keon Broxton to Monclova (Mexican League)
Winnipeg: Released INF Sherman Graves; Activated RHP Brandon Marklund and LHP Travis Seabrooke Inactive List
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By Robert Pannier