Kelly, Altmann Each Homer Twice, Saltdogs Maul Canaries, Monarchs Continue to Win
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. Robert Pannier recaps the six games in the American Association on Saturday, including both Dylan Kelly and Josh Altmann homering twice to help lead their teams to decisive victories. Plus, the Kansas City Monarchs continue their winning ways with a decisive victory over the Kane County Cougars. This and much more.
RedHawks Crush Goldeyes Behind Big Innings
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks scored four runs in the fifth and five runs in the sixth to defeat the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 12-5. Fargo got big performances out of Leobaldo Pina, Alex Boxwell, and Dylan Kelly who each drove in three runs. Kelly homered twice in the game. Five players scored two runs apiece. Austin Ver Steeg pitched extremely well, allowing one run in seven innings to earn the victory.
The Goldeyes were shutdown for most of the contest, but did score four runs in the ninth to pull within seven. Jay Gonzalez had two hits and scored two runs and Kyle Martin drove in a pair.
Saltdogs Pummel Canaries
The Lincoln Saltdogs scored a season high 18 runs, crushing the Sioux Falls Canaries 18-5. Josh Altmann homered twice in the game and drove in a season high five runs. Forrestt Allday and Ryan Long each homered and drove in four as Lincoln opened the contest with a nine run first inning. Justin Byrd scored four times.
Zane Gurwitz had a big day for Sioux Falls, going 3-5 with two runs and an RBI. Grady Wood “wore one” the Canaries, allowing 12 earned runs in 4.2 innings.
Milkmen Dominate RailCats
Adam Brett Walker II scored four runs and had four hits as the Milwaukee Milkmen crushed the Gary SouthShore RailCats, 11-2. Milwaukee scored nine runs through the first four frames to build a decisive lead. Logan Trowbridge scored three runs. Trey Martin drove in three and Christian Correa and Anibal Sierra each homered in the game. Ryan Zimmerman earned the victory, allowing two runs in six innings.
The RailCats recorded just five hits.
Dogs Pitchers Muzzle Apollos
Five pitchers for the Chicago Dogs combined to allow one run on six hits as the Chicago Dogs defeated the Houston Apollos, 6-1. Jase Dalton came on in the fourth and tossed 3.1 scoreless innings to earn his first victory of the season. Anfernee Grier and Michael Crouse each homered and drove in a pair of runs.
Abdallah Arias pitched very well for Houston, allowing two runs in 6.1 innings. Jordan Pontius had two hits.
Gabriel Guerrero Leads Monarchs in Thrashing of Cougars
Gabriel Guerrero homered and drove in five as the Kansas City Monarchs crushed the Kane County Cougars, 10-2. The Monarchs scored 10 runs on just eight hits, drawing eight walks in the game while striking out just twice. Ryan Grotjohn did not have a hit in the game, but scored three runs. Jan Hernandez hit his team leading 18th homer of the year. Nick Travieso was impressive for Kansas City, allowing two runs in six innings.
The Cougars recorded just five hits. Jeffrey Baez homered and drove in two.
Railroaders Roll over Explorers
The Cleburne Railroaders scored five runs in the third and four in the fourth on their way to a 10-3 victory over the Sioux City Explorers. Hunter Clanin homered as part of a three-hit performance and drove in three. Zach Nehrir had four hits and Osvaldo Martinez added three. Kelly Bullard was outstanding in his debut for Cleburne, tossing six shutout innings to earn the victory.
Chase Harris scored two runs for Sioux City. L.T. Tolbert drove in a pair of runs.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Dylan Kelly (Fargo-Moorhead Redhwask) 2-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 HR, BB
No. 2 – Gabriel Guerrero (Kansas City Monarchs) 3-5, R, 5 RBI, HR
American Association Daily Notes
The nine-runs scored in the first inning by the Lincoln Saltdogs was the most scored by a team in any inning this year. The 13 total runs scored by Lincoln and the Sioux Falls Canaries was also a season high for an inning by two teams…The Lincoln Saltdogs Josh Altmann and the Kansas City Monarchs Jan Hernandez each hit their 18th homers of the season, tying them for second in the league…Sioux Falls Canaries IF Wyatt Ulrich reached base for the 40th consecutive game, the longest steak in the league this year. He is 16 games away from the league record…The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks Jordan George extended his steak of reaching base to 35 consecutive games. That trails only Ulrich this year…Canaries RHP Grady Wood gave up 14 runs, 12 earned. That is a season high for a pitcher this year…Milwaukee Milkmen OF Adam Brett Walker II leads the league with 62 RBI.
By Robert Pannier