Kipper Dazzles, Sioux Falls Sweeps Double-Header, Railroaders Win in Extra-Innings
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 eight games in the American Association on Wednesday, including Jordan Kipper tossing a jam and a Chicago Dogs victory, the Sioux Falls Canaries sweep a double-header, and the Winnipeg Goldeyes bullpen shuts down the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. This and much more.
Canaries Sweep Double-Header with Explorers
The Sioux Falls Canaries received two outstanding performances by their starters on Wednesday, sweeping a double-header with the Sioux City Explorers. In the Game 1, Tyler Garkow allowed two runs in six innings to earn his first victory of the season. Riley Ferrell came on in the seventh to close the contest out for his eighth save of the year.
Sioux City took the lead in this contest, scoring runs in the third and fourth innings, but the Canaries cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the fourth. Sioux City held onto the lead until the sixth, when Sioux Falls put up four runs. Aaron Takacs delivered the big blow of the inning, drilling a three-run homer for his first homerun of the season.
Jabari Henry finished 2-2 with two runs scored. Gavin LaValley drove in a pair of runs. Tyler Rando had two hits for Sioux City and Danry Vasquez hit his fourth homerun of the season.
In the second game, Ty Culbreth allowed three runs in six innings as the Canaries defeated the Explorers and extra-innings. Sioux City took the lead with a run in the top of the first, but the Canaries responded with two in the second and a run in the third to take the lead. Shamoy Christopher hit a two-run homer, his third of the year.
However, Sioux City battled back to tie the score, recording runs in the fourth and the fifth, sending this to the extra frame. That is where Henry won it, singling to score Wyatt Ulrich to give Sioux Falls the walk-off victory.
Charlie Hasty earned the victory. Henry finished with two hits and two RBI, including hitting his 19th homerun of the season. Takacs was a perfect 3-3 and Christopher had two hits and two RBI. Danny Amaral had two hits for Sioux City.
Railroaders Down Monarchs in 10
The Kansas City Monarchs took the lead in the top of the 10th inning, but the Cleburne Railroaders scored two runs in the bottom half of the frame to earn a walk-off victory, salvaging the final contest of this three-game series. This was a wild affair that saw Cleburne jump out to a 6-0 lead, scoring one of the third, two in the fourth, and three in the fifth. However, Kansas City battled back with three in the top of the sixth only to see the Railroaders respond with three in the bottom half of the frame.
The Monarchs trailed by six, but made this a one run ballgame with five runs in the top of the seventh. A two run double by Matt Adams and a two-run homer by Gabriel Guerrero made it 10-9. The Railroaders responded with a run in the bottom half of the frame, but Kansas City tied the score in the top of the eighth on a two-run shot by Darnell Sweeney. That sent the game to the 10th where Edwin Arroyo one the contest with a two-run single.
Kansas City hit four more homeruns in the contest. Guerrero finished 3-5 with two runs scored and two RBI. Sweeney, Adams, and Casey Gillaspie also drove in a pair of runs. Arroyo finished with two hits and four RBI. Hill Alexander had two hits, scored three runs, and drove in three.
Kipper Gem Leads Dogs to Victory
Jordan Kipper allowed one run in 7.2 innings to lead the Chicago Dogs to a 4-1 victory over the Kane County Cougars. Kipper kept Kane County off the scoreboard through the first seven innings, but the Cougars were finally able to get on the board in the top of the eighth, drawing three walks which helped lead to the run.
Chicago gave their starter the lead in the bottom of the third when Connor Kopach singled home Grant Kay. Two innings later, the lead became four. Kay led off with a homerun and Ryan Lidge drove home two more with a double. That was plenty enough support for Kipper, who allowed five hits and two walks in 7.2 winnings. Brian Schlitter came on in the ninth to earn his fourth save of the season.
Kay had a big day at the plate, going 3-3 with two runs in an RBI. Lidge drove home two and had two hits. Dylan Busby had two hits for Kane County. Ryan Tapani pitched well in the loss, allowing four runs in six innings.
Goldeyes Bullpen Shuts Down RedHawks
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks tied the score in the sixth, but the Winnipeg Goldeyes bullpen shut them down from there, tossing four scoreless frames to defeat the RedHawks, 5-3. Winnipeg had taken a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth on a two-run single by Ian Sagdal. However, Fargo-Moorhead tied the score when Drew Ward led off the bottom of the sixth with his 14th homerun of the season.
That is when the Goldeyes bullpen took over. Bryan Blanton, who earned the victory, Travis Seabrooke, Erasmo Pinales, and Tasker Strobel each tossed a scoreless inning. Strobel earned his 13th save of the season.
The Goldeyes retook the lead in the top of the seventh on an RBI double by Max Murphy and sealed the victory with an RBI single by Kevin Lachance. Sagdal and Murphy each finished with two hits. Manuel Boscan had two hits, including his ninth homerun of the season.
The Milwaukee Milkmen finished off a rain delayed contest from Tuesday, downing the Lincoln Saltdogs, 6-5. Lincoln then came back in the regularly scheduled contest, defeating Milwaukee 6-2.
In the continuation, the game picked up with Milwaukee leading 3-1 entering the third. The Saltdogs tied the score with two in the fifth, but the Milkmen retook the lead with two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. The Saltdogs responded right away, scoring two in the top of the seventh sending this game to extra innings. That is where Bryan Torres drove home the winning run to give the Milkmen a 6-5 victory.
Karch Kowalczyk earned the win, tossing two scoreless innings of relief. Will Kengor, Jeremiah Burks, and Aaron Hill each had two hits for the Milkmen. Torres finished 4-6 with two RBI. Welington Dotel had two hits and two RBI for the Saltdogs.
In the regularly scheduled contest, Lincoln blew open a one run contest with four runs in the top of the fifth on their way to a 6-2 victory. RBI singles by Dotel and Matt Goodheart extended the lead to three, and Eddy Martinez added a two run double.
That was more than enough support for Zach Keenan, who allowed two runs in 6.0 innings to earn the victory. Steffon Moore came on in the seventh to toss a scoreless frame for his sixth save of the season. Pat Caufield had three hits and scored two runs for Lincoln and Martinez had two hits and drove in a pair. Keon Barnum drove in both runs for Milwaukee.
DockHounds Rally to Down RailCats
The Lake Country DockHounds erased a two-run deficit, scoring three in the fourth on their way to a 5-2 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Gary had taken the lead on an RBI single by Daniel Lingua in the first and extended their lead to two on a single by Nate Scantlin in the third.
However, in the fourth, Lake Country took the lead as a wild pitch and a balk tied the score and Tristen Carranza put his club on top with an RBI single. In the sixth, Wilfredo Giménez hit his fifth homerun of the season and Carranza plated another run on a suicide squeeze.
Alex McRae earned the victory, allowing two runs in 7.0 innings. Cyrillo Watson came on to closed out the contest for his fourth save of the season. Gabriel Noriega and Snider each had two hits for the DockHounds and Zion Pettigrew recorded three hits. Scantlin had three hits for Gary.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Edwin Arroyo (Cleburne Railroaders) 2-4, R, Double, 4 RBI
No. 2 – Alex McRae (Lake Country DockHounds) 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 BB, 2 ER, 8 K
No. 1 – Jordan Kipper (Chicago Dogs) 7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, ER, 4 K
American Association Daily Notes
Milwaukee Milkmen OF Bryan Torres has reached base in 27 straight games. That is tied for the fifth longest streak in the American Association the season… The Chicago Dogs have won six straight games on the road. That is tied for the longest streak of the year… With his performance on Wednesday, Alex McRae now has a 2.06 ERA. That is second best in the league, trailing Kansas City Monarchs Matt Hartman (1.62).
Gary SouthShore: Released RHP Steven Colon
Sioux City: Placed RHP Nate Gercken on the Disabled List retroactive to June 24
Winnipeg: Signed INF Amos Ramon
By Robert Pannier