Martinez Blanks Monarchs, Terry Walks-Off Milkmen, Cougars Rally
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 Saturday games in the American Association on Thursday, including the Chicago Dogs crushing the Gary SouthShore RailCats, the Kane County Cougars Rally to defeat the Cleburne Railroaders in 10, and RJ Martinez blanks the Kansas City Monarchs. This, plus much more.
Game Recaps for Saturday
Dogs Crush RailCats for Eighth Straight
The Chicago Dogs earned their eighth straight victory, crushing the Gary SouthShore RailCats on Saturday, 17-2. Chicago hit four home runs in the contest, including the 25th of the season by Josh Altmann. Altmann drove in four in the contest and Ryan Lidge had four hits. That was more than enough support for Steven Lacey, who went the distance to earn his second victory of the year.
Chicago took control of this game from the very start, scoring six runs in the top of the first. Johnni Turbo led off the game with his first home run of the season and Altmann added a two-run blast. Brennan Metzger closed out the scoring with a two-run single. The RailCats responded with a run in the bottom half of the first, and each of the team scored a run in the second. However, it was all Dogs from there, as Chicago scored two in the sixth, added five in the seventh, and three more in the ninth. Ben Livorsi hit a two-run homer in the seventh and Luke Mangieri added a two-run blast in the ninth.
Turbo finished 3-7 with two runs scored and Nick Heath and Livorsi each had three hits, three runs scored, and two RBI. Every player in the Chicago lineup had at least one hit and all but one player drove in at least one. The RailCats produced just three hits in the contest.
Homers Propel Saltdogs
The Lincoln Saltdogs hit three home runs, propelling them to an 8-4 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries. Zane Zurbrugg, Connor Panas, and Aaron Takacs each homered in the contest. Panas and Zurbrugg each drove in three. David Holmberg earned the victory.
Lincoln took a three-run lead in the top of the third thanks to the 19th home run of the season by Panas. Hunter Clanin homer to lead off the bottom of the third to cut the deficit to two, but Takacs returned the favor in the top of the fourth, drilling his seventh home run of the year. In the sixth, Lincoln began to pull away. Nick Anderson had an RBI single and Zurbrugg hit a three-run homer. Mike Hart hit a three-run homer in the bottom half of the inning, his 23rd of the year, but that was all the offense that Sioux Falls could generate.
I heard finished with two hits and three RBI for Sioux Falls. Panas had three hits and drove in three.
Martinez Blanks Monarchs
RJ Martinez went the distance, tossing a complete game shutout to defeat the Kansas City Monarchs, 2-0. The Winnipeg Goldeyes starter earned his sixth victory of the year, allowing four hits and five walks. He outdueled Kansas City starter Miller Hogan, who gave up two runs in 6.1 innings, but took the loss in
This was a scoreless tie through three, but the Goldeyes took the lead in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI double by Tommy McCarthy. Three innings later, Dayson Croes hit a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to two. That was more than enough support for Martinez. Miles Simington finished with four hits and Justin Wylie had two of the four hits for the Monarchs.
DockHounds Win on Walk-Off Homer
Curtis Terry hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Lake Country DockHounds a 3-1 victory over the Milwaukee Milkmen. This was a fantastic pitcher’s duel as Christian Young started for Milwaukee and tossed four scoreless innings and Augie Voight allowed one in seven innings. Neither starter earned a decision.
Lake Country on a solo homerun by Marcus Chiu, his 17th of the year. Milwaukee responded in the top of the sixth, as Drew Ward hit a sacrifice fly to knot a game at one. The game remained tied until the ninth when Peyton Gray struck out the first two batters, but then gave up a seven pitch walk to Marek Chlup. That brought Terry to the plate, who fell behind 0-2 before crushing the game-winning home run.
Jojanse Torres earned the victory, tossing a scoreless ninth inning. Gray took the loss. Rudy Martin and Cam Balego each had two hits for the Milkmen.
Explorers Rally Falls Short
The Sioux City Explorers found themselves trailing by six after four innings and were able to battle back to pull within one, but ultimately fell to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, 8-6. Kelvan Pilot earned the victory, allowing three runs in six innings, and Reza Aleaziz retired the side in the ninth for his ninth save of the season.
The RedHawks jumped out in front in the top of the first, scoring four runs. Manuel Boscan had a sacrifice fly and Correlle Prime an RBI single. Scott Schreiber closed out the scoring with a two-run double. In the fourth, Alec Olund singled into right, scoring two runs to extend the lead to six. Sioux City had done nothing against Pilot through the first five innings, but began to rally in the sixth. An error brought home one and Wilfredo Gimenez plated two more with a single. Fargo-Moorhead got one of those runs back in the top of the seventh, but Sioux City responded with two in the bottom half of the inning. The Explorers made this a one game when Gimenez led off the eighth with his sixth homer of the year. The RedHawks would not let this game get away, however, as Prime hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth to seal the victory.
Dillon Thomas and Leobaldo Pina were both 3-5 with two runs scored. Daniel Lingua reached base three times in his debut for the Explorers and Gimenez had two hits and three RBI.
Cougars Rally to Down Railroaders in 10
The Kane County Cougars had done nothing against Cleburne Railroaders starter Travis Perry, finding themselves trailing by three entering the ninth. However, Perry came out after eight, and Kane County rallied to tie the score, then earned the victory in 10, 4-3. Ryan Richardson tossed two scoreless innings for the win, and Tanner Riley took the loss.
Perry was on fire, scattering four hits over eight innings. That allowed his team to jump out to a three-run advantage. The first two runs came in the fourth on a single and an error. In the eighth, Elmer Reyes looked like he secured the victory when he hit a solo homerun, his sixth of the year.
Michael Krauza came on in the ninth, and the Cougars rallied immediately. Ernny Ordonez took the third pitch he saw and drilled it for a solo home run, his second of the year. Back-to-back singles put two on with no one out and a wild pitch then scored Cornelius Randolph to make this a one game. Two batters later, Hector Sanchez singled to tie the score. That forced extra innings where Ordonez would be the hero, delivering a sacrifice fly that proved to be the game-winner.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Josh Altmann (Chicago Dogs) 3-5, R, HR, 2 Doubles, 4 RBI
No. 2 – Travis Perry (Cleburne Railroaders) 8.0 IP, 4 H, BB, 0 ER, 5 K
No. 1 – RJ Martinez (Winnipeg Goldeyes) 9.0 CG, ShO, 4 H, 0 ER, 5 BB, 2 K
American Association Daily Notes
The Chicago Dogs have won eight straight games… The Winnipeg Goldeyes lead the American Association with four complete games, doubling that of the next closest teams… The Chicago Dogs magic number for clinching a playoff spot is two… Milwaukee Milkmen infielder Bryan Torres leads teammate Roy Morales by .001 for the league lead in batting.
Chicago: Released RHP Cole Aker; Placed OF General McArthur IV on the Inactive List retroactive to August 25; Acquired RHP Austin Faith from Lake Country to complete a previous transaction
Fargo-Moorhead signed LHP Ben Holmes
Gary SouthShore: Traded INF Daniel Lingua to Sioux City for INF Miguel Sierra; Traded RHP John Sheaks to Sioux City for LHP Franklin Dacosta
Kane County: Claimed LHP Tasker Strobel off waivers from Fargo-Moorhead
Kansas City: Removed C Gavin Collins from the Injured List and placed him on the Inactive List retroactive to August 14; Placed OF Jacob Robson on the Injured List retroactive to August 23; Acquired RHP Zac Grotz on loan from Monclova (Mexican League); Signed RHP Zac Grotz
Lake Country: Placed C Tyler Hill on the Injured List retroactive to August 24; Activated RHP Marco Becerril from the Injured List; Signed C Juan Graterol and RHP Kyle McGowin
Lincoln: Placed LHP Tanner Brown on the Injured List retroactive to August 25; Signed RHP Wyatt Sparks and LHP Brett Winkelmann; Placed LHP Brett Winkelmann on the Inactive List
Milwaukee: Acquired RHP Francys Peguero from Sioux City to complete a previous transaction
Sioux City: Placed RHP Kent Hasler on the Inactive List retroactive to August 13; Placed RHP Trenton Toplikar on the Inactive List retroactive to July 26; Signed RHP Max Kuhns
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By Robert Pannier