Milkmen, DockHounds Streaks Snapped, Explorers End Skid
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 six games in the American Association on Wednesday, including the Milwaukee Milkmen and Lake Country DockHounds seeing their winning streaks come to an end, the Sioux City Explorers rally to snap a four-game losing streak, and Travis Seabrooke shines for the Winnipeg Goldeyes.
Game Recaps for Wednesday
Big Inning Propels Explorers
The Sioux City Explorers scored eight runs in the sixth inning, leading them to a 12-9 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries. Sioux City trailed by four entering the bottom half of the sixth, but exploded for eight runs on five hits. Brandon Brosher earned the victory and Sean Rackoski came on to record his second save of the season.
The Canaries jumped out to a four-run lead, scoring a single run in the first and second innings, then adding two in the third. Sioux City cut the deficit in half with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, but Sioux Falls scored a run in both the fifth and sixth frames to make it 6-2. The Explorers were down, but sent 13 men to the plate in the bottom of the sixth. Jake Ortega had a two-run single that put his team on top and Tyler Rando added a two-run double. The Canaries responded with three in the top of the seventh, but Sioux City sealed the victory with a two-run single off the bat of Matt Lloyd in the bottom half of the frame.
Lloyd finished 3-4 with a run and three RBI and Ortega and Rando each had three hits as well. Chase Harris had two hits and drove in three. Darnell Sweeney was 3-4 with three runs scored and three RBI for Sioux Falls.
RedHawks Snap DockHounds Win Streak
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks scored three runs in the top of the 10th inning to defeat the Lake Country DockHounds, 6-3. Fargo-Moorhead scored all six of their runs in the final three frames, snapping the five-game winning streak for Lake Country.
The DockHounds took the lead in the bottom of the third on a bases loaded walk to Marcus Chiu. That lead held for seven frames, as Conor Fisk was spectacular, allowing five hits through 6.2 innings. However, he came out in the seventh, and the RedHawks rallied in the eighth against Matt Mullenbach, scoring three runs on three hits. Fargo-Moorhead loaded the bases on two singles and a walk, and Leobaldo Pina tied the score on an RBI ground out. Correlle Prime then singled up the middle, driving home two more to make it 3-1. The DockHounds responded in the bottom half of the inning, as Demetrius Sims hit a two-run homer against Alex DuBord, his third of the year.
The score remained tied through regulation, but Sam Dexter delivered the winning blow in the 10th, drilling a ball to the gap for a bases clearing triple. Dexter finished with four hits and three RBI.
Sheaks Shines in RailCats Win
John Sheaks allowed one run in five innings to lead the Gary SouthShore RailCats to a 4-2 victory over the Cleburne Railroaders. Three relievers helped to preserve the victory, with Aaron Phillips tossing two scoreless frames and Jack Eisenbarger a scoreless eighth. DJ Wilkinson came on in the ninth and gave up a home run to Guillermo Quintana, but preserved the win for his second save of the season.
Cleburne jumped out in front in the top of the second when Hill Alexander hit his seventh home run of the season. That lead held until the fourth when Gary SouthShore scored three runs. The RailCats added one more in the seventh, then let their pitching staff take charge. Jesus Marriaga and Thomas Greely each had two hits and an RBI for the RailCats. Quintana finished with two hits for the Railroaders.
Seabrooke Dominates in Goldeyes Victory
Travis Seabrooke came out of the bullpen in the third and dominated, tossing five scoreless innings to lead the Winnipeg Goldeyes to a 6-1 victory over the Chicago Dogs. Chicago had taken a one run lead against Marc-Andre Habeck in the first when Nick Heath drove home Brennan Metzger with an RBI single.
However, it was all Winnipeg from there. The team responded with two runs in the bottom of the first inning, then added single runs in the second, fourth, fifth, and eighth innings. Dayson Croes, Tommy McCarthy, Hidekel Gonzalez, Keith Torres, and Tra Holmes each had two hits for the Goldeyes.
Chicago had plenty of opportunities in this contest, as five different players recorded two hits, but the team left 11 men on base.
Monarchs Erase Early Deficit to Down Saltdogs
The Kansas City Monarchs found themselves trailing by three coming out of the fourth, but responded with 11 unanswered runs on their way to a 13-5 victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs Wednesday afternoon. Jan Hernandez led the way, going 3-5 with four RBI and hit one of the three home runs by the Monarchs on the day. Trey Jeans earned the victory in relief, tossing 3.0 scoreless innings.
Each team scored two runs in the first inning. Connor Panas hit a two-run homer for Lincoln, his fourth of the year, and Hernandez equaled the feat, hitting his third home run of the year in the bottom half of the frame. In the top of the third, Lincoln added three more runs when an error cleared the bases. However, Tanner Brown was not able to hold the advantage.
In the fifth, a run-scoring double by Johneshwy Fargas and a sacrifice fly by Dylan Rosa made it a one run game. In the sixth, Kansas City took control of the contest. Olivier Basabe drilled a two-run homer to put the Monarchs on top, and L.J. Hatch followed with his first home run of the year. Rosa later added an RBI double and Jacob Robson drove home a run with a single in the frame. In the eighth, Kansas City sealed the victory. Hernandez had a two-run single, and Robson and Gavin Collins added RBI singles.
Rosa had three hits and scored two runs and Fargas had two hits and scored three runs. Hatch also had three hits and scored three times. Yanio Perez had two hits for Lincoln.
Cougars Snap Milkmen Winning Streak
Jonah Davis led off the top of the ninth with his fourth homerun of the season, propelling the Kane County Cougars to a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Milkmen. Kane County held a two-run lead, but Milwaukee battled back to tie the score. The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Milkmen.
This was a scoreless tie through four as both Ryan Zimmerman and Westin Muir were dominating. The Cougars finally got on the board in the top of the fifth when Daniel Wasinger drilled an RBI triple down the right field line and he later scored on a Galli Cribbs single. Milwaukee cut the lead in half in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI ground out by Cam Balego and tied the score when Balego drove home Bryan Torres with a single in the bottom of the eighth. The game did not remain tied for long however, as Davis hit the first pitch he saw for the game-winning home run.
Keith Rogalla earned the victory and Logan Nissen came on to record his first save of the season. Muir allowed one run in six innings while Zimmerman gave up two runs in 6.2 frames.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Conor Fisk (Lake Country DockHounds) 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 0 ER, K
No. 2 – Travis Seabrooke (Winnipeg Goldeyes) 5.0 IP, 6 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, 2 K
No. 1 – Sam Dexter (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) 4-5, 3 RBI, Triple, SB
American Association Daily Notes
Winnipeg Goldeyes 3B Dayson Croes extended his hitting streak to 20 straight games. That is the longest in the American Association this season. Croes has recorded two hits in three straight contests and in eight of his last 11… Chicago Dogs shortstop Josh Altmann has now reached base in 22 straight games. That is the longest streak in the league this season… Sioux Falls Canaries infielder Darnell Sweeney homered for the third straight game on Wednesday. Sweeney has homered in five of his last six contests and six of his last eight… The Milwaukee Milkmen saw their seven-game winning streak come to an end on Wednesday. That is the longest winning streak in the American Association this season… The DockHounds five-game winning streak was also snapped. That is a franchise record… The Kane County Cougars have the top three ERAs in the league. Westin Muir (1.61) is tops, with Jack Fox (1.70) second, and Tyler Beardsley (2.01) third.
Gary SouthShore: Traded INF Sam Abbott to Québec (Frontier League); Signed INF Jose I. Contreras and OF Will Decker
Lincoln: Signed C Adam Donachie
Sioux City: Signed RHP Luís Madero and C Tyler Rando
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By Robert Pannier