Milkmen Pitching Stymies Dogs, Railroaders Pounce Early, RedHawks Advance
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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 three games in the American Association on Saturday as there were three Game 3s to decide who would advance to the American Association division finals, including the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks downing the Winnipeg Goldeyes, the Milwaukee Milkmen getting a great the, and the Cleburne Railroaders jumped on the Kane County Cougars early. This, plus much more.
Rob Pannier recaps the Game 3s in Round 1 on This Week in the Association.
Game Recaps for Saturday
Milkmen Stymy Dogs to Advance
The Milwaukee Milkmen got an outstanding performance out of three pitchers as they defeated the Chicago Dogs, 3-1. Christian Young started for Milwaukee, keeping this game scoreless through the first four innings. He found himself in a bit of trouble in the fourth, loading the bases on walks with two outs, but Frankie Bartow came on to shut the door to keep this game scoreless.
That proved to be huge, because Milwaukee responded in the top of the fifth. Keon Barnum led off a single and Miguel Gomez followed with his first homerun of the postseason. Two batters later, Hector Sanchez hit his second homer to give Milwaukee a 3-0 lead.
Bartow was fantastic, tossing three scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk. In the seventh, he found himself in a bit of trouble, putting two on with two down. That brought a call to the bullpen for Rodrigo Benoit. Eric Rivera drilled a pitch into right-center that looked like it was going to drop-in, but Carl Chester made a diving catch to deny the hit and keep Chicago off the board.
The Dogs finally scored in the bottom of the ninth when Anfernee Grier homered to cut the deficit to two. Cody Bohanek followed with a base hit and it looked like the dogs were going to tie the score when Connor Kopach hit a long fly ball to right field. However, Chester was able to make the grab just short of the wall. Bohanek was running on the play, and was easily doubled up to and the contest.
Railroaders Roll Early to Down Cougars
The Cleburne Railroaders scored four runs in the first inning on their way to a 7-3 victory over the Kane County Cougars. Jack Fox started for Kane County, and walked the first two batters of the game. Zach Nehrir followed with a base hit to put the Railroaders on top, before Chase Simpson delivered a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to two. After an RBI single by Kacy Clemens, Jacob Bockelie closed the scoring with a base hit to make it 4-0.
Kane County got one of those runs back in the bottom of the first on an RBI groundout by Jimmy Kerrigan, but the Railroaders restored their four run lead on an error that scored Nick Shumpert in the second. Josh Rolette got that run back in the bottom of the second when he led off with his first homerun of the postseason. The Cougars still trailed by three, but Cleburne put this game away as Edwin Arroyo provided RBI doubles in the fourth and sixth.
Kane County added one more run in the seventh and had two on with one down in the ninth, but Nick Gardewine was able to strike out Cornelius Randolph before getting Kerrigan to fly out 10 the game. Arroyo finished with three hits and Kerrigan had two RBIs for Kane County.
Three-Run Seventh Helps RedHawks Advance
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh and added one of the eighth to defeat the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 7-3. John Silviano put his team on top in the bottom of the first with an RBI groundout and Manuel Boscan followed with a two-run homer, his first of the playoffs.
Peyton Wigginton shut down Winnipeg through the first two innings, but the Goldeyes rallied to tie the score in the third. Michael Crouse delivered an RBI single and Ian Sagdal followed with his second homerun of the postseason. This game remained tied until the seventh when Peter Maris put his team on top for good with an RBI single. Leobaldo Pina later added a two run double. Christian Correa closed out the scoring with an RBI single in the eighth.
Joe Jones earned the victory, tossing 1.2 innings of scoreless relief. Tasker Strobel took the loss. Maris finished with three hits and scored two runs and both Pina and Boscan had two RBI. Sagdal had two RBI for the Goldeyes.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Edwin Arroyo (Cleburne Railroaders) 3-4, R, 2 Doubles, 2 RBI, BB
No. 2 – Frankie Bartow (Milwaukee Milkmen) 3.0 IP, H, BB, 4 K, 0 ER
No. 1 – Peter Maris (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) 3-4, 2 R, Double, RBI, BB
American Association Daily Notes
The Cleburne Railroaders won their first playoff series in franchise history. They also earned their first road playoff victory in franchise history on Saturday… The division finals in the American Association playoffs begin on Monday. The Milwaukee Milkmen will travel to Texas to take on the Cleburne Railroaders in Game 1. Game 2 will be in Milwaukee on Wednesday. The Kansas City Monarchs travel north to take on the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks on Monday in Fargo. Game 2 will be in Kansas City on Wednesday.
By Robert Pannier