Minier Tosses Gem, Martin Delivers Walk-Off Win, Gomez, Abreu Drive in Five
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 Friday, including Miguel Gomez homering twice to lead the Milwaukee Milkmen, Greg Minier tossing a jam for the Lincoln Saltdogs, and Willie Abreu drives in five for the Kansas City Monarchs. This, plus much more.
Gomez Homers Twice in Milkmen Victory
Miguel Gomez homered twice as part of a four-hit performance as the Milwaukee Milkmen defeated the Kane County Cougars, 8-1. In just his seventh the game with Milwaukee, Gomez put his team on top in the top of the first inning, drilling a three-run homer, his first of the year.
The Milkmen extended the lead to five before Ernie De La Trinidad homered to lead off the bottom of the fourth, his fifth of the year. However, Gomez extended the lead back to five with his second homerun of the game, homering with one out in the fifth. In the sixth, Keon Barnum and Gomez provided back-to-back RBI doubles to make it 8-1.
Gomez finished 4-5 with two runs scored and five RBI. Barnum reached base three times and scored twice. A.J. Jones allowed one run in six innings to earn the victory. De La Trinidad had two hits for Kane County.
Adames Shines in Goldeyes Victory
Freisis Adames allowed one run in five innings to lead the Winnipeg Goldeyes to a 3-1 victory over the Lake Country DockHounds. Winnipeg took the lead in the bottom of the first inning, RBI singles by Max Murphy and Deon Stafford. Adames was in complete command through the first four innings, allowing three hits.
In the fifth, Lake Country finally got on the board on an RBI single by Gio Brusa. However, Winnipeg restored the two-run lead when Stafford delivered a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth.
Adames earned the victory. The bullpen did the rest, as five relievers combined to toss four scoreless innings. Tasker Strobel came on in the ninth to close the game out for his 18th save of season. Francisco Jimenez was the hardluck loser, allowing two runs in 6.0 innings.
Minier Dominates RedHawks
Greg Minier tossed six shutout innings, striking out 11 as the Lincoln Saltdogs defeated the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, 6-1. Minier allowed the first two batters of the game to reach before getting himself out of the jam. In the third, the RedHawks put two more on base with back-to-back singles with two outs, but the left-hander struck out Rymer Liriano to and the frame. He would not give up another hit, allowing four hits and three walks in six shutout innings.
Saltdogs gave their starter the lead in the bottom of the first on a groundout by Jason Rogers. In the fourth, the lead became three on a two-run homer by Garett Delano, his third of the year. An inning later, it was Rogers going deep, hitting his first of the season. Randy Norris added his second of the year to close out the scoring.
Steffon Moore came on in the ninth to close out the game for his ninth save of the season. Rogers finished with two hits and three RBI and Norris had three hits and scored a run. Nick Novak and Ben Livorsi each had two hits for the RedHawks.
Heart of Order Drives RailCats
The 5-7 hitters in the Gary SouthShore RailCats lineup had quite the evening, going a combined 6-12 with three runs scored and six RBI to lead the club to a 10-7 victory over the Cleburne Railroaders. Cleburne had taken a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, but Gary responded with three in the third, as Thomas Walraven gave his team the lead with a two-run single. Gary SouthShore added a run of the fourth, making it 4-1.
In the fifth, the RailCats looked like they put this game away, scoring five runs on four hits and an error. However, Cleburne came right back with five in the bottom half of the frame, capped off by a two run double by Zach Nehrir and a two-run single by Hector Sanchez. Cleburne pulled within three, scoring one more in the bottom of the ninth on a homerun by Hill Alexander, but could get no closer.
Walraven went 2-5, with two runs scored and three RBI. Victor Nova was 2-3 with three runs scored and two RBI and LG Castillo and Sherman Graves each drove in a pair of runs. Alexander and Sanchez each finished with three hits for Cleburne.
Abreu Leads Monarchs to Victory
Willie Abreu homered and drove in five to lead the Kansas City Monarchs to a 6-1 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries. Abreu gave his team the lead in the top of the second, drilling a bases clearing double then extended the lead to five with a two-run homer in the top of the fourth inning. Trey Michalczewski got Sioux Falls on the board in the bottom half of the fourth with his eighth of the year, but Kansas City extended the five-run advantage with a run in the top of the eighth.
Abreu finished 2-3 with a run scored and five RBI. J.C. Escarra scored three times and had two hits. David Thompson had three hits. Jon Harris earned the victory, allowing one earned run in 6.0 innings.
Martin Completes Explorers Comeback with Walk-Off Hit
Trey Martin singled with two down in the bottom of the ninth to complete a comeback victory, as the Sioux City Explorers defeated the Chicago Dogs, 5-4. Sioux City took the lead in the bottom of the first on a single by Danry Vasquez, but Chicago tied the score in the top of the second on a groundout.
In the third, the Dogs took the lead on back-to-back singles by K.C. Hobson and Stevie Wilkerson. A groundout by Anfernee Grier made the lead three. The Explorers cut the deficit to two when Martin homered in the bottom of the sixth. That sent the game to the ninth with Sioux City trailing by two. Gabe Snyder tied the score with a two-run single. Dogs closer Brian Schlitter was able to retire the next two batters, but Martin drilled a 2-2 pitch up the middle with the game-winner.
Martin finished 2-5 with two runs scored and two RBI. Vasquez had three hits. Blaine Hardy earned the victory, tossing 3.1 shutout innings, striking out six. Schlitter took the loss. Charlie Tilson had three hits for Chicago.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Willie Abreu (Kansas City Monarchs) 2-3, R, Double, HR, 5 RBI
No. 2 – Greg Minier (Lincoln Saltdogs) 6.0 IP, 4 H 3 BB, 0 ER, 11 K
No. 1 – Miguel Gomez (Milwaukee Milkmen) 4-5, 2 R, 2 HR, Double, 5 RBI
American Association Daily Notes
Winnipeg Goldeyes closer Tasker Strobel recorded his league-leading 18th save of the season… Cleburne Railroaders infielder Edwin Arroyo has now reached base in 29 consecutive games, posting a .407 batting average and a .507 on-base percentage during the streak… Goldeyes infielder Raul Navarro extended his hitting streak to 19 straight games. He is hitting .405 during the streak… The Kansas City Monarchs have won five straight games, taking over the top record in the American Association.
By Robert Pannier