Monarchs Blowout Canaries, Milkmen Edge Railroaders, Goldeyes Win Opener
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 the Winnipeg Goldeyes winning their home opener, Chris Herrmann and Keon Broxton power Monarchs blowout, and Sioux City Explorers rally to defeat the Kane County Cougars
Game Recaps for Friday
Roeder, Saltdogs Stymy RailCats
Josh Roeder allowed one run in 5.2 innings as the Lincoln Saltdogs defeated the Gary SouthShore RailCats, 3-1. Roeder began the contest with four shutout innings before the RailCats finally got on the board in the fifth on a Daniel Lingua single that plated Sam Abbott.
Gary SouthShore already trailed by three at that point, as Lincoln put up two in the first and added one more in the third. Connor Panas drilled a two-run homer in the first, his first of the year, and Nate Samson scored on a passed ball in the third. That was more than enough support for Roeder, who allowed six hits and a walk while striking out five. David Zoz tossed 2.1 scoreless innings of relief and R.J. Freure came on to close the door in the ninth, earning his first save of the season.
Panas finished with three hits and two RBI. LG Castillo had two hits for the RailCats.
Herrmann, Broxton Power Monarchs Victory
Chris Herrmann drove in six and Keon Broxton plated five as the Kansas City Monarchs blew out the Sioux Falls Canaries, 18-6. Broxton homered twice in the contest. Johneshwy Fargas set the table, recording five hits and stole his second base of the season.
The Monarchs took control of this game early. After giving up a run in the top of the first, Kansas City responded with four in the bottom half of the inning and added six more in the second. They scored single runs in the fourth and fifth and added six more in the eighth. Broxton finished 3-6 with three runs scored and five RBI and Herrmann also had three hits and scored three times, plating six. Fargas scored three runs as did Jan Hernandez.
Jalen Miller was the recipient of all of that run support, earning his first victory of the season. Darnell Sweeney had two hits, scored two runs, and drove in two for Sioux Falls and Jordan Barth hit his second homerun of the season.
Explorers Rally to Down Cougars
The Sioux City Explorers erased a one run deficit, tying the score in the sixth and adding two more in the seventh to earn a 4-2 victory over the Kane County Cougars. The rally made a winner of Brandon Brosher, who tossed 1.2 innings of scoreless relief. Francys Peguero finished off the final two innings to earn his first save of the season.
Kane County took the lead in the bottom of the second on the first home run of the season by Jonah Davis. The Explorers responded with a run in the top of the second as Kyle Kasser came home on a wild pitch, but Kane County retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth when Cesar Trejo scored on an RBI single by Davis to put the Cougars up by a run. That lead held through five, as Jack Fox was pitching very well for Kane County. However, Matt Lloyd scored on a ground out in the top of the six to tie the score. In the seventh, Daniel Perez put his team on top with a sacrifice fly and Lloyd followed with an RBI double.
Spencer Van Scoyoc took the loss, giving up two runs in 0.2 innings. Kasser and Lloyd each had two hits. Davis had two hits and two RBI for the Cougars.
Milkmen Down Railroaders
The Milwaukee Milkmen scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the lead for good, as they defeated the Cleburne Railroaders, 9-8. The lead changed hands six times in this contest.
Milwaukee took the lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI double by Aaron Hill, and the clubs exchanged runs in the second. Cleburne went on top in the top of the third on a two run double by Brian Klein. That lead held for just a short time, as Milwaukee retook the advantage in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a two run double by Cam Balego and an RBI single by Bryan Torres.
The Milkmen added a run in the sixth to make it 6-3, but Cleburne put up to in the seventh and eighth innings to take the lead. Guillermo Quintana added an RBI double in the seventh and Alex Jackson followed with a single to plate Quintana. In the eighth, José Sermo drilled his third home run of the year to give the Railroaders a 7-6 lead. The Milkmen responded right away, scoring three in the bottom half of the inning. Torres put his team on top with a two-run single and Roy Morales delivered a sacrifice fly. Cleburne pulled within one in the ninth, but could not get the equalizer.
Nate Hadley closed out the game for his second save of the season. Aneuris Rosario earned the victory. Austin Fairchild took the loss. Rudy Martin scored three runs and hit his second home run of the season for the Milkmen, and Reggie Pruitt and Torres each had three hits. Sermo finished with two hits and two RBI and Delino DeShields had three hits for the Railroaders.
Palm Hands Dogs Victory
Tyler Palm allowed one earned run in five innings to help lead the Chicago Dogs to a 4-2 victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Four relievers combined to toss four scoreless innings to close out the contest, including Brian Schlitter, who earned his first save the season with a scoreless ninth. Davis Feldman took the loss.
Chicago jumped on top in the bottom of the first on an RBI ground out by Ryan Lidge. The RedHawks tied the score in the top of the second thanks to an error that brought home Nick Novak. In the third, Fargo-Moorhead took the lead when B.J. Lopez drove home Sam Dexter with a single. The lead did not last long, as Lidge tied the score in the bottom of the fourth, drilling his first home run of the season, and Cody Bohanek gave the Dogs the lead when he delivered a two-out double. Nicholas Heath closed out the scoring with an RBI double in the fifth.
Lidge finished with two RBI for Chicago. Dexter had two hits for the RedHawks.
Goldeyes Dominate in Home Opener
The Winnipeg Goldeyes finally played their home opener, and made it a good one, scoring five in the first and adding four more in the fourth to earn a 10-4 victory over the Lake Country DockHounds. Travis Seabrooke earned his first victory of the season, allowing one run in 5.0 innings.
Winnipeg took command of this game right off, plating five runs on just three hits in the bottom of the first. After loading the bases on two singles and a walk, Andrew Shaps drove home two with a single and a wild pitch made it 3-0. A second wild pitch and a sacrifice fly made it a five-run advantage. In the fourth, Dayson Croes delivered a two-run single and Max Murphy drilled a two-run double to the wall.
Jaxson Groshans drove home a run for the DockHounds, hitting his second home run of the season. Groshans had three hits in the contest. Murphy had three hits for the Goldeyes and Hidekel Gonzalez hit his third home run of the season and scored twice.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Johneshwy Fargas (Kansas City Monarchs) 5-6, 3 R, Double, SB
No. 2 – Chris Herrmann (Kansas City Monarchs) 3-5, 3 R, 6 RBI, HR, BB
No. 1 – Keon Broxton (Kansas City Monarchs) 3-6, 3 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI
American Association Daily Notes
Kane County Cougars outfielder Cornelius Randolph and Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks outfielder Dillon Thomas have recorded hits in each of the first six games.
Kane County: Placed RHP Brandon Koch on the Inactive List retroactive to May 12; LHP James Reeves
American Association Stories at Minor League Sports Report
By Robert Pannier