Monarchs Down Goldeyes in 10, Saltdogs Sweep, Voight Dominates
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 six great games in the American Association on Sunday, including the Lake Country DockHounds dominating behind Augie Voight, the Lincoln Saltdogs complete their sweep of the Sioux City Explorers, and the Cleburne Railroaders use four home runs to defeat the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.
Game Recaps for Sunday
Voight Dominates for DockHounds
Augie Voight tossed six scoreless innings in earning his second victory of the season, leading the Lake Country DockHounds to a 3-1 victory over the Milwaukee Milkmen. Voight outdueled Milwaukee starter Frankie Bartow, who allowed two earned runs in seven innings. Johanse Torres came on in the ninth and gave up a run, but finished off the contest for his third save of the year.
Lake Country took the lead in the top of the fourth on an RBI double by Dustin Woodcock. In the seventh, the DockHounds extended the lead to three thanks to a two run double by Tyler Hill. Milwaukee had no answers through the first eight innings, but finally got on the board in the ninth on an RBI double by Cam Redding. There were two on with one out, but Torres struck out the final two batters of the game to preserve the victory.
Whitefield Delivers Walk-Off Single for Monarchs
Aaron Whitefield drove home two runs in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Kansas City Monarchs a 12-11 victory over the Winnipeg Goldeyes. This was a wild contest that saw Winnipeg take an early five run lead and held a four-run advantage in the sixth, only to see Kansas City battled back to tie the score in the eighth inning. Once again, Winnipeg took the lead in the top of the 10th, but Whitfield delivered the key hits in the bottom half of the frame to give the Monarchs the victory.
The Goldeyes put up five in the second as the first two batters of the inning reached and both scored when Brynn Martinez reached on an error. He came around on a throwing error and the Goldeyes plated two more in the inning. Kansas City put two on the board in the bottom half of the frame and added two more in the third. In the fifth, they tied the score on a sacrifice fly by Peter Maris. Winnipeg immediately responded in the top of the sixth, scoring four more runs, with three coming off the seventh home run of the season by Hidekel Gonzalez.
The Monarchs refused to go away, scoring three in the bottom half of the frame thanks to back-to-back home runs by Brian O’Grady and Gavin Collins to start the inning and a sacrifice fly by LJ Hatch. Jackson Smith led off the top of the seventh with his second home run of the year to extend the lead to two, but Kansas City scored two more in the bottom of the eighth to force extra innings. After the Goldeyes took the lead in the top of the 10th, Whitefield hit the second pitch he saw for the game-winner.
Saltdogs Blow out Explorers to Complete Sweep
The Lincoln Saltdogs recorded 10 hits and drew 10 walks to help them blow out the Sioux City Explorers, 12-1. The victory helped Lincoln complete the sweep of the three-game set. Zach Keenan pitched very well, giving up one run in seven innings to earn his third victory of the year.
Lincoln jumped out to a five-run lead, scoring three in the second and adding two more in the third. Aaron Takacs had the big blow, drilling a three-run homer in the second, his third of the year. Sioux City got on the board with a run in the top of the fourth, but the Saltdogs responded with seven unanswered runs. Nick Anderson had a two run double in the sixth and Connor Panas hit a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh, his eighth home run of the year.
Yanio Perez had two hits and scored three runs for Lincoln. Matt Lloyd and Miguel Sierra each had two hits for the Explorers.
Beardsley Shines as Cougars Down RailCats
Tyler Beardsley allowed two runs in seven innings to lead the Kane County Cougars to a 6-2 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats in the series finale. Beardsley moved to 4-2 with the victory, allowing five hits and no walks while striking out seven.
The Cougars took the lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Jonah Davis and a sacrifice fly by Gio Brusa. The RailCats tied the score in the fourth, but it was all Kane County from there, as the Cougars scored one in the fifth, two in the sixth, and added one more in the seventh. J.D. Osborne put his team on top for good with an RBI single. Osborne finished with two hits and scored twice, and Brusa drove in two for Kane County. Gio Diaz had two hits for Gary SouthShore.
Early Surge Sends Canaries Soaring
The Sioux Falls Canaries scored five unanswered runs to start the contest, defeating the Chicago Dogs, 5-2. Sioux Falls took the lead in the top of the first thanks to a two-run single by Jabari Henry. The club then added single runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings. Hunter Clanin had an RBI single in the third, and Darnell Sweeney hit a solo home run in the fourth, his 11th of the year. Carson Clowers made it 5-0 with an RBI single in the fifth.
Neil Lang dominated in this contest, keeping Chicago off the board through the first five innings. However, the Dogs finally scored in the sixth when Ben Livorsi drove home a run with a single. Lang came out after six, allowing one run on seven hits. The Dogs added one more run in the eighth when David Maberry hit his second home run of the year.
Charlie Hasty came on in the ninth to close out the game for his 11th save of the season. Jordan Barth and Henry each had three hits and Sweeney had two hits and scored two runs. Jesus Lujano and Maberry each had two hits for Chicago.
Long Ball Propels Railroaders Past RedHawks
The Cleburne Railroaders hit four home runs on Sunday evening, outslugging the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in a 10-5 victory. The game was tied in the bottom of the third when José Sermo hit a two-run homer, his 16th of the year. An inning later, John Figueroa turned on the seventh pitch he saw, drilling a grand slam, his third home run of the year.
Each team used a long Ball in the sixth as Nick Novak hit his fourth of the year and Elmer Reyes added a solo shot in the bottom half of the frame, his third of the season. That made it 8-2. Hill Alexander hit the final home run of the game for Cleburne, a two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh, his 13th. Fargo-Moorhead added three more runs in the top of the ninth, as Correlle Prime hit a two-run home run, his seventh of the season, and Matt Goodheart added an RBI single.
Kasey Kalich earned the victory, allowing one earned run in 5.2 innings. Alexander finished with two hits, two runs scored, and two RBI. For players had two hits for Fargo-Moorhead, including Evan Alexander, Alec Olund, Sam Dexter, and Novak.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Tyler Beardsley (Kane County Cougars) 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
No. 2 – Zach Keenan (Lincoln Saltdogs) 7.0 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 BB, 4 K
No. 1 – Augie Voight (Lake Country DockHounds) 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
American Association Daily Notes
Kane County Cougars infielder Josh Allen has now reached base in 34 straight games the longest streak in the American Association this season… Sioux Falls Canaries closer Charlie Hasty earn his 11th save of the season, tying him for the league lead in saves. Milwaukee Milkmen closer Nate Hadley also has 11… Cleburne Railroaders 1B José Sermo hit his league-leading 16th home run of the year on Sunday.
Chicago: Activated OF Brennan Metzger from the Inactive List; Signed RHP Osiris German; Released INF Donivan Williams
Kane County: Placed LHP Luke Westphal on the Inactive List retroactive to June 5
Kansas City: Traded INF Olivier Basabe to Kane County for a player to be named later
Lincoln: Released RHP Carson Lance
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By Robert Pannier