Monarchs Outslug Saltogs, Smith Tosses Shutout, Cougars Snap RedHawks Winning Streak
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 five games in the American Association on Tuesday, including both the Kansas City Monarchs slugging their way past the Lincoln Saltdogs for the second straight night, the Kane County Cougars snapping the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks winning streak, and Myles Smith tosses the first complete-game of the season for the Milwaukee Milkmen This and much more.
Smith Stymies Explorers in Milkmen Victory
Myles Smith tossed of the first complete game in the American Association, hurling a four hit shutout to lead the Milwaukee Milkmen to a 9-0 victory over the Sioux City Explorers. Smith was dominating, walking one while striking out 10. Of his 115 pitches, 86 went for strikes.
Milwaukee jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, but blew this game open in the top of the third, scoring six runs. Mason Davis and Keon Barnum hit back-to-back home runs to extend the lead to four. Bryan Torres delivered a two-run single to close out the frame. Milwaukee added single runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. Will Kengor closed out the scoring with his first homerun of the season.
Dylan Kelly finished 2-4 with two runs scored for the Milkmen. Correlle Prime also scored two runs and Torres drove in two. No player had more than one hit for the Explorers.
Sioux City Explorers Recap by Will Glocker
Thompson, Monarchs Outslug Saltdogs
The Kansas City Monarchs jumped out to a 7-1 lead, then held on to defeat the Lincoln Saltdogs in a slugfest on Tuesday, 11-6. Kansas City took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as David Thompson brought home a run with a single and Jan Hernandez followed with a two-run single. The lead was 4-1 entering the bottom of the third, but Thompson blasted a three-run homer, his seventh of the year, extending the lead to six.
Lincoln was down but rallied for four runs in the top of the sixth and a run in the seventh to pull within one. However, the Monarchs sealed the victory with four more runs in the bottom half of the seventh.
Thompson finished 3-5 with three runs scored and four RBI for Kansas City. Matt Adams had four hits and scored two runs and Gabriel Guerrero had three hits and scored three runs. Lewis Thorpe was the winner, allowing one earned run in 5.1 innings. Kyle Kinman struggled for Lincoln, giving up seven runs in 3.2 innings. Hunter Clanin and Welington Dotel each homered for the Saltdogs.
Lincoln Saltdogs Recap by Michael Dixon
Kansas City Monarchs Recap by Gabriel Lopez
Cougars Snap RedHawks Winning Streak
The Kane County Cougars scored two runs in the bottom of the 11th inning on Tuesday, earning 9-8 victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. The victory snapped the nine-game winning streak for the RedHawks.
The RedHawks held a 4-1 lead entering the bottom of the eighth after newly acquired Rymer Liriano delivered a two-run single in the top half of the frame. However, the Cougars tied the score, as Jimmy Kerrigan singled home Cornelius Randolph to pull Kane County within two. After a wild pitch brought home Sherman Johnson, Nick Anderson doubled to score Steve Lombardozzi.
Both teams scored a run in the ninth, sending the game to extra innings. In the 10th, Fargo-Moorhead jumped out to an 8-6 lead, but Kane County battled back with two runs in the bottom half of the frame. In the 11th, Liriano gave his team to lead once again with a sacrifice fly. However, the Cougars plated two in the bottom half of the frame to come away with a walk-off victory. Jack Anderson earned the win. The top of the Kane County line a combined 9-17 with five runs scored and four RBI.
Dogs Rally to Down Canaries
The Sioux Falls Canaries jumped out to a 6-1 lead on Tuesday, only to see the Chicago Dogs rally for six unanswered runs, defeating the Canaries, 7-6. Sioux Falls took the lead in the top of the second thanks to a five-run frame. Wyatt Ulrich had the big blast of the inning, hitting a three-run homer. Chicago cut the deficit to four in the bottom half of the frame on Grant Kay’s third homerun of the season.
Sioux Falls extended the lead back to five with a run in the top of the third, but Chicago took control of this game from there, scoring three runs in the fifth, a run in the sixth, and two in the seventh. In the fifth, Danny Mars hit a two-run homer as part of a three run inning. Trailing by a run entering the seventh, Mars tied the score with a sacrifice fly and Kay gave his team the lead with a two-out single.
Ryan Clark earned the victory with a perfect inning of relief. Jeff Kinley came on in the ninth to close out the game for his third save of the season. Mars finished with three RBI and Charlie Tilson at three hits and scored two runs. Gavin LaValley had two hits and scored two runs for the Canaries. Colby Wyatt took the loss.
Railroaders-Goldeyes Washed Out
The contest between the Cleburne Railroaders and Winnipeg Goldeyes was postponed because of rain. The game will be made up as part of a double-header on Wednesday.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Matt Adams (Kansas City Monarchs) 4-5, 2 R, Double
No. 2 – David Thompson (Kansas City Monarchs) 3-5, 3 R, 4 RBI, HR
No. 1 – Myles Smith (Milwaukee Milkmen) 9.0 IP, CG, ShO, 4 H, BB, 0 ER, 10 K
American Association Daily Notes
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks on their nine-game winning streak come to an end on Tuesday. The winning streak was the longest in the American Association this season… The Sioux City Explorers dropped their ninth straight game on Tuesday. That is the longest losing streak in the league this year… Sioux Falls Canaries outfielder Wyatt Ulrich extended his hitting streak to 16 straight games. That is the longest hitting streak in the league so far this season. Ulrich is hitting .353 during the streak… The Kane County Cougars have already played for extra-inning games, going 2-2.
Chicago: Released RHP Carl Brice
Cleburne: Released INF Carlos Rivera
Fargo-Moorhead: Acquired OF Rymer Liriano from Staten Island (Atlantic League) for a player to be named later and to complete a previous trade, Signed OF Rymer Liriano
Gary SouthShore: Released OF Raymond Jones
Lincoln: Released INF Omar Artsen
Winnipeg: Placed RHP Zac Ryan on the Injured List retroactive to May 21
By Robert Pannier