Monarchs Sweep Doube-Header, RedHawks Rally to Down Goldeyes, PURE Performance Honorees
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 seven games in the American Association on Thursday, including the Kansas City Monarchs sweeping a double-header from the Sioux Falls Canaries and Mark Karaviotis delivering a late two-run double to give the Kane County Cougars a victory. Plus, the PURE Performance Player and Pitcher of the Month are named. This plus much more.
Monarchs Sweep Double-Header
Cody Mincey allowed one run on three hits and a complete-game victory in the second contest of a double-header, leading the Kansas City Monarchs to a 3-1 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries. Mincey held the Canaries off the scoreboard through the first five innings as his teams provided him with a 2-0 lead. Casey Gillaspie hit his 11th homerun of the season and scored two runs to lead the Kansas City offense. That spoiled a solid performance by Ty Culbreth, who allowed one earned run in 5.0 innings pitched.
In the first game, the Monarchs scored runs in every getting where they came to the plate, earning a 9-5 victory. Jan Hernandez led the Kansas City offense, going 2-4, including hitting his 10th homerun of the season, while adding three RBI. Colin Willis also went deep for the Monarchs and Michael McCullough was a perfect 2-2 with two runs scored. Jabari Henry hit his ninth homerun of the season for Sioux Falls while driving in three.
Karaviotis Leads Cougars to Victory
Mark Karaviotis hit a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Kane County Cougars a 5-4 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Gary trailed 3-1 entering the sixth inning, but scored single runs over each of the next three frames. That gave them a 4-3 lead, but Karaviotis quickly restored the lead, connecting on a 1-1 pitch to drive home a pair of runs.
Christian DeLeon earned the victory while Mark Seyler came on to close out the contest for his fifth save of the season. Karaviotis finished with three hits and three RBI. The RailCats were led by Thomas Walraven, who also had three hits.
Adcock Grounds Apollos
Brett Adcock earned his second victory of the season, allowing one run in 5.2 innings to lead the Sioux City Explorers to a 5-1 victory over the Houston Apollos. Adcoack allowed two hits while striking out seven. Jose Sermo had the big blow of the game, a two-run homer, his 14th of the season. Lane Milligan also homered for Sioux City and Blake Tiberi drove in his first two runs in the season.
Dom DeRenzo hit his first homerun of the season for Houston as part of a two hit performance. DeRenzo drove in a pair of runs. Brian Dansereau also went deep for the Apollos.
RedHawks Rally to Defeat Goldeyes
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks erased a 9-3 deficit, scoring a run in the sixth and five in the seventh to defeat the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 10-9. Five players drove in runs in the decisive frame, including Leobaldo Piña who tripled home a run, his fourth RBI of the game. Manuel Boscan had four hits and Will Zimmerman had three hits and drove in three runs. Tevin Murray earned the victory with a scoreless inning of relief and Ryan Flores tossed the final two innings to earn the save.
That ruined a big day for Logan Hill, who went 2-5 with two runs scored and three RBI. Hill hit his fourth homerun of the season Tyler Hill was 2-5 with a run in two runs driven in.
Saltdogs Rally to Down Railroaders
The Lincoln Saltdogs found themselves trailing by three after the first inning, but rallied for a run in the third and three in the fifth on their way to a 5-3 victory over the Cleburne Railroaders. Justin Byrd hit a two run homer and Josh Altmann added a solo shot in the three-run frame. Kyle Kinman pitched a solid game for Lincoln, allowing three runs on six hits in six innings. James Pugliese came on to close out the game for his ninth save of the season.
Ramon Hernandez and Chase Simpson each went 2-5 with a run and an RBI for Cleburne. Jheyson Manzueta took the loss despite hurling a solid game.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Mark Karaviotis (Kane County Cougars) 3-4, 3 RBI, Double
No. 2 – Leobaldo Piña (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) 2-4, 2 R, HR, Triple, 4 RBI
American Association Daily Notes
Chicago Dogs left-hander Jake Dahlberg was named the PURE Performance Pitcher of the Month for June after going 3-1 with a 2.91 ERA…Milwaukee Milkmen OF Adam Brett Walker II was named the PURE Performance Player of the Month for June after setting a league record with 14 home runs and 35 runs driven in… Sioux Falls Canaries OF Wyatt Ulrich extended his hitting streak to 20 straight games with hits in both contests of the double-header on Thursday. His 20-game hitting streak is the longest in the American Association this season. Ulrich is hitting .398 during the streak. Ulrich is also tied for the longest on-base streak in the league this season at 24 straight games…Canaries LHP Ty Culbreth lost his first game of the season on Thursday. He still leads the league in victories with six.
Kansas City: Placed C Daniel Wasinger on the Inactive List retroactive to June 7; Transferred the contract of RHP Gregori Vasquez to the Baltimore Orioles
Sioux Falls: Activated LHP Caleb Frare from the Inactive List
Winnipeg: Placed RHP Mike Webb (Rookie) on the Inactive List; Placed RHP Nate Antone on the Injured List retroactive to June 25
By Robert Pannier