Monarchs Win in 10, Matulovich Tosses Gem, Canaries Crush Cougars
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 the six games in the American Association on Tuesday, including the Sioux City and floors defeat the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, the Kansas City Monarchs beat the Milwaukee Milkmen in 10, and the Sioux Falls Canaries and Cleburne Railroaders offenses go big.
Game Recaps for Tuesday
Monarchs Down Milkmen in 10
The Kansas City Monarchs scored three runs in the top of the 10thinning to defeat the Milwaukee Milkmen, 11-8. Brian O’Grady led the way, recording three hits, three runs scored, and two RBI. Bubby Rossman earned the victory and Frankie Bartow took the loss.
The Monarchs jumped out to a four-run lead, scoring a run in the first and adding three more in the second. Chris Herrmann homered in the first and O’Grady and Gavin Collins led off the top of the second with back-to-back home runs. The Milkmen responded with four runs in the bottom half of the second to tie the score. Reggie Pruitt hit a two-run homer to cap off the scoring. The Monarchs immediately responded in the top of the third as O’Grady hit his second home run of the day, a solo shot.
Milwaukee continued to chase Kansas City all evening, tying the score in the bottom of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Miguel Gomez. In the seventh, the Monarchs took the lead for the third time in the contest as Jan Hernandez hit a three-run home run. Milwaukee refused to go away, scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh, then tying the score in the bottom of the ninth, forcing extra innings. That is where Kansas City put the game away for good, scoring three runs on just one hit as two costly errors the Monarchs seal the victory.
Matulovich Muzzles Saltdogs
Joey Matulovich tossed seven shutout innings as the Winnipeg Goldeyes clipped the Lincoln Saltdogs, 2-1. The Goldeyes right-hander allowed five hits and a walk while striking out three. Matt Leon came on in the ninth to record his fourth save of the year. John Bezdicek allowed two runs in 5.1 innings, taking the loss.
Winnipeg took a one run lead in the bottom of the third on an RBI double by Max Murphy, and extended the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Hidekel Gonzalez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Matulovich came out in the eighth and Lincoln cut the deficit in half when Luis Roman hit a solo homer, his second of the year. However, that was all the offense the Saltdogs would produce, recording just six hits in the contest.
Railroaders Club DockHounds
The Cleburne Railroaders put up 16 hits, clubbing the Lake Country DockHounds, 14-3. Cleburne hit three home runs in the contest and Johnathon Tripp earned the victory in his first appearance for the Railroaders.
The game was tied heading into the bottom of the second when Cleburne exploded for five runs. The Railroaders added three more in the third. Lake Country cut the deficit to seven in the top of the fifth, but Cleburne responded with four more runs, capped off by a three-run homer off the bat of José Sermo, his 19th of the year. Each team added one more run.
Brian Klein went 2-3 with a home run, three runs scored, two RBI, and two walks. Guillermo Quintana had three hits, including his ninth homer of the year, and drove in three. Demetrius Sims and Justin Lavey each had two hits for the DockHounds.
Henry, Hart Power Canaries
Jabari Henry and Mike Hart each hit their 16th home runs of the season as the Sioux Falls Canaries crushed the Kane County Cougars, 14-5. It was a trio of huge innings that led the Canaries to victory, as the team scored five in the third and sixth innings, then added four more in the eighth. Henry finished 3-5 with three runs scored and four RBI and Hart had two hits and scored twice.
Kansas City took the lead in the top of the second on a solo home run by Josh Allen and a two-run shot by Galli Cribbs. An inning later, Henry hit a three-run homer and Hart followed with a solo shot to put the Canaries on top by two. The Cougars cut the deficit to one in the fifth, but it was all Sioux Falls from there. The team scored five runs on three hits in the sixth with Wyatt Ulrich delivering a two-run single. In the eighth, Sioux Falls put together four runs on six hits to put this game away.
Mitchell Walters earned his sixth victory of the season, allowing three earned runs in 6.0 innings pitched. Neil Lang tossed the final three innings to earn his first save of the season. Nick Belzer took the loss.
RailCats Down Dogs in Opener
The Gary SouthShore RailCats scored three runs in the top of the seventh to earn an 8-6 victory over the Chicago Dogs. Aaron Phillips earned the victory despite giving up four runs and DJ Wilkinson came on to record his 10th save of the season, striking out to in the ninth.
Gary SouthShore took a big lead in the top of the second, scoring five runs. Marcos Gonzalez eight of the inning, drilling a grand slam, his first homer of the year. Chicago was undaunted, scoring a run in the third, then adding four in the sixth to tie the score. Luke Mangieri and Cody Bohanek each had two run singles in the inning. In the seventh, Jesus Marriaga put his team on top with an RBI single and a two-run error by DJ Snelten extended the lead to three. Jesus Lujano hit a solo home run in the bottom half of the inning, but Chicago would get no closer.
Explorers Overcome Early Deficit
The Sioux City Explorers found themselves trailing by two coming out of the first, but responded with seven unanswered runs to defeat the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, 7-2. Mitchell Verburg earned the victory, allowing three hits in 6.1 innings. Kevin McGovern took the loss, allowing two earned runs in seven innings. Fargo-Moorhead was held to just three hits in the contest.
Manuel Boscan put his team on top in the bottom of the first, hitting a solo home run, his fifth of the year. Correlle Prime made the lead two on an RBI single. In the fourth, the Explorers took the lead. Tyler Rando cut the deficit in half with an RBI single and Wilfredo Gimenez delivered a two run double to put Sioux City on top. In the eighth, the Explorers added three more runs as Rando and Vince Fernandez had RBI singles and Kyle Kasser plated a run with a fielder’s choice. An error in the ninth allowed the Explorers to add one more run.
Rando finished with three hits and two RBI. Carlos Diaz tossed 1.2 scoreless innings of relief and Brandon Brosher added a scoreless frame.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Jabari Henry (Sioux Falls Canaries) 3-5, 3 R, HR, Double, 4 RBI
No. 2 – Brian O’Grady (Kansas City Monarchs) 3-4, 3 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
No. 1 – Joey Matulovich (Winnipeg Goldeyes) 7.0 IP, 5 H, BB, 0 ER, 3 K
American Association Daily Notes
Lincoln Saltdogs catcher Luke Roskam extended his consecutive on-base streak to 40 straight games. That is the longest streak in the American Association this season… The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks are 1-7 in their last eight games.
August 8, 2023
Gary SouthShore: Released LHP Trevor Lubking
Kane County: Released INF Pete Kozma and LHP Cam Opp
Lincoln: Activated LHP John Bezdicek from the Injured List
Lincoln: Placed LHP Abdallah Aris on the Injured List retroactive to August 3
Milwaukee: Placed RHP Trevin Reynolds on the Inactive List retroactive to August 2
Sioux Falls: Released OF Welington Dotel and RHP Matt Gill
August 7, 2023
Chicago: Traded RHP Johnathon Tripp to Cleburne for a player to be named later
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By Robert Pannier