Murphy Extends Lead, RedHawks Blank Monarchs, Canaries Walk-Off
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 Sunday, including the Sioux Falls Canaries defeated the Sioux City Explorers in walk-off fashion, the Winnipeg Goldeyes take their series with the Lincoln Saltdogs, and the Kane County Cougars win a great pitcher’s duel.
Game Recaps for Sunday
Achenbach Walk-Off Hit Thwarts Explorers Comeback
The Sioux City Explorers scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning to knot their contest with the Sioux Falls Canaries at five, but Trevor Achenbach delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to give Sioux Falls a 6-5 victory. Mike Hart homered twice in the contest and Charlie Hasty earned the victory, despite blowing the save.
Sioux City scored single runs in the first and third innings to take an early two run lead, but Hart tied the score in the bottom of the fourth when he hit his first home run of the day. An inning later, Jabari Henry put his team on top with an RBI single and Hart followed with his second two-run homer of the day, his 21st of the season. Sioux City got one of those runs back in the top of the sixth and tied the score in the eighth as Matt Lloyd hit a solo home run and Kyle Kasser delivered an RBI double. In the ninth, Barth singled with one out, and looked like he would be stranded after Henry struck out. However, Hart kept the contest alive, earning a six pitch walk before Achenbach hit the second pitch he saw for the game-winning hit.
Barth finished with three hits and scored two runs and Henry scored twice. Four different players had two hits for Sioux City. Both Lloyd and John Nogowski scored two runs.
Palm Provides Shade as Dogs Take Series
Tyler Palm allowed two runs in seven innings to lead the Chicago Dogs to a 6-2 victory over the Cleburne Railroaders on Sunday, giving the team four victories in the six-game series. Palm allowed just three hits and walked one to earn his eighth victory of the season. Bryan Warzek tossed the final two innings of the game to earn his second save of the season. Travis Perry took the loss, allowing four runs in six innings.
The Dogs took command of this game from the start, scoring three in the bottom of the first. Luke Mangieri had a two-run double, and he scored when Dylan Rosa followed with a double. Cleburne got one of those runs back in the top of the second, but a sacrifice fly by Johnni Turbo restored the three-run advantage. Cleburne made it a two-run game when J.J. Figueroa drilled a solo home run in the fifth. Chicago put this game away in the eighth, as Josh Altmann drilled a two-run home run, his 22nd of the season.
Cleburne produced just three hits total. Cody Bohanek and Turbo each had two hits and Altmann scored two runs for the Dogs.
Murphy Homer Helps Propel Goldeyes to Series Victory
Winnipeg Goldeyes outfielder Max Murphy hit his league-leading 26th home run of the season, helping propel the Winnipeg Goldeyes to an 8-3 victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs. The victory gave Winnipeg wins in two of the three contests, helping the Goldeyes move within four games of the Saltdogs for the final playoff spot in the West Division.
The Goldeyes put up deuces in each of the first two innings. Murphy had an RBI single and Jackson Smith had a two-out single that drove home a run. In the second, Brynn Martinez and Tra Holmes led off with back-to-back home runs. In the sixth, Winnipeg blew this game open when Andy Armstrong delivered a two-run single and Murphy followed with a two run homer.
Joey Matulovich shot the Saltdogs out through the first six innings, but came out in the seventh and the Saltdogs finally got on the board. Luis Roman had an RBI single, and Lincoln added two more in the ninth, but it was far too little.
Davis, RedHawks Blank Monarchs
Colten Davis tossed six shutout innings, and the bullpen did the rest as the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks blanked the Kansas City Monarchs, 9-0. Davis allowed three hits and two walks while striking out four to keep his record perfect at 5-0. Tristen Roehrich tossed two scoreless frames and Tasker Strobel a scoreless ninth to finish off the shutout.
The RedHawks took command of this game from the start, scoring three in the first and adding four more in the second. Correlle Prime and Manuel Boscan delivered back-to-back doubles with Prime driving in two and Boscan driving home Prime. An inning later both Dillon Thomas and Scott Schreiber had RBI doubles and Leobaldo Pina delivered a two-run single. Fargo-Moorhead added single runs in each of the final two innings to close out the scoring.
Alec Olund had three hits and scored two runs for the RedHawks and both Thomas and Pina each had two hits. Kansas City had four total hits in the contest.
Young Ends Skid, Milkmen Win
Christian Young allowed a single earned run in six innings to earn his first victory in over a month as the Milwaukee Milkmen defeated the Lake Country DockHounds, 5-2. Young had not earned a victory since July 15, allowing at least four runs in each of his last five starts. However, he was on top of his game in this contest, scattering six hits and no walks while striking out six.
Milwaukee gave their starter a big advantage, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first. Marcus Chiu led off the second with a home run to cut the deficit to two and the DockHounds made it a one run game in the sixth on an RBI single by Demetrius Sims. However, Michael Crouse led off the bottom of the eighth with a home run and Roy Morales singled home the final run of the game to secure the victory.
Aneuris Rosario tossed two perfect frames and Nate Hadley came on in the ninth, striking out two to earn his 13th save of the year. Bryan Torres had three hits and four players in the Milkmen lineup had two hits apiece.
Cougars Tame RailCats
Karch Kowalczyk came off the bench to toss four outstanding innings to start the contest as the Kane County Cougars defeated the Gary SouthShore RailCats, 3-1. Kowalczyk had retired before the season, taking over as the Cougars pitching coach, but came up big, tossing four no-hit innings, walking one while striking out three. Keith Rogalla earned the victory in relief and Logan Nissen came on in the ninth to earn his third save of the year.
The Cougars jumped out in front against Harrison Francis in the bottom of the first inning on a single by Cornelius Randolph. Francis shut the Cougars down from there, allowing his team to rally to tie the score in the seventh on an RBI single by Francisco Del Valle. However, the game did not remain tied for long, as Kane County put two on the board in the bottom of the seventh. An error allowed Josh Allen to score, and Hector Sanchez came home on a sacrifice fly by Galli Cribbs.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Karch Kowalczyk (Kane County Cougars) 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, BB, 3 K
No. 2 – Mike Hart (Sioux Falls Canaries) 2-4, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 HR, BB
No. 1 – Tyler Palm (Chicago Dogs) 7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K
American Association Daily Notes
Sioux Falls Canaries first baseman Mike Hart set a season-high with his 21st homer of the year on Sunday. Hart hit 19 for the Schaumburg Boomers (Frontier League) in 2022… Winnipeg Goldeyes outfielder Max Murphy hit his league-leading 26th home run of the season… The Sioux Falls Canaries have now won five straight series… The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks have lost five straight series and will be looking to tie their series against the Kansas City Monarchs on Monday.
Chicago: Released RHP Conor Maguire; Signed RHP Joe Wieland
Kane County: Signed RHP Karch Kowalczyk and INF Pete Kozma
Kansas City: Traded OF Aaron Whitefield to Sioux Falls for cash and future considerations
Sioux Falls: Signed INF Cole Pengilly
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By Robert Pannier