Perry Outduels McGovern, Altmann Homers Twice, Saltdogs Rally
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 Saturday, including Travis Perry outdueling Kevin McGovern, the Lincoln Saltdogs rally to win, and the Kane County Cougars win behind C.J. Eldred.
Game Recaps for Saturday
Holmes Leads Goldeyes to Victory
Tra Holmes homered and drove in four to help lead the Winnipeg Goldeyes to an 8-3 victory over the Kansas City Monarchs. Winnipeg found themselves trailing by two after Kansas City scored a single run in each of the first two innings. However, the Goldeyes scored two in the top of the third to tie the game, and added two more in the fourth. Leading 5-2 heading into the top of the ninth, Goldeyes put three on the board to put this game away.
Travis Seabrooke earned the victory, allowing two runs in six innings. Holmes finished with two hits, scored two runs, and drove in four. Chris Burgess had four hits and both Andy Armstrong and Hidekel Gonzalez had three. No player for the Monarchs had more than one hit.
Nine-Run Fourth Propels Milkmen
The Milwaukee Milkmen scored nine runs in the fourth inning to take command there 12-5 victory over the Lake Country DockHounds. Milwaukee put up 20 hits, producing plenty of offense for Ryan Zimmerman, who allowed just two earned runs in six innings to earn his fifth victory of the season.
Milwaukee jumped out to a two-run lead in the bottom of the first inning, and were leading by a run heading in the bottom of the fourth. However, the Milkmen blew this game open, sending 14 men to the plate. Cam Redding hit a three-run home run and Redding later added a two-run single in the frame. The DockHounds battled back with a run in the fifth and three more in the seventh, but it was far too little, too late.
Redding finished with three hits and five RBI. All nine players in the starting lineup had at least one hit for Milwaukee, including Justin Williams and Roy Morales who also had three hits apiece. Demetrius Sims had three hits and drove in two for Lake Country.
Eldred Tames RailCats for Cougars
C.J. Eldred allowed one run in seven innings to lead the Kane County Cougars to a 6-1 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Eldred gave up six hits in earning his second victory of the year.
Kane County took the lead in the bottom of the first, sending three men across the plate. Gary SouthShore got on the board in the fourth, but the Cougars responded with two in the bottom half of the frame. A sacrifice fly by Josh Allen in the bottom of the sixth closed out the scoring.
J.D. Osborne finished with two hits and had two RBI and Pete Kozma had three hits for Kane County. Jackson Valera had two hits for the RailCats.
Perry Outduels McGovern
Travis Perry tossed seven shutout innings, outdueling Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks ace Kevin McGovern and a 1-0 victory for the Cleburne Railroaders. Perry allowed three hits and two walks to earn his third victory of the season. Brandon Bell tossed a scoreless eighth and Nick Gardewine recorded the final three outs for his second save of the season.
The only run of the game came in the bottom of the first inning when the first two batters of the frame reached on back-to-back singles and José Sermo walked with one out to load the bases. Hill Alexander then hit a sacrifice fly and Perry did the rest.
McGovern pitched well, allowing one run in 6.0 innings.
Canaries Hold off Dogs
The Sioux Falls Canaries jumped out to a five-run advantage, then held on for a 6-5 victory over the Chicago Dogs. Mitchell Walters pitched very well for Sioux Falls, allowing two runs in six innings while striking out 11. Charlie Hasty gave up a run in the ninth inning, but got the final out for his 10th save the season.
Sioux Falls jumped out in front in the top of the third, scoring three runs. Trevor Achenbach and Darnell Sweeney each hit solo homers to extend the lead to five. Chicago did not go away, scoring a run in the fifth and adding one in the sixth on Josh Altmann’s 11th home run of the year. Mike Hart homered in the top of the seventh, but Altmann gave his team hope, hitting his second home run of the day in the bottom of the eighth, a two-run blast. In the ninth, the Dogs pulled within one and had the tying run at second base, but Hasty struck out Ryan Lidge to end the contest.
Altmann finished with three hits and three RBI for the Dogs. Sweeney, Jordan Barth, and Hart each had two hits for Sioux Falls.
Roskam Drives in Four to Lead Saltdogs
Luke Roskam recorded three hits and drove in four to lead the Lincoln Saltdogs to a 6-4 victory over the Sioux City Explorers. That made a winner of Carter Hope, who struggled out of the bullpen but came away with a victory. Matt Cronin got the final out for his fourth save of the season.
Lincoln took a one run lead in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice fly by Nate Samson and held that lead into the fifth until Jake Sanford delivered a two run double for Sioux City. The Saltdogs immediately tied the score in the bottom half of the frame on Roskam’s first hit of the day, an RBI single. In the bottom of the six, Yanio Perez hit his sixth homeand run of the season to give Lincoln a 3-2 edge. In the eighth, Sioux City gained the lead on an RBI triple by Miguel Sierra, who then scored on a base hit by Wilfredo Gimenez. The Saltdogs immediately responded, as Roskam cleared the bases with the double.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Luke Roskam (Lincoln Saltdogs) 3-4, 4 RBI, Double
No. 2 – Cam Redding (Milwaukee Milkmen) 3-5, R, HR, 5 RBI
No. 1 – Travis Perry (Cleburne Railroaders) 7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 0 ER, 5 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 10th save of the season, making him the second picture to reach double digits saves this year.
Gary SouthShore: Claimed RHP Luís Madero off waivers from Sioux City; Placed RHP Luís Madero on the Injured List retroactive to June 29
Kane County: Signed C Dylan Nolan
Lincoln: Signed LHP David Holmberg
Winnipeg: Placed INF Jacob Bockelie (Rookie) on the Injured List retroactive to June 21
American Association Stories at Minor League Sports Report
By Robert Pannier