RailCats Clip Cougars, Goldeyes Hold Off Saltdogs, Explorers Ground Canaries
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 Saturday, including Jacob Robson homering twice for the Kansas City Monarchs, the Chicago Dogs edge the Cleburne Railroaders, and Juan Echevarria tosses a gem for the Milwaukee Milkmen.
Game Recaps for Saturday
Explorers Bury Canaries Early, Even Series
The Sioux City Explorers scored five in the second and added four more in the fourth to run away with an 11-3 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries. John Nogowski had a triumphal return, recording three hits, including his third homer of the year. Braunny Muñoz earned the victory in his first appearance for the team.
The Explorers got rolling in the second when Scott Ota delivered a two-run triple. He scored on an RBI single by Matt Lloyd and Lloyd came home on a base hit by Tyler Rando. An error allowed Nogowski to score. Sioux Falls got on the board in the third on an error, but Sioux City responded in the top of the fourth. Wilfredo Gimenez delivered a bases clearing double, and he scored on a double by Miguel Sierra. Each team added two more runs.
Mike Hart and Hunter Clanin each homered for the Canaries. Cole Pengilly had three hits for Sioux Falls. Nogowski scored three times to go along with his three hits and Rando also had three hits and walked twice.
Goldeyes Hold Off Saltdogs
The Winnipeg Goldeyes jumped out to an eight-run advantage, then held on for a 10-8 victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs. Luis Ramirez was solid, allowing two runs in six innings to earn his sixth victory of the year. Javeyan Williams went 4-5 with two runs scored and two RBI to lead the offense.
Winnipeg jumped out in front on a two-run single by Miles Simington in the top of the first. The Saltdogs cut the deficit in half in the bottom half of the frame, but the Goldeyes responded with three in the top of the second. Connor Panas hit his 16th homer of the year in the bottom of the frame, making it 5-2. It remained that way until the sixth when Goldeyes extended their lead to four and the team added four in the top of the seventh, capped off by a two-run homer off the bat of Brynn Martinez. The Saltdogs seemed out of it, but the team put together five runs in the bottom of the seventh, as Jason Rogers hit a three-run homer. In the eighth, Lincoln made it a two-run game, but Chas Cywin got out of the inning without any further damage and Samuel Adames came on in the ninth to get the final three outs for his 12th save of the year.
Panas finished with two hits and two runs scored for the Saltdogs. Max Murphy also had two hits and scored two runs for the Goldeyes, and Hidekel Gonzalez with 3-5 with three runs scored and an RBI.
Echevarria Muzzles DockHounds
Juan Echevarria allowed one earned run in six innings to help the Milwaukee Milkmen to a 7-1 victory over the Lake Country DockHounds. An error by Echevarria in the second inning led to the only run for the DockHounds, as the right-hander earned his second victory of the year.
Milwaukee gave their starter the lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Roy Morales. After Lake Country tied the score in the second, Reggie Pruitt put his team on top in the bottom half of the inning when he hit his eighth homer of the year, a solo shot. It remained a nailbiter until the fifth when Morales singled up the middle, plating two to extend the lead to three. The Milkmen added a run in the sixth and put two more on the board in the eighth to seal the victory.
Morales finished with three hits and drove in three and Pruitt scored twice and had two RBI. Blake Tiberi and Justin Lavey each had two hits for the DockHounds.
Robson Homers Twice in Monarchs Thrashing
Jacob Robson came off the bench to homer twice and drove in three as the Kansas City Monarchs crushed the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, 10-5. Kansas City hit four home runs in all, and Jalen Miller earned his ninth victory of the season, allowing three runs in six innings.
The RedHawks held a two-run lead into the bottom of the third when Justin Wylie hit a solo home run and Jan Hernandez followed with a two-run shot. In the fifth, Kansas City extended their lead to five, as Robson hit his first home run of the day, a two-run shot. Fargo-Moorhead scored a run in the sixth, and the Monarchs responded with two in the bottom half of the frame. Robson hit his second home run of the contest, a solo shot to lead off the bottom of the eighth.
Robson finished 2-2 with three runs scored and three RBI. Wylie also scored three runs and drove in two and Hernandez had three hits and drove in two. Correlle Prime had three hits for the RedHawks and Scott Schreiber also homered twice for Fargo-Moorhead.
Dogs Defeat Railroaders
The Cleburne Railroaders rallied from a two-run deficit to tie the score in the top of the eighth, but Johnni Turbo delivered the game winning hit in the bottom half of the frame to give the Chicago Dogs a 4-3 victory. Chicago trailed by one entering the fourth, but took the lead when Luke Mangieri delivered a sacrifice fly and Matt Bottcher put his team on top with an RBI single. In the sixth, the lead became two on the second RBI single of the day by Bottcher.
An error pulled the Railroaders within one in the seventh and José Sermo tied the score in the top of the eighth when he hit a solo home run, his 23rd of the year. Chicago did not let the score remained tied for long. Cody Bohanek led off the bottom half of the eighth with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a single by Turbo.
Joe Cavallaro earned the victory, tossing two scoreless innings of relief. Tanner Riley took the loss. Bottcher finished with two hits and two RBI. Three players had two hits for the Railroaders.
Valera Double Beats Cougars
Jackson Valera doubled home the winning run in the top of the ninth inning to give the Gary SouthShore RailCats an 8-7 victory over the Kane County Cougars. DJ Wilkinson earned the victory, tossing 1.2 innings of scoreless relief while Daniel Bies took the loss.
Kane County took the lead in the bottom of the first, scoring three runs, capped off by a two run double by Jonah Davis. The RailCats got one of those runs back in the second and took the lead in the third thanks to a two-run triple by Jesus Marriaga, who later scored on an RBI single by LG Castillo. The Cougars responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning to retake the lead.
In the seventh, Gary SouthShore retook the lead. Marcos Gonzalez reached on an error, tying the score, and Valera followed with a two-run single, giving the RailCats a two run advantage. It remained that way until the bottom of the eighth, but Cornelius Randolph tied the score on a two-run double. The RailCats responded once again, as Gio Diaz singled with one out of the ninth and scored on the Valera double. Wilkinson put two in of the ninth, but got out of the frame to preserve the victory.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Javeyan Williams (Winnipeg Goldeyes) 4-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, Double, Triple
No. 2 – Juan Echevarria (Milwaukee Milkmen) 6.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
No. 1 – Jacob Robson (Kansas City Monarchs) 2-2, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, BB
American Association Daily Notes
Lincoln Saltdogs catcher Luke Roskam extended his consecutive on-base streak to 47 straight games when he singled and Saturday night’s contest.
Kansas City: Released RHP Sam Jacobsak
Kansas City: Signed INF Cam Cannon
Lake Country: Placed RHP Marco Becerril on the Injured List retroactive to August 16; Signed LHP Austin Davis
Sioux City: Acquired INF John Nogowski on loan from Monclova (Mexican League); Signed RHP Braunny Muñoz and INF John Nogowski.
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By Robert Pannier