RailCats, Milkmen Win in Extra Innings, Bowden, Dogs Blank Explorers
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 five games in the American Association on Tuesday, including the Milwaukee Milkmen and the Gary SouthShore RailCats earning victories in extra innings. Plus, the Chicago Dogs shutout the Sioux City Explorers.
Caufield Walk-Off Double Leads RailCats to Victory
Phil Caufield doubled home the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Gary SouthShore RailCats a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Monarchs. The RailCats trailed by a run in the bottom of the seventh but tied the score, forcing extra innings. Jackson Smith and Alec Olund both went deep for Gary and Adam Heidenfelder earned the victory with two scoreless innings of relief, his third win of the year.
Dylan Baker was solid for Kansas City, allowing three runs in seven innings while striking out seven. Colin Willis went 3-6 with a homer and two RBI against his former team. The Kansas City bullpen had tossed for scoreless innings of relief before Brian Ellington allowed the winning run.
Bartlett, Altmann Lead Saltdogs Past Apollos
Keenan Bartlett tossed six shutout innings and Josh Altmann drove home four runs to lead the Lincoln Saltdogs to a 10-1 victory over the Houston Apollos. Lincoln took control of this game early on, scoring five runs in the bottom of the second. Five players drove in runs in the inning, including Altmann who went 2-4 with two runs scored, including hitting his fourth homer of the year. David Vidal also homered in the game. Bartlett allowed two hits and a walk while striking out five.
Seven different players recorded hits for Houston, including Yeiler Peguero, who drove in the only run for the Apollos.
Bowden, Dogs Blank Explorers
Michael Bowden tossed six one-hit innings to lead the Chicago Dogs to an 8-0 victory over the Sioux City Explorers. Bowden allowed a single walk while striking out seven to earn his second victory of the season. Michael Crouse had the big bat, going three for six with two runs scored and three runs driven in. He doubled twice and tripled. Anfernee Grier, Grant Kay, and Ryan Haug each had two hits for the Dogs.
Chicago jumped on Brett Adcock in the second, scoring four runs. Crouse had the big hit of the inning, a two-run double that extended the lead to three at that point.
Washington Homer Delivers Win for Milkmen
David Washington homered in the top of the 11th inning to give the Milwaukee Milkmen a 5-4 victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Milwaukee had held a 4-2 lead heading in the bottom of the ninth, but the RedHawks tied the score against closer Karch Kowalczyk. Washington finished with two RBI and Aaron Hill added his sixth homerun of the season for the Milkmen. Adam Brett Walker raised his batting average to .354 with a 2-4 performance.
Sam Dexter remains red-hot for Fargo, going 2-4 with two runs driven in. Dylan Kelly also had two hits in the game and drove in a run.
Railroaders Stream Past Canaries
A three run sixth inning put the Cleburne Railroaders on top for good as they defeated the Sioux Falls Canaries, 6-3. Noah Vaughan gave Cleburne the lead with his third homerun of the season and Osvaldo Martinez and Alay Lago each added RBI singles to extend the lead to three. Vaughan finished with two hits as did Grant Buck, who went 2-2 with his third homer of the year. Ramon Hernandez drove in a pair of runs and Zach Nehrir had three hits for the Railroaders.
Mitch Glasser had three hits for Sioux Falls and Logan Landon remained red-hot with a 2-5 performance. Charlie Valerio had two hits in his return to Sioux Falls.
The contest between the Kane County Cougars and the Winnipeg Goldeyes was postponed because of rain. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Josh Altmann (Lincoln Saltdogs) 2-4, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI
No. 2 – Michael Bowden (Chicago Dogs) 6 IP, H, BB, 0 ER, 7 K
No. 1 – Michael Crouse (Chicago Dogs) 3-6, 2 Doubles, Triple, 2 R, 3 RBI
American Association Daily Notes
The Lincoln Saltdogs set a franchise record with seven stolen bases on Tuesday. Patrick Adams and Edgar Corcino each had a pair of stolen bases in the contest…The Gary SouthShore RailCats moved to 4-0 in extra innings this season… Sioux City Explorers IF Jared Walker saw his consecutive on-base streak end at 18 games. That is the longest in the American Association this season… Milwaukee Milkmen 1B David Washington hit his league-leading ninth homerun on Tuesday…Milwaukee moved to 9-3 when scoring first. They have scored first in 12 games this season, most in the league.
Chicago: Reinstated OF Michael Crouse to the active roster
Cleburne: Transferred the contract of LHP Mason Melotakis to the Miami Marlins; Released RHP Cody White
Fargo-Moorhead: Released LHP Nathan Foriest and INF Ed Reichenbach
Gary SouthShore: Signed LHP Jesse Remington
Kansas City: Transferred the contract of RHP Robinson Martinez to the Miami Marlins; Signed OF Charcer Burks and C Alexis Olmeda
Sioux City: Returned the contract of RHP Xavier Altamirano to Dos Laredos (Mexican League)
Winnipeg: Signed C Austin Rei; Activated INF Wes Darvill from the Inactive List; Reinstated LHP Travis Seabrooke to the active roster
By Robert Pannier