RailCats, RedHawks Walk-Off, Milkmen Blank Dogs, 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, Robert Pannier recaps the seven contests in the American Association on Saturday, including the Gary SouthShore RailCats and the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks both winning in walk-off fashion, and the Milwaukee Milkmen shutting out the Chicago Dogs.
RailCats Win Marathon Contest in 15
Alec Olund singled home Michael Woodworth with one down in the bottom of the 15th inning to end a Marathon affair as the Gary SouthShore RailCats defeated the Sioux City Explores, 6-5. This game was tied at two until the RailCats scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, but Sioux City responded with three in the top of the seventh, sending this contest to extra innings.
Daniel Lingua went 4-7 for Gary and Olund finished with three hits and two runs driven in. Jesse Remington tossed five outstanding innings of relief for the RailCats, allowing three hits and no runs while striking out five.
L.T. Tolbert went 4-8 with two runs and an RBI for Sioux City. He also hit his second homerun of the season. José Sermo and Sebastian Zawada also went deep for the Explorers.
Boxwell Single Wins It for RedHawks in 10
Alex Boxwell drove home Will Zimmerman with one down in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks a 2-1 victory over the Cleburne Railroaders. This was a scoreless tie through six innings, but Cleburne and Fargo both scored a run in the seventh inning. Grant Buck drove home Hunter Clanin the plate the only run for Cleburne. The RedHawks responded with doubles by Leobaldo Pina and Jordan George in the bottom half of the inning to tie the score.
Logan Nissen started for Fargo and tossed five shutout innings. Michael Gunn had his best start of the season for Cleburne, allowing three hits and a run in seven innings. Osvaldo Martinez went 3-5 for the Railroaders.
Six-Run Third Propels Canaries
The Sioux Falls Canaries scored six runs in the top of the third inning to help propel them to an 11-4 victory over the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Jabari Henry had the big hit of the inning, a bases clearing double. Charlie Valerio went 1-3 and scored three runs for the Canaries while Nick Gotta reached base all five times he came to the plate.
Max Murphy had his seventh homerun of the season for Winnipeg and Kyle Martin was 3-4. Martin also pitched a scoreless inning.
Saltdogs Rally to Down Cougars
The Lincoln Saltdogs found themselves trailing 3-1 heading in the bottom of the sixth inning, but scored three runs over the next three frames to defeat the Kane County Cougars, 4-3. Ryan Long plated two runs for Lincoln and Josh Altmann went 2-4 with two runs scored. Greg Minier earned the victory, tossing three scoreless innings and Logan Lombana came on in the ninth to close out the contest for his first save of the season.
Anfernee Seymour went 2-5 with two runs scored for Kane County and Luis Roman also had two hits. Christian DeLeon took the loss, allowing a run in two innings of work.
Smith, Milkmen Blank Dogs
Myles Smith continues his impressive start to the season, tossing five shutout innings as the Milwaukee Milkmen defeated the Chicago Dogs, 5-0. Smith allowed four hits and four walks while striking out five to earn his fourth victory of the season, lowering his ERA to 0.69. Four relievers came on to toss scoreless frames to close out the shutout. David Washington drove home a pair of runs and Brett Vertigan and Logan Trowbridge each had three hits for the Milkmen.
Chicago got a pair of hits from both Ryan Lidge and Anfernee Grier. Michael Crouse had the only other hit for the Dogs.
Monarchs Sweep Double-Header from Apollos
The Kansas City Monarchs swept a doubleheader from the Houston Apollos on Saturday, moving the team above .500 for the first time this season. In the opening contest Nick Travieso allowed two runs in six innings, striking out six to earn the victory. Gabriel Guerrero homered, including hitting a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning. Colin Willis and Alec Olmeda both went 2-3 with a run scored for Kansas City.
Alvaro Gonzalez went 2-2 with homerun for Houston. Brian Dansereau also homered for the Apollos.
In the nightcap, the Monarch scored four runs in the second on their way to an 8-4 victory. Ryan Grotjohn drove home three runs and Charcer Burks was a perfect 3-3 with two runs scored. Jameson McGrane came out of the bullpen to make the start and was devastating, striking out eight in three innings of work. Cody Mincey earned the victory, tossing two scoreless innings while striking out four.
Blake Berry had two of the three hits for Houston. Dansereau scored a run as did Breland Almadova.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Gabriel Guerrero (Kansas City Monarchs) 2-6, HR, 6 RBI, BB
No. 2 – Myles Smith (Milwaukee Milkmen) 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K
American Association Daily Notes
Milwaukee Milkmen right-hander Myles Smith and Sioux Falls Canaries left the Ty Culbreth both earned their fourth victory of the season on Saturday. That ties them with Kevin McGovern for the league lead in victories…The Gary SouthShore RailCats moved to 5-0 an extra-inning games this season… Sioux Falls Canaries SS Angelo Altavilla reached base for the 19th straight game, the longest streak in the American Association this season.
By Robert Pannier