RailCats Snap Railroaders Streak, Goldeyes Pound Dogs, Monarchs 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 games in the American Association on Tuesday, the Kansas City Monarchs rallying from a six-run deficit to defeat the Milwaukee Milkmen, the Gary SouthShore RailCats snap the eight-game winning streak of the Cleburne Railroaders, and Winnipeg Goldeyes down the Chicago Dogs. This and much more.
Francis, RailCats End Railroaders Win Streak
The Gary SouthShore RailCats scored five runs in the fourth and six in the fifth to earn a 13-5 victory over the Cleburne Railroaders on Tuesday. The victory snapped the eight-game winning streak for Cleburne and moved the RailCats a half-game ahead of Cleburne in the standings.
The Railroaders took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third, but Gary SouthShore took command of this game in the bottom of the fourth. A single by Jackson Smith brought home two runners in the inning. In the fifth, Smith added another two-run single and Michael Woodworth added a two-run double.
That was more than enough support for Harrison Francis, who allowed two runs in 6.2 innings, striking out 10. Garrett Alexander took the loss for the Railroaders, giving up seven runs in 4.1 innings. Zach Nehrir had three hits and drove in three for Cleburne.
Goldeyes Crush Dogs
The Winnipeg Goldeyes scored two runs in the first and added three in the second on their way to a 12-2 victory over the Chicago Dogs in their series opener. Winnipeg took the lead in the top the first in a two-run homer by Max Murphy. For Murphy, it was his 20th homerun of the season. An inning later, Hidekel Gonzalez added a two-run double.
The Goldeyes held a 5-2 lead until the bottom of the sixth when they scored seven runs to blow this game open. The Goldeyes sent 11 men to the plate in the inning. David Washington closed out the scoring with a two-run homer, his 16th of the year.
Freisis Adames pitched very well for Winnipeg, allowing two runs in 5.0 innings. The bullpen then tossed four scoreless innings. Murphy finished with two hits, two runs scored, and three RBI. Logan Hill and Kevin Lachance each had three hits. Grant Kay hit his 11th homerun of the season for Chicago.
Monarchs Battle Back to Down Milkmen
The Kansas City Monarchs found themselves trailing by six coming out of the first inning, but rallied for nine unanswered runs before holding on for 9-8 victory. The Kansas City bullpen was spectacular, tossing 7.1 innings of scoreless relief before Jameson McGrane gave up two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Milwaukee jumped out in front, scoring six runs on six hits in the first inning. Bryan Torres closed out the scoring with a two-run single. The Monarchs began to chip away in the third, scoring four runs and added another in the sixth to pull within one. In the seventh, Kansas City took the lead on a two-run single by David Thompson. Entering the ninth, the Monarchs held a three-run lead, but Milwaukee rallied to pull within one. However, McGrane was able to strike out Dylan Kelly to in the contest.
Jordan Martinson earned the victory, tossing three scoreless frames. Darnell Sweeney was 3-5 with two runs scored, and Chad De La Guerra had two hits, scored two runs, and drove in three. Torres and Correlle Prime were both 3-5 with two runs scored and two RBI for the Milkmen.
Alexander, Boscan Lead RedHawks in Victory
Evan Alexander and Manuel Boscan combined to go 7-11 with five runs scored and four RBI to lead the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks to a 12-3 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries. The score was tied at three entering the top of the fourth when Fargo-Moorhead took the lead for good on a Nick Novak ground out. Leobaldo Pina drove in Manuel Boscan an inning later, and Sam Dexter added a two-run homer in the top of the sixth.
In the ninth, the RedHawks blew this game open, scoring five runs. Boscan had the big blow of the inning, drilling a two run double. He finished 3-6 with a run and four RBI, including hitting his 12th homerun of the season. Alexander finished 4-5 with four runs scored. Dexter also had four hits, scored three runs, and drove in three.
Trey Michalczewski hit his seventh homerun of the season as part of a two-hit performance. He drove in three.
Explorers-Saltdogs Split Double-Header
The Lincoln Saltdogs received three outstanding innings of relief to earn a 7-4 victory over the Sioux City Explorers in the opener of their double-header on Tuesday. Sioux City responded with seven runs in the top of the sixth in Game 2 to take the second contest, 10-5.
In the opener, the Saltdogs were trailing by a run entering the bottom the third, but scored two in the third, three in the fourth, and two in the fifth. Hunter Clanin put his team on top with a two-run blast, his sixth of the year. The Explorers responded with a three-run homer from Blake Tiberi to retake the lead, but Welington Dotel homered and Drew Devine delivered a two run single to put Lincoln on top for good. Josh Altmann added a two-run homer in the fifth.
Matt Cronin earned the victory with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief. Altmann and Clanin were both 1-3 with a run in two RBI. Devine had two hits and drove in two. Tiberi had two hits and drove in three for Sioux City.
In Game 2, the Explorers took a one run lead in the top of the fourth when Ademar Rifaela hit a two-run homer. Sioux City then blew this game open in the top of the sixth, sending 12 men to the plate and scoring seven runs. Tiberi had a two run double in the frame, finishing 2-5 with two runs scored and three RBI. Tiberi also homered in the contest. Tyler Rando was 3-3 with two runs scored and Rifaela had two hits, scored two runs, and drove in two.
Altmann had three hits in the loss, driving in two.
DockHounds Score Early to Down Cougars
The Lake Country DockHounds scored seven runs through the first three innings on their way to a 10-6 victory over the Kane County Cougars. Lamar Briggs led off the bottom of the first with his seventh homerun of the season to put Lake Country on top. Jimmy Kerrigan tied the score with his 19th homerun of the season and Kane County jumped on top on a Galli Cribbs RBI single. However, Daikan Yoh hit a two-run blast in the bottom half of the inning to put the DockHounds back on top.
Kane County retook the lead on Kerrigan’s second homerun of the game, but Lake Country retook the lead for good in the bottom of the third on a three-run homer by Gio Brusa. Jake Snider followed with a run to make it 7-4. T.J. Bennett later homered in the game to give Late Country five homeruns in the contest.
Bennett finished 3-3 with three runs scored and an RBI. Snider had two hits, scored three runs, and drove in two. Kerrigan was 3-4 with two runs and five RBI for the Cougars. Josh Rolette had four hits.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Evan Alexander (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) 4-5, 4 R, SB, BB
No. 2 – Blake Tiberi (Sioux City Explorers) 4-8, 3 R, Double, 2 HR, 6 RBI
No. 1 – Jimmy Kerrigan (Kane County Cougars) 3-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI
American Association Daily Notes
The Cleburne Railroaders saw their eight-game winning streak on Tuesday evening. IF Kacy Clemens extended his hitting streak to 17 straight games in the loss.
Fargo-Moorhead: Placed INF Drew Ward on the Injured List retroactive to July 11; INF Jordan Garr
Gary SouthShore: Released RHP Jacob Asa and OF Alec Olund
Kane County: Placed RHP Danny Taggart on the Inactive List retroactive to July 11
Lincoln: Activated LHP Greg Minier from the Injured List
Milwaukee: Placed RHP Karch Kowalczyk on the Injured List retroactive to July 9
By Robert Pannier