RedHawks Rally in Ninth, Guerrero Powers Monarchs over Railroaders
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 another rain soaked day in the American Association as Gabriel Guerrero leads the Kansas City Monarchs to victory and the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks rally to down the Houston Apollos. Plus, three games are postponed because of rain.
Guerrero Drives in Four to Lead Monarchs
Gabriel Guerrero hit his third homerun of the season and drove in four to lead the Kansas City Monarchs to an 8-6 victory over the Cleburne Railroaders. Cleburne had taken a 5-4 lead in the top of the sixth, but Kansas City responded with four runs in the bottom half of the inning to retake the lead.
Dylan Baker was spectacular in relief, allowing one earned run in four innings while striking out five to earn the victory. Carlos Diaz came on to close out the ninth for his first save of the season. Hunter Clanin hit his third homer of the year for Cleburne. Zach Nehrir continues his torrid start, going 2-5 with a run scored.
RedHawks Rally in Ninth to Down Apollos
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Houston Apollos, 5-4. Houston erased a three-run deficit with a pair of runs in the fifth and sixth to take the lead. Ian Yetsko led the way with a two-run homer in the fifth and added an RBI single in the sixth as part of a three RBI game for the Houston infielder.
However, the Apollos could not hold the lead. In the bottom of the ninth, Jordan George homered to lead off the inning. Dylan Kelly followed with a double before Sam Dexter was hit by a pitch. Will Zimmerman attempted to move both runners over with a sacrifice, but the throw was wild, allowing Kelly to score the winning run. Logan Nissen earned the victory with 2.1 innings of shutout relief. Kelly finished 3-3 with two runs scored.
Canaries Soar over Saltdogs
The Sioux Falls Canaries opened their contest with the Lincoln Saltdogs with nine unanswered runs on their way to a 9-3 victory. Sioux Falls scored two runs in the second, three in the third, and four in the sixth before Lincoln would finally get on the board. Logan Landon finished 4-5 with a run and two RBI and Mike Hart homered as part of a three RBI performance. Jordan Ebert came out of retirement for Sioux Falls and had a huge contest, going 2-3 with two runs scored and three RBI. Ebert had a double and hit his first homer of the year.
Tyler Garkow pitched a gem for the Canaries. He allowed one unearned run on four hits in seven innings pitched, striking out seven. Ryan Long went 2-4 with his third homer of the season for Lincoln.
RailCats-Milkmen Rained Out
The contest between the Gary SouthShore RailCats in the Milwaukee Milkmen was ran down. It will be made up as part of a double-header on Saturday.
Goldeyes-Cougars Rained Out
The contest between the Winnipeg Goldeyes in the Kane County Cougars was postponed due to rain. The contest will be made up as part of a double-header on Saturday.
Explorers-Dogs Ran Out
The contest between the Sioux City Explorers in the Chicago Dogs was postponed because of rain. The contest will be made up as part of a double-header on Saturday.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Ian Yetsko (Houston Apollos) 2-4, R, HR, 3 RBI
No. 2 – Gabriel Guerrero (Kansas City Monarchs) 2-4, R, HR, 4 RBI
No. 1 – Jordan Ebert (Sioux Falls Canaries) 2-3, 2 R, Doube, HR, 3 RBI
American Association Daily Notes
Ramon Hernandez (Cleburne Railroaders) saw his seven-game hitting streak come to an end on Friday when he 10-5. Adam Brett Walker (Milwaukee Milkmen) has the longest hitting streak in the American Association this season, currently at seven games.
By Robert Pannier