Roskam Streak Continues, Saltdogs-RedHawks Split, Verburg Wins Duel
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 seven games in the American Association on Tuesday, including Mitchell Verburg outdueling Joey Matulovich in a Sioux City Explorers victory, Juan Hillman dominates for the Lake Country DockHounds, and the Chicago Dogs outslug the Cleburne Railroaders.
Game Recaps for Tuesday
Rosa Drives in Seven in Dogs Victory
Dylan Rosa recorded three hits and drove in seven as the Chicago Dogs defeated the Cleburne Railroaders, 16-8. Chicago scored three in the second, two in the third, three in the fourth and in the sixth, and added five more in the seventh. Every player in the starting lineup but one had at least one hit. That ruined a big day for Jose Sermo, who homered twice and drove in four.
Johnni Turbo drove home two in the second and Rosa and Matt Bottcher delivered back-to-back RBI doubles in the third. In the fourth, the Railroaders rallied, scoring three when Sermo cracked his 21st homer of the year, but the Dogs responded with three of their own in the bottom half of the inning on a bases clearing triple by Rosa. In the fourth, Cleburne scored five as Bret Boswell hit a three-run homer and Sermo followed with a solo shot. However, it was all Chicago from there. Josh Altmann hit a two-run homer in the sixth, and Rosa hit a three-run shot in the seventh.
Jonathan Cheshire earned the victory in relief. Turbo had four hits and drove in three. Altmann had three hits, three runs scored, and two RBI.
Cougars Edge Milkmen
Hector Sanchez singled home the winning run in the bottom of the eighth to give the Kane County Cougars a 6-5 victory over the Milwaukee Milkmen. Logan Nissen earned the win and Daniel Bies recorded his 13th save of the year.
Milwaukee held a two-run lead until the fourth when the Cougars tied the score. The Milkmen retook the lead on the 11th homer of the season by Cam Balego. Kane County immediately responded, scoring three in the bottom of the inning to take their first lead of the game. Cornelius Randolph had a two-run single. The Milkmen did a little responding of their own, tying the score in the top of the sixth on a two-run homer by Michael Crouse, his fourth of the year. The score remained tied until the bottom of the eighth when Jonah Davis led off with a double and scored on a single by Sanchez.
Hillman Declaws RailCats
Juan Hillman tossed seven scoreless innings, leading the Lake Country DockHounds to an 8-1 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Hillman allowed two hits while striking out four to earn his second victory of the year.
Lake Country took the lead in the bottom of the second on a two-run homer by Marek Chlup, his third home run of the year. Demetrius Sims drove home a run with a double in the third and Jaxx Groshans blew this game open when he drilled a three-run homer in the fourth, his seventh of the year.
Verburg, Explorers Blank Goldeyes
Mitchell Verburg tossed 7.2 scoreless innings, guiding the Sioux City Explorers to a 2-0 victory over the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Brandon Brosher got the final out of the eighth and Sean Rackoski came on in the ninth to record his 17th save of the year.
Joey Matulovich was pitching well for Winnipeg, but the Explorers finally broke through for two runs in the fourth. Vince Fernandez hit a two-run homer, his 15th of the year. Winnipeg recorded just five hits in the game, three by Andy Armstrong.
Seven-Run Seventh Propels Monarchs
The Kansas City Monarchs score seven runs in the seventh, erased a two-run deficit as they defeated the Sioux Falls Canaries, 11-6. Taylor Snyder hit his first home run since joining the Monarchs, driving in four. The loss snapped the eight-game winning streak for the Canaries.
The Canaries got off to a strong start, jumping out to a 6-1 advantage. Mike Hart hit a two-run homer in the first and Hunter Clanin led off the second with his 13th homer of the year. In the fourth, Clanin led off with his second homer of the game and Ozzie Martinez added an RBI single to extend the lead to five. However, the Monarchs put three on the board in the fifth on a three-run homer by Justin Wylie, then caught fire in the seventh, sending 11 batters to the plate. Chris Herrmann put his team on top with a two-run double, and Snyder closed the scoring with a three-run home run.
Alex Valdez earned the victory while Jose Cruz took the loss. Herrmann had three hits and two RBI and Snyder had two hits. Hart and Martinez each had two hits for Sioux Falls.
RedHawks-Saltdogs Split Double-Header
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat the Lincoln Saltdogs in the first game of their double-header, 3-2, splitting the twin bill. This was a continuation of a June 4 game that was scoreless after three. When the contest resumed, the Saltdogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth on a two-run double by Aaron Takacs. The contest stayed that way through seven, as the Lincoln bullpen was shutting down the RedHawks offense, but Fargo-Moorhead finally rallied in the eighth. Dillon Thomas cut the deficit in half with an RBI double and Leobaldo Pina hit a two-run homer two batters later.
Colten Davis earned the win and Reza Aleaziz earned his seventh save of the year. R.J. Freure took the loss.
In the regularly scheduled game, the RedHawks took a one-run lead in the first but, this time, it was Lincoln battling back. The Saltdogs took the lead in the top of the first, but the RedHawks jumped on top when Pina hit a two-run homer in the bottom half of the frame. Lincoln retook the lead in the fifth only to see the RedHawks tie the score in the bottom of the sixth. The score remained tied, sending it to extra innings. The Saltdogs put up three in the top of the eighth, then held on for the one-run victory.
David Holmberg earned the win, allowing three runs in seven innings. David Zoz got the save. Tasker Strobel took the loss.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Juan Hillman (Lake Country DockHounds) 7.0 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 4 K, 0 ER
No. 2 – Mitchell Verburg (Sioux City Explorers) 7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 0 ER, 6 K
No. 1 – Dylan Rosa (Chicago Dogs) 3-6, 2 R, 7 RBI, Double, Triple, HR
American Association Daily Notes
Lincoln Saltdogs catcher Luke Roskam has now reached base in 45 consecutive games, getting on base in both games of the double-header on Tuesday… The Sioux Falls Canaries saw their eight-game winning streak end.
August 15, 2023
Chicago: Removed OF David Maberry from the Injured List and placed him on the Inactive List retroactive to July 27
Gary SouthShore: Released RHP Luis Madero
Kansas City: Removed INF Peter Maris from the Injured List and placed him on the Inactive List retroactive to July 29
Lake Country: Released LHP Tyler Pike; Placed INF Brian Rey on the Inactive List retroactive to August 14; Placed OF Aaron Simmons on the Injured List retroactive to August 10; Signed INF Will Salas; Claimed RHP Edgar García off waivers from Fargo-Moorhead
August 14, 2023
Gary SouthShore: Placed OF Will Decker on the Injured List retroactive to August 4; Acquired LHP Daniel Vitriago from Billings (Pioneer League) for a player to be named later; Signed LHP Daniel Vitriago
Kane County: Released INF Donivan Williams
Sioux City: Placed RHP Francys Peguero on the Injured List retroactive to August 2 God what would you do today
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By Robert Pannier