Saltdogs Earn Walk-Off Win, Beardsley Dominates, Young Gives Up Run
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 six great games in the American Association on Thursday, including Tyler Beardsley dominating for Kane County Cougars, the Lincoln Saltdogs rally to earn walk-off win, and the Kansas City Monarchs battle back for extra-inning victory.
Game Recaps for Thursday
Monarchs Rally to Complete Sweep
The Kansas City Monarchs found themselves trailing by four entering the eighth, but rallied to force extra innings, before winning in the 10th. Edwin Diaz was the star of the game, going 2-3 with two runs scored while knocking in three. Grant Gavin earned the victory in relief and Miller Hogan came on to record his first save of the year.
The game was scoreless through three, but Fargo-Moorhead scored two in both the fourth and fifth innings to take the lead. Correlle Prime drilled a two-run homer in the fourth and Leobaldo Pina and John Silviano drove in runs in the fourth. Jake Dykhoff started for the RedHawks and tossed five shutout innings, but the Monarchs rallied in the eighth, scoring two to cut the deficit in half. In the ninth, Kansas City took the lead when Diaz drilled a three-run homer, his third of the season, but Silviano doubled in the bottom of the frame, knotting the score at five. That sent the game to extra innings where Johneshwy Fargas delivered the game-winning hit to give the Monarchs the victory.
Five players had two hits for Kansas City. Fargas drove in two. Silviano and Prime each drove in two for Fargo-Moorhead. The victory moved the Monarchs 2.5 games ahead of the RedHawks for first place in the West Division.
Canaries Rally to Down Goldeyes
The Sioux Falls Canaries scored four in the eighth inning, completing a rally from a three-run deficit to defeat the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 7-5. A day after homering twice, Mike Hart led the way, driving in three.
Winnipeg took the lead in the top of the third as Andy Armstrong plated two with a double and he scored on a single by Jacob Bockelie. Sioux Falls scored a run in the bottom half of the frame, beginning the comeback. The teams each scored single runs twice, but it was a four run eighth that erased a 5-3 deficit, giving the Canaries the victory. The team needed just two hits as two walks, a single and a ground out drove home the runs.
Jose Cruz earned the win in relief and Charlie Hasty came on to record his fifth save of the season. Wyatt Ulrich went 3-4 with a run and an RBI and Jabari Henry added two RBI. Najee Gaskins and Armstrong each had two RBI for Winnipeg.
Young Continues to Dominate in Milkmen Victory
The scoreless streak came to an end, but Christian Young was still in command, allowing one run in six innings as the Milwaukee Milkmen defeated the Cleburne Railroaders, 3-1. Young went 23 innings before giving up his first run. Three relievers each tossed a scoreless frame, with Nate Hadley closing out the contest for his ninth save of the year.
The Railroaders took the lead in the third when Delino DeShields drove home Elmer Reyes with a single. Kyle Kalich was brilliant through five, holding the Milkmen off the scoreboard, but he came out in the sixth and Milwaukee immediately tied the score. Reggie Pruitt doubled to score Drew Ward. An inning later, Aaron Hill homered to put Milwaukee on top and Gabriel Cancel followed with an RBI double.
Kalich allowed six hits in five scoreless frames. Brandon Bell took the loss.
Four-Run Frame Propels Explorers
The Sioux City Explorers found themselves trailing by two after the Gary SouthShore RailCats scored three in the top of the fifth. However, Sioux City responded with four in the bottom of the frame to earn a 6-3 victory. That made a winner of Heitor Tokar. Three relievers combined to toss four scoreless frames with Sean Rackoski tossing a scoreless ninth for his third save of the year.
The RailCats trailed by a run, but scored three in the fifth. Daniel Lingua had a sacrifice fly and a balk made it 2-1. Francisco Del Valle drove home the final run of Gary with a single. Sioux City responded right away. Miguel Sierra singled to pull the Explorers within one and Vince Fernandez drilled a three-run homer two batters later. Sierra added a sacrifice fly in the sixth to close out the scoring.
Jake Ortega and Delvin Zinn each had two hits for Sioux City. No player on the RailCats had more than one hit. Edward Cuello took the loss.
Beardsley Dominates for Cougars
Tyler Beardsley continues to dominate for the Kane County Cougars, this time throwing seven scoreless innings to lead his team to a 7-0 victory over the Chicago Dogs. Beardsley allowed three hits. Keith Rogalla and Logan Nissen each tossed a scoreless frame.
The Cougars took the lead in the second when Jonah Davis hit a solo homer, his seventh home run of the year. In the third, Josh Allen added a two-run shot, his fifth of the year. Daniel Wasinger added a sacrifice fly in the fourth and Gio Brusa delivered a two-run double in the fifth. The final run came home on an RBI single by Davis in the seventh.
Matt Bottcher and Jesus Lujano each had two hits for Chicago, the only four hits by the Dogs on the day. Brusa had four hits and two RBI and T.J. Bennett was 3-5 with two runs scored.
Anderson Walk-Off Grand Slam Gives Saltdogs Victory
Nick Anderson drilled a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Lincoln Saltdogs an 11-8 victory over the Lake Country DockHounds. Lincoln had held a 7-3 lead coming out of the fourth, but Lake Country rallied for five in the top of the fifth to take the lead. However, Anderson dashed the DockHounds hopes, drilling his 11th homer of the year to give the Saltdogs their fifth victory in the last six games.
Lincoln hit three homers in the game, including Drew Devine, who went 3-4 with three runs scored and three RBI. Yanio Perez also had three RBI. Marcus Chiu homered twice for Lake Country, going 4-4 with five RBI.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Edwin Diaz (Kansas City Monarchs) 2-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 RBI, HR
No. 2 – Tyler Beardsley (Kane County Cougars) 7.0 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 0 ER, 4 K
No. 1 – Marcus Chiu (Lake Country DockHounds) 4-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI
American Association Daily Notes
Milwaukee Milkmen right-hander Christian Young saw his consecutive scoreless inning streak come to an end when the Cleburne Railroaders scored a run in the third. Young had not been scored upon since the third inning of his start against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks on May 28… Kane County right-hander Tyler Beardsley has allowed two or fewer earned runs in all of his seven starts…
Fargo-Moorhead: Signed RHP Garrett Alexander
Lincoln: Signed C Marshal Awtry and INF Carson Maxwell
Sioux Falls: Signed C Shamoy Christopher, INF Carson Clowers, RHP Matt Gill and RHP Seth Miller
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By Robert Pannier