Saltdogs Sweep Double-Header, Kelly Leads RedHawks, Reyes Dominates for Goldeyes
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 Friday, including the Lincoln Saltdogs sweeping a double-header from the Kansas City Monarchs and the Kane County Cougars rallying to defeat the Sioux City Explorers late. Plus, a seven run second inning leads the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks to victory. This plus much more.
Saltdogs Sweep Double-Header
A five-run sixth inning proved to be too much as the Lincoln Saltdogs defeated the Kansas City Monarchs in the first game of their double-header on Friday evening. Kyle Bartlett started for Lincoln and was outstanding, allowing a single run through the first six innings. The Saltdogs led by a run entering the sixth, but a two-run homer by Josh Altmann extended the lead to three. Lincoln added three more runs in the inning, and that proved to be critical as Kansas City battled back with four in the bottom of the seventh but still fell, 7-5. James Pugliese came on to close out the contest.
In the second game, Lincoln scored two runs in the top of the first, then made that stand in a 2-1 victory. Greg Minier was outstanding, allowing one run on two hits in four innings to earn the victory. The Saltdogs bullpen did the rest, tossing three scoreless innings, including a scoreless seventh by Pugliese to earn the save in both contests. Curt Smith and Ryan Long had the loan RBIs for Lincoln. Johnny Field took the loss, despite pitching well. Field allowed two unearned runs in three innings. The Monarchs bullpen tossed four shutout frames.
Jones, Dogs Ground Apollos
A.J. Jones tossed eight shutout innings to lead the Chicago Dogs to a 5-3 victory over the Houston Apollos. Jones was outstanding, allowing one hit through the first eight frames, but Houston rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth thanks to two singles and a three-run homer by Dom DeRenzo. That pulled the team within two before Juan Echevarria came on to close out the contest for his first save of the season.
Michael Crouse hit his fifth homer of the year for Chicago. Johnny Adams had two hits and scored two runs and T.J. Bennett was 3-4 with a run and an RBI.
Big Second Inning Send RedHawks Soaring
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks scored seven runs in the second inning on their way to a 14-4 victory over the Milwaukee Milkmen. Dylan Kelly got the inning going with an RBI single, one of four RBI on the day for Kelly. Sam Dexter followed with a two-run single, as he drove in three runs. Nick Novak hit a pinch-hit homerun later in the contest, his first of the season. Brent Jones earned the victory, allowing three runs in five innings.
Adam Brett Walker II continues his assault on the American Association homerun record, hitting two in the contest. Aaron Hill finished 2-2 with an RBI and a walk.
Cougars Late Surge Dooms Explorers
The Sioux City Explorers battled back from a two-run deficit, scoring single runs in the fifth and the sixth to tie the score. However, the Kane County Cougars scored three runs in the top of the eighth to earn a 5-2 victory. Gavin LaValley had the big hit of the frame, a three-run homer, his ninth of the year. Tyler Viza started for Kane County and was outstanding, allowing two runs in six innings. He left with the no decision. Kyle Huckaby came on and tossed 1.1 innings to earn the victory. Mark Seyler closed out the game for his sixth save of the year.
That ruined a big night by Zach Hedges, who allowed two runs on four hits in seven innings for Sioux City. Jose Sermo and Sebastian Zawada drove in the runs for the Explorers.
Error Leads Goldeyes by RailCats
Max Murphy scored on an error in the top of the eighth inning to give the Winnipeg Goldeyes a 3-2 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. This was a great pitching battle between Eduard Reyes and Trevor Lubking, as both teams could only manufacture a pair of runs through the first seven innings. Reyes wound up earning the victory, allowing two runs on two hits in eight innings while striking out eight. José José came on in the ninth to close out the contest for his fourth save of the season. Murphy finished a perfect 3-3 with two runs scored.
Lubking pitched very well, allowing two earned runs in 7.2 innings. He struck out nine.
Railroaders Hold Off Canaries
A four-run second inning proved to be the difference for the Cleburne Railroaders as they defeated the Sioux Falls Canaries, 9-7. Jesus Sanchez earned the victory for Cleburne, allowing four runs in five innings. Kyle Chavez came on in the eighth inning and got his team out of a jam, inducing Wyatt Ulrich pop out with the bases loaded. Tyler Wilson then came on in the ninth to close out the game for his fourth save of the season.
Ulrich extended his hitting streak to 21 straight games.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Eduard Reyes (Winnipeg Goldeyes) 8.0 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 2 ER, 8 K
No. 2 – A.J. Jones (Chicago Dogs) 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 3 ER, 7 K
American Association Daily Notes
Sioux Falls Canaries OF Wyatt Ulrich extended his hitting streak to 21 straight games. That is the longest in the American Association this season. He also reached base for the 25th straight game, also tops in the league this year… Adam Brett Walker II homered twice in the loss to Fargo. He now leads the American Association with 18 home runs. That is the third multiple homerun game of the season for Walker…With two saves on Friday evening, James Pugliese is now tied with Sioux City Explorers closer Matt Pobereyko for the league lead with 12…Gary SouthShore RailCats starter Trevor Lubking leads the American Association in innings pitched at 62.1…The Kansas City Monarchs are now 4-4 in double-headers. They have played the most double-header games this season.
By Robert Pannier