Saltdogs Win in 11, Dogs Take Four, Clanin Powers Canaries
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 six games in the American Association on Friday, including the Hunter Clanin powering the Sioux Falls Canaries to victory, the Lincoln Saltdogs slugfest and 11, and the Kansas City Monarchs Rally late to defeat the Lake Country DockHounds.
Game Recaps for Friday
Dogs Rally to Defeat Railroaders
The Chicago Dogs scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning to defeat the Cleburne Railroaders, 5-4. The Dogs have taken the first four games of the series, holding a two-game edge over the Gary SouthShore RailCats.
Chicago jumped out in front, scoring three runs in the first inning. Cleburne was held off the scoreboard through the first four innings by Trevor Lane, but scored single runs in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings to tie the game. However, Chicago produced two more in the top of the eighth, then held on for the 5-4 victory.
Josh Altmann hit his league-leading seventh home run of the season, scoring twice and driving in three. Adam McIntyre earned the victory and Brian Schlitter came on in the ninth to earn his second save of the season. Alex Jackson had three hits for Cleburne.
RedHawks Hold Off Milkmen
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks jumped out to a five-run lead, then held on for a 6-4 victory over the Milwaukee Milkmen. Fargo-Moorhead jumped out in front, scoring two in the top of the fourth and added three more in the sixth, thanks to a three-run homer by John Silviano, his second of the season.
Milwaukee responded with three runs in the bottom of the sixth as Bryan Torres drove home a run with a double and Miguel Gomez followed with his first home run of the year. The Milkmen pulled within one, but the RedHawks sealed the victory in the top of the ninth thanks to an RBI double by Evan Alexander.
Correlle Prime earned his first career victory as a starter, tossing five shutout innings. Reid Birlingmair recorded the final two outs for his seventh save of the season. Silviano drove in four runs.
Saltdogs Down Explorers in 11
Nate Samson scored on a throwing error in the top of the 11th inning to help the Lincoln Saltdogs earn an 11-10 victory over the Sioux City Explorers. R.J. Freure earned the victory and Matt Cronin came on to record his second save of the season.
The game was tied at one heading into the top of the third when Luke Roskam drilled a two-run double. In the bottom half of the inning Daniel Perez hit his second home run of the season, a three-run shot that put the Explorers on top. The teams exchanged a runs in the fourth and Sioux City extended their lead to three, scoring single runs in the fifth and sixth. However, Lincoln took the lead in the top of the seventh, as Nick Anderson and Roskam delivered RBI singles and Yanio Perez hit a two-run homer.
Sioux City tied the score in the bottom of the eighth, sending the contest extra innings. Both teams scored in the 10th, but Sampson came home with the winning run on a throwing error in the 11th to give the Saltdogs the victory.
Roskam finished with two hits and three RBI and Perez drove in two and scored twice for the Saltdogs. Daniel Perez drove in 34 Sioux City, and Matt Lloyd reached base five times, scoring twice.
Five-Run Seventh Propels Canaries
The Sioux Falls Canaries scored five runs in the top of the seventh to earn an 8-4 victory over the Winnipeg Goldeyes. This game was tied at three, but the outburst made a victor of Christian Johnson, who allowed a run in two innings of relief.
The teams exchanged runs in the first inning, and Winnipeg jumped on top in the third thanks to an error. Sioux City retook the lead, scoring two in the top of the fifth, but the Goldeyes responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning. That had the score tied at three heading into the seventh, where Jabari Henry drew a bases-loaded walk to drive home Marshall Rich and, two batters later, Hunter Clanin drilled a grand slam, his second homer of the year.
Jordan Barth, Wyatt Ulrich, and Darnell Sweeney each had two hits for Sioux Falls and Henry drove in two. Dayson Croes had two hits for Winnipeg and Max Murphy drove in two, hitting his second homer of the year.
Monarchs Rally to Down DockHounds
The Lake Country DockHounds took a 5-3 lead coming out of the fifth, but the Kansas City Monarchs scored three runs in the top of the seventh to earn a 6-5 victory. Chris Herrmann had four hits, including hitting his fifth home run of the year. Zach Matson earned the victory, tossing four scoreless innings of relief.
Kansas City took the lead in the top of the first on a sacrifice fly by Jan Hernandez. Lake Country got on the board in the third, scoring twice to take the lead, but the Monarchs tied the score when Herrmann led off the fourth with a home run. The DockHounds regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a Brian Rey single, but Kansas City tied the score once again, as Jacob Robson drilled a solo homer in the fifth. Once again, Lake Country responded, scoring two runs in the bottom half of the inning as Aaron Simmons drilled a two-run homer, his first of the year.
That sent the game to the seventh where Micker Adolfo singled to cut the deficit to one and Dylan Rosa followed with a two run double to put his team on top for good. Hernandez finished with three hits and Robson had two for the Monarchs. Simmons went 1-2 with a run scored and three RBI for the DockHounds.
Cougars Take Opener in Gary
The Kane County Cougars jumped out to a six-run lead, then held on for a 9-5 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Westin Muir earned his first victory of the season, allowing one earned run in 5.1 innings. The victory was the second in a row for the Cougars, and comes after the team had lost seven straight.
Kane County took the lead in the top of the second, as Josh Allen delivered a bases clearing double. Pete Kozma extended the lead to five with a two run double in the fourth and Cesar Trejo led off the fifth with his first home run of the year.
The RailCats were down, but scored a run in the bottom of the sixth. Kane County responded with three in the top of the seventh, including J.D. Osborne hitting his first home run of the year. The RailCats would not go quietly, scoring three runs on zero hits in the bottom of the seventh, drawing three bases-loaded walks, but left the bases-loaded. The RailCats added one more in the ninth, but fell short.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Matt Lloyd (Sioux City Explorers) 2-2, 2 R, RBI, 3 BB, HBP
No. 2 – Chris Herrmann (Kansas City Monarchs) 4-5, 2 R, HR, RBI, Double
No. 1 – Correlle Prime (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) 5.0 IP, 0 H, 2 BB, 0 ER, 3 K
American Association Daily Notes
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks OF Dillon Thomas and Gary SouthShore RailCats OF LG Castillo both extended their hitting streaks to 13 straight games… RedHawks closer Reid Birlingmair recorded his league-leading seventh save of the season… Chicago Dogs shortstop Josh Altmann homered for the seventh time. He leads the American Association in homers… The Gary SouthShore RailCats have lost the first contest of each of their five series this season… Kane County Cougars right-hander Westin Muir earned his first victory of the season on Friday. He is now a perfect 8-0 in his professional career.
Kane County: Claimed INF Gio Brusa off waivers from Kansas City; Placed INF Gio Brusa on the Injured List retroactive to May 15
Lake Country: Signed RHP Matt Mullenbach
Sioux Falls Placed RHP Akeem Bostick on the Injured List retroactive to May 18; Activated RHP Tony Lanier from the Inactive List; Signed RHP Chris Hardin
American Association Stories at Minor League Sports Report
By Robert Pannier