Ventura Dominates for DockHounds, Schugel Shines for Milkmen, Railroaders Rally to Win in 10
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 Wednesday, including Angel Ventura returning from the disabled list to toss a complete-game shutout for the Lake Country DockHounds, A.J. Schugel shines for Milwaukee Milkmen, and the Cleburne Railroaders rallied from 10 runs down to defeat the Gary SouthShore RailCats in 10 innings. This and much more.
Dogs Down Goldeyes Behind Early Runs
The Chicago Dogs opened with 12 unanswered runs, then held on for a 12-6 victory over the Winnipeg Goldeyes. The Dogs scored five runs in the bottom of the first thanks to a two-run homer by K.C. Hobson, RBI singles by Ryan Lidge and Trent Bauer, and an RBI double by Grant Kay.
In the fourth, the Dogs added four more runs and Lidge added a two-run homer as part of a three run fifth inning to give Chicago a dominating 12-0 lead. Jordan Kipper tossed five scoreless innings, but Winnipeg got on the board in the top of the sixth and put up four more in the eighth thanks to homeruns by David Washington and Deon Stafford. However, the Goldeyes would get no closer.
Kipper allowed two runs in 6.0 innings. Lidge finished 2-5 with three runs and four RBI. Charlie Tilson had three hits and scored three runs. Max Murphy had three hits and scored two runs for Winnipeg and Washington had two hits and drove in three.
Ventura Shines in Return to DockHounds
A brief stint on the disabled list proved to be all that right-hander Angel Ventura needed as he tossed a four-hit shut out to lead the Lake Country DockHounds to a 5-0 lead over the Kane County Cougars. Ventura had entered the contest with an 11.70 ERA since joining Lake Country, but was absolutely dominant, allowing four hits and no walks while striking out seven in tossing the complete-game shutout.
The offense stake to their starter to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Wilfredo Gimenez drove home Gio Brusa with a sacrifice fly. In the fifth, Tristen Carranza led off with a homerun and T. J. Bennett made it a three-run lead with an RBI single. Two innings later, Zion Pettigrew hit a two-run shot to close out the scoring.
Carranza finished with two hits and scored two runs. Brusa and Effrain Contreras had two hits as well. Vance Worley allowed four earned runs in 7.2 innings to earn the loss.
Schugel Dominates in Milkmen Victory
A.J. Schugel was impressive in his second start of the season, tossing five scoreless innings to help lead the Milwaukee Milkmen to a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Monarchs. Schugel was in a heated battle with Matt Hall as neither team could get on the scoreboard through the first three innings. However, the Milkmen took the lead in the bottom of the fourth when Will Kengor hit his eighth homerun of the year. Two innings later, Milwaukee extended their lead to two on an RBI single by Keon Barnum.
Schugel was in complete command through the first five innings, allowing four hits and no walks. D.J. Sharabi tossed a scoreless sixth, but Kansas City finally got on the board in the top of the seventh on an RBI single by Pete Kozma.
However, that would be the only run that the Monarchs would score, as Juan Echevarria tossed a scoreless eighth and Rodrigo Benoit came on in the ninth to earn his second save of the season. Kengor finished with two hits. Kozma had two hits for the Monarchs.
Railroaders Rally to Down RailCats
The Cleburne Railroaders rallied from a 10-run deficit, scoring 12 runs over the final four frames, including five in extra-innings, to earn a 16-13 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Gary SouthShore had jumped out in front by scoring three in the first, four in the second, and four in the fourth. Jackson Smith homered in the second and Victor Nova drove in a run in each of the three frames.
Edward Cuello started for the RailCats and allowed one run through 3.1 innings but left in the fourth inning. Nick Garcia then came on, and things began to unravel quickly. The Railroaders scored a run in the fifth, then put two more on the board in the sixth. Cleburne scored three runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to pull within a run. Zach Nehrir and Hill Alexander homered in the seventh and Chuck Taylor added a two-run double in the eighth.
Cleburne still trailed by one heading to the ninth, but tied the score on a sacrifice fly by Nick Shumpert. That sent the game to extra innings, where a two run double by Kacy Clemens and a three-run homer by Alexander, his second of the contest, put Cleburne on top for the first time in the game.
The Railroaders hit five home runs in the contest, including shots by Hector Sanchez and Shumpert. Sam Abbott hit his 11th for the RailCats. Jesus Marriaga drove in three runs and scored three runs. Clemens had four hits and Alexander scored three runs and drove in five.
Five-Run 10th Sends RedHawks Soaring
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks broke a 2-2 tie, scoring five runs in the top of the 10th inning to walk away with a 7-2 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries. The Canaries took the lead in the bottom of the first on a Jabari Henry homerun, his 21st of the year. The RedHawks tied the score with a run in the top of the fourth and took the lead in the top of the fifth on a Manuel Boscan double. Sioux Falls responded right away in the bottom of the fifth, as Zane Gurwitz hit his third homerun of the year.
Kevin McGovern started for the RedHawks, and was outstanding, allowing two runs in 6.2 innings. Neil Lang was just as brilliant for the Canaries, allowing two runs through the first 6.0 innings. Sioux Falls received three scoreless frames from their bullpen while Tanner Riley came on for Fargo-Moorhead in the seventh and tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. That sent the contest into the 10th where Christian Correa gave his team the lead with an RBI single. A sacrifice fly made it to run lead and Boscan drove home two more runs to put the game out of reach.
Leobaldo Pina and Rymer Liriano each had two hits for the RedHawks. Henry had two hits for the Canaries.
Six-Run Sixth Propels Saltdogs
The Lincoln Saltdogs scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on their way to a 9-4 victory over the Sioux City Explorers. Lincoln held a 3-2 lead heading to the bottom of the sixth, but sent 10 men to the plate, scoring six runs on just two hits. Explorers’ pitchers walked five batters in the inning, including two with the bases loaded. Skyler Weber had the big blow of the frame, drilling a grand slam, his fourth of the year.
That was more than enough support for Garett Delano, who allowed two runs in 5.0 innings. Kevin McCanna took the loss, allowing four hits and six walks in 4.2 innings. Trey Martin was 2-4 with a run and three RBI for the Explorers. Weber finished with two hits and four RBI for the Saltdogs.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – A.J. Schugel (Milwaukee Milkmen) 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, 2 K
No. 2 – Hill Alexander (Cleburne Railroaders) 3-5, 3 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI
No. 1 – Angel Ventura (Lake Country DockHounds) 9.0 IP, CG, 4 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, 7 K
American Association Daily Notes
Cleburne Railroaders infielder Kacy Clemens extended his hitting streak to 18 straight games. He has just one short of the longest hitting streak in the American Association this season… The Railroaders have scored 101 runs over their last 10 games… Lake Country DockHounds RHP Angel Ventura tossed his first complete game shutout in the American Association. It was his 59th appearance.
Chicago: Signed LHP Trevor Lane
Gary SouthShore: Signed INF Jonathan Engelmann
Kane County: Signed INF Donivan Williams
Lake Country: Placed RHP Francisco Jimenez on the Injured List retroactive to July 16; Activated RHP Angel Ventura from the Injured List
Lincoln: Released INF Alex Steinbach
By Robert Pannier