Viza Shuts Down RedHawks, Monarchs Big Inning, Railroaders Crush RailCats
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 five games on Tuesday evening, including Tyler Viza tossing a complete game shutout for the Kane County Cougars and the Cleburne Railroaders blowing out the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Plus, Ryan Kussmaul returns to the Milwaukee Milkmen in spectacular fashion. This plus much more.
Viza Shuts Down RedHawks
Tyler Viza allowed just six hits in a complete game shutout to lead the Kane County Cougars to a 2-0 victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Viza did not walk a batter and tied his season high for strikeouts with 11. Josh Rolette and Anfernee Seymour provided the offensive support for Kane County as each drove in a run.
Jordan George had two hits for Fargo. Bret Helton was the hardluck loser, allowing two runs in seven innings.
Canaries Hang on to Down Explorers
The Sioux Falls Canaries scored five runs in the first inning, then hung on for a 7-5 victory over the Sioux City Explorers. Jordan Ebert had the big hit of the inning, a three-run homer. Ebert drove in four in the game. Jabari Henry drove in a pair of runs. Angel Ventura earned his fifth victory of the season and Caleb Frare came on to close out the game for his fifth save of the year, striking out the side.
José Sermo hit his 20th homerun of the season for Sioux City. Sermo drove in a pair of runs and Joseph Monge had three hits.
Railroaders Roll over RailCats
The Cleburne Railroaders scored five runs in the first, then added for in the fourth and fifth innings on their way to a 15-5 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Michael Gunn got the start and was brilliant, allowing no runs on three hits in five innings to earn the victory. Zach Nehrir had a big day, going 4-4 with two runs scored and five runs driven in. Ramon Hernandez had three hits, scored four runs and drove in four and Osvaldo Martinez scored four runs as well.
Jacob Talamante drove in a pair of runs and Alec Olund was 2-3 with two runs scored.
Six-Run Frame Propels Monarchs to Victory
The Kansas City Monarchs scored six runs in the top of the second inning to take a commanding lead on their way to a 10-6 victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs. The Monarchs got three hits from both Jan Hernandez and Ryan Grotjohn. Hernandez and Casey Gillaspie each drove in three runs. Jameson McGrane earned his third win of the season since joining the starting rotation.
Curt Smith homered and drove in three for Lincoln. Justin Byrd also went deep.
Kussmaul Shines in Return for Milkmen
Ryan Kussmaul returned in dazzling fashion, allowing one run in six innings to lead the Milwaukee Milkmen to a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Dogs. Milwaukee jumped out to a 5-0 behind their starter, then hung on for the victory. Nate Hadley loaded the bases in the ninth, but was able to get out of the jam to record his sixth save of the season. Logan Trowbridge drove in a pair of runs.
Chicago got two hits from both K.C. Hobson and Cosimo Canella. Danny Mars reached base four times, recording a hit and adding three walks.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Ramon Hernandez (Cleburne Railroaders) 3-5, 4 R, 4 RBI, BB, 3 Doubles
No. 2 – Zach Nehrir (Cleburne Railroaders) 4-4. 2 R, 5 RBI, Double
American Association Daily Notes
Sioux Falls Canaries IF Wyatt Ulrich extended his consecutive on-base streak of 42 straight games. Ulrich has recorded a .463 on-base percentage during the streak…Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 1B John Silviano extended his hitting streak to 22 straight games. That is the second-longest in the American Association this season. Teammate Jordan George has reached base in 38 straight games. He trails only Ulrich for the longest streak in the league this year… Sioux City Explorers IF Jose Sermo had his 20th homerun of the season. He is the second player to reach the market this season and is only three behind Milwaukee Milkmen outfielder Adam Brett Walker II for the league lead…The shutout by Kane County Cougars right-hander Tyler Viza was the first in franchise history since joining the American Association.
Cleburne: Released LHP Stephen Greenlees
Lincoln: Released RHP Adolfo Espinoza; Signed RHP/OF Garett Delano
Sioux Falls: Activated OF Mike Hart from the Injured List
Winnipeg: Released INF Darren Seferina
By Robert Pannier