Walker Homers Three Times, Goldeyes Edge Railroaders, Gurwitz Drives in Six
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 four games in the American Association on Wednesday, including Adam Brett Walker hitting a walk-off homerun, his third of the game, to lead the Milwaukee Milkmen to victory, Gavin LaValley homering for the third straight game, and Zane Gurwitz driving in six runs. This and much more.
Walker Blasts Three Homeruns
Adam Brett Walker hit a three run, walk-off homerun in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Milwaukee Milkmen an 11-9 victory over the Kansas City Monarchs. The homerun was the third of the day for Walker, who drove in a season-high seven runs. Milwaukee trailed 9-4 entering the eighth inning, but a three-run shot in the eighth coupled with an RBI single off the bat of Liam Scafariello pulled the team within a run. Walker then closed it out with three-run shot in the bottom half of the ninth.
That ruined a big night by Casey Gillaspie who hit a homerun and drove in six runs in the contest. Darnell Sweeney had two hits. Carlos Diaz blew his first save of the season.
LaValley Leads Cougars Past Dogs
Gavin LaValley hit his sixth homerun of the season and drove in five to lead the Kane County Cougars to a 7-4 victory over the Chicago Dogs. LaValley had three hits in all. Josh Allen continues his torrid pace since returning from the disabled list, going 3-4 with four runs scored and his fifth homer of the year. The score was tied at four, but LaValley drove home Allen in the top of the eighth to give his team the lead for good. LaValley recorded a two-run single in the top of the ninth to seal the victory.
K.C. Hobson had a big evening for Chicago, going 3-5 with a run and two RBI. Anfernee Grier remained red-hot, going 2-5 with a run scored.
Goldeyes Edge Railroaders
The Cleburne Railroaders rallied from a three-run deficit to tie the score in the top of the sixth, but Raul Navarro gave the Winnipeg Goldeyes the lead for good with an RBI double in the bottom of the seventh as Winnipeg earned the 7-6 victory. Navarro finished 2-4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI. Sonny Ulliana had two hits and drove in two for the Goldeyes.
Cleburne got another big performance out of Ramon Hernandez, who went 2-3 with three runs scored and two runs driven in. Hernandez homered for the ninth time this season and was hit by a pitch twice in the contest. He also drew a walk, reaching base five times in the game. Noah Vaughan hit his fifth homer of the season.
Gurwitz Leads Canaries to Victory
Zane Gurwitz was a perfect 4-4 with six runs driven in to lead the Sioux Falls Canaries to a 12-7 victory over the Houston Apollos. Gurwitz homered twice in the game, his first two homeruns of the season and added two doubles. Jabari Henry was also 4-4, scoring two runs and driving in three. He added his seventh homer of the year. Ty Culbreth earned the victory, allowing one run in five innings while striking out eight.
Brian Dansereau and David Aldrich hit home runs for Houston. Aldrich finished with three RBI.
Explorers-Saltdogs Rained Out
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Casey Gillaspie (Kansas City Monarchs) 2-4, R, HR, 6 RBI, Double, BB
No. 2 – Zane Gurwitz (Sioux Falls Canaries) 4-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 Double, 6 RBI, BB
American Association Daily Notes
Milwaukee Milkmen OF Adam Brett Walker homered three times in Thursday’s contest against Kansas City. That is a single game-high for the 2021 season. That helped him tie Sioux City Explorers IF José Sermo for the league lead in homeruns with 13. He drove in seven runs in the contest, two short of the single-game high set in the American Association by Brian Buchanan back in 2006… Chicago Dogs catcher Ryan Lidge set out Thursday night’s contest, sitting out the last two games. His hitting streak still stands at 17 straight games… Sioux Falls Canaries LHP Ty Culbreth took the league lead in victories, earning his sixth victory on Thursday. He was tied with Sioux City Explorers starter Tyler Beardsley for the league lead at five… Cleburne Railroaders reliever Kyle Chavez has now appeared in 20 of the team’s 33 games. His 20 appearances is the most in the American Association this season…Kane County Cougars IF Gavin LaValley homered in the third straight game. He has four total homeruns during the streak.
Fargo-Moorhead: Signed LHP Tevin Murray
Gary SouthShore: Released LHP Jesse Remington and RHP Felix Santiago
Sioux City: Activated RHP Matt Quintana from the Injured List
Winnipeg: Activated OF Jay Gonzalez from the Inactive List; Placed C Austin Rei on the Injured List retroactive to June 16
By Robert Pannier