Woodworth Powers RailCats to Victory, Smith, Kelly Earn Weekly Honors
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 one game in the American Association on Monday, including the Gary SouthShore RailCats hanging on to down the Lake Country DockHounds. This and much more.
Woodworth Homer, Garcia Hurls RailCats to Victory
Nick Garcia allowed one run in 5.0 innings of work and Michael Woodworth hit his first homerun of the season as the Gary SouthShore RailCats defeated the Lake Country DockHounds on Monday, 3-2. Woodworth gave the RailCats the lead in the top of the first when he drilled the first pitch he saw for a two-run blast. Lake Country chipped away at the lead in the bottom of the fourth when a ground out by Lamarr Briggs scored Daikan Yoh.
However, that would be the only run Gary SouthShore could muster against Garcia, who allowed five hits and a walk in 5.0 innings, striking out four to earn his second victory of the year. Each team plated a run in the sixth. The RailCats made it a 3-1 lead on a sacrifice fly by Daniel Lingua and Gio Brusa homered against Josh Vincent in the bottom half of the frame. It was the ninth homerun of the season for Brusa.
That was the lone run allowed by Vincent, who allowed two hits while striking out three in 3.0 innings of relief. Carlos Vega came on in the ninth, striking out Briggs to close out the contest for his second save of the season.
Woodworth finished 3-4 with a run and two RBI. Zach Welz was 2-3 and scored two runs. T.J. Bennett and Gabriel Noriega each had two hits for the DockHounds. Devin Beckley took the loss despite pitching well, allowing three earned runs in 6.0 innings pitched.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Zach Welz (Gary SouthShore RailCats) 2-3, 2 R, BB
No. 2 – Nick Garcia (Gary SouthShore RailCats) 5.0 IP, 5 H, BB, ER, 4 K
No. 1 – Michael Woodworth (Gary SouthShore RailCats) 3-4, R, HR, 2 RBI
American Association Daily Notes
This Week in the Association and the Minor League Sports Report named Milwaukee Milkmen right-hander Myles Smith as the American Association Pitcher of the Week for Week 3. Smith was 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in his two starts. That included tossing the only complete-game shutout in the league this year… This Week in the Association and the Minor League Sports Report named Milwaukee Milkmen catcher Dylan Kelly has the American Association Player of the Week. Kelly hit .640, recording hits in all six contests during the week… Lake Country DockHounds first baseman Gio Brusa hit his ninth homerun of the season on Monday. He is tied with three other players for the league lead. Brusa is also tied for the league lead in RBI (26).
Cleburne: Activated RHP Brendan Bell from the Injured List; Placed LHP Hunter Cervenka on the Injured List
Fargo-Moorhead: Traded RHP Bret Helton to Milwaukee for a player to be named later
Kane County: Released C Milton Perez
By Robert Pannier