RailCats 1, Monarchs 6 – Box Score
Starting pitcher Jon Harris had an exceptional night for the Kansas City Monarchs (28-16). He threw a complete game, allowing one run and one walk while striking out six. His performance helped the Monarchs defeat the Gary SouthShore RailCats (20-25) 6-1 Friday night at Legends Field.
The Monarchs got on the scoreboard in the third inning when DH Matt Adams roped an RBI single to center field to score C J.C. Escarra.
The Monarchs extended their lead in the fifth inning. After they scored two runs, 1B Casey Gillaspie drove in the third run of the inning on a fielder’s choice to give the Monarchs a 4-0 lead. Gillaspie finished his night 2-3 with a walk and an RBI.
Kansas City scored two more in the sixth. RF Jan Hernandez hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Escarra and Adams hit a fielder’s choice to score 3B Darnell Sweeney. After six innings of play, the Monarchs led 6-0.
The RailCats couldn’t get anything going until the ninth inning when RF Jesus Marriaga drove an RBI-double to score their only run of the game. Marriaga finished his night 2-4 from the plate.
Saltdogs 3, RedHawks 11 – Box Score
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (32-12) starting pitcher, Kevin McGovern, earned his sixth win of the season against the Lincoln Saltdogs (22-21) Friday night. His performance helped the RedHawks win in commanding fashion over the Saltdogs, 11-3.
McGovern now leads the American Association in wins. He ranks second in strikeouts with 63 and is tied for first in innings pitched with 57.2.
Saltdogs C Skyler Weber and CF Hunter Clanin provided a chunk of the offense for Lincoln. Weber went 3-for-5 with an RBI double, while Clanin collected an RBI double of his own.
The RedHawks offense collected 16 hits and 11 runs while only striking out twice. CF Evan Alexander and C Christian Correa both drove in four runs on the night. Alexander went 2-3 and scored twice while Correa went 2-4 with a two-run bomb.
Fargo-Moorhead’s DH Drew Ward and RF John Silviano also had big nights. Ward finished 3-4 from the plate with a double and a walk. Silviano went 4-5 with two doubles, scored four times, and collected an RBI.
Goldeyes 3, Explorers 5 – Box Score
Sioux City Explorers (18-24) LF Danny Amaral hit a walk-off three-run home run to defeat the Winnipeg Goldeyes (23-20) 5-3 on Friday night.
Goldeyes DH Logan Hill was the main offense for Winnipeg. He finished 2-3 from the plate with a solo home run in the third inning.
P Alex Manasa started on the mound for the Goldeyes. He earned a quality start, allowing one earned run through six innings of work while striking out three.
After nine innings of baseball, both teams were tied 2-2. This changed when Goldeyes CF Reggie Pruitt Jr. scored in the top half of the 11th inning.
Down by one run, CF Chase Harris led off the bottom half of the 11th with a single to left field. Harris finished his night 3-5 with a walk and an RBI. With two runners on, Amaral stepped up to the plate and belted a long fly ball over the left field wall to win the game for the Explorers.
DockHounds 5, Cougars 23 – Box Score
No, this was not a rounding error. The Kane County Cougars (23-21) defeated the Lake Country DockHounds (17-28) in a major blowout in Geneva, IL.
Playing to a massive crowd of 5,555 people, the scoring was surprisingly opened up by the DockHounds when Zion Pettigrew hit a 2B to knock in Jake Snider in the top of the 2nd.
This was unfortunately followed by 4 HR’s and 5 RBI in the bottom of the 3rd for the Cougars.
Alexis Pantajo, Steve Lombardozzi, Cornelius Randolph, and Jimmy Kerrigan all hit HR’s for the Cougars in the 3rd.
The onslaught slowed down for a few innings and wounds were re-opened in the bottom of the 8th when the Cougars scored an additional 12 runs to push their run tally to 23.
Milkmen 8, Dogs 6 (10 Innings) – Box Score
The Chicago Dogs’ (28-15) slow and steady scoring wasn’t enough to keep up with the explosiveness of the Milwaukee Milkmen (21-22). The Milkmen defeated the Dogs 8-6 in 10 innings.
Michael Crouse opened up scoring for the Dogs with a solo HR in the bottom of the first which was followed by four consecutive innings with single runs for the Dogs.
The Milkmen were quiet for the majority of the game except for an action-packed top of the 4th which led to 5 RBIs. Bryan Torres hit a 1B which advanced Dylan Kelly to home. Later on in the 4th, Mason Davis knocked in two and later scored from a Keon Barnum HR.
During a wild 10th inning at bat by Magglio Ordonez Jr., Dylan Kelly scored off of a wild pitch and two other runs scored while Ordonez Jr. struck out swinging. The Dogs couldn’t punch back three runs and the game ended with a final score of 8-6.
Canaries 4, Railroaders 5 – Box Score
The Sioux Falls Canaries (15-29) couldn’t hold on and lost to the Cleburne Railroaders (15-29) due to a late rally for a final score of 4-5.
A surprise to few, Jabari Henry hit a 2-run HR in the top of the 1st to open up the scoring and he later scored in the top of the 5th while Gavin LaValley was at the plate. Trey Michalczewski also scored an unearned run on an error by the shortstop in that same inning.
With little movement early in the game, Zach Nehrir hit a solo HR for the ‘Roaders in the bottom of the 6th and Chuck Taylor scored on a Kacy Clemens single in the bottom of the 8th.
The Railroaders went on to score 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th to squeak out a victory with the final run coming from a walk-off walk.