Explorers 7, Goldeyes 5 – Boxscore
The Winnipeg Goldeyes (45-33) lost 7-5 to the Sioux City Explorers at Shaw Park on Friday night.
The Explorers (36-41) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Gabe Snyder reached on an error leading off and took third two batters later on a single down the right field line from Ademar Rifaela. Zack Kone lined a single to right-centre to score Snyder with the game’s first run. Rifaela later scored on a throwing error that followed a wild pitch.
The Goldeyes cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the second. Jacob Rhinesmith doubled to right-centre with one out, and scored two batters later on a two-out, RBI single to left-centre from Deon Stafford Jr.
Raul Navarro was hit by a pitch leading off the bottom of the third and took third when Max Murphy singled up the middle. David Washington tied the game with a groundball to first that scored Navarro.
Sioux City regained the lead in the top of the fourth when Kone singled home Chase Harris.
Danny Amaral led off the top of the fifth with a double down the right field line. After Blake Tiberi walked, Trey Martin sacrificed the runners to second and third. Amaral then scored on a Snyder groundout to second to make it 4-2.
The Goldeyes pulled within 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth when Kevin Lachance drove home Murphy from first with a two-out double into the left field corner.
The Explorers re-extended the lead to 6-3 in the top of the seventh on a solo home run down the right field line from Snyder and an RBI double to centre from Rifaela.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Goldeyes again pulled within one run when Rhinesmith ripped a two-run home run to right.
Sioux City answered back in the top of the ninth when Snyder hit a solo home run to right-centre that made it 7-5.
The Goldeyes brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth before Max Kuhns recorded the final out to earn his second save of the season.
Explorers starting pitcher Kevin McCanna (8-4) picked up the win, allowing three earned runs on eight hits over five innings. McCanna walked one and struck out two.
Goldeyes’ starter Alex Manasa (3-4) took the loss, allowing four runs, two earned, on seven hits in five-plus innings. Manasa walked one and struck out a season-high seven.
Milkmen 7, RailCats 24 – Boxscore
The Gary SouthShore RailCats made sure to make their series opener against the Milwaukee Milkmen one to remember as they stormed to a 24-7 victory.
The 24 runs set a new single-game franchise record, and the win increases their streak to five, tying their previous high this season.
In the early stages, though, the Milkmen grabbed the upper hand. They struck for five runs on six hits, including three doubles, in the first inning, putting the RailCats in an early hole.
Slowly but surely, however, the RailCats chipped away at the deficit through the first four innings. Tom Walraven launched a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first, and Sam Abbott followed up with one of his own in the second to bring the ‘Cats within three. A Daniel Lingua run-scoring triple and a wild pitch accounted for two tallies in the bottom of the third, and in the blink of an eye, the ‘Cats climbed back to within one run at 5-4.
After both teams exchanged zeros in the fourth, Milwaukee restored their lead to two in the top of the fifth. An error and three walks accounted for a run, placing the Milkmen in front 6-4.
Once the RailCats came up to bat in the bottom of the sixth, the offense opened the floodgates. A seven-run outburst on six hits, including RBI knocks from Abbott, Walraven, Lingua, and Michael Woodworth helped turn a 6-4 deficit into a 9-6 lead in an instant.
Gary SouthShore kept up the momentum in the bottom of the seventh. Thomas Greely plated a run with a double before a Woodworth hit-by-pitch and Lingua single accounted for three more runs, increasing the RailCats advantage to 15-6.
Milwaukee cut the Gary SouthShore lead to eight with a run in the top of the eighth, but the RailCats countered by stringing together a nine-run rally in their half of the inning. Nate Scantlin drew a bases-loaded walk while Walraven and Woodworth followed up with run-scoring knocks. An error led to another tally ahead of a Jesus Marriaga RBI single, and Victor Nova capped off the scoring by launching a three-run home run.
Augie Voight had more than enough run support as he took the mound in the top of the ninth, and he quickly registered the final three outs to put the finishing touches on a dominant night.
Saltdogs 11, Monarchs 5 – Boxscore
Jason Rogers had a huge night for the Lincoln Saltdogs (37-42) Friday night at Legends Field. He was 2-4 with a walk from the plate with two home runs and five RBIs. Rogers belted a grand slam in the top of the ninth to put the game out of reach as the Saltdogs beat the Kansas City Monarchs (47-31) 11-5.
The Saltdogs scored right away in the first inning. After Rayder Ascanio worked a walk, Ryan Long roped a double to left-center. CF Mallex Smith got the ball in quickly to Pete Kozma who delivered a one-hop to J.C. Escarra at the plate. However, the ball took a funny hop and bounced over Escarra’s head to allow Ascanio to score easily. Jason Rogers was walked to bring Josh Altmann to the plate. He delivered a three-run bomb over the home run patio in left field to give the Saltdogs a 4-0 lead.
The Monarchs responded in the bottom of the first as Jacob Robson hit a solo shot to right field, marking his first career home run as a Monarch. After one inning, Lincoln led 4-1 over Kansas City.
The Saltdogs extended their lead in the third inning. Ryan Long led off the inning with a double down the right field line and quickly advanced to third on a wild pitch from Matt Hartman. A few batters later, Josh Altmann notched a sacrifice fly to right field to earn his fourth RBI of the game and put Lincoln up 5-1.
The Monarchs responded again as Jan Hernandez notched an RBI-single up the middle to score David Thompson. The Saltdogs led 5-2 over the Monarchs after three innings of baseball.
Kansas City continued to claw back into the game. David Thompson led off the fifth inning with a single to left field and stole second base right away. After Matt Adams singled to right to advance Thompson to third, Escarra hit a ball to first base to score Thompson and make it a 5-3 ballgame.
The Monarchs threatened again in the bottom of the seventh. Adams led off the inning and hammered a solo shot to left field to bring Kansas City within one run. Next, J.C.Escarra, Ryan Grotjohn, and Pete Kozma were walked to load the bases. However, the Monarchs couldn’t cash in any more runs, as they still trailed 5-4.
In the top of the eighth, Jason Rogers hit a solo home run to left field to put the Saltdogs up 6-4.
The Monarchs answered by scoring a run of their own. Thompson led off the eighth inning with a double off the left field wall. He was able to advance to third on an error made by LF Justin Byrd. Matt Adams stepped up and drove a hard line drive up the middle to score Thompson and make it a 6-5 ballgame.
The Saltdogs blew the game open in the ninth inning. Rayder Ascanio notched an RBI-single to give them a 7-5 lead. With the bases loaded, Jason Rogers belted a grand slam to left field to give Lincoln an 11-5 lead.
The Monarchs couldn’t get anything started in the bottom of the ninth as Kansas City fell 11-5 to Lincoln.
Dogs 2, RedHawks 4 – Boxscore
Returning from a quick three-game road trip, the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks returned to the friendly confines of Newman Outdoor Field on Friday, to open a seven-game homestand and the first of three against the Chicago Dogs. Both teams are in first place in their respective divisions with the RedHawks coming off two wins and a loss in Lincoln. The ‘Hawks have a two-game lead in the West over Kansas City, while Chicago, who’s in the midst of a six-game losing streak, is trying to hold on to a four and a half game lead over Kane County in the East Division.
Left-hander Kevin McGovern made his 17th appearance for the RedHawks against Chicago’s Jordan Kipper, with both pitchers looking for their eighth win of the season. But was the offense that would start the game as the Dogs would get the first run in the top of the first, when second baseman Grant Kay hit a bases loaded, two-out single that would score Charlie Tilson and give Chicago an early 1-0 lead.
The RedHawks would tie the game in the bottom of the first as third baseman Leo Pinã hit his 50th RBI of the season as a single to left would score Peter Maris. Maris would add to the home team’s lead in the bottom of the fourth as he would bring in Nick Novak on a two-out single and give the RedHawks a 2-1 advantage. The RedHawks’ lead would go to three as Maris, the reigning AAPB Batter of the Week (August 1-7), hit his second RBI of the game that would score Novak again and giving the RedHawks a 4-1 lead.
Kipper came out in the bottom of the sixth with what appeared to be some discomfort in his right leg after walking Sam Dexter on four pitches. He would get the loss and go to a record of 7-5 as he pitched 5.0 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.
McGovern would dominate after giving up the first-inning run, holding the Dogs scoreless through six innings as he struck out nine batters. However, McGovern would give up another run in the top of the seventh as a two-out wild pickoff throw to first would score Anfernee Grier, cutting the lead to 4-2. McGovern would come out after the 7th inning, giving up two earned runs on seven hits with nine strikeouts and no walks as was the winning pitcher as he goes to eight wins and three losses on the year. After tonight’s win, McGovern continues to lead the American Association with 116 strikeouts.
The RedHawks would turn to Joe Jones in the eighth inning as he struck out two and walked two before handing the ball off to Alex DuBord in the ninth. DuBord allowed one hit and struck out two and picked up his league-leading 21st save of the year as the RedHawks pitching staff leads the AAPB in ERA (4.38), wins-losses (49-28) saves (24) and has the lowest earned runs (329) in 2022.
Cougars 3, Railroaders 11 – Boxscore
All it took was a little Depot magic for Cleburne to get back to their winning ways. The Railroaders’ offense absolutely exploded versus Kane County on Friday evening, as they crushed the ball all over the yard in their 11-3 victory.
Cleburne put up big numbers in the early going. They struck for five in the bottom of the second off former big leaguer Vance Worley. The bases were loaded with nobody out with Nick Shumpert at this dish. Shumpert, who had already hit three grand slams this season, hit his fourth on the first pitch he saw from Worley to give the Railroaders a 4-0 lead. They added on another when Edwin Arroyo singled home Chuck Taylor to make it 5-0.
Four more came across in the bottom of the third for the Railroaders. Hunter Wolfe laced a double that split the outfielders and one-hopped the fence that brought Jacob Bockelie around to score. Wolfe then scored on a Shumpert single to make it 7-0. Cleburne put the nail in the coffin later on in the frame when Chase Simpson hit a double off reliever Koby Bishop that scored Arroyo and Zach Nehrir. After just three innings, the Railroaders led the Cougars 9-0.
Kane County did put up some scoring in the affair. They scored two in the top of the fourth and another in the sixth.
The final runs of the contest came in the bottom of the sixth. Wolfe stepped up the plate after Bockelie had just been hit in the elbow by a Bishop fastball. Wolfe then preceded to launch a ball just barely to the right of the foul pole in left field to hit his second home run in as many nights. The homer made it 11-3, a score that held until the end of the game.
Kevin Hilton, the Railroaders’ starter in the contest, was masterful. He was awarded the win for his efforts, going six strong innings, allowing just three runs on six hits with four strikeouts and three walks.
Cleburne’s bullpen held up their end of the bargain as well. The trio of Zac Reininger, Austin Fairchild, and Trevor Simms pitched three shutout innings in relief, allowing just one hit with four strikeouts.
Getting the loss was Worley. He struggled throughout his outing, going just two and two-thirds innings where he allowed nine runs on ten hits.
DockHounds 4, Canaries 7 (11 innings) – Boxscore
The Sioux Falls Canaries (31-45) defeated the Lake Country DockHounds (26-52) with a final score of 7-4 last night in walk-off fashion. Jabari Henry, who is in second place on the homerun leaderboard, hit is 100th American Association homer to walk it off for the Canaries in the bottom of the 11th inning.
A split game through and through the Canaries and DockHounds found themselves wandering into extra innings with a game tied at 3.
The DockHounds found themselves with bases loaded in the top of the 11th with no outs when a fly ball was hit to short right field. Angello Altavilla came streaking across the field from second base and made a sliding catch before rifling the ball back to homeplate to prevent a run from scoring. The Canaries held the DockHonuds scoreless and entered the bottom of the 11th.
With two outs, a full count, and two men on Jabari Henry had a make or break pitch coming across the plate and the king delivered. He hit the ball deep to left field over the wall and the Canaries won it in extras off of his 3-run bomb.