Kansas City 12, Houston 11 – Box Score
With three big blasts, the Kansas City Monarchs (32-18) walked off on the Houston Apollos 12-11.
The Monarchs trailed 11-9 with just three outs left. In the bottom of the ninth, RF Jan Hernandez (2-for-4) hit a lead-off home run to pull with in one run. After DH Gabriel Guerrero (2-for-6) bounced out 1B Casey Gillaspie (3-for-5) took the second pitch he saw over the fence to tie the score. Three pitches later LF Colin Willis (2-for-4) did the same with a walk-off solo shot. Hernandez now has 16 dingers on the year, the third most in the Association in 2021. CF Darnell Sweeney also homered in the game for the Monarchs.
For the Apollos, C Dom DeRenzo and LF Hudson Bilodeau each had three hits and OF Aaron Takacs homered twice to rack up five RBIs.
Cleburne 8, Kane County 7 – Box Score
The Cleburne Railroaders (29-21) walked off on the Kane County Cougars 8-7 with a three run rally in the ninth inning.
The Railroaders entered the bottom of the ninth trailing 7-5 but quickly loaded up the bases to threaten that lead. After a lead-off strikeout, 2B Colton Pogue drew a walk, LF Noah Vaughan doubled and SS Osvaldo Martinez also drew a walk to put the winning run on first base. DH Alay Lago (3-for-5) singled in the next at-bat to score Pogue, and after a pitching change, 1B Ramon Hernandez (2-for-4) lifted a sac fly that plated Vaughan. Two pitches later, CF Zach Nehrir (2-for-5) singled home Martinez to end the game.
For the Cougars, seven different batters each had one hit including CF Anfernee Seymour who had a pair of RBIs and three runs scored. 3B Gavin LaValley and 1B. Kacy Clemens each added a pair of RBIs as well.
Gary SouthShore 4, Fargo-Moorhead 3 – Box Score
The Gary SouthShore RailCats halted a ninth inning rally from the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks to claim a 4-3 win on Wednesday night.
The RailCats found the scoreboard in the top of the first inning when RF Zach Welz reached on an error to allow 2B Michael Woodworth (3-for-4)to score. In the second, CF Billy Cooke doubled home LF Jesus Marriaga to double the lead. For the RedHawks in the third, 1B Correlle Prime (3-for-4) doubled to plate CF Alex Boxwell to cut that lead back down to one run and it stayed there until the eighth inning.
In the top of the eighth, SS Thomas Walraven lifted a sac fly to score 1B Daniel Lingua and in the ninth, Woodworth added an RBI single. In the bottom of the ninth, DH Dylan Kelly singled to score RF John Silviano and, Prime singled to plate pinch runner Nick Novak. After 2B Manuel Boscan (2-for-3) drew a walk to put the winning run on first base, closer Tasker Strobel struck out the next batter to end the threat and the game.
Sioux City 7, Sioux Falls 5 – Box Score
The Sioux City Explorers (30-22) outworked the Sioux Falls Canaries 7-5 on Wednesday night to clinch their three-game set.
DH Jose Sermo opened the scoring with a solo shot in the bottom of the first, his 18th of the year (second most in the American Association this season). The Canaries inched in front in the third after C Shamoy Christopher scored when SS Angelo Altavilla bounced out and RF Wyatt Ulrich tripled home 1B Jordan Ebert, but the Explorers took the lead back in the home half with an RBI single from Sermo and a sac fly from 2B L.T. Tolbert (2-for-3).
The Explorers never trailed again, though the Canaries did tie things up again in the sixth with a pair of solo homers from CF Cade Gotta and DH Jabari Henry (3-for-4). In the bottom of the sixth, Sioux City took the lead for good thanks to a two-RBI single from SS Chris Clare (2-for-4) and an unearned run from C Mitch Ghelfi.
Milwaukee 6, Chicago 3 – Box Score
The Milwaukee Milkmen (32-19) rode a complete game performance from starter David Holmberg to slide past the Chicago Dogs 6-3.
Holmberg allowed three runs on eight hits, walked just one batter and struck out nine. He worked eight scoreless innings as all of the Dogs’ runs and four of their hits came in the bottom of the ninth inning. Offensively, 1B David Washington scored the Milkmen’s first run in the top of the second on a ground out from DH Tony Rosselli and Milwaukee followed up with five more runs in the third. In that frame, LF Adam Brett Walker II hit a sac fly, Washington recorded an RBI single, Rosselli pitched in an RBI fielder’s choice and Washington and 2B Aaron Hill both scored when SS Anibal Sierra scored.
For the Dogs in the ninth, 3B T.J. Bennett doubled home RF Danny Mars (2-for-4) and he scored alongside 1B K.C. Hobson (2-for-4) on a single from 2B Grant Kay.
Lincoln 5, Winnipeg 2 – Box Score
The Lincoln Saltdogs (25-27) pulled away from the Winnipeg Goldeyes in the final innings to take a 5-2 win.
Lincoln opened the scoring in the top of the second, 3B Ryan Long scored when RF Edgar Corcino reached on an error. The Goldeyes scored both of their runs in the bottom of the fourth as DH Tyler Hill (2-for-2) doubled home 2B Darren Seferina and then scored when CF Jay Gonzalez singled.
The Saltdogs tied the score in the seventh with an RBI single from LF Justin Byrd and they took control of the contest in the eighth with a two-RBI double from 1B Yanio Perez (2-for-4)and a single from C Skyler Weber (2-for-3) that allowed Perez to score.