The Milwaukee Milkmen go 1-2 in Big Series Against Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks
The Milkmen begin a series in Gary, Indiana today against the 9-6 Gary SouthShore RailCats. On Memorial Day they will actually play a double header with one game at 4pm and the other at 7pm. This follows a series loss to last year’s former AA baseball champion Fargo Moorehead, managing one of three.
Milwaukee is now 4 ½ games out of first place behind rival Chicago for first place in their division.
Milwaukee really took out some frustrations on Sunday, beating Fargo-Moorehead 8-0. In that game Milwaukee exploded with a seven-run sixth inning to really put the RedHawks away.
You don’t have to watch too much American Association of Professional Baseball to realize that the athlete comes first, followed by the position. The same goes for the Milkmen. In Friday’s game for example, Cam Balego (listed on the roster as a catcher) played third base. Saturday Night he played catcher, and then on Sunday was back at third base: it seems obvious he could play anywhere on the field.
On Sunday the Milkmen tweaked the line-up a little to pay off some big dividends. Reggie Pruitt Jr, acquired in the offseason from Winnipeg, was bumped up to second and had a nice stolen base. Drew Ward was moved into the five hole and delivered with some clutch hits. Of course catcher Roy Morales continued his early season tear, He went 2-3 with a walk. He also delivered a huge double.
Of course it helps when you get good, strong, starting pitcher. Starter Christian Young was dealing. He pitched six strong innings, striking out nine and earning the crowd some free Teriyaki Madness. Young demonstrated excellent control, only walking two RedHawks.
Other Highlights and News
The Milkmen play for the American Association of Professional Baseball league, a group that consists of 12 teams from Gary Indiana to Cleburne Texas.
Right now on the season the Milkmen have three players in the top ten in batting average. Their catcher, Roy Morales, is really racking away at the plate, hitting over .400. For the Milkmen Bryan Torres led all hitters with a .374 batting average last season, This year he is also in the top ten in the league in average, hitting .364. Also in the top ten in average is Reggie Pruitt Jr.
In just a casual look at the standing, it feels like everyone is still jumbled up in the middle. The Chicago Dawgs have the best record at 11-4. And Wisconsin’s other local team, the Lake County Dockhounds have the worst record at 4-10. But they won big Sunday, pounding Kansas City 11-2. Everyone else has between 6 and 9 wins.
There is still a ton of baseball to play.
Bryan Torres is tied for the league lead with 10 stolen bases. Right now the team has already started to develop an identity as a fast squad that likes to run, steal bases, play defense and score. Last year was a good year for the Milkmen. And while they were not 2022 playoff champions last season, they certainly were competitive.
Josh Altman leads the AA with 7 home runs, He plays for Chicago.
Last year’s playoff champs were the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks. The Milkmen did have a strong season and expect to be competitive again. The club prides itself on a great game day experience.
Other League Leaders
Josh Altman (Chi) also leads the league in RBI’s.
Chris Hermann (KV) leads the AA in hitting with a .444 average. Roy Morales (MKE) is 4th in the league in hitting with a .396 batting average.
Drew Devine (Lin) leads the league in doubles (7). Morales and Torres both have five doubles on the season for the Milkmen.
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