Adolph Drives In 3, Cleburne Sweeps Monarchs

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Kansas City Monarchs’ bats were kept in check across 14 innings.

Kansas City was swept by the Cleburne Railroaders in a Sunday doubleheader, falling 5-2 and 5-3, at Legends Field.

Ross Adolph blasted his team-leading ninth home run of the season in game one and had an automatic double in game two. Herbert Iser and Trent Giambrone drove in RBI in game two.

Kansas City (20-23) delivered just eight hits over the two games.

The Monarchs were swept in a three-game series for the first time all season.

Game 1: Cleburne, 5-2

Cleburne (27-20) got going early off Monarchs starter Jackson Goddard (0-2). Carter Aldrete and Brian O’Grady each delivered RBI doubles to make it 3-0 Cleburne in the first.

Goddard settled in after the two-run home run by Adolph. The right-hander gave up just one hit his third time through the lineup, recording a pair of scoreless innings in the fourth and fifth frames.

Nate Tellier kept the Monarchs within striking distance. The right-hander recorded two scoreless innings to keep the Railroaders quiet.

Tellier has now recorded 11.1 consecutive scoreless innings since June 4.

Cleburne starter Antonio Velez (2-3) recorded six scoreless innings with five strikeouts to earn the win. Kristian Scott earned his second save of the season by recording the last two outs.

Game 2: Cleburne, 5-3

The Railroaders tagged two runs in the first three innings. Thomas Dillard ripped an RBI single in the first; Korey Holland launched a home run in the third.

Kevin Milam (1-1) settled in following that for the best start of the season. The right-hander recorded a season-high six strikeouts across five innings of three-run ball.

Kansas City was blanked by Cleburne starter Jalen Miller (1-0). The right-hander threw 5.1 innings of no-hit baseball to keep Cleburne in front, despite seven walks drawn by the Monarchs.

Hayden Jones broke up the no-hitter in the sixth; Adolph broke up the shutout in the seventh.

The Monarchs brought the game-winning run to the plate in the seventh but popped out to shortstop to close the series.

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The Monarchs start a three-game road series in Illinois against the Kane County Cougars on Tuesday. All games are scheduled for 6:30 pm.

 

Monarchs Game Saturday Postponed, Doubleheader Sunday

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Saturday night’s game between the Kansas City Monarchs and the Cleburne Railroaders has been postponed due to field conditions after severe rain early Saturday morning.

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday afternoon. First pitch of the first game will take place at 1 p.m. Gates will open at 12:30 p.m. Both games will be scheduled for seven innings in accordance with American Association rules.

Fans with tickets to any postponed Monarchs game can exchange their tickets at the Monarchs box office for a ticket for any future regular season home game of equal or lesser value. Learn more at MonarchsBaseball.com/RainoutPolicy.

The Monarchs worked throughout Saturday morning and afternoon doing everything possible to get the field ready. The decision was made to postpone Saturday’s game well in advance of the scheduled first pitch to give fans as much notice as possible.

For more updates, head to MonarchsBaseball.com and follow the Monarchs on social media.

Cleburne Homers Top Monarchs In Series Opener

By Cal Friedman

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Lightning flashed, thunder crashed at Legends Field on Friday night. The Kansas City Monarchs and Cleburne Railroaders played a brilliant series opener through the elements. The Railroaders prevailed with a 9-6 win.

Kansas City (20-21) started swiftly, drilling a pair of first-inning runs. Frankie Tostado recorded his 29th RBI of the season to single Danny Amaral in.

The Monarchs’ former Railroader came through clutch against his former employers. Trent Giambrone sparked a two-out rally in the third, making it 4-0 Monarchs. The former major leaguer finished 2-for-4 on Friday night.

Cleburne (25-20) came to life in the middle innings, scoring seven unanswered runs. The Railroaders knocked two back in on a double by Korey Holland in the fifth inning.

Former Monarch Brian O’Grady completed the comeback for Cleburne in the sixth inning, lifting a two-run home run to right field to make it 5-4.

O’Grady won the Miles Wolff Cup Championship with Kansas City in 2023. The blast was the second of three home runs hit by Cleburne in the inning.

The Railroaders would lead 7-4, but KC rallied in the eighth to bring the contest within one.

Herbert Iser started the party with a double to left-center field to score Giambrone. Josh Bissonette plated Iser with a sacrifice fly to center to cut the Cleburne lead to 7-6.

Iser finished with two hits and two RBI on Friday night.

After a near-30 minute delay, the Railroaders put the game to bed. Cleburne plated two more runs in the top of the ninth, including a fourth home run of the game by Carter Aldrete.

The Monarchs and Railroaders continue their series Saturday on K-State Night at Legends Field.  Jackson Goddard will start the game for Kansas City against Cleburne’s Antonio Velez. Fans can watch the game on 38 The Spot. Tickets are available at monarchsbaseball.com

Monarchs Star Gavin Heading To Reds Organization

By Cal Friedman and Carter Woodiel

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — One of the Kansas City Monarchs’ top arms is heading to the next level.

The Monarchs announced right-handed pitcher Grant Gavin is signing with the Cincinnati Reds organization on Friday afternoon. The 28-year-old led the American Association in K/9, recording 57 strikeouts across 37.2 innings.

Gavin will begin his Reds career in Triple-A Louisville.

“It’s really exciting,” Gavin said, “It’s good to know that [manager] Joe [Calfapietra] is out there promoting his guys, and he obviously has the connections to pull through with things like this. I’m very thankful for everything Joe has done for me.”

Gavin is the second Monarch to sign with an MLB organization this season. Left-hander Dalton Moats signed with the Chicago Cubs organization in late May.

The Parkville, Missouri product has been one of the AAPB’s elite arms in 2024. Gavin won AAPB Pointstreak Pitcher of the Week after a 13-strikeout performance against the Milwaukee Milkmen earlier this month.

“It’s a big blessing for sure,” Gavin said. “I really enjoyed my time with the Monarchs. I had so much fun, met so many great guys, had great interactions with the fans. The Monarchs will always hold a special place in my heart.”

Gavin struck out 13 batters twice this season. The right-hander fanned 13 in a win over Kane County on May 20.

The former Triple-A product signed with the Monarchs in 2023. Gavin was named a mid-season American Association All-Star, struck out 83 batters in roughly 57 innings, and was one of the key pieces in KC’s 2023 Miles Wolff Cup Championship.

The Monarchs wish Gavin the best of luck in the Reds system.

Monarchs Outfielder Bradley Retires

Article by Cal Friedman; photo by Emma Crouch

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kansas City Monarchs outfielder Tucker Bradley is moving on to life outside the diamond.

The 26-year-old announced his retirement from professional baseball on Saturday afternoon. Bradley appeared in 29 games for Kansas City this season, recording a pair of home runs.

Primarily appearing in left field, Bradley’s defense was one of many bright spots for the Monarchs’ fielding this season. Bradley formally left the organization June 23.

Bradley had a successful career across affiliated baseball. The Georgian logged an .808 OPS for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in Double-A ball prior to joining the Monarchs.

He reached as high as Triple-A Omaha in the Kansas City Royals organization. Bradley had a career .819 OPS in the MiLB, making 300 appearances from 2021 to 2023.

Bradley represented his home state in college baseball at the University of Georgia. He helped the Bulldogs host two regionals in the 2018 and 2019 seasons, then led UGA to a 14-4 start in the abbreviated 2020 season.

The Kansas City Monarchs wish Tucker and his family nothing but the best in the next stages of his career.

Monarchs Doubleheader Thursday Postponed

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Thursday night’s Kansas City Monarchs doubleheader against Sioux City has been postponed due to field conditions.

Fans with tickets to any postponed Monarchs game can exchange their tickets at the Monarchs box office for a ticket for any future regular season home game of equal or lesser value. Learn more at MonarchsBaseball.com/RainoutPolicy.

“We at the Monarchs did everything possible to get the field ready for tonight,” Monarchs president and general manager Jay Hinrichs said. “Due to damage from severe weather and an unforeseen mechanical issue, we were unable to play tonight.”

Head to MonarchsBaseball.com for the latest updates.

Monarchs Game Wednesday Postponed, Doubleheader Thursday

Wednesday night’s Kansas City Monarchs game against the Sioux City Explorers has been postponed due to unplayable field conditions caused by severe weather overnight.

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Thursday at Legends Field. First pitch of the first game of the doubleheader is scheduled for 5 p.m. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. In accordance with American Association rules, both games of the doubleheader will be scheduled for seven innings.

The Monarchs and Explorers played Game 1 of their series Tuesday night at Legends Field to open a six-game homestand for Kansas City.

Fans with tickets to Wednesday’s game can exchange their tickets at the Monarchs box office for a ticket for any future regular season home game of equal or lesser value. Learn more at MonarchsBaseball.com/RainoutPolicy.

Jones Homers, Monarchs Fall To Sioux City

By Cal Friedman

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Hayden Jones left the yard, but the Kansas City Monarchs came up short in their series opener with the Sioux City Explorers.

Sioux City cruised to a 9-1 win over Kansas City at Legends Field on Tuesday night.

Kansas City (20-20) managed just five hits off the Sioux City pitching staff. Left-hander Jared Wetherbee (3-3) hurled six shutout innings in the win, Gabriel Ponce (1-2) took the loss.

Jones’ home run went the opposite way to left-center field in the seventh inning, his fourth home run of the year.

The Explorers (18-22) got going early, scoring three runs across the first three frames. John Nogowski demolished a two-run home run in the first, Scott Ota drove in Daniel Lingua in the third.

Home runs by Osvaldo Martinez and Daniel Perez would mount the Explorers’ lead to eight, which would stretch as big as nine.

The Monarchs continue their six-game home stand tomorrow night at 6:35 pm. Parkville native Grant Gavin will start for Kansas City. Tickets are available at monarchsbaseball.com.

Bissonette and Keys Shine, But Monarchs Drop Rubber Game

By Cal Friedman

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Josh Bissonette set a season high in hits and J.C. Keys recorded a season best in innings, but the Kansas City Monarchs didn’t have enough in their series finale.

Bissonette finished 4-for-4, but the Monarchs dropped their rubber game to the Chicago Dogs 5-1 at Impact Field. 

Keys dominated out of the bullpen, shoving three scoreless innings with four strikeouts.

The Monarchs (20-19) closed their nine-game road trip with a 4-5 record, returning to Legends Field in KCK on Tuesday against the Sioux City Explorers.

Chicago (19-20) hit early against KC starter Kevin Milam, taking the lead with a solo home run and an RBI double by Zion Pettigrew.

Milam really settled into the lineup his second time through, retiring five in a row at one point.

Hayden Jones’ single gave the Monarchs life, recording his 12th RBI of the season. The catcher finished two-for-four in the loss.

Kansas City struggled with runners in scoring position. The Monarchs out-hit the Dogs, 11-9, but left 13 runners on base.

Kansas City begins a West Division Championship Series rematch with Sioux City on Tuesday at 6:35 pm. Tickets are available at monarchsbaseball.com.

Big Leaguers Help Monarchs To Key Win

By Cal Friedman

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Three former major leaguers led the Kansas City Monarchs to a pivotal win in The Windy City.

Travis Swaggerty and Trent Giambrone provided six hits on Saturday night, A.J. Alexy threw a dynamite eighth inning, and the Monarchs earned an important 10-3 win against the Chicago Dogs at Impact Field.

Swaggerty, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, collected two doubles and a joint-season-high three hits. Giambrone, previously with the Chicago Cubs, reached base all five times he came to the plate.

Former Texas Ranger Alexy came on with two runners on in the eighth, needing just two pitches to work a fielder’s choice and a 4-6-3 double play.

The Monarchs got off to another hot start in Chicago. Frankie Tostado and Danny Amaral each drove in RBI in the first two frames.

Kansas City (20-18) didn’t stop in game two, adding more runs from Giambrone. His RBI singles in the third and fifth innings help the Monarchs restore their three-run lead.

The Monarchs’ second baseman finished a perfect 3-for-3 with two walks in game two.

Chicago (18-20) responded with a solo home run in the fifth, but the Monarchs’ bullpen held firm in the middle innings. Nate Tellier and Zack Leban combined for 2.1 scoreless innings to keep the KC lead at two runs.

New Monarch Joe Suozzi legged out an infield single to begin the ninth. The hustle sparked a crucial five-run frame to lift the Monarchs to victory.

Tostado hit a third RBI double in that ninth inning. Tostado is up to a league-most 17 doubles on the campaign.

The Monarchs close their nine-game road trip tomorrow at 3:00 pm. Fans can watch the game on AABaseball.TV and listen at 810WHB.com/Monarchs.