Big Sixth Inning The Difference As Monarchs Fall To Winnipeg

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Skydivers dropped from thousands of feet above before the game. Fireworks illuminated the night sky after the game, but a big sixth inning gave the Winnipeg Goldeyes the win over the Kansas City Monarchs at Legends Field. 

The Monarchs dropped the second game of their four-game set with the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 6-4, at Legends Field. All six Winnipeg runs came in the top of the sixth off three different Monarchs pitchers.

Former major leaguer Yefry Ramirez had his best stuff going early on for Kansas City. The right-hander struck out the side in the second inning and induced two inning-ending double plays in his first four frames.

Ramirez found cruise control his second time through the order, striking out a pair in the fifth inning. The 30-year-old closed with a season-high six strikeouts Friday night.

Monarchs (4-3) starters have now combined to throw 10-plus innings in this series, allowing just three earned runs.

Cameron Cannon picked up Ramirez’ solid start early, destroying a three-run home run over the left field wall in the first inning. Ross Adolph tacked on another run with a seeing-eye single in the fourth.

Cannon’s home run was his first for the club. The third baseman is up to four RBI in this series.

Winnipeg got all they needed in one frame, plating six runs off just two hits. Dayson Croes’ two-run single gave the Goldeyes (2-5) just their fourth win at Legends Field in two years.

The KC bullpen did their best to hold it down. Relievers Julian Garcia (1-1) and Connor Curlis combined for seven strikeouts over the final ten outs, but the Monarchs recorded just one base hit in the final four innings.

The Monarchs look for their fifth win of the season tomorrow at 6:35 PM. Tickets are available for Saturday’s home contest at monarchsbaseball.com.