MONARCHS DROP FINAL GAME IN SERIES

The Kansas City Monarchs (5-4) ended their ninth straight home game with a loss to the Chicago Dogs (4-5) on Sunday afternoon, 4-1. With wins Friday and Saturday night, the Monarchs took two of three games, winning the series against the Dogs.

On Buck O’ Neil Day at Legends Field, the Dogs wasted no time as they scored quickly in the first inning when Michael Crouse hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Charlie Tilson.

Both teams had several opportunities to score throughout the next five innings. However, in the sixth inning Cosimo Cannella lifted a sacrifice fly to left field to score Ryan Lidge. Harrison Smith followed this up by hitting a ball to the wall. Joel Booker had a great jump on the hit but was unable to make the tough play as Anfernee Grier scored. The Dogs finished the inning with Smith crossing the plate for an unearned run, giving them a 4-0 lead.

After no prior run production on the day, The Monarchs finally got on the board in the eighth inning as Jan Hernandez reached base due to an error made by Canella at third. Casey Gillaspie followed this at-bat with a single into the outfield. A hard line drive single by Pete Kozma drove in Hernandez to bring in the first run for the Monarchs as they trailed 4-1.

In the 9th inning, Jeff Kinley retired Joel Booker, Darnell Sweeney, and Matt Adams to lead the Dogs to victory over the Monarchs. The Dogs finished the game with eleven runners left on base while the Monarchs stranded twelve.

The Monarchs will be back in action for game one against Gary SouthShore tomorrow (5/23) at 6:45 p.m. The game can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 6:20 p.m. and the video stream airing on aabaseball.tv.

Tickets to all Monarchs games can be purchased by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting monarchsbaseball.com. For additional information or interview requests, members of the media may contact the Monarchs Media Relations Department at (817) 739-3693. Stay tuned to monarchsbaseball.com. and the Monarchs Facebook and Twitter pages for updates throughout the season.

WP: A.J. Kullman

LP: Jon Harris

S: N/A

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MONARCHS DANCE TO COMMANDING VICTORY

The Kansas City Monarchs (5-3) had the luck of the Irish on Saturday evening as those at the ballpark celebrated Irish Daze. The Monarchs pitching was staggering, and the offense struck gold, defeating the Dogs 11-2

In back-to-back nights the Monarchs have surrendered the lead in the early innings but have stayed resilient. The Dogs were able to force Monarchs starter Lewis Thorpe (1-1) into pitching 24 pitches in the opening inning and scored the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly from Grant Kay (1-0). The shuffled and strong lineup for Kansas City responded right away after Willie Abreu’s leadoff double, and a pair of fielder’s choices. Jan Hernandez also drove in a run with a single through the left side (3-1).

Lewis Thorpe came back in the second inning with a completely different demeanor. The Melbourne, Australia native went on to retire nine batters in a row, six of them strikeouts. Thorpe was dialed in and stayed on top of the Dogs lineup. He finished the evening with 5IP, 2H, 1ER, 2BB, 9K.

That momentum carried over to the offensive side of things as six different Monarchs recorded a multi-hit game. Atop of that list was CF Willie Abreu who went 3-for-4 with three RBI, and was just a triple shy of the cycle.

The fourth inning was the four-leaf clover inning for the Monarchs, scoring six runs on eight hits. David Thompson recorded two hits in the inning as Kansas City sent 11 batters to the plate.

Willie Abreu capped off the night with a towering two-run homer to stretch the lead to 11-1 in the home half of the eighth. The Dogs would scratch out one run in the ninth as Kansas City closed the “green” night out with an 11-2 win.

The Monarchs will play game three against Chicago tomorrow (5/22) at 3:00 p.m. with the gates opening at 1:00 p.m. The game can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 2:30 p.m. and the video stream airing on aabaseball.tv.

Tickets to all Monarchs games can be purchased by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting  monarchsbaseball.com.  For additional information or interview requests, members of the media may contact the Monarchs Media Relations Department at (817) 739-3693. Stay tuned to monarchsbaseball.com. and the Monarchs Facebook and Twitter pages for updates throughout the season.

WP: Lewis Thorpe (1-0)
LP: Carl Brice (0-1)
S: N/A

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MONARCHS TAKE SERIES OPENER

A high-powered second inning from the Kansas City Monarchs (4-3) helped the team secure a 4-3 win in the series opener against the Chicago Dogs (3-4) on Friday night. 

On Wyandotte County Appreciation Night at Legends Field, the Dogs were able to scrape across one run in the second inning after Charlie Tilson grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Grant Kay. That would be the only run Akeem Bostick (1-1) would give up on the night. After surrendering the lead, the right-hander settled in and delivered three scoreless innings including retiring the last 10 batters he faced.

The Monarchs offense quickly responded with four runs of their own in the home half of the second off Chicago starter Shane Barringer (1-1). Casey Gillaspie led the charge, hitting a fielder’s choice that would score Jan Hernandez for the Monarchs’ first run of the game. After Alexis Olmeda worked a walk, Joel Booker roped a double down the left field line to score Gillaspie. Darnell Sweeney got involved in the action, driving a single to right to score Olmeda.  Pete Kozma brought home Booker on a fielder’s choice to short, giving the Monarchs a 4-1 lead entering the third.

Both teams were quiet for the next three innings. This changed in the sixth as K.C. Dobson scored Danny Mars on a fielder’s choice and Grant Kay belted a solo home run to pull the Dogs to within one.

It was still a one run game entering the ninth inning, but Brandon Koch struck out the side to shut the door on the Dogs and earn his first save of the season.

The Monarchs will play game two against Chicago tomorrow (5/21) at 6:00 p.m. with the gates opening at 4:00 p.m.  The game can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the video stream airing on aabaseball.tv.

Tickets to all Monarchs games can be purchased by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting monarchsbaseball.com. For additional information or interview requests, members of the media may contact the Monarchs Media Relations Department at (817) 739-3693. Stay tuned to monarchsbaseball.com. and the Monarchs Facebook and Twitter pages for updates throughout the season.

WP: Akeem Bostick (1-1)

LP: Shane Barringer (1-1)

S: Koch (1)

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KANSAS CITY CRUSHES FIRST SERIES WIN

The Kansas City Monarchs (3-3) crushed five home runs against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (3-3) in a dominating 6-1 series clinching win Thursday night at Legends Field.

Gaby Guerrero got the scoring started early in the first inning with a home run to the visiting bullpen in left field for a 1-0 score. Jan Hernandez followed for back-back scoring innings launching a rocket of his own to the home run patio to make it a 2-0 advantage in the second.

With Hernandez at the plate a wild pitch was served up by RedHawks starter Francisco Jimenez bringing in Willie Abreu, extending the lead to 3-0 going into the fourth.

The fourth inning was an electric inning for the Monarchs. The club launched three home runs in a row coming from the bottom three spots in the lineup off the bats of Casey Gillaspie, Alexis Olmeda and Willie Abreu. Gillaspie launched a homer over the home run hill in right field, Olmeda sent one to the popular home run patio, while Abreu hit a line drive straight to center field to round out the scoring for Kansas City.

The RedHawks got on the board in the seventh, when Manuel Boscan’s base-hit brought in Darian Sandford, to avoid the shut out and making the score 6-1.

Monarchs starting RHP Matt Hall finished with a line of 6.0IP, 3H, 0R and 6 strikeouts to even his record at (1-1). Jimenez (0-1) suffered the loss surrendering six earned runs over four frames including all five long balls.

The Monarchs continue their homestand Friday night with game one of a three game series against the Chicago Dogs (5/20) with the first pitch at 7:00 p.m. and the gates opening at 6:00 p.m. The game can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the video stream airing on aabaseball.tv.

Tickets to all Monarchs games can be purchased by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting monarchsbaseball.com. For additional information or interview requests, members of the media may contact the Monarchs Media Relations Department at (817) 739-3693. Stay tuned to monarchsbaseball.com. and the Monarchs Facebook and Twitter pages for updates throughout the season.

WP: Matt Hall (1-1)

LP: Francisco Jimenez (0-1)

S: N/A

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PITCHING SHINES AS BATS STAY QUIET

The Kansas City Monarchs (2-3) had a quiet night at the plate as they dropped the second game of the series against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (3-2) by a score of 2-1 Wednesday night.

A pitching duel between Nick Belzer (0-1) and Kevin McGovern (1-0) kept the game scoreless through the first three innings. The RedHawks broke the tie in the fourth inning when Drew Ward roped a double down the right field line to score Manuel Boscan from second base. Leobaldo Pina immediately followed this up with a double of his own down the left field line to bring in Ward, making the score 2-0.

The Monarchs offense was held at bay until the sixth inning when Darnell Sweeney hit a solo home run over the “home run patio” in left field, cutting the lead in half. Sweeney’s long ball marked back-to-back nights with a home run for the veteran.

Kevin McGovern had an excellent start for the RedHawks. The former Winnipeg Goldeyes starter and the all time American Association strikeout leader finished his night allowing one run and three hits, fanning 11 Monarchs through seven innings pitched.

In the eighth inning, the Monarchs offense started to show some life. David Thompson reached on an error made by shortstop Sam Dexter. Casey Gillaspie followed by walking on four straight balls. Darnell Sweeney singled on a hard ground ball off the pitcher loading the bases. However, the Monarchs weren’t able to cash in any runs.

Game three against Fargo-Moorhead is tomorrow (5/19) at 7 p.m. The game can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the video stream airing on aabaseball.tv.

Tickets to all Monarchs games can be purchased by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting monarchsbaseball.com. For additional information or interview requests, members of the media may contact the Monarchs Media Relations Department at (817) 739-3693. Stay tuned to monarchsbaseball.com. and the Monarchs Facebook and Twitter pages for updates throughout the season.

WP: Kevin McGovern (1-0)

LP: Nick Belzer (0-1)

S: Alex DuBord (2)

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KC MANAGES SECOND WIN IN A ROW

The Kansas City Monarchs (2-2) came back from a three-run deficit in the third inning to win the first game of the series against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (2-2) with a score of 6-4 late Tuesday evening.

The first inning was a pitcher’s duel, but the RedHawks were the first to break the tie in the top of the second inning all thanks to a big fly from John Silviano (1-0). Sam Dexter tacked on one more run a few batters later with a scorching single (2-0).

Kansas City has trailed at one point in three out of the first four games, so this early deficit did not rattle the Monarchs one bit. Veteran Darnell Sweeney stepped up to the plate and sent his first home run of the season out to the “home run patio” in left field, bringing his team to within one (3-2). Fast forward two innings later and David Thompson played copycat by launching another Monarch home run to the patio to tie the game (3-3).

Both pitchers tossed a clean inning in the fourth, this inning being the last for Jon Harris. Harris would finish his first career start as a Monarch with 4IP, 3H, 3R, 3BB, and 3 K’s. His counterpart, Ryan Flores, fanned six Kansas City hitters, and did not allow any free passes. Flores exited after 5IP, 3H, and 3R.

C.J. Carter served as the first man in relief for starter Jon Harris. Carter made his first appearance for the club and battled adversity. After surrendering a double and two walks, the bases were loaded for the RedHawks. Carter refocused and dialed it in by getting two flyouts, and a ground ball to the first baseman to escape the jam.

The sixth inning is where the Monarchs made their move. Manager Joe Calfapietra’s lineup rallied to put up three runs off of a double from Gabby Guerrero and a single by Matt Adams (6-3).

The RedHawks would make a run at a comeback, but came up short due to the stout bullpen of the Monarchs. Fargo got their fourth run of the game in the eighth inning from a Peter Maris double (6-4). After that the pitching for Kansas City tightened down to close out the game.

Jameson McGrane came in to work the final inning to earn his first save of the year. The lengthy righty faced four batters, only one reaching by way of error.

Game two against Fargo-Moorhead is tomorrow (5/18) at 7 p.m. The game can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the video stream airing on aabaseball.tv.

Tickets to all Monarchs games can be purchased by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting monarchsbaseball.com. For additional information or interview requests, members of the media may contact the Monarchs Media Relations Department at (817) 739-3693. Stay tuned to monarchsbaseball.com. and the Monarchs Facebook and Twitter pages for updates throughout the season.

WP: Brock Gilliam (1-0)

LP: Davis Feldman (0-1)

S: Jameson McGrane (1)

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KC SNAGS FIRST WIN OF 2022

The Kansas City Monarchs (1-2) fell in their first two games of the 2022 season, but got back on track Sunday afternoon with an impressive 10-3 victory over the visiting Sioux City Explorers (2-1). The Monarchs offense exploded late to solidify the win.

The Monarchs placed the ball into LHP Lewis Thorpe’s hands, making it his Monarchs debut. The Fort Myers, Florida stayed aggressive in the strike zone through all 4.2 innings, but gave up a few hits and runs along the way.

The Kansas City Monarchs struggled offensively in the first two games, but were able to strike first in the second inning of the weekend finale. Matt Adams, former 10 year

big-leaguer and World Series Champion, blasted his first home run of the season to open up the scoring (1-0). Moments later Jan Hernandez was driven in by a line drive single from David Thompson (2-0).

The Explorers were quick to answer back though as they scratched three runs across in top of the third inning by way of two doubles and a single (2-3).

Thorpe exited after 4 ⅔ innings, surrendering four hits, three runs, three walks, and struck out four Explorers. He was replaced by Kansas native, Brock Gilliam.

Things remained the same until Jan Hernandez came up big in the sixth. Hernandez’s ground ball single up the middle drove in Guerrero to knot things up (3-3). From that point on it was all Monarchs.

The Kansas City offense rattled off eight runs between the sixth and eighth to cruise to a commanding 10-3 victory. Six players for the Monarchs recorded a double, and Matt Adams hit the second home run by the team of the season. Jan Hernandez, Darnell Sweeney, and David Thompson all recorded multi-hit games as well.

Joe Calfapietra called Jameson McGrane out of the Swope Health Bullpen to come in and close things out in the final inning. Keep in mind, McGrane was also the closing pitcher for the 2021 American Association Championship game a season ago. McGrane made quick work of three Sioux City hitters, striking out one, helping the Monarchs get that first taste of victory this season.

The next Monarchs game will be this Tuesday (5/18) evening back at Legends Field against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, a rematch of last year’s American Association Championship. The game can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the video stream airing on aabaseball.tv.

Tickets to all Monarchs games can be purchased by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting monarchsbaseball.com. For additional information or interview requests, members of the media may contact the Monarchs Media Relations Department at (817) 739-3693. Stay tuned to monarchsbaseball.com. and the Monarchs Facebook and Twitter pages

for updates throughout the season.

WP: Jordan Martinson (1-0)

LP: Blain Hardy (0-1)

S: N/A

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EARLY LEAD NOT ENOUGH IN 4-2 LOSS

The Kansas City Monarchs got off to a solid start on Saturday night taking a 2-0 lead after two innings, but the Sioux City Explores would dial up a pair of third inning long balls on the way to a 4-2 win over the Monarchs.

The Monarchs (0-2) picked up an early run in the home half of the first inning on a wild pitch from Explorers starter Tyler Beardsley scoring Pete Kozma to take the 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the second, catcher J.C. Escarra hit the first KC homer of the season, launching a solo shot to right field to make it 2-0 in favor of the Monarchs.

Sioux City (2-0) did not stay down for long as former Monarch Nick Franklin hit a two-run home run tying the game at two.  A batter later, Nate Samson hit a home run of his own, taking a 3-2 lead in the third off Kansas City starter Akeem Bostick.

Sioux City picked up a Samson sac fly in the seventh to give the club a 4-2 cushion, but the Monarchs would have chances all night stranding 12 batters in the loss. The final chance came in the bottom of the ninth, when Gabby Guerrero drove a two out triple to right center and Matt Adams drew a walk off closer Thomas McIlraith, to put runners at the corners. MtcIlraith then struck out Jan Hernandez on a full count to end the ball game.

Both teams got solid starting pitching for the second straight night. Tyler Beardsley (1-0) picked up the win working 5.1 allowing two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and a walk for the X’s. The Monarchs once again had a hard luck loss as Akeem Bostick (0-1) tossed five innings, surrendering three runs on six hits, and adding three strikeouts.

The Explorers take 2-0 lead over the Monarchs in the first series of the season while Kansas City will look to prevent a sweep of the series with game three against Sioux City at 3 p.m. on Sunday. LHP Lewis Thorpe will make his Monarchs debut while RHP Carlos Sierra will take the ball for Sioux City. The first pitch is set for 3:00 p.m. with the gates opening at 1:00 p.m. The game can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 2:30 p.m. and the video stream airing on aabaseball.tv.

W: Tyler Beardsley (1-0)

L: Akeem Bostick (0-1)

SV: Thomas McIlraith (1)

Tickets to all Monarchs games can be purchased by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting monarchsbaseball.com. For additional information or interview requests, members of the media may contact the Monarchs Media Relations Department at (817) 739-3693. Stay tuned to monarchsbaseball.com. and the Monarchs Facebook and Twitter pages for updates throughout the season.

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MONARCHS ADD ANOTHER ARM

The 2021 American Association Champion Kansas City Monarchs have signed Australian left-handed pitcher Lewis Thorpe.  Thorpe was recently released by the Minnesota Twins and will join the Monarchs on the first day of 2022 Training Camp at Legends Field.

Thorpe made his MLB debut on June 30, 2019 and went 3-2 with a 6.18 ERA in 12 games that season for the Minnesota Twins.  He tossed 27 and two thirds innings for the Twins striking out 31 with only 10 base on balls.  He spent 2020 in between the minors and the Twins – pitching in 7 games – one start, during that campaign. Earlier in his professional career Thorpe was named to pitch for the World team in the 2018 Futures Game at Nationals Park in Washington D.C.

Last season (2021), Thorpe made 13 total appearances between Minnesota and the Triple-A Saint Paul Saints. In his 5 appearances for the big-league club, he recorded a 4.70 ERA with 6 strikeouts in 15.1 innings of work.

We are extremely excited to have Lewis with our club for the 2022 season” said American Association Manager of the Year and Kansas City Coach of the Year Joe Calfapietra.  “His experience at the highest level will add great depth to an already good pitching staff” added Calfapietra.

During 2022 Twins spring training camp, the Twins transitioned Thorpe to the bullpen. On March 28, 2022, the Twins sent Thorpe outright to the Saints of the Triple-A International League where he made one appearance as the season started before being released from his contract.

Training camp for the Monarchs opens on May 5 and opening night is Friday May 13 at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas.