STORM HOLDS OFF, KC BRINGS THUNDER

The Kansas City Monarchs (23-11) came away with an electrifying win Tuesday night against the Sioux City Explorers (14-19) as the team collected their first comeback win of the season by a score of 8-6 just before a storm rolled in. It was quite the offensive duel, as the Explorers and Monarchs had nine and ten hits, respectively, but the Monarchs offense continued their dominance, coming out on top in this one.

Monarchs’ Jon Harris would toe the rubber as the starter, but it was the Explorers’ Harris that would strike first. Sioux City got on the board early as Chase Harris, the first batter of the game, sent a solo shot to left field and jumped Sioux City out to a 1-0 lead. This would be the only noise from the first inning as the Monarchs were sat down in the bottom half in four batters.

Sioux City would have led off the second inning the same way they led off the first if it wasn’t for Gaby Guerrero’s home run robbing snag over the visitor’s bullpen. Although this would not save the Monarchs from surrendering any runs in the inning, as John Anthon would deliver for the Explorers with a 2 RBI triple to give Sioux City a 3-0 lead. In the bottom half, however, Jan Hernandez would do what he does better than anyone else in the American Association when he added to his AA leading home run totals with a solo homer over the left field Home Run Patio, cutting the deficit to two.

In the third, the Monarchs offense would capitalize on Jon Harris’ first 1-2-3 inning of the game. The scoring was led off with an RBI triple from Darnell Sweeney. Gaby Guerrero would then drive in Sweeney in the next at-bat with a single over Explorers second baseman Nate Samson, evening the score at three before the end of the inning.

The Explorers wouldn’t let the game stay tied for long, however, as a pair of doubles from Chase Harris and Adelmar Rifaela in the fifth inning gave Sioux City the lead once again, 4-3. The Monarchs would answer with a double of their own after Matt Adams went against the shift down the left field line, but was unable to cross the plate.

Leadoff home runs continued to be the theme of the night for Sioux City as Trey Martin led off the top of the sixth with a solo bomb to left field, making the score 5-3 Explorers and chasing Jon Harris from the game for Jordan Martinson. Martinson’s first batter of the game, Chase Harris, would send a deep fly to the deepest part of the park in left center where Kansas City center fielder Willie Abreu would make a stellar over-the-shoulder catch to save a run, end the inning, and keep the Monarchs deficit at two.

Sioux City would only add on to the tally in the seventh, however. A ground-rule double from Danny Amaral and a single from Nate Samson would extend the lead to 6-3 Explorers. Martinson would then turn a double play and get a strikeout to escape a bases-loaded jam and limit the damage. In the bottom half, the Monarchs had a shot to cut the deficit with Darnell Sweeney on third and Gaby Guerrero at the plate, but Sweeney was cut down at home to end the inning while trying to tag up on a Guerrero fly ball to left.

With weather quickly rolling in in the eighth, Monarchs’ David Thompson used the wind to his advantage to hit a line drive to right field that the wind would just push over the fence, giving him a two run home run and cutting the Explorers lead to one. A two out Pete Kozma walk brought Monarchs catcher J.C. Escarra to the plate. Escarra came through in a big way with an RBI triple to the right-center gap, putting himself at third base in a now tied ballgame. This would turn the lineup over to Willie Abreu, who would slap a backhand ground ball to third base, beating the throw out and scoring Kozma to give Kansas City their first lead of the game, 7-6. After Abreu stole second and third base in back-to-back pitches, Darnell Sweeney would continue the two out rally with a textbook line drive single to straightaway center field, scoring Abreu and cushioning the Monarchs lead 8-6.

Jameson McGrane would enter for the Monarchs in the top of the ninth, collecting two strikeouts before retiring the side in four batters, sealing the Monarchs win.

The Monarchs will go head-to-head against the Sioux City Explorers for game two of the three-game homestand Wednesday night (6/22) at 7:00 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: Frank Rubio (1-0)

LP: Max Kuhns (0-4)

S: Jameson McGrane (5)

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By: ADAM COOK

MILKMEN DON’T DELIVER ON SUNDAY

The Kansas City Monarchs (22-11) settled their beef with the Milwaukee Milkmen (18-15) Sunday afternoon. On Moo Day at Legends Field, the Monarchs offense was incredible as they racked up 23 hits, 16 runs, and four home runs. Kansas City beat Milwaukee in a whopping fashion, winning 16-5.

The Monarchs got on the scoreboard first in the second inning. David Thompson led off with a triple to deep left-center. Casey Gillaspie quickly brought him home with a sacrifice fly to right field to give Kansas City a 1-0 lead.

The Milkmen responded in their top half of the third. After Mason Davis singled to right, Correlle Prime hit a two-run home run to left field to put Milwaukee up 2-1.

The Milkmen lead didn’t last long. Willie Abreu and Darnell Sweeney hit back-to-back singles to start the inning. Matt Adams stepped up to the plate and launched a three-run moonshot to home run hill as the Monarchs retook the lead, 4-2.

Kansas City added an insurance run in the fourth when Gaby Guerrero drove an RBI single to right to score Sweeney.

The Monarchs started to pour it on the Milkmen in the bottom of the fifth. The offense collected ten hits, two ground rule doubles, two home run hill bombs, and ten runs in the inning. Sweeney and Gillaspie both hammered home runs and after five innings Kansas City led 15-2.

Will Kengor hit a solo home run for Milwaukee, but the Milkman still trailed by 12. Both teams were quiet until Alexis Olmeda hit a solo shot over the home run patio to give the Monarchs a 16-3 lead.

The Milkmen scored two more runs in the ninth, but Jameson McGrane retired Dylan Kelly to end the game.

The Monarchs will go head-to-head against the Sioux City Explorers for the first game of the three-game homestand Tuesday night (6/21) at 7:00 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: Lewis Thorpe (4-1)

LP: Jake Matthys (2-3)

S: N/A

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By: GABRIEL LOPEZ

MONARCHS MOO-OURN LOSS TO MILKMEN

The Kansas City Monarchs (21-11) could not battle back after a heavy hitting fifth inning from the Milwaukee Milkmen (18-14), losing game two of the series 7-4.

Milwaukee got on the board early in the first inning after Mason Davis hit a double, and Corelle Prime brought him in with an RBI single. Kansas City couldn’t respond after encountering a bases-loaded scenario as a line out to center from Jan Hernandez ended the inning at 1-0.

In the bottom of the second, Pete Kozma and J.C. Escarra both reached base with a single before Willie Abreu hit one out to right field for an RBI single, tying the game at 1-1.

David Thompson homered in the bottom of the third with a rocket straight to the home run patio in left field to give the Monarchs their first lead at 2-1.

The Milkmen tied the game in the top of the fourth as Aaron Hill reached first base on a single to right before advancing to second and third on an error from Monarchs starting pitcher Akeem Bostick. Logan Trowbridge singled to left and brought in Hill, 2-2.

The top of the fifth was a busy one for the Milkmen as they scored five runs. With the bases loaded–Mason Davis on third, Correlle Prime on second and Will Kengor on first–the Monarchs made a pitching change from Bostick to Frank Rubio. Dylan Kelly hit an RBI single to make the score 4-2, but was thrown out at second trying to stretch it into a double by Jan Hernandez to Pete Kozma. Christ Conley had a base hit for another RBI before Bryan Torres doubled to left field, earning another 2 RBI, the score at 7-2.

The Monarchs got back a run in the bottom of the sixth as Casey Gillaspie was hit by a pitch, and Pete Kozma walked. Willie Abreu got a single to left field for an RBI and lessened the Milkmen lead to 7-3.

Kansas City picked it back up in the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run to left center from Jan Hernandez, his 14th as the American Association home run leader, to bring the Monarchs within three at 7-4.

Kozma was left stranded on third in the eighth, and the Monarchs could not piece together any runs in the ninth.

The Monarchs will face the Milkmen at Legends Field for game three of the series tomorrow afternoon (6/19) at 3:00 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: Zimmerman (2-1)

LP: Bostick (3-2)

S: Kowalczyk (6)

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By: KAITLYN SANDERS

MONARCHS MILK MILWAUKEE

An impressive two-home run night for Jan Hernandez put him first in two categories in the American Association. Hernandez now leads the league in home runs with 13. His five-RBI night also put him first in RBIs with 36. Hernandez’s performance helped the Kansas City Monarchs (21-10) take the series opener against the Milwaukee Milkmen (17-14) in an 8-5 victory Friday night at Legends Field.

The Milkmen broke the tie in the second inning as Logan Trowbridge hit an RBI single to right field. Magglio Ordonez Jr. followed this with an RBI single of his own to give Milwaukee a 2-0 lead.

Kansas City had a productive fourth inning. Gaby Guerrero and Matt Adams hit back-to-back singles to start the inning. After David Thompson was hit by a pitch, Jan Hernandez belted a grand slam to right field to give the Monarchs the lead. A sacrifice fly from Pete Kozma extended Kansas City’s lead 5-2.

Milwaukee chipped away in the sixth as Chad Sedio and Mason Davis both delivered RBI singles to bring the Milkmen within one.

The Monarchs continued to score in the next three innings. Hernandez stepped up and roped his second home run of the day with a bomb to center field. In the seventh, Guerrero hit an RBI single to score Willie Abreu. In the eighth, Kozma lined an RBI triple into the right-center gap to score Casey Gillaspie. After eight innings, the Monarchs led 8-4.

Dylan Kelley hit a two-out home run for the Milkmen to make the score 8-5. Jameson McGrane brushed this aside and struck out Aaron Hill to end the game.

The Monarchs will face the Milkmen at Legends Field in game two tomorrow night (6/18) at 6:00 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: Nick Belzer (3-2)

LP: Myles Smith (4-2)

S: N/A

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By: GABRIEL LOPEZ

EXPLORERS PROVOKE MONARCHS

The Kansas City Monarchs (20-10), for the first time this season got swept by division rival, the Sioux City Explorers (14-15). Monarchs’ starter Matt Hartman did all he could on the mound, but it still wasn’t enough for the series finale victory.

Game three of the road series in Sioux City, Iowa served to be a real low scoring pitchers duel. Matt Hartman of the Kansas City Monarchs reached a personal best on the season six innings pitched on Thursday evening, allowing just two runs off six hits. Hartman threw a scoreless first inning but surrendered a run in the bottom of the second inning off a single to center from Blake Tiberi (1-0).

The Monarchs would answer the Explorers later, but it wasn’t until the top of the fifth inning when Kansas City used a pinch of small ball to tie things up. Kevin Santa gave himself up by utilizing the short game with a sacrifice bunt to move the up baserunners to second and third. The very next at-bat, Joel Booker delivered a sacrifice fly to center field to bring in Pete Kozma (1-1).

The eight-year big leaguer Pete Kozma had himself a night offensively by recording two doubles and scoring the only run for the Monarchs.

Sioux City’s starting pitcher, Patrick Ledet, kept his flawless record on the mound intact by getting the victory, going seven innings with just one run, three walk, and striking out nine batters.

The tide of the game was really shifted in the bottom of the seventh inning when a single was delivered by the Sioux City offense, followed by a throwing error by Joel Booker, advancing Nate Samson in to score (2-1)

Kansas City had chances here and there throughout the game, including a bases-loaded opportunity in the bottom half of the eighth, but the Explorers defense and pitching held tight to escape the threat.

A member of last season’s championship team made his season debut for the Monarchs after being signed earlier this week. RHP Justin Donatella was called on to throw the home half of the eighth inning. Donatella did his part on the hill by recording one strikeout and keeping the hometown Explorers scoreless to give his offense a chance for some late-game heroics.

Sioux City’s Max Kuhns came in to slam the door shut and secure the series sweep for Sioux City. Kuhns struck out all three batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth. The loss would dethrone the Monarchs from the top spot of the West Division standings, falling just one game back of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.

The next Monarchs game will be this Friday (6/17) evening back at Legends Field against the Milkmen of Milwaukee who are currently in 2nd place of the American Association East Division. 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:  Ledet (2-0)

LP: Hartman (0-2)

S: Kuhns (1)

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By: JAXSON WEBB

KC INKS DONATELLA

The Monarchs bring back a key piece of their 2021 Championship season with the signing RHP Justin Donatella. The right-hander was a huge piece of Kansas City’s success a season ago after joining the roster midway through the season in 2021. Donatella appeared in 16 total games for the American Association Champions and posted a 5-1 record in the regular season, 1-0 in the playoffs. The 6’6” righty finished the year with 52 strikeouts in 51.2 innings, and had a 3.31 ERA. The highlight of the year for Donatella came on August 19th, 2021 where he hurled a complete-game shutout against division rival, the Sioux City Explorers. The shutout entailed no runs, nine strikeouts and just one walk. The complete-game shutout earned Dontatella the American Association Pitcher of the Week award.

Before Kansas City, Donatella had last pitched with Triple-A Reno in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ organization where he posted a 8.80 ERA in 15 ⅓ innings. Donatella, 26, was a 15th round pick of the Diamondbacks back in 2015 out of the University of California, San Diego.

Donatella spent six seasons in Arizona’s organization — fluctuating between Rookie ball and Triple-A. His best season came in 2016 when the righty split time in A-ball and High-A. Over 27 starts, Donatella posted a career-high in wins (13), innings (145), and strikeouts (111).

In 2018, at the age of 23, Donatella turned in another solid season at Double-A Jackson in the Southern League. He made 24 starts and produced a 3.46 ERA in 130 innings.

While at UC San Diego, Donatella won 18 games and showcased a sub-3 ERA in his final two seasons with the Tritons. In the year he was drafted, the right-hander was 9-3 with a 1.74 ERA and 0.875 WHIP.

Kansas City is in Sioux City set to play game two of a three-game series with the Explores Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. The game can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 6:35 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.

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MONARCHS DISCOVER OFFENSE TOO LATE

The Kansas City Monarchs (20-8) had their six-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday night. The Sioux City Explorers (12-15) had the Monarchs offense lost for most of the night, defeating Kansas City 6-4, in game one of the three game series.

The Monarchs offense started slow in Sioux City as the Explorers discovered the scoreboard first and never looked back. In the first inning, the Monarchs did not make much noise in the top half but the Explorers struck first with a sacrifice fly to center field by Trey Martin. Martin’s RBI was made possible by a walk drawn by Chase Harris and a well executed hit and run from Nick Franklin. With runners on first and third, Trey Martin drove the ball to center field in the air to bring home Harris. The Explorers led the Monarchs 1-0 after one inning played.

The Monarchs quickly answered in the second following a one-out, triple from Jan Hernandez. Casey Gillaspie picked up an RBI single to right field and tied the game, 1-1. The Monarchs were not able to steal the lead back and went quietly the rest of the frame. In the home half of the second, the Explorers distanced themselves once more from the Monarchs with back-to-back singles, followed by a three run blast, by John Anthon. Lewis Thorpe was able to settle in on the mound and retire the next three batters he faced.

Kansas City was retired in one, two, three fashion by Kevin McCanna in the top of the third inning. McCanna went on to strike out seven in six innings of work, surrendering only five hits and two runs. The Explorers again added to their lead in the bottom of the third. After a single from Nate Samson, Sioux City utilized an error from Jan Hernandez and another single to set up runners at first and third base with no outs. Ademar Rifaela grounded into a fielder’s choice RBI double play to pick up an RBI. The explorers finished the third inning leading 5-1.

In the fourth inning, both offenses went scoreless with only one hit combined between the two teams during the frame. Sioux City continued to add to their lead and shut down Kansas City’s offense in the fifth. The Monarchs were retired in a one, two, three order with a strike out by McCanna in the inning. The Explorers pushed their lead to 6-1 by starting the inning with a Trey Martin single. Martin advanced to second on an unassisted putout by Casey Gillaspie. Gabe Snyder capitalized with a runner in scoring position with an RBI double.

The Monarchs began their comeback efforts in the sixth frame. Darnell Sweeney began the inning with a patient walk and reached third on a single from Gaby Guerrero. With runners at first and third with no outs the Monarchs were only able to bring home one run with a single from Jan Hernandez. The Monarchs trailed by only four runs after six innings as Jacob Lindgren entered from the bullpen to retire the side in the home half.

In the seventh, the Monarchs mustered up two more runs in their pursuit of the Explorers. Sioux City called upon their bullpen and brought in Max Kuhns to face the bottom of the Monarchs’ lineup. Kansas City took advantage of the fresh arm on the mound with a Pete Kozma single to right field to set up J.C. Escarra at the plate. Escarra stepped up with a towering blast to right field to cut the deficit to 6-4. With the bases cleared, Kuhns settled down and retired the rest of the batters he faced. Lindgren controlled the bottom of the seventh with a scoreless inning, only allowing one hit, and producing another strikeout.

The eighth inning was filled with pitching changes. Sioux City brought in Tyler Koch to face Matt Adams. After Adams walked on five pitches, Koch was replaced by Brandon Brosher. Brosher threw the Monarchs off the scent of the comeback trail, snuffing out their building momentum, by retiring all three batters he faced. The Monarchs brought in the reliable Jameson McGrane in the bottom of the eighth to hold the Explorers scoreless.

In the top of the ninth, Thomas Mcllraith replaced Brosher on the mound for the Explorers to shut down any final hope Kansas City had in extending their winning streak to seven games.

The Monarchs will play game two of a three game series in Sioux City tomorrow (6/15) at 7:05 p.m. The game can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 6:35 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 McCanna (6-1)

LP: Lewis Thorpe (3-2)

S: Thomas Mcllraith (9)

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STOUT CALLED UP BY CUBS

Former Kansas City Monarch left handed pitcher Eric Stout has been called up to the major leagues by the Chicago Cubs.  He is available to pitch tonight against the San Diego Padres and will wear the number 46. Stout pitched for the Monarchs in 2021 before his contract was purchased by the Miami Marlins organization and he was assigned to AAA Jacksonville.Stout re-signed with the Monarchs in the off season after winter ball.  The Chicago Cubs organization purchased the contract from Kansas City on March 16 and assigned him to the Iowa Cubs their AAA affiliate.Stout, in 16 games, one start had a record of two wins two losses 3.94 earned run average in 29 2/3 innings. He struck out 48 hitters so far this year in Iowa.A 29-year-old left-handed pitcher was selected by Kansas City in the 13th round of the 2014 major league draft.Monarchs Manager Joe Calfapietra said “We are all very excited that Eric is getting this opportunity to return to the major leagues tonight and that isn’t understatement.This has been a long journey back and we are also proud of his dedication desire and determination to make this happen.The story continues – this is the franchise’s third player to reach the major leagues in the past three seasons: Johnny Davis / Akeem Bostick / Eric StoutHe’s a true example of what this process is all about.”

MONARCHS SWEEP THE DOGS

The Kansas City Monarchs (20-7) indisputably planted their flag atop the American Association this series, grilling the East division’s first place Chicago Dogs (17-10) in this one, 9-2, to secure the sweep, their second in as many series. The teams entered the series each atop their respective divisions, but Kansas City dominated the Dogs in this showdown of American Association juggernauts, earning the win and the sweep behind a strong outing from starting pitcher Akeem Bostick (4-1) and some late-game mistakes from the Dogs.

The game began quietly, as the only scoring action in the first two innings came on a leadoff home run from Chicago’s Charlie Tilson to put the Dogs up early. The next few innings would remain uneventful, as three of the four half innings in the second and third would end up being 1-2-3 innings.

It wasn’t until the top of the fourth inning that the scoreboard would begin to light up. Behind a pair of Monarchs singles by Darnell Sweeney and Gaby Guerrero, Matt Adams would step up to the plate with one out in an RBI opportunity. He would take advantage by sending a sacrifice fly to right field to score Sweeney from third and help the Monarchs even the score at one before the end of the inning.

The Dogs would soon return the favor, however. In the bottom half of the inning, Monarchs starter Akeem Bostick would allow a leadoff walk to K.C. Hobson, who would then get moved to third by way of a Danny Mars triple. The Dogs would then strike just as the Monarchs did a half inning earlier, as Anfernee Grier would score Hobson with a sacrifice fly to regain the Chicago lead, 2-1.

The top of the fifth would yield some fireworks as well. The inning began with a single from Jan Hernandez, who would then steal second base. J.C. Escarra would come through with a single of his own to move Hernandez to third, leaving runners on first and third for the very hot hitting Kevin Santa. Santa would continue his hot streak with an RBI double to left field that would move Escarra to third base. Escarra would then get driven in by an RBI groundout from Willie Abreu, giving the Monarchs the lead once again with the score 3-2 Kansas City.

The next few innings would stay relatively quiet, as the Dogs were retired in order in the bottom half as one of many 1-2-3 innings that would occur from the bottom of the fifth to the eighth inning. Monarchs reliever Jordan Martinson would give Kansas City some momentum moving into the bottom of the eighth after he struck out the side in order in the top half. In the bottom half of the eighth, Darnell Sweeney would capitalize on this momentum by reaching base on a one out infield single, but would end up on second base after a throwing error, then on third after a wild pitch. Back-to-back walks would set up David Thompson with a bases loaded one out opportunity, with which he would draw an RBI walk and chase Dogs reliever Kevin Marmon from the game. Jan Hernandez became relief pitcher Paul Schwendel’s first batter of the game, which he promptly walked to make it back-to-back bases loaded walks for the Monarchs. Casey Gillaspie would finally have the big hit that made the Dogs pay for the walks, as he delivered with a big two-RBI double to break it open, giving the Monarchs a very comfortable 7-2 lead. Jan Hernandez would then score from third to cap off the big eighth inning for the Monarchs offense to make the score 8-2 Kansas City heading to the bottom half.

A 1-2-3 inning from Brandon Koch shut the Dogs down in the bottom half of the eighth inning, turning the inning over to the Monarchs offense one last time. Matt Adams stepped up to the plate in the top half of the ninth to make sure the Monarchs didn’t finally have a game with no home runs and sent a solo shot to right field to pad the lead even further, 9-2. The Monarchs’ Matt Blackham came out to toe the rubber in the top of the ninth and secured the sweep, which he did in five batters, giving the Monarchs the 9-2 win.

The Monarchs will take an off day tomorrow but then be back in action against the Sioux City Explorers on Tuesday (6/14) at 7:05 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: Akeem Bostick (3-1)

LP: A.J. Kullman (2-3)

S: N/A

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HALL TO THE GIANTS

After posting the lowest ERA (1.29) in the American Association and tying for the circuit lead in wins (4), left-hander Matt Hall had his contract transferred to the San Francisco Giants, the Monarchs announced today.

“I’d like to say thank you my coaches and the front office for giving me the opportunity to put on the Monarchs uniform and for making me feel welcome since the first day I showed up. I had the opportunity to play with two very special groups of teammates who became brothers to me,” said Hall.

Hall, a native of Lee’s Summit, Missouri and former Missouri State University standout, was 4-1 with the Monarchs with a 1.29 ERA in 28 innings. He made five starts for Kansas City and was stellar in his last outing Friday night June 10th at Chicago. Hall tossed six innings and allowed one earned run with 10 strikeouts in the Monarchs 10-2 win.

Hall was in his second season with Kansas City and was a late season free-agent signee by Monarchs Manager Joe Calfapietra last August. Hall was inked on August 21, 2021, and went right into the rotation to help the Monarchs run away with the South Division of the American Association and sweep their way to the league pennant. Hall appeared in five games, making four starts with a 2.25 ERA while allowing just 18 hits and striking out 28 batters. He finished the 2021 season with a perfect 4-0 record. After one relief outing, Hall went into the rotation and won all four of his starts, including two in the regular season and two in the postseason. On August 28th he held Houston scoreless for five innings while striking out seven to get his first win as a Monarch. He followed that with a quality start, going six at Cleburne to get the win and holding the Railroaders to three hits and one earned run while punching out 10. That win was part of a four-game sweep of Cleburne down in Texas.

In the postseason Hall took the bump in the playoff opener in the Division series going six against Sioux City at Legends Field on September 10th.  He would limit the X’s to six hits and one earned run while striking out four in a 11-2 KC win. He would then get the nod on September 17th in the league championship series, striking out seven and getting the 8-4 Monarchs win to take the series lead. He would surrender four runs on seven hits as the Monarchs won at Newman Outdoor Field.

2021 American Association Manager of the Year Joe Calfapietra said, “We can’t be more excited as an organization to announce that Matt Hall is getting a second opportunity.  As we all know, this is what our league and organization is about.  Matt has done a great job for us on and off the playing field. We wish him nothing but the best with the Giants organization.”

Hall, 28, pitched in 25 major league games and made one start for the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox. The lefty logged a 11.48 ERA in 40 innings with 41 strikeouts. He was the 2015 sixth-round pick by the Detroit Tigers after three seasons with Missouri State.  Over the course of six minor league seasons, Hall appeared in 150 games and posted a 3.27 ERA in 537 innings with 587 strikeouts.

“My time here in Kansas City is full of memories I will hold on to for the rest of my life. Thank you to the fans of Kansas City for all the support. I am looking forward to starting the next chapter of my life with the Giants organization, “ said the left hander.

Kansas City is in the middle of a six-game road trip and will play the final game of a three-game series with the Chicago Dogs at Impact Field at Rosemont, Illinois Sunday at 3:00 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.

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