MONARCHS DOMINATE DOGS FOR WIN

The Kansas City Monarchs (19-7) have been one of the hottest American Association baseball teams as of late, leading the league on the mound and at the plate as a team, winning nine of their last ten games. This dominance continued into game two of three against the second best in the Association, Chicago Dogs (17-9) in their commanding 11-1 win Saturday night.

The best team in the American Association started off the first frame with a two-out, solo blast from Gaby Guerrero to give the Monarchs an early, 1-0 lead. Nick Belzer (2-2) received the start for the Monarchs and held the Dogs scoreles during his six innings pitched, only allowing two hits. The Dogs threatened in the first with a walk, a stolen base and a single but did not capitalize with a runner in scoring position.

The Monarchs continued to slowly add to their lead with a Jan Hernandez double to the right field corner with one out in the second inning. Hernandez’s double set up Casey Gillaspie for his first of two RBI singles on the night. The Monarchs led 2-0 heading into the home half of the second. The Dogs again were able to swipe a base after a single but were not able to steal a run.

Patience paid its dividends in the top of the third, as Darnell Sweeney battled in a 13 pitch at-bat to draw a two-out walk. Speedy Darnell Sweeney stole 2nd, and following Guerrero’s walk, Matt Adams slapped an RBI single to left field against the shift. The Monarchs closed out the bottom of the third in nerve wracking fashion by putting the go-ahead run at the plate with two outs. Belzer retired the side and held the score at 3-0.

The Monarchs offense forced an early call to the bullpen to replace Dogs’ starter Johnathon Tripp with James Reeves. Hernandez and Gillaspie teamed up again in the fourth inning to add to the Monarchs lead. Reeves was replaced in the fourth inning with Joe Cavallaro. Hernandez started off the inning with a double to right field and advanced to third after an error from the Dogs right fielder, Danny Mars. Gillaspie picked up his second RBI single to left field and brought Hernandez home to add to their lead. Hernandez contributed on defense in the bottom half of the inning, flashing some leather on a sliding catch on the right field line to assist Belzer in retiring the side.

The offenses stayed quiet on both sides in the fifth inning, as both teams were retired without recording a hit or any runners gaining scoring position. Belzer brought his strong, scoreless outing to a close, retiring the Dogs in a one, two, three manner. Belzer finished with six innings pitched, no earned runs, three strikeouts, and two hits allowed.

Jordan Martinson replaced Belzer and shut down the Dogs in the seventh with a strikeout and diving stop at third from Thompson. The Monarchs offense laid the knockout punch in the top of the eighth with a flurry of offense to add to their lead. After a David Thompson single, Jan Hernandez got the ball rolling with a deep, two-run home run to center field to push the Monarchs lead to 6-0. Casey Gillaspie’s walk provided Pete Kozma the opportunity he needed to pick up his first RBI of the night with a double. Kozma’s double forced the Dogs to call on their sixth pitcher of the night, Tanner Shears. Shears was not able to prevent the Monarchs from adding one more. Kozma reached third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly from J.C. Escarra. The Monarchs led 8-0 heading into the bottom of the eighth.

Martinson was replaced by Matt Hartman to start the home half of the eighth and Hartman helped force a 4-6-3 double play to retire the side. In the final frame, the Monarchs piled on their lead with an RBI single from Matt Adams and a two-run home run from David Thompson.

Hartman allowed only one run in the ninth, striking out four batters in the ninth inning, following a dropped third strike to begin the inning. The Dogs were able to load the bases following a walk, single, and a hit-by-pitch at bat. Hartman closed the door with a strikeout to secure the 11-1 win for the Monarchs.

The Monarchs will play game three in Chicago tomorrow (6/12) 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: Nick Belzer (2-2)

LP: Johnathan Tripp (2-1)

S: N/A

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BATS BLAZING IN FIFTH FOR KC

It was the battle of the two number one teams in the American Association, the Kansas City Monarchs (18-7) in the West and the Chicago Dogs (17-8) in the East. After a slow start and the Dogs keeping a steady 1-0 through four innings, the Monarchs hit their stride, taking the first bite out of the Dogs with a final of 10-2.

Chicago got on the board early in the first inning with a lead off double to left from Charlie Tilson, followed two batters later by a K.C. Hobson double to take an early 1-0 lead.

Chicago’s starting pitcher, LHP Shane Barringer, dealt three consecutive one, two, three innings, leaving the Monarchs off the bases for the first 40 minutes of the game.

In the fifth inning, Matt Adams and Pete Kozma both drew walks to put runners at first and second.  Alexis Olmeda then sent a ball down the third base line for a two-RBI double, allowing Kansas City to take the lead at 2-1. Joel Booker kept the inning going with a single up the middle, bringing in Olmeda to extend the lead to 3-1.

Monarchs starting pitcher Matt Hall (4-1) helped keep the 3-1 lead in the fifth by striking out the side. Hall kept dealing in the sixth with two consecutive strikeouts, ending the inning with one more, bringing him to 10 Ks to end the night.

Gaby Guerrero hit a double, followed by a David Thompson single to start the top of the sixth inning. With two outs and a pitching change from Chicago, Casey Gillaspie launched a three-run home run off right-hander Ryan Clark to give the Monarchs an impressive lead at 6-1 in the sixth.

In the bottom of the seventh, Chicago’s Harrison Smith reached first base on a single to center before a Connor Kopach double brought in Smith, cutting into the Monarchs lead at 6-2. Monarchs left hander Jacob Lindgren escaped a bases-loaded seventh with a key strikeout.

Pete Kozma reached first base in the top of the eighth before Olmeda brought him in with an RBI double. Joel Booker booked it around the bases for an RBI triple. Guerrero ended the inning with an RBI single of his own, bringing the Monarchs lead to 9-2.

In the ninth, the Monarchs kept rounding the bases as Jan Hernandez got to first after a hit-by-a-pitch. Gillaspie walked before Pete Kozma hit one for a fielder’s choice, bringing in Hernandez for an RBI, making the final score 10-2.

Lindgren controlled the last two innings with a final line of 2.2 IP, 4H, 1R and 5 strikeouts.

The Monarchs will play game two in Chicago tomorrow (6/11) at 6 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: Matt Hall (4-1)

LP: Shane Barringer (2-2)

S: N/A

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HARRIS CATCHES GOLDEYES LOOKING

Jon Harris was delivering strikeouts on Thursday night at Legends Field. Harris recorded six scoreless innings, seven strikeouts, and three hits allowed. Harris’ strong start propelled the the Kansas City Monarchs (17-7) to a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Goldeyes (11-12).

The finale of the two-game series with the Goldeyes started off with a scoreless inning and a strikeout from the Monarchs’ Jon Harris. In the bottom half of the first, walks, errors and RBIs from the two hottest bats in the offense provided the Monarchs with an early 3-0 lead. Matt Adams recorded a sacrifice fly RBI following a Willie Abreu walk and a Kevin Santa single. An error from the pitcher and catcher aided in advancing the runners into scoring position. Kansas City continued to display patience at the plate, as David Thompson drew a two out walk. With runners on first and third, Jan Hernandez roped an RBI double to the right field corner, bringing both runners home.

For an extended stretch, the only scoring occurred in the bottom half of the first frame. Harris struck out another in the second inning and his team had his back, as Pete Kozma helped turn a 6-4-3 double play to close out the top half of the second. After a one-out single from Alexis Olmeda and another Abreu walk, the Monarchs’ scoring stayed quiet as they stranded two to close the second.

Harris fell into a rhythm on the mound with three strikeouts in the third to hold the Goldeyes scoreless and strand a runner in scoring position. The Monarchs’ offense was knocking on the door again in the bottom of the third with a one-out blast from Thompson that bounced over the wall for a ground rule double. The Monarchs were not able to capitalize on Thompson’s impactful play; the Monarchs lead remained 3-0 after three innings played.

The fourth inning was scoreless for the Goldeyes and the Monarchs as each pitcher retired the side in a swift, one, two, three manner. In the fifth inning, the Goldeyes attempted to generate some offense with a walk and an error from Olmeda. With two runners on, Harris shut down the Goldeyes with two more strikeouts to add to his strong performance on the mound. In the home half of the fifth, the Monarchs again put runners in scoring position with Gaby Guerrero’s one-out double. Thompson singled with two-outs, but the Monarchs were not able to add any insurance runs with base runners at first and third.

The sixth inning nearly mirrored the fourth as Harris again retired the side in one, two, three fashion. Winnipeg’s relief pitcher, Travis Seabrooke was not able to repeat Harris’ performance, giving up one single to Pete Kozma on his way to a scoreless inning pitched. After six innings played, the Monarchs held on tight to their 3-0 lead at home.

Entering the seventh inning, Harris remained on the mound looking to add to his strikeout total and to build upon his best start of the season to date. After facing one batter and allowing a leadoff walk, the Monarchs called upon Jordan Martinson to hold the Goldeyes at bay. Martinson joined in on the strikeout filled night by striking out two of the four batters he faced in route to securing Harris’ scoreless start. In the bottom of the seventh, Winnipeg brought in Jhon Vargas to retire the Monarchs in order, keeping the deficit at three runs.

The top of the eighth started off with another call to the bullpen, as Matt Blackham made his second relief appearance of the series. Blackham struck out the first batter he faced to push his total to five strikeouts in only 2.1 innings pitched. Kevin Santa flashed his athleticism with a diving play at second to record the second out of the inning. The Goldeyes loaded the bases with two outs via a single, a walk and a hit by pitch at bat. With the bases loaded, David Washington brought in two runs with an RBI single to right field to cut into the Monarchs’ lead. Casey Gillaspie cut off the throw from right field to make a heads up play and throw out the Goldeyes’ runner, Logan Hill, at third base.

The Monarchs held on to their narrow, 3-2 lead headed into the bottom of the eighth. The Goldeyes brought in Erasmo Pinales from the bullpen to begin the eighth. Thompson welcomed Pinales to the game by starting off the bottom of the eighth with another blast into left center, this time, clearing the fence without a doubt. Thompson’s solo home run provided the Monarchs with a timely insurance run. Pinales struck out Joel Booker, who replaced Jan Hernandez. After seven pitches for Pinales and two batters faced, he was replaced by Tasker Strobel. Strobel retired the next two Monarchs to keep the score 4-2 heading into the top of the ninth.

Jameson McGrane replaced Matt Blackham for the Monarchs, attempting to secure the save on back-to-back nights against the Goldeyes. McGrane allowed a leadoff single but was able to bounce back and strikeout the next to Goldeyes at the plate. Raul Navarro reached first after an error from David Thompson, leaving runners at first and second with two outs. With the go-ahead run at the plate, Mcgrane pushed the count to 2-2, Eric Rivera was then ejected by the home plate umpire. McGrane shut down the Goldeyes by striking out pinch hitter Deon Stafford Jr. and recorded his fourth save of the year.

The Monarchs will face the Chicago Dogs in the first game of a three-game road series tomorrow night 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: Harris (2-1)

LP: Adames (2-2)

S: McGrane (4)

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ADAMS GETS MULTIPLE HOMERS FOR THE WIN

Wednesday night was the Matt Adams show. His two home runs and four RBIs helped the Kansas City Monarchs (16-7) defeat the Winnipeg Goldeyes (11-12) 6-3. Adams’ bat has been on fire, hitting nine home runs in the past nine games with six of them coming in the last five games.

After a two-out single by Gaby Guerrero, Matt Adams stepped up to the plate and belted a two-run bomb over the TicketSmarter banner in right center to give the Monarchs an early 2-0 lead. The Monarchs extended their lead in the fourth when David Thompson blasted the first pitch he saw over the home run patio in left field, giving the Monarchs a 3-0 lead.

To start off the fifth, Logan Hill roped a double to deep left center field. Andrew Martinez followed this up with a double down the left field line to score Hill. After five innings of play, the Monarchs led 3-1.

Lewis Thorpe kept the Goldeyes offense in check. He finished the night throwing 5.2 innings, allowing two runs while striking out four.

The Goldeyes scraped across a run in the sixth, but the Monarchs responded as Jan Hernandez hit a towering fly ball over the home run patio, giving the Monarchs a 4-2 lead. The solo shot marked four home runs in the past four games for Hernandez.

Matt Blackham had a dominant performance in relief, striking out four straight Goldeyes to keep the score 4-2 entering the bottom half of the seventh.

The Monarchs added two more insurance runs when Matt Adams launched his second two-out home run of the night to the exact same spot. The long ball gave Adams his second multi-home run game in the past four games. After seven innings, the Monarchs held a commanding 6-2 lead.

The Goldeyes brought one more run across in the eighth inning, but Jameson McGrane struck out the side in the ninth to slam the door shut and earn his third save of the season.

The Monarchs will face the Goldeyes in the two-game finale tomorrow night 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: Thorpe (3-0)

LP: Lucas (1-1)

S: McGrane (3)

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GILLASPIE & COMPANY GETS SERIES WIN

The series final between the Lake Country DockHounds (11-10) and the Kansas City Monarchs (15-7) was quiet until Casey Gillaspie made some major noise in the seventh with an electrifying three-run home run to aid the Monarchs to their first series victory on the road this season.

Lake Country pitcher Evan Kruczynski got the nod for his fourth start of the season. The young New Berlin, Wisconsin native was able to keep the stout Monarchs offensive lineup scoreless in the opening inning, something no opposing pitcher has been able to accomplish the previous seven games.

Veteran Akeem Bostick led the Monarchs on the hill Sunday afternoon for his fifth start of the season. Bostick coming off of back-to-back six inning starts was limited to just four innings on Sunday against the DockHounds. Bostick threw scoreless frames for the Monarchs in the first, second, and fourth innings.

The third inning stalled for the Monarchs after Joel Booker reached base safely to lead off the inning and Darnell Sweeney worked a walk behind him. The two baserunners combined for three stolen bases, but Kruczynski kept the offense at bay, keeping things scoreless at Wisconsin Brewing Company Park

Lake Country’s Jake Snider snuck one over the wall in right field to break the tie in the third inning. Jan Hernandez gave great chase nearly robbing the home run, but it had just enough distance to give the ‘Hounds the lead (1-0).

Monarchs center fielder Joel Booker served to be the team’s spark plug early on at the plate by singling in his first two trips to the plate and scoring the first run for Kansas City in the top half of the fifth to tie the game (1-1).

Kansas City grabbed the lead back from the DockHounds in the fifth (2-1) after Hernandez sent a double deep into the outfield and Adams grounded out to score Gaby Guerrero.

The DockHounds responded a few moments later with Aaron Tackas pushing the tying run across after working a bases-loaded walk against Bostick (2-2). The walk served to be the last batter for Bostick as he exited the afternoon on the mound with 4.0 IP, 4H, 2R, 5BB, and 1K.

LHP Jordan Martinson was called out of the pen to manage the mound for the Monarchs in the fifth. Martinson worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam with the help of Kozma and Sweeney who combined to turn an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play. The crafty lefty continued his outing by retiring the DockHounds in order in the bottom part of the sixth inning, and striking out the side in the seventh.

Both offenses had been held fairly limited for most of the series finale on Sunday until the seventh inning when Casey Gillapsie belted a three-run shot on a 3-1 count to put the Monarchs ahead (5-2).

One inning later the Monarchs poured on two more runs all thanks to Gaby Guerrero’s infield single and a Willie Abreu sacrifice fly (7-2). The Monarchs offense produced yet another sac fly in the ninth inning from Booker to score Gillaspie (8-2).

The Monarchs bullpen was spectacular all afternoon. Jordan Martinson finished with six strikeouts through four innings of work. He then passed the ball off to Jameson McGrane to close things out on the first-ever series with Lake Country. McGrane allowed two DockHounds to reach base, but the Monarchs defense turned their second double play of the afternoon to help out the righty hurler. To seal the deal, McGrane set the final batter of the game down on strike, clinching the first road series victory of the season for Kansas City.

The Monarchs will head back home for a short two game series with Winnipeg starting on Wednesday evening. Game one of the series is set to begin 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: Martinson (3-0)

LP: Mei (0-2)

S: N/A

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WIN STREAK SNAPPED IN LAKE COUNTRY

The Kansas City Monarchs (14-7) showed the league that they are in fact human, as their seven-game win streak finally came to a close by way of a 10-5 defeat at the hands of the Lake Country DockHounds (11-9). Hitters Matt Adams and David Thompson continued their offensive barrage with more home runs, but the DockHounds offense rallied together with 11 hits to comfortably come away with the win.

The Monarchs stayed hot with the bats, hitting four total home runs over the game, but starter Nick Belzer finally had an off-night, giving up eight earned through his three innings. This gave the DockHounds a lead they would never relinquish.

The Monarchs bats made sure to set the tone early as Willie Abreu led the game off with a home run to begin the Monarchs’ night. Three batters later, Matt Adams padded the lead with a homer to right field, establishing an early 2-0 lead for the Monarchs.

The next inning, the bottom of the lineup delivered with back-to-back doubles from J.C. Escarra and Kevin Santa in the eight and nine holes, respectively. This gave the Monarchs a 3-0 lead in the second.

The DockHounds would not take this lightly, however, as Gio Brusa hit a two-run home run in the bottom half to cut the Monarchs’ lead to one. The DockHounds would then tie the game two batters later when Blake Berry sent a solo blast to right field to even the score at three.

It wasn’t until the bottom half of the third that the DockHounds would take control of the game. An RBI single from Gabriel Noriega gave the DockHounds their first lead of the game. Two batters later, Gio Brusa struck again as he belted a two-run home run to extend the Lake Country lead to three and add to his massive 4-for-4 night. Belzer allowed two baserunners by way of the walk, which would later come back to bite him as a two RBI singles padded the Lake Country lead to bring the score to 8-3 DockHounds.

That wasn’t all for the DockHounds. Matt Hartman relieved Belzer on the bump to begin the fourth inning for the Monarchs, Gio Brusa continued his night with an RBI double that scored Aaron Takacs and gave the DockHounds a 9-3 lead.

The Monarchs would begin the chipping away in the fifth inning. Gaby Guerrero stepped up to the plate and smacked a one out solo shot to left field to cut the lead to five. Shortly after, David Thompson would add to his already impressive season numbers with a solo blast of his own. The Monarchs turned the inning over with the score 9-5 Lake Country.

In the sixth, the Monarchs would show signs of life with two runners getting on base by way of a hit-by-pitch and a walk, but DockHounds reliever Matt Valin would work out of it with no harm done. The Monarchs’ Matt Hartman would then do the same, as he would strand two runners on base and escape the inning with no runs scored.

After Valin would strike out the side in the top half of the seventh, the DockHounds offense would take advantage of walks and errors, resulting in a two out wild pitch that scored Wilfredo Gimenez and extended the DockHounds’ lead to 10-5.

After a quiet eighth, the Monarchs came into the ninth chasing five. Unfortunately for Kansas City, the Monarchs bats would go down 1-2-3 to end the game and the seven-game win streak.

The Monarchs will face the DockHounds for the rubber match of the three game set tomorrow afternoon at 1:35 p.m. The game can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 1:05 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: Jimenez (3-0)

LP: Belzer (1-2)

S: N/A

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BIG NIGHT FOR HERNANDEZ AND ADAMS

Baseballs have been looking like beach balls to Jan Hernandez and Matt Adams. In the past six games, Hernandez has hit eight home runs while Adams has hit six. Their performances helped the Kansas City Monarchs (14-6) defeat the Lake Country DockHounds (10-9) 11-4 Friday night and extend their winning streak to seven games.

Since last Friday, the Monarchs offense has been scorching hot. They have hit 25 home runs and scored 96 runs in 63 innings of baseball.

The Monarchs offense picked up right where they left off from Wednesday night. Darnell Sweeney followed up Willie Abreu’s single with one of his own. Gaby Guerrero then worked a walk to load the bases for Matt Adams. After fouling off four pitches during the seven-pitch at bat, Adams belted the eighth pitch over the right field fence for a grand slam. Initially, the first base umpire ruled the ball foul but after a crew meeting the ball was ruled fair. One batter later, Jan Hernandez followed with a solo home run to right field, giving the Monarchs an early 5-0 lead.

Despite the early deficit, the DockHounds responded right away. Lamar Briggs and Aaron Takacs both walked to start off the inning. With two outs, Gio Brusa singled to score Briggs and cut the deficit to four runs off Monarchs starter Matt Hall (3-1).

It didn’t take long for the Monarchs to respond. In his second at bat of the day, Jan Hernandez hammered a solo home run to center field. After four innings of play, the Monarchs led 6-0.

The fifth inning is when things started getting fun for the Monarchs. Matt Adams led off the inning with another home run, collecting his second of the night. After David Thompson singled, Jan Hernandez stepped up to the plate and drove a deep fly ball over the center field fence to gather his third home run and give the Monarchs a commanding 9-1 lead.

Matt Hall started on the rubber for the Monarchs. He gave the team five solid innings of production, allowing one run on three hits while collecting seven strikeouts.

In the seventh inning, the DockHounds started to chip away. T.J. Bennett hit a three-run home run off Brock Gilliam to shorten the Monarchs lead, 9-4. Jacob Lindgren entered the game to minimize the damage and retired Gio Brusa to end the inning.

The Monarchs added two more insurance runs in the ninth inning as David Thompson and Pete Kozma drove in runs, giving the Monarchs a 11-4 lead heading into the bottom half.

Matt Blackham entered the game in the ninth inning to shut the door on the DockHounds. He struck out T.J. Bennett, ending the game and stretching the Monarchs winning streak to seven games.

The three home run night for Hernandez was the fifth time in franchise history that a batter had hit three in a game and the first time since Ray Fox did it on August 4, 2010 against Joliet.

The Monarchs will face the DockHounds for game two of the three game set tomorrow evening at 6:05 p.m. The game can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 5:35 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: Matt Hall (3-1)

LP: Taylor Bloye (1-2)

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SECOND STRAIGHT SWEEP FOR KC

The Kansas City Monarchs (13-6) extend their winning streak to six straight games while sweeping the Lincoln Saltdogs (11-6) in a 9-3 win Wednesday night. Matt Adams hit another home run, producing five in the last six home games as the Monarchs offense pounded out 14 hits.

The Monarchs got the scoring started in the first inning off Lincoln’s starter Garrett Delano (0-1). Darnell Sweeney drove a base hit to right field before Kevin Santa aimed to deep left field with a double. Gaby Guerrero brought them both in with a two-RBI single to give Kansas City a 2-0 lead going into the second.

In the third inning, Santa bounced a high chopper behind the mound to advance to first base before Guerrero singled again, this time to right field. Matt Adams came to the plate and launched one out to the home run hill in right field adding onto the Monarchs 5-0 lead.

Lincoln’s Randy Norris hit a single to left field, and Josh Altmann aimed for deep left-center with a double. Eddy Martinez also hit a base hit double to bring in Norris and Altmann, cutting into Kansas City’s lead at 5-2 in the top of the fourth.

In the bottom of the fourth J.C. Escarra led off the inning with solo home run that was rocketed to right field, bringing the score to 6-2.

While the offense was in high gear, the pitching was once again stellar for the Monarchs. Jon Harris (1-1) got the starting nod for KC and tossed a quality start. The former Missouri State University product worked six innings, surrendering three runs on five hits, to pick up his first win as a Monarch.

In the home half of the fifth, Matt Adams was walked before David Thompson hit an RBI triple down the right field line to score Adams. Pete Kozma followed with an RBI double to left center extending the lead to 8-2.

In the top of the sixth inning, Altmann homered to left field as the ball landed in the Lincoln bullpen, shortening the lead to 8-3.

Monarchs relivers Matt Blackam and Brandon Koch each struck out the side in the seventh and eighth innings to keep the Saltdogs off the bases.

In the bottom of the eighth, Sweeney and Santa both hit singles before Guerrero was walked to first. With the bases loaded, Hernandez was hit by a pitch by Brandon Cunniff to bring in Sweeney, making the score 9-3. Jameson McGrane would punch out two in a scoreless ninth inning to close out the win for Kansas City.

The Monarchs will have an off day tomorrow before playing at Lake Country on Friday, June 3 with game time at 6:35 p.m. The game can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 6:05 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: Jon Harris (1-)

LP: Garett Delano (0-1)

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FIVE GAME WIN STREAK FOR KC

The Kansas City Monarchs (12-6) offense exploded for 17 hits and 11 runs to beat the Lincoln Saltdogs (11-5), 11-6 Tuesday night. The Monarchs are currently on a five-game winning streak and have done so in commanding fashion. Tuesday night’s game makes four straight games with at least 15 hits. The Monarchs have also scored 11 or more runs in their past five games.

The Monarchs picked up right where they left off from Monday night. Willie Abreu led off the game with a single to left field. Gaby Guerrero then grinded a seven-pitch at bat to work a walk. After a double steal from Abreu and Guerrero, David Thompson drove a hard ground ball past third baseman Eddy Martinez to score Abreu. Scorching hot Jan Hernandez stepped up to the plate and roped a single to right field to score Guerrero and Thompson. After the first inning, the Monarchs led 3-0.

The Monarchs tacked on another run in the second inning as Darnell Sweeney lined into center field to bring in Pete Kozma. After two innings of play, the Monarchs led 4-0.

A two-out solo home run by Hunter Clanin brought the Saltdogs within three runs, but the Monarchs answered right back in the bottom of the third. Guerrero led off the inning with a single into left-center field. Matt Adams followed with a single of his own to the right-center gap, bringing Guerrero to third. David Thompson delivered a three-run moonshot to left field, marking back-to-back games with a home run. After three innings, the Monarchs gained a commanding 7-1 lead over the Saltdogs.

Lewis Thorpe (2-0) was solid for the Monarchs making his fourth start of the season. The lefty from Australia tossed 5.1 innings holding the Saltdogs to two hits and one earned run. Thorpe would strikeout four and would secure his second win of the season.

Both teams stayed quiet in the fourth and fifth innings until the Saltdogs came to life in the top of the sixth. Eddy Martinez pieced a ground ball to Kozma, but he made an error on the play, allowing Randy Norris to score. After Sherman Graves drove in Josh Altmann with a single, Garett Delano walked with the bases loaded to score Welington Dotel. JR DiSarcina singled to score Eddy Martinez, and the inning ended with the Saltdogs down two runs, 7-5.

In the top of the seventh, the Saltdogs inched closer to the Monarchs as Welington Dotel hit a solo homerun to right field, bringing them within one. However, the Monarchs would respond yet again. Guerrero led off the inning with a soft ground ball to third that he legged out for a hit. Adams and Thompson each singled to load the bases for Hernandez. After five pitches, Carter Hope walked Hernandez to give the Monarchs another run. J.C. Escarra entered the game, replacing Alexis Olmeda at catcher. He peppered a single to right field to score Adams, but Thompson and Hernandez scored after the ball got past right fielder Welington Dotel. The Monarchs ended the seventh inning up big, 11-6.

Matt Hartman shut down the Saltdogs as he threw two scoreless innings to finish the game.

The Monarchs will play the Lincoln Saltdogs in the final game of the series tomorrow night (6/1) 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 (2-0)

LP: Kyle Kinman (2-1)

S: N/A

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