MONARCHS MOO PAST MILKMEN LATE

The Milwaukee Milkmen (28-29) delivered the first scoring punch on Tuesday night with a six-run first inning, milking every last run they could muster off of Kansas City Monarchs (38-19) starting pitcher Justin Donatella. Milwaukee’s first inning set the tone early, but the Monarchs responded late, scoring nine unanswered runs, propelling them to a close 9-8 victory, after surrendering two in the home half of the ninth.

In the first frame, the Monarchs were retired in order by Milkmen starting pitcher, Christian Young. In the home half of the inning, leadoff Milkman, Bryan Torres singled to center to start an inning that would unravel quickly. Following Torres’ single, Correlle Prime doubled down the left field line to push Milwaukee’s lead to 1-0. The Milkmen continued on their first inning flurry with an RBI single from Will Kengor and a Dylan Kelly RBI double. Before the Monarchs could escape the inning, the Milkmen added three more runs via an RBI groundout and a two-run RBI single from Bryan Torres. Brock Gilliam replaced starter Justin Donatella for the Monarchs to end the inning for the Monarchs, leaving them trailing 6-0 after one inning of play.

In the second inning, both offenses went quietly in one, two, three fashion. As Christian Young picked up two strikeouts on his way to a seven strikeout outing. Brock Gilliam picked up one strikeout on his way to retiring Milwaukee in order in the second.

The Monarchs offense finally responded to the early offense from Milwaukee with a torrid tear of RBI doubles. Kevin Santa reached second after an error from second baseman Aaron Hill, to set the stage for a stretch of two-out, back-to-back-to-back-to-back RBI doubles. Darnell Sweeney drove a deep ground rule double to left center to bring home Santa after he advanced to third base on a Kozma ground out. With two outs in the frame, the offensive push continued with a Chad De La Guerra RBI double to right field that snuck under the diving glove of Correlle Prime. Jan Hernandez continued the RBI double streak with a double of his own to center field to score De La Guerra. Matt Adams closed out the scoring in the four run inning with an RBI double to score Hernandez. The Monarchs trailed the Milkmen 6-4 heading into the bottom of the third. Brock Gilliam settled in well on the mound, retiring Milwaukee in order again, seven batters in a row in total, to hold the Milkmen scoreless in the third inning.

In the fourth inning, the Monarchs were retired in swift fashion following a fly out from Casey Gillaspie, and a 6-4-3 double play turned by the Milkmen on Kevin Santa and Pete Kozma. Kansas City mirrored the Milkmen with a swift three batter inning. Logan Trowbridge singled to center field, but following a pop out to left field, he was retired in a 6-4-3 inning ending double play with Correlle Prime.

Kansas City threatened to cut into the Milwaukee lead in the fifth inning with Darnell Sweeney slapping a one-out single to right field and stealing two bags.  Christian Young had other plans and snuffed out any hope, striking out the next two batters in the inning, bringing his total to three for the inning. Jordan Martinson replaced Gilliam on the mound and retired three out of four Milkmen in the inning, allowing no hits or runs.

The Monarchs closed the gap on the Milkmen with a new Milkman on the mound in the sixth inning. Jack Mahoney replaced Christian Young, striking out the first two batters he faced before surrendering a double to Casey Gillaspie. With Gillaspie on second base, Kevin Santa singled to bring Gillaspie home, cutting the deficit to just one run, leaving the score 6-5 Milkmen. Martinson again held Milwaukee scoreless, retiring three-out-of-four batters in the inning, allowing one hit, no runs, and striking out one.

In the seventh inning, Kansas City moved past the Milkmen with offense early in the frame. The Milkmen replaced Jack Mahoney with Frankie Bartow on the mound. J.C. Escarra’s patience at the plate provided the Monarchs with a walk and a much-needed base runner. Darnell Sweeney followed up Escarra’s walk with a single, setting up Chad De La Guerra at the plate for an RBI single to left field to tie the game up, 6-6. After a wild pitch that advanced both runners to second and third and a Matt Adams strikeout, David Thompson singled to score two runs. The Monarchs weren’t able to bring home Thompson, who had advanced to second during his RBI single but ended the inning leading 8-6. In the bottom of the seventh, Martinson allowed back-to-back singles before retiring the next three batters he faced to hold Milwaukee scoreless.

The Monarchs added an insurance run in the eighth off of another new Milkman on the mound, Kyle Huckaby, via a sacrifice fly from De La Guerra. Huckaby escaped the inning with one hit, one strikeout, and one run allowed. Brandon Koch relieved Martinson on the mound and wasted no time settling in, striking out three in a row to hold the Milkmen scoreless.

In the final frame, Bret Helton entered to pitch for Milwaukee, retiring the first two batters he faced before allowing a double to pinch hitter Willie Abreu. Helton escaped with a scoreless inning following a flyout from Pete Kozma. In the bottom of the ninth, Jameson McGrane entered for the Monarchs on the mound with a save opportunity. The Milkmen rallied early in the ninth with a leadoff double and stolen base from Bryan Torres. Correlle Prime singled to bring home Torres to cut the deficit to two runs. With a wild pitch and a single from Will Kengor the Monarchs led by two with runners at the corners and no outs. The Monarchs secured a much needed 4-6-3 double play, surrendering one run along the way, setting up McGrane to face Dylan Kelly with two outs. Leading 9-8, McGrane struck him out, securing his ninth save on the season and the Monarchs victory.

The Monarchs will play game three of their four game series with the Milwaukee Milkmen on Wednesday (7/20) evening at Franklin Field with first pitch slated for 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: Martinson (4-1)

LP: Bartow (0-1)

S: McGrane (9)

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STEALING HOME

The American Association is home to nearly 300 professional baseball players spread across its 12 cities each season. Each organization offers a variety of housing resources and options to its players, one of which is a host family. The Monarchs are no exception to this rule offering an apartment option or host family option. Host families provide at the least a private bedroom, bathroom, and usually some shared kitchen access.

Cheryl Reitmeyer has been the Host Family Coordinator for ten years for the Monarchs and helps pair the best family for each player, each season. Reitmeyer shared that each host family receives season tickets for all family members that live at the home with the player for the season. Host families also receive a team discount at the store, the opportunity to attend a welcome meet and greet event, and an appreciation night at the end of the year on the field. Reitmeyer’s time with the Monarchs began when she and her husband began hosting 11 years ago, and she is still friends with the very first player they hosted. She has been able to keep up with other players on Facebook and celebrate them as they get married, have children, and experience other life milestones along the way. “It’s not like they’re just renting a room, they interact with you as a family, Reitmeyer said.” Some of the Monarchs’ host families have loved the process so much that they are now some of the longest-tenured members of the Kansas City Monarch family. Bill and Donna Greer have been hosting a player for 17 seasons, and many other families are on year five or more and counting. The families get plenty of perks for hosting but one of the best perks is the opportunity for a new relationship with a baseball player chasing their dreams. “We call them our summer sons,” Reitmeyer said

This season over half of the Monarchs roster benefits from the host family program and has a summer home to stay in during spring training and through the entire season. The Kansas City Monarchs’ host family program positively impacts the players, the families, and the league each season. One of the Monarchs staying with a host family this season is the left-handed pitcher from Austin, Texas, Jacob Lindgren. In Lindgren’s eight years of professional baseball, this is the first year he has been able to live with his wife, Alyssa, during the season. Not only was his wife able to stay but their labradoodle, Mia, was able to stay as well. Lindgren shared that Greg and Erin Culbertson, his host family, have been nothing but welcoming, providing them with the needed amenities to settle in and stay together during the long summer that professional baseball provides. “That’s just the Kansas City Monarchs host family organization, they do a really good job of making sure the players are taken care of and I really appreciate that about the Kansas City Monarch family,” Lindgren said.

Contact the Monarchs today about applying to join the Monarchs’ host family team!

By: Caleb Grizzle

WHEELS FALL OFF LATE IN MILWAUKEE

The Kansas City Monarchs (37-19) had the lead for five and a half innings before the Milwaukee Milkmen (28-28) went on a tear in the seventh inning to complete the comeback win at home on Monday night.

After a scoreless first inning on both sides, the Monarchs broke the ice by manufacturing two runs in the second inning off of Milkmen starter, A.J. Jones. David Thompson got the ball rolling in the inning by working a walk. Following Thompson was a single by Casey Gillaspie that had the runners set at the corners with no one out. Willie Abreu did the RBI honors by singling to right field to score his former college teammate, David Thompson (1-0). Moments later, J.C. Escarra would rope a double on the first pitch he saw. The hit would score Gillaspie and stretch the lead to 2-0.

Keon Barnum, a Milwaukee star who did not play when the Milkmen played Kansas City back in June, would make up for lost time by sending his 15th homer of the season way over the outfield fence to close the gap (2-1).

The offenses kept producing with Kansas City adding two runs in the third inning. The American Association Home Run Derby champion David Thompson hammered a two-run home run to bump the Monarchs lead to three (4-1).

Jon Harris did a great job of retiring the Milkmen in order for the second time in the home half of the third inning to keep momentum on Kansas City’s side.

Both teams struck again in the fourth inning, with Milwaukee notching three runs after Kansas City scored one. It was none other than Keon Barnum who did the damage by going yard for the second time of the night, this time a three-run homer to bring his team within one (5-4).

The Milkmen made a pitching change after the first out in the fifth inning. The new pitcher, DJ Sharabi would be faced with a tough task as David Thompson stepped up to the plate. Thompson continued his success at the plate after collecting another RBI off of a single through the left side against Sharabi (6-4).

Jon Harris would finally exit the game in the sixth inning after a line of 5IP, 3H, 4R, 1BB, and 5K. Harris would hand the ball off to Jacob Lindgren who got his second appearance since returning to the active roster. Lindgren would retire the Milwaukee offense without surrendering a run in the sixth.

The seventh inning was when the Milkmen did some major damage by compiling eight runs off of seven hits, burning through three Monarchs pitchers in the inning (12-6). The most impressive parts of the inning were that the Milkmen scored all eight runs without a home run and sent 12 batters up to the plate.

Kansas City would answer but with just one run off of J.C. Escarra’s second hit of the evening (12-7). The single from J.C. allowed Gillaspie to cross home plate for the second time as well.

Frank Rubio finished the night out on the mound for Kansas City after entering the game at the end of the seventh.

Only one Monarch would reach base in their final chance at a comeback, but Rodrigo Benoit would finish strong and clinch the series-opening victory for Milwaukee.

The Monarchs will look to rebound in game two in their series with the Milwaukee Milkmen on Tuesday (7/19) evening at Franklin Field with first pitch slated for 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: Holmes (1-0)

LP: Gilliam (3-1)

S: N/A

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By: JAXSON WEBB

MONARCHS HOUND LAKE COUNTRY

The Kansas City Monarchs (37-18) dusted off a few early struggles before completing the home series sweep over the Lake Country DockHounds (19-37). KC came out on top in a back-and-forth battle where both teams held a lead twice behind a big 10-hit offensive showing, headlined by Jan Hernandez’s 3-for-5 night.

The DockHounds Gio Brusa began the game with a bang as he blasted a two-run home run to the out-of-town bullpen in left field and gave Lake Country an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first. In the bottom half, the DockHounds would remain in control when their starting pitcher Alex McRae struck out the side in order.

Over the next two innings, Thorpe would look more like his normal self, only facing four batters in both the top of the second and third innings.

The next signs of life from the DockHounds came in the fourth, when Lance Briggs roped a line drive down the left field line, advancing Tristen Carranza from first to third, but a great play off the left field wall and strong throw from Darnell Sweeney would hose Briggs at second base, retiring the side scoreless. In the bottom half, the Monarchs offense would finally come alive for Thorpe with a leadoff bomb from second baseman Chad De La Guerra, cutting the Lake Country lead in half. The DockHounds would go on to allow two more baserunners but strand them both, only allowing the one run in the inning.

The top of the fifth would be led off with back-to-back singles from Zion Pettigrew and Efrain Contreras. Then, a ground ball from Gabriel Noriega would induce a double play but score Pettigrew. Despite the run, Kansas City was lucky to get the double play when they did, as the next batter of the inning, T.J. Bennett, would hit a solo home run and extend the Lake Country lead by only one, bringing the score to 4-1 DockHounds. In classic Monarchs fashion, the bats wouldn’t let the lead hold for long. The inning was led off by back-to-back-to-back doubles from Pete Kozma, J.C. Escarra, and Darnell Sweeney, cutting the Lake Country lead to one for Chad De La Guerra with Sweeney in scoring position. De La Guerra would not make it four straight doubles, but he was productive nonetheless with an RBI single to right center that scored Sweeney, knotting the score at fours.

In the bottom of the sixth and the top of the seventh, both teams would relieve their starting pitchers with entrances from Cyrillo Watson and Jordan Martinson, respectively. Cyrillo would have a clean sixth, only allowing one walk to Kozma before the turn of the inning, but he would begin to show struggles with control in the seventh, awarding two-out walks to Jan Hernandez and Matt Adams, setting the table for Home Run Derby champion David Thompson, who hit a hard ground ball to shortstop Noriega that turned out to be too hot to handle, loading the bases with two away. Cyrillo’s control would continue to haunt him, as Hernandez would score from third on a wild pitch, giving the Monarchs their first lead of the game, 5-4.

Martinson would begin the top of the eighth, but he would allow a single, walk, and hit by pitch, loading the bases and forcing manager Joe Calfapietra’s hand, subbing Brandon Koch for Jordan Martinson on the mound. Koch’s first batter was Wilfredo Giminez, who would hit a fielder’s choice ground ball to first, scoring Gabriel Noriega and tying the game up once again. A rare David Thompson error would score T.J. Bennett during the next plate appearance and give the DockHounds their second lead of the game. But once again, the Monarchs took this personally. Takoda Metoxen would begin the bottom half on the bump, and after two singles and a fielder’s choice, Chad De La Guerra would step up with Darnell Sweeney at first and Pete Kozma at third. De La Guerra would then become the first of three straight walks that would give the Monarchs their second lead of the game, making the score now 7-6 Kansas City, and chase Metoxen from the game for Shea Murray. Murray would promptly allow a singe to David Thompson, scoring Chad De La Guerra and Jan Hernandez and blowing the lead wide open, putting the Monarchs ahead by three, their biggest lead of the game.

Koch would stay on for the top of the ninth, first allowing a leadoff walk to Zion Pettigrew and a single to Efrain Contreras, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Koch wasn’t phased, however, as he retired the next three batters, striking out Gio Brusa to secure the win for himself and the series sweep for the Monarchs.

The Monarchs will have an off day tomorrow before hitting the road to begin a four-game series in Milwaukee against the Milkmen on Monday (7/18). The game will begin at 6:35 p.m. and can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 6:00 p.m. and the video stream airing on aa baseball.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 monarchs baseball.com. and the Monarchs Facebook and Twitter pages for updates throughout the season.

WP: Koch (2-1)

LP:  Metoxen (0-1)

S: N/A

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LOCAL ACE RETURNS TO KC

The Kansas City Monarchs re-signed LHP Matt Hall, the Lee Summit, Missouri native, after his brief stint with the San Francisco Giants organization. Hall started two games for the San Francisco Giants’ triple-A affiliate, the Sacramento River Cats. In his first start back with the Monarchs last night the lefty tossed six shutout innings in the Monarchs 3-2 win over Lake Country.

Before Hall’s time with San Francisco, the former Missouri State University standout, was 4-1 with the Monarchs with a 1.29 ERA in 28 innings in 2022. He made five starts for Kansas City and was stellar in his last outing on June 10th at Chicago. Hall tossed six innings and allowed one earned run with 10 strikeouts in the Monarchs 10-2 win.

Hall, 28, has pitched in 25 major league games and made one start for the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox. He was the 2015 sixth-round pick by the Detroit Tigers after his three seasons with Missouri State.  Over the course of seven minor league seasons, Hall has appeared in 152 games and posted a 3.31 ERA in 540.1 innings with 591 strikeouts.

Earlier in the season, the American Association named Hall pitcher of the week in May. Hall earned this award with an exceptional start against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. He surrendered three hits, collected six strikeouts, and allowed zero runs through six innings of work. Hall retired the last five batters he faced and his strong start helped propel his team to a 6-1 victory over the RedHawks.

Hall is an American Association champion as he was on the Monarchs last year when the team defeated the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in the 2021 American Association championship. During the 2021 playoffs, he was a key component to the Monarchs pitching staff. Hall had a 2-0 record and accumulated eleven strikeouts in twelve innings. He had a pivotal impact on the historic championship run and helped the Monarchs claim the franchise’s third title.

The Monarchs continue their three game series with the Lake Country DockHounds Friday night at Legends Field in Kansas City. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. and 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 monarchs baseball.com. and the Monarchs Facebook and Twitter pages for updates throughout the season

SECOND CYCLE FOR JAN HERNANDEZ

In the 18-10 Kansas City Monarchs (36-18) win over the Lake Country DockHounds (19-36), Jan Hernandez completes his second cycle of the season with a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning.

The Monarchs wasted no time getting on the board in the bottom of the first. Chad De La Guerra singled to right field before Jan Hernandez and Casey Gillaspie each produced an RBI double, the score 2-0 going into the second.

The DockHounds quickly responded with back-to-back doubles from Jake Snider and Wilfredo Gimenez to cut into the Monarchs lead at 2-1.

In the bottom of the second inning, Pete Kozma hit the Monarchs first inside-the-park home run since 2017. Kozma launched a ball to right-center field that DockHounds center fielder Jake Snider tried to play on a diving attempt, but he would come up short. The ball then would roll all the way to the wall with Kozma rounding the bases for his first home run of the year and the first for the franchise since May 30, 2017. J.C. Escarra then sent a rocket to the Monarchs bullpen in center field for his own home run, extending the lead to 4-1. De La Guerra started the night two-for-two with another single to right field before Hernandez was walked to first base. David Thompson with a base hit to left brought in De La Guerra, the score 5-1.

The DockHounds started the third with back-to-back walks of Zion Pettigrew and Lamar Briggs. They both stole third and second respectively before Tristen Carranza sent a sacrifice fly to center field, bringing in Pettigrew, and Gabriel Noriega sent a triple to right-center to bring in Briggs. TJ Bennet gave Lake Country one more RBI in the inning with a base hit single for a 5-4 score.

Kevin Santa landed a single in right field before rounding second on a wild pitch and a fly-out from Willie Abreu got him to third. J.C. singled to left field for an RBI and Darnell Sweeney sent the second homer to center field to double, the Monarchs led 8-4.

Gimenez singled to right field to start the fourth inning before Daikan Yoh doubled to left with runners at third and second base. A putout from Briggs brought in Gimenez and gave the DockHounds a third straight inning with an run at 8-5.

Casey Gillaspie was walked before Kevin Santa reached base for the first time with a single to left field. After a pitching change from the DockHounds, Kozma was walked before Willie Abreu singled to center field for two RBI, doubling the Monarchs lead again at 10-5.

In the bottom of the fifth, Sweeney singled to left before Hernandez tripled to deep right-center field to drive in another run.  A Thompson sac-fly brought in Hernandez, extending the Kansas City lead to 12-5.

In the bottom of the sixth Santa hit the home run patio wall in left field for a double before Will Abreu singled to left. A sac-fly in right from Escarra brought in Santa, the score 13-5 going into the seventh.

Jacob Lindgren took the mound for the Monarchs in the seventh and loaded the bases with Carranza and Bennett both being hit by pitch, and Noriega was walked. Gio Brusa hit one out to the home run patio for a grand slam, digging into the Monarchs lead with a 13-9 score. Lake Country added one more run as a Gimenez double brought in Snider who reached on a single, the score 13-10 after the stretch.

In the bottom of the seventh, Hernandez singled to left field and Gillaspie brought him in with a two-run home run to the patio, giving Kansas City a buffer again at 15-10.

In the bottom of the eighth, Escarra singled to center field and ended up on second on a wild pitch. Sweeney’s base-hit single landed in left before Hernandez barely snuck a home run into fair territory for three more RBI, completing his cycle, bringing the final score to 18-10.

Monarchs starter Matt Hartman finished his outing at 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R and 5 strikeouts. Brock Gilliam stood on the mound for the fifth and sixth innings, striking out all three batters in the fifth to pick up the relief win.

The Monarchs will finish the series against the DockHounds tomorrow night (7/16). The game will begin at 6:00 p.m. and can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the video stream airing on aa baseball.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 monarchs baseball.com. and the Monarchs Facebook and Twitter pages for updates throughout the season.

WP: Gilliam (3-0)

LP: Jimenez (3-5)

S: N/A

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BY: KAITLYN SANDERS

CHAMPIONSHIP MVP RETIRES

Gaby Guerrero, now former Kansas City Monarch, was moved to the inactive list following his retirement from the Monarchs. Guerrero made the most of his time as a Monarch, helping lead Kansas City to their 2021 championship title when Guerrero was awarded with the MVP of the league championship series. He went 14-for-27 in the postseason with one home run and 13 RBIs. Guerrero drove in six runs in the league championship series, going 6-for-14 in the series.

In Guerrero’s two seasons with the Monarchs, he appeared in 150 games. He finished with 132 RBIs, 27 home runs and a career .323 batting average in Kansas City. This past season, Guerrero was an All-Star reserve selection in the American Association. Guerrero’s consistent play at the plate propelled him to an All-Star selection in his last season with the Monarchs. Guerrero ended his 2022 campaign with eight home runs, 33 RBIs, 61 total hits, and a .305 batting average.

“It’s a sad day,” said manager Joe Calfapietra, “We lost a really good player, but we lost a really good person in this organization. There’s not too many of those guys walking around. He meant so much to us on and off the field. It’s going to be tough.”

Gaby Guerrero finishes his career with the Monarchs: a champion, All-Star, and most importantly, a beloved teammate.

The Monarchs continue their three game series with the Lake Country DockHounds Friday night at Legends Field in Kansas City. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. and 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 monarchs baseball.com. and the Monarchs Facebook and Twitter pages for updates throughout the season.

WALK OFF FOR CASEY MONARCHS

Casey Gillaspie was the hero for the KC Monarchs (35-18). He delivered a walk-off base hit in the bottom of the ninth as Kansas City defeated the Lake Country DockHounds (19-35) 3-2 Thursday night at Legends Field.

After a short stint with the San Francisco Giants organization, the left-handed ace, Matt Hall, returned to the Kansas City Monarchs. He picked up right where he left off, striking out Lamar Briggs and Gio Brusa in the top half of the first inning.

The Monarchs took an early lead in the bottom of the first. Darnell Sweeney led off the game with a solo shot to right field to give Kansas City an early 1-0 lead.

Hall started to find his groove in the second and third inning, striking out four DockHounds without allowing a run. After two innings of play, the Monarchs still led 1-0 over the DockHounds.

The Monarchs extended their lead in the third inning. Chad De La Guerra reached base with a leadoff walk. Jan Hernandez stepped up to the plate and roped a double down the left field line. Matt Adams brought in De La Guerra with a sacrifice fly to right field. After three innings of baseball, the Monarchs led 2-0.

Hall had an incredible return to Kansas City. He finished his night throwing six scoreless innings, striking out seven and allowing just one walk.

The DockHounds cut Kansas City’s lead in half as Tristen Carranza hit a solo shot over the home run patio in left field. After seven innings of play, the Monarchs led over the DockHounds 2-1.

Both teams were scoreless in the eighth. However, the DockHounds made some noise in the top of the ninth when Briggs singled to left field, scoring Efrain Contreras and tying the game 2-2.

Entering the bottom of the ninth, David Thompson hit a single up the middle. Casey Gillaspie stepped up to the plate and belted a line drive on a hit and run to score Thompson and win the game for the Monarchs in a wonderful walk off.

The Monarchs will continue their homestand against the DockHounds tomorrow night in game two of the series. The game will begin at 7:00 p.m. and 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: Jameson McGrane (2-2)

LP: Shea Murray (0-2)

S: N/A

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BY: GABRIEL LOPEZ

SALTDOGS FINISH ON HIGH NOTE

The Kansas City Monarchs (34-18) outhit the Lincoln Saltdogs (26-25), but fell 4-1 Sunday afternoon at Haymarket Park. Kansas City had several opportunities to score. The Monarchs finished the game leaving ten runners on base and were still able to bring the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning.

The Saltdogs got on the scoreboard right away. In the bottom of the first, Josh Altmann worked a walk. Wellington Dotel followed Altmann’s at-bat with an infield single. Matt Goodheart reached on a walk to load the bases for Lincoln. Garett Delano hit a fly ball to right field that could have ended the inning, but Gaby Guerrero made an error on the play, allowing two runs to score. Skyler Weber followed up the at-bat with an RBI-single to score Goodheart. After one inning of play, the Saltdogs lead 3-0 over the Monarchs.

Lincoln extended their lead in the second inning. Randy Norris hit a single, stole second and third base, and was brought in as Patrick Caulfield hit a ground ball to second base to score Norris. After two innings of baseball, the Saltdogs led 4-0 over the Monarchs.

Kansas City finally got on the scoreboard in the sixth inning. Matt Adams led off the inning with a double past first baseman, Matt Goodheart. David Thompson reached on an error made by third baseman Drew Devine. With runners at first and third, Gaby Guerrero drove a sacrifice fly to right field to score Adams and bring the Monarchs within three runs.

Greg Minier started on the mound for the Saltdogs and kept the Monarchs offense in check. He had an excellent outing for Lincoln as he earned a quality start. Minier allowed one run and collected eight strikeouts through six innings of work.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Saltdogs threatened once again. JR DiSarcina led off the inning with a single. A few batters later, Caulfield successfully executed a hit and run to advance DiSarcina to third. With one out, Josh Altmann hit a fly ball to center field. Jan Hernandez caught the ball and delivered a missile to catcher Alexis Olmeda where he made a sensational tag at the plate on DiSarcina. The throw was in time to end the inning and Hernandez recorded his third outfield assist of the season. After seven complete innings, the Saltdogs led 4-1 over the Monarchs.

Kansas City still trailed by three runs entering the top of the ninth inning. Pete Kozma led off the inning with a single. Kozma finished his night 3-4 with three singles. After Olmeda was retired, Darnell Sweeney worked a walk to bring the tying run, Chad De La Guerra, to the plate. De La Guerra struck out and Willie Abreu stepped up to the plate as the tying run, but Sweeney was picked off at first base to end the game.

The Monarchs are back in action Thursday night (7/14) at 7:05 p.m. Kansas City will face the Lake Country DockHounds in a three-game homestand. 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 aa baseball.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 monarchs baseball.com. and the Monarchs Facebook and Twitter pages for updates throughout the season.

WP: Greg Minier (4-4)

LP: Akeem Bostick (3-5)

S: Steffon Moore (7)

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By: GABRIEL LOPEZ

KC CHASE SALTDOGS OUT OF BULLPEN

The Kansas City Monarchs (34-17) had everything but the kitchen sink thrown at them on the mound on Saturday night, as they faced six different Lincoln Saltdogs’ (25-25) pitchers on the way to their 11-5 victory. Matt Adams led the way with his grand slam in the fourth inning on his way to a five-RBI night. Matt Adams’ RBI total on the season was brought to a league-leading 61 on the night and his home run total to a league-tying 20 with fellow Monarch, Jan Hernandez.

The Monarchs’ offense was knocking on the doorsteps early in Lincoln on Saturday night. In the first frame, the Monarchs led with two walks and a Sweeney stolen base to set up runners at the corners. The Monarchs were not able to bring Sweeney home as the next three Monarchs were retired in order.  In the home half of the first, Saltdogs threatened to score early with Josh Altmann reaching third base after a blooping, two-out single. Justin Donatella received the start for the Monarchs and picked up his first of four strikeouts on the night in the first inning.

In the second inning both offenses got on the board to break the scoreless start. Following two Monarchs strikeouts, Pete Kozma singled and J.C. Escarra drew a walk. With runners at first and second, Darnell Sweeney singled up the middle to bring home Kozma. Sweeney was caught stealing to end the inning. The Monarchs 1-0 lead did not last long as the Saltdogs swiped the lead back in the bottom of the second. Lincoln capitalized off a lead-off hit-by-pitch at-bat from Patrick Caulfield. Following a Caulfield stolen base, Hunter Clanin singled to advance Caulfield to third base. With runners on the corners, the Saltdogs tied it up via an RBI single from JR DiSarcina. The Saltdogs finished the inning leading 2-1 after a fielder’s choice RBI from Randy Norris.

In the top of the third, the Monarchs flirted with an offensive onslaught, loading the bases with just one out. Casey Gillaspie popped out into foul territory before Gaby Guerrero drove a deep warning track fly out for out number three. The Monarchs trailed 3-1 after the bottom of third inning after Matt Goodheart blasted a one-out, solo home run for the Saltdogs. Donatella picked up another two strikeouts in the inning on his way to retiring three of four batters in the third inning.

After a J.C. Escarra one-out single, and two walks drawn, the Monarchs offense finally broke through in the fourth with a Matt Adams grand slam to right field off of reliever Josh Norwood. Kansas City was not done in the inning, with a double from David Thompson and a single from Gillaspie to follow, bringing their lead to 6-3. In the bottom of the fourth, Donatella’s final inning of work was a clean inning, allowing no hits, retiring three out of four Saltdogs.

In the fifth inning, the Saltdogs, for the first time on the night, retired the Monarchs in one, two, three fashion. Frank Rubio replaced Donatella on the mound for the Monarchs, surrendering two runs in the fifth before striking out two Saltdogs to end the inning leading 6-5.

Kansas City added one more run in the sixth inning via an error from Saltdogs first baseman, Matt Goodheart, on a sharply hit ball down the line from Casey Gillaspie. The Monarchs ended the inning leading 7-5. Jordan Martinson entered for Kansas City on the mound, walking one, allowing no runs or hits on his way to an efficient inning of relief work.

Jesse Stallings replaced Jonathan Chesire on the mound before the Monarchs once again loaded the bases. Pete Kozma reached base via an error from third baseman, Eddy Martinez, to start the inning. J.C Escarra followed up with a single to set up walks from Sweeney and Chad De La Guerra. De La Guerra’s walk brought home another run before Jan Hernandez grounded into a double play to push the Monarchs lead to 9-5 bringing home J.C. Escarra. In the home half of the seventh inning, Kansas retired Lincoln in one, two, three behind a tag team effort from Martinson and Brock Gilliam.

The eighth inning featured both relief pitchers retiring the side in order. Lincoln’s Connor Hope replaced Jesse Stallings on his way to picking up two strikeouts in the seventh. Brock Gilliam struck out one on his way to his one, two, three inning,

In the top of the ninth, the Monarchs added two more runs, fueled by Eddy Martinez’ two walks and a hit-by-pitch at-bat. The Monarchs led 11-5 heading into the home half, Brock Gilliam slammed the door shut on the Saltdogs, retiring three out of four Saltdogs, striking out one in the ninth.

The Monarchs will wrap up their series with the Saltdogs tomorrow afternoon in Lincoln  with game time at 1:05 p.m. The game can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 12:35 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: Rubio (2-0)

LP: Johnson (1-4)

S: N/A

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