Monarchs Outlast RedHawks To Take First Place

FARGO, N.D. — The Kansas City Monarchs are alone in first place.

Kansas City edged the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 3-2 in 10 innings Tuesday night at Newman Outdoor Field, improving to 19-9 on the season and moving to the top of the American Association’s West Division standings.

Both teams entered the game 9-1 in their last 10 in a rematch of last year’s West Division Finals. The Monarchs, who lost that series a year ago, earned a measure of payback Tuesday.

LJ Hatch delivered the game-winning hit for Kansas City, a 10th-inning RBI single off RedHawks closer Tanner Riley.

“I felt pretty confident because I could see both of his pitches, and I feel confident enough to put the ball in play there,” Hatch said. “Lucky for me it got through.”

The Monarchs closed the game with a web gem. With two out and the bonus runner on second, second baseman Justin Wylie made a diving catch on a ball up the middle to end the game.

“It was obviously a really big play for the team,” Wylie said. “Being able to close out a win against Fargo, in Fargo, which is such a good club, it’s obviously really big.”

Grant Gavin earned the win for the Monarchs, throwing two perfect innings to finish the game. Normally reserved on the mound, he burst into a fist pump after Wylie’s grab.

“It was not my most proud moment, but I was just excited that we won the game,” Gavin said. “I told Wylie I could give him a kiss.”

Kansas City scored the game’s first run in the first inning. Chris Herrmann knocked an RBI single to score Joshneshwy Fargas and make it 1-0.

Fargo-Moorhead took control with two solo homers in the third off Monarchs starter Zach Matson. Nick Novak and Evan Alexander homered, making it 2-1 after three.

Matson threw five innings, allowing two runs on three hits with one walk and three strikeouts. He threw a season-high 87 pitches.

Jan Hernandez tied the game for Kansas City with a solo homer in the sixth, his fourth longball of the year.

Jordan Martinson bridged the gap for the Monarchs, tossing three scoreless innings. He allowed just two hits (both singles) without walking a batter, striking out four.

The Monarchs’ attention now turns to game two of the series at 7:02 p.m. Wednesday night.

“It’s always nice to start off with a win, and not really be relaxed, but have that confidence going into game two and game three,” Hatch said.

Kevin McGovern will get the ball for Fargo-Moorhead; Cody Deason will start for Kansas City.

Miller Named Pitcher of the Week

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Jalen Miller has already delivered one of the best pitching performances of the year. Now, the Kansas City Monarchs righty has some hardware to back it up.

Miller has earned the American Association’s Pointstreak Pitcher of the Week Award for the week ending Sunday, June 11, the league announced Monday.

Miller threw 12 shutout innings over two starts this past week, allowing just four hits and five walks while striking out 10.

That included seven scoreless innings in the Monarchs’ 7-0 win over Winnipeg on Sunday, Kansas City’s first shutout victory of the year.

“I challenge myself ultimately just to stay the course,” Miller said after Sunday’s game. “The work is never finished as a pitcher; it can all go downhill in the first inning of the next game. Just staying confident and riding the wave.”

Miller has helped the Monarchs on a 10-1 hot streak heading into a crucial road series with Fargo-Moorhead Tuesday through Thursday.

Miller, 30, is in his third season in the American Association. He played for the Chicago Dogs at the close of 2019 and during the COVID-shortened 2020 season. He earned a 3.89 ERA and 1.16 WHIP with the Dogs in 2020 despite playing home games at the hitter-friendly Impact Field.

Born in Italy, Miller played college ball at Mineral Area College in Missouri and Central Methodist University. Undrafted out of college, he spent his first three years as a pro in the United Shore League, Frontier League, and Pacific Association.

Miller signed with the Baltimore Orioles organization in March 2019, making five appearances for Class A Delmarva that season. He returned to partner league baseball later that year, suiting up for York in the Atlantic League before signing with the Dogs on August 4.

In 2021, Miller returned to the Frontier League, producing a 3.06 ERA with the Sussex County Miners in 40 appearances (6 starts). He began 2022 with the Lexington Legends in the Atlantic League before arriving in Kansas City.

He provided instant support to the club’s pitching staff down the stretch last season, posting a 2.52 ERA over five appearances (regular season and playoffs).

Miller’s Gem, Herrmann’s Blast Power Monarchs To Sweep

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Jalen Miller threw seven shutout innings, Chris Herrmann delivered his third grand slam of the year, and the Kansas City Monarchs continued their hot streak with a 7-0 win over the Winnipeg Goldeyes Sunday at Shaw Park.

Kansas City has won 10 out of their last 11 games heading into a crucial midweek series with Fargo-Moorhead.

Miller earned the win with the longest start by a Monarch this season. He hasn’t allowed a run over his last three starts, spanning 17 innings in total.

“I challenge myself ultimately just to stay the course,” Miller said. “The work is never finished as a pitcher; it can all go downhill in the first inning of the next game. Just staying confident and riding the wave.”

Herrmann’s grand slam came in the fifth inning, and gave Kansas City a 6-0 lead. It was his ninth home run of the year, expanding his league-best RBI total to 37.

“Chris is definitely a blessing to our staff, and overall to the team,” Miller said. “He’s definitely what we need in the clubhouse.”

Kansas City took the early lead on an RBI single from Micker Adolfo, making it 1-0 in the second.

Gavin Collins put the Monarchs up 4-0 with an RBI double. He’s driven in a run in 9 of his last 10 games.

Dylan Rosa hit his fourth home run of the season in the ninth to bring the game to its final score.

The Monarchs head to Fargo to take on the RedHawks Tuesday through Thursday. Whoever wins the series will have the best record in the American Association Thursday night. All three games are at 7:02 p.m.

“Our clubhouse is probably the funnest one I’ve been in, and you can see it on the field. Miller said. “We’re having fun.”

Monarchs Outlast Winnipeg In Extra-Inning Thriller

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The Kansas City Monarchs battled until the very last pitch, and came out with a win.

In an 11-inning contest featuring plenty of twists and turns, the Monarchs survived 8-7 over the Winnipeg Goldeyes at Shaw Park.

Jan Hernandez delivered a two-run double in the top of the 11th, which would stand up as the game-winner. The Monarchs saw 5-1 and 6-5 leads evaporate against a hungry Winnipeg side, but hung on for their ninth win in 10 games.

The Monarchs (17-9) remain a half-game behind Fargo-Moorhead in the American Association west. They’ll go for a series sweep in Winnipeg Sunday at 1 p.m.

Kansas City built their advantage early in the game. Keon Broxton gave the Monarchs a 3-1 edge with a two-run double in the third.

In the fifth, Gavin Collins hit a two-run home run to make it 5-1. It was Collins’ second homer of the year; he has an RBI in nine of his last 10 games.

Monarchs starter Dalton Moats had his second straight strong outing, allowing just one run over five innings of work. He allowed six hits and two walks while striking out four.

The Goldeyes scored four unanswered runs against the Monarchs bullpen to tie the game late. Max Murphy knocked a two-run double in the seventh to make it 5-3.

In the eighth, Dayson Croes cut the deficit to one with an RBI single, putting runners on first and third.

Monarchs manager Joe Calfapietra called on Patrick Weigel to get out of the jam. He allowed a game-tying sacrifice fly from Andy Armstrong, but induced two groundouts to keep the game tied.

The Goldeyes put a runner in scoring position in the ninth, but Weigel worked out of trouble to force extras.

The two sides traded runs in the 10th. Keon Broxton scored on a Justin Wylie sac fly in the top half, and Croes hit a leadoff RBI double in the bottom half.

Grant Gavin struck out back-to-back hitters to end the 10th, leaving Croes stranded on third.

Hernandez’s double put the Monarchs up 8-6 heading into the bottom of the 10th. Gavin allowed a two-out RBI single by Brynn Martinez to cut the lead to one, but struck out Tra Holmes to end the game.

UP NEXT

The Monarchs have a quick turnaround in store for the series finale at 1 p.m. Sunday. Jalen Miller will start for Kansas City; Winnipeg’s starter has yet to be announced.

Timely Hits Propel Monarchs To Road Win

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Entering their longest and most grueling road trip of the year, the Kansas City Monarchs knew they had to set the tone in the series opener.

They did just that on Friday night, coasting to an 8-2 win over the Winnipeg Goldeyes at Shaw Park.

The Monarchs collected 16 hits, all singles and doubles on a night when the wind was blowing in from right field.

Outfielder Dylan Rosa was 4-for-5 for Kansas City in the victory, his first career four-hit game. Second baseman Justin Wylie finished the night 3-for-5 with three RBIs.

“We have so much depth on our team, and it’s a testament to [manager] Joe [Calfapietra] creating a great clubhouse, great culture,” Wylie said. “We have, one throuugh nine, guys that can do damage and help the team win.”

On the mound, Brandon Finnegan and Matt Hartman combined to throw all nine innings for Kansas City.

Finnegan allowed two runs over five innings of work to get his second win of the season. He gave up six hits and three walks, striking out six.

Hartman faced the minimum over the final four innings to earn the save. A ninth-inning walk was his only baserunner.

Kansas City jumped out to an early lead and didn’t look back. Up 2-0 after two, they scored four in the third, all with two out.

Gavin Collins knocked in the inning’s first run with an RBI single. He’s driven in a run in eight of his last nine games.

Keon Broxton followed Collins up with an RBI double, and Wylie brought them both home with a two-run single. He’d later add an RBI double in the fifth inning.

“I’ve been making a few mechanical adjustments, approach adjustments at the plate,” Wylie said, adding that it had come to fruition over the last several games.

Winnipeg starter Luis Ramirez allowed seven runs on 12 hits over five innings of work, walking one and striking out three.

Brynn Martinez drove in both of Winnipeg’s runs with a two-run double in the fourth inning.

Chris Herrmann brought the game to its final score with an RBI single in the sixth. He finished the night 2-for-4 with two RBIs, including a first-inning sacrifice fly.

“We have so much high level experience. Everybody’s trying to pick each other’s brain,” Wylie said. “It allows all of us to use our talent to win games.”

Josh Vincent threw the final four innings for Winnipeg, allowing one run.

UP NEXT

The Monarchs look to clinch another series win Saturday night against the Goldeyes. First pitch from Shaw Park is scheduled for 6 p.m. Central. Dalton Moats will start for Kansas City.

Heart of America Hot Dog Festival Returns in August

Kansas City, MO – The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) is set to get things “Grillin’ and Groovin’” again at Historic 18th & Vine when it plays host to the 2023 Heart of America Hot Dog Festival, presented by Hy-Vee with support from the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund (NTDF) and the State of Missouri. The festival will be held from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sat., August 5th at the NLBM (1616 E. 18th Street, KCMO). The festival music stage will be located on the median of The Paseo between 18th Street and Truman Road.

The Hot Dog Festival returned last year in 2022 after a two-year hiatus due to the lingering effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Created by the NLBM in 2013, the family festival celebrates the historical connection between our national pastime and baseball fan’s favorite ballpark food: the hot dog. Since 2019 festival attracted several thousand people to Historic 18th & Vine.

The return of the festival is highlighted by the introduction of a new specialty hot dog inspired by NLBM founder, Buck O’Neil. The latest creation, called “The Memphis Red Sox,” Highlighting Buck’s career beginning in Memphis in 1937. Buck established the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City in 1990 and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2022.

The “Memphis Red Sox” joins a delectable roster of signature hot dogs created by the NLBM and Hy-Vee that includes “The Monarch,” “The El Maestro,” “The Royal Frank,” “The Bullet Joe” and “The Campy.” The new Memphis Red Sox features a grilled all-beef hot dog on a bun. It’s topped with bacon, shredded Vermont yellow cheese, chopped green onions, and scallions.

Festival goers can also build their own hot dog creations at the massive toppings station which features an assortment of spreads and other garnishes. In addition, the family festival features other ballpark foods, games, and access to tour the NLBM.

“We’re thrilled to continue our annual celebration of baseball and hot dog,” said Bob Kendrick, NLBM President. “While ballpark foods have become more sophisticated over recent years, baseball fans still relish the hot dog. The Heart of America Hot Dog Festival unites fans around that common bond in a fun and entertaining celebration that since its inception has grown to become one of the most highly anticipated festivals in Kansas City,” Kendrick said.

The festival gates open at 3 pm with live band performances beginning at 3:30 pm. Special advance General Admission tickets cost only $35 (through Saturday, July 15); $50 at the Gate for adults and $10 for kids. A limited number of VIP tickets are available and cost $125 (includes prime seating, festival t-shirt, and two complimentary cocktails and complimentary hot dogs.

Call (816) 221-1920 or visit www.nlbm.com for package details and for more information.

ABOUT NEGRO LEAGUES BASEBALL MUSEUM: The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) is the world’s only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history of African American baseball and its impact on the social advancement of America. The privately funded, 501 c3, notfor-profit organization was established in 1990 and is in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri’s Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. The NLBM operates two blocks from the Paseo YMCA where Andrew “Rube” Foster established the Negro National League in 1920. To learn more about the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, please visit nlbm.com.

Monarchs Light Up Scoreboard, Win Series

By Nolan Brooks

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Kansas City Monarchs and the Lincoln Saltdogs both needed a win. But the Monarchs’ 13 runs on 17 hits helped them cruise to a 13-5 series win for their sixth consecutive series win in a row.

Back-to-back homers from Olivier Basabe and LJ Hatch were the energizers for the Monarchs on Wednesday. The homers began a five-run sixth inning that put the Monarchs ahead and they never looked back.

Lincoln wasted no time at the plate as Connor Panas smashed a two-run homer in the first inning. It was quickly 2-0 Saltdogs.

The Monarchs also wasted no time at the plate. A Jacob Robson walk led to a Jan Hernandez two-run homer. After one inning, the game was all tied up.

The Monarchs had two outs in the third inning after loading the bases. A Dylan Rosa error in right field scored three runs for Lincoln. The error made it 5-2 Lincoln.

The fifth inning began with an LJ Hatch single. Johneshwy Fargas then smashed an RBI double that made it 5-3.

Fargas would steal second for his 16th stolen base of the season. Fargas then scored on an error by Saltdogs catcher Luke Roskam and it was 5-4 Lincoln.

The sixth inning is where the Monarchs took control. Back-to-back homers from Basabe and Hatch started the scoring. A Rosa RBI double brought in a run and a Robson RBI single also brought in a run. The fifth inning had five total runs for the Monarchs.

The Monarchs’ bullpen shut down the Saltdogs from there. Trey Jeans threw three scoreless innings allowing one hit and one walk. Jordan Martinson tossed a perfect eighth inning.

Kansas City added on four runs in the eighth, including a two-run single from Jan Hernandez.

Patrick Weigel shut the door with a perfect ninth inning. Jeans got the win (3-0) and Lincoln starter Tanner Brown got the loss (0-3).

UP NEXT

The Monarchs go on a ten-game road trip beginning with a three-game series against the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Game one is scheduled for 6:30 pm Friday.

Monarchs Extra Innings Comeback Falls Short

By Nolan Brooks

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Game two between the Kansas City Monarchs and Lincoln Saltdogs was nothing short of amazing. The Monarchs came up short in extra innings in a 10-7 loss at Legends Field.

The Monarchs rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, but a Nate Samson three-run homer in the 10th stood up as the game-winner for Lincoln.

Jacob Robson scored the first run of the game with a monster solo home run in the first inning. The Monarchs have scored in the first inning in six consecutive games.

Both pitchers would then settle in and both teams went quiet until the fifth inning.

Lincoln got the bats going on a double from Nate Samson. Samson would later score on a ground out that allowed him to score, making it a 1-1 ballgame.

Justin Wylie drew a walk to get on base and that set up Robson’s RBI triple. Jan Hernandez then drove in Robson with a sacrifice fly, putting the Monarchs up 3-1.

Lincoln turned on the bats in the sixth inning putting up six runs. Nick Anderson had an RBI triple that tied the game. Yanio Perez had an RBI single that gave the Saltdogs the lead. Aaron Takacs’ RBI single added to the Lincoln lead and a Drew Devine two-run homer made it 7-3 Lincoln.

The Monarchs began their comeback one inning at a time. Johneshwy Fargas stole three bases Tuesday night. Fargas’ last one set up a ground out by Hernandez that allowed him to score, 7-4 Saltdogs.

One inning later in the eighth, Gavin Collins smashed his first homer as a Monarch. Collins’ homer made it a 7-5 ballgame heading into the ninth.

The Monarchs turned on the jets in the ninth inning. A Robson single and Hernandez walk set up a Chris Herrmann RBI single. A Collins walk loaded the bases and Hernandez took home on a wild pitch that made it 7-7 and forced extra innings.

The Saltdogs did not want the Monarchs to fully complete the comeback. Samson showed his veteran plate discipline and smashed his three-run homer.

Despite the Monarchs loading the bases again in the bottom of the 10th, Saltdogs reliever Nic Laio shut the door on the Monarchs to get his first save of the year.

Monarchs reliever Grant Gavin got the loss (0-1) and Steffon Moore got the win (1-0).

UP NEXT

The Monarchs conclude a three-game home series against the Lincoln Saltdogs. Game three is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Monarchs Pitching Moves Win Streak To Six Games

By Nolan Brooks

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The series opener between the Kansas City Monarchs and the Lincoln Saltdogs was a pitchers duel from start to finish at Legends Field Monday night. The Monarchs’ pitching staff got it done in the 2-1 victory for Kansas City.

The Monarchs’ victory makes it six wins in a row. Kansas City is 13-3 in their last 16 games. The win moves the Monarchs to a virtual tie with Fargo-Moorhead for first place in the American Association West. 

Both of the starting pitchers threw absolute gems. Monarchs starter Jalen Miller tossed five shutout innings with five strikeouts and only two walks and two hits. Lincoln starter Josh Roeder went seven innings with three strikeouts and allowed only two runs. 

Kansas City opened the scoring in the first through some crafty baserunning. Johneshwy Fargas got on base with a first-pitch bunt single and then would steal second base, his 12th of the year. Jacob Robson finished the job with an RBI single and it was 1-0 Monarchs.

Micker Adolfo drove in Kansas City’s second run with a no-doubt homer to left in the fifth. It was Adolfo’s second blast of the season, making it 2-0 Monarchs. 

The Monarchs’ bullpen continued to produce as well as newcomer Miller Hogan threw three shutout innings with five strikeouts and only one hit in his Monarchs debut.

Alex Valdez entered in the ninth for the Monarchs. The Saltdogs would make their first big push of the game against Valdez. Yanio Perez smashed a solo homer that made it a one-run game. A walk from Matt Goodheart put the tying run on base. But Valdez struck out Nate Samson to finish the game. 

Miller got the win (3-1) and Roeder got the loss (1-4). Valdez got the save, his first of the season.

UP NEXT

The Monarchs continue a three-game home series against the Lincoln Saltdogs. Game two is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.

Monarchs Earn Series Sweep Behind Bullpen

By Nolan Brooks

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Keon Broxton and the Kansas City Monarchs bullpen got the job done to get a series sweep over the Cleburne Railroaders at Legends Field.

Broxton homered twice and starting pitcher Dalton Moats put together five one-hit innings in the Monarchs’ 7-3 win over the Railroaders Sunday night.

The Monarchs are 12-3 in their last 15 games, holding a dangerous Cleburne offense to seven runs over the three-game series. 

The Monarchs came out swinging in the series finale. Johneshwy Fargas stole second base to set up a sacrifice fly from Jan Hernandez in the first inning, making it 1-0 Monarchs.

Moats retired nine of the first ten batters he faced and kept the Railroaders quiet through the first four innings.

A Hernandz RBI single and a sac fly from Chris Herrmann extended the score to 3-0 Monarchs.

Broxton’s first homer of the evening came in the fourth inning to the opposite field giving Kansas City a 4-0 lead.

Then the Railroaders turned on the bats in the fifth and sixth innings. A solo shot from Mark Karaviotis and a two-run homer from Jose Sermo made it 4-3 Kansas City. It was Sermo’s second home run in as many days.

The Monarchs then answered with a solo shot from Chris Herrmann for his eighth of the year that made it 5-3 Monarchs.

The final insurance run for KC came from Broxton on a two-run blast. It was his second homer of the evening, fourth of the year.

The Monarchs bullpen would then shut down the Railroaders with three no-hit innings from Alex Valdez, Trey Jeans, and Patrick Weigel. 

Moats (2-2) got the win and Kevin Hilton (1-2) got the loss.

UP NEXT

The Monarchs begin a three-game home series against the Lincoln Saltdogs. Game one is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Monday.