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2022 AA ALL STAR STARTERS NAMED

Below is a list of the starters for the 2022 American Association All-Star Starters.

The remaining All-Stars will be selected in two ways:

  1. We plan to have the pitchers and non-starters, selected by managers Joe Calfapietra (West Division) and Butch Hobson (East Division) and will announce those on Monday at 3:30pm CT during American Association NOW on Facebook Live
  2. The league will hold a “Last Man In” vote for each division next Monday-Wednesday which will allow fans to vote for the “Last Man In” onto each division’s All-Star Team.

2022 American Association All-Star Starters:

EAST DIVISION

C – Dylan Kelly – Milwaukee

1B – Gio Brusa – Lake Country

2B – Bryan Torres – Milwaukee

3B – Dylan Busby – Kane County

SS – Mason Davis – Milwaukee

OF – Jimmy Kerrigan – Kane County

OF – Zach Nehrir – Cleburne

OF – Chad Sedio – Milwaukee

DH – Keon Barnum – Milwaukee

WEST DIVISION

C – Deon Stafford Jr. – Winnipeg

1B – Manny Boscan – Fargo-Moorhead

2B – Darnell Sweeney – Kansas City

3B – David Thompson – Kansas City

SS – Ozzie Martinez – Sioux Falls

INF – Josh Altmann – Lincoln

OF – Jan Hernandez – Kansas City

OF – John Silviano – Fargo-Moorhead

DH – Drew Ward – Fargo-Moorhead

For more information on the All Star game, visit aabaseball.com

CANARIES GRAND SLAMS TO A VICTORY

The Sioux Falls Canaries (13-27) did not let a 9-1 deficit phase them as they scrapped and clawed their way back to take down the Kansas City Monarchs (26-13) 16-10. The Canaries were able to rattle off nine unanswered runs throughout the middle innings of Sunday’s series finale. The offense was at its best for the hometown club as they clubbed two grand slams.

The Kansas City Monarchs offense scored in the first inning for the fourth game in a row and 18th time for the season. The Monarchs are now 12-6 when scoring in the first inning. The Kansas City offense could not be stopped until finally failing to scratch a run across in the fifth. Prior to that the Monarchs scored in each of the first four innings.

Joe Calfapietra’s team got on the board in the early going after a Darnell Sweeney walk and Jan Hernandez’s 17th home run of the season (2-0). Sioux Falls would respond right away with a home run of their own in the bottom of the first from Trey Michalczewski (2-1).

Kansas City would go on three-inning tear, scoring seven runs to take complete control of the game. The third inning was highlighted by both Matt Adams and Willie Abreu home runs. The fourth inning got started by a Chad De La Guerra single. The inning continued when J.C. Escarra barreled up an RBI triple, and the inning was capped off with a homer from Darnell Sweeney (9-1).

Monarchs starter, Jon Harris had a smooth outing until the Canaries bats came to life in the fourth. Sioux Falls put together a four-run inning by being patient at the plate (9-5). Harris surrendered two walks and three hits in the inning which gave the birds some momentum.

Both teams would fail to score in the fifth inning, but the tide of the game was turned in the sixth. The Monarchs would close the book on Jon Harris and bring in RHP Justin Donatella. The Canaries offense adapted quickly to the pitching change and forced Donatella to exit after just 0.2 innings.

Jordan Martinson came into the game in a tough situation with the bases loaded. Shamoy

Christopher would take Martinson’s fifth pitch over the left field wall for a grand-slam, and the Sioux Falls lead (10-9)

The Monarchs did not go away without a fight. Matt Adams stayed disciplined at the plate in the eighth to work a walk with the bases loaded, tying the game back up (10-10), but the struggle from Kansas City’s bullpen continued just a few moments later. Sioux Falls ran away with the game by producing six runs in the eighth inning. John Nester played hero by belting the second grand slam for the Canaries on the day to ultimately put the game on ice and solidify the unthinkable comeback victory to win the series (16-10).

The Monarchs will travel home to take on the visiting Cleburne Railroaders in a four-game series starting on Monday. Kansas City will begin game one at 7:00 p.m. The game can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 6:35 p.m. and the video stream airing on 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: Hasty (1-1)

LP: Koch (1-1) S: N/A

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SWEENEY SHINES IN MONARCHS WIN

Darnell Sweeney was a double away from the cycle Saturday night at Sioux Falls Stadium. He finished his night 3-5 with four RBI and helped the Kansas City Monarchs (26-12) beat the Sioux City Explorers (12-27) 8-3.

The Monarchs offense got off to a hot start. On the first pitch of the game, Darnell Sweeney belted a solo home run to give the Monarchs a 1-0 lead. Kevin Santa followed this up with a triple. Jan Hernandez stepped up to the plate and mashed his 16th home run of the year, extending the lead to three. Immediately after Hernandez’s at-bat, Casey Gillaspie notched a solo home run. The Monarchs finished their half of the inning with six hits and a 4-0 lead over the Canaries.

Kansas City extended their lead in the third inning. Willie Abreu drove an RBI single to left field to bring in Matt Adams. Later in the inning, Sweeney blasted a bases-clearing triple to score Abreu, Pete Kozma, and Alexis Olmeda to give the Monarchs an 8-0 lead.

Lewis Thorpe started on the mound for Kansas City. He retired 11 straight Canaries before Gavin LaValley hit a solo home run in the fourth inning to get Sioux Falls on the scoreboard.

Both teams were quiet until the Canaries scored a pair of runs in the sixth. Wyatt Ulrich led off the inning with a single to center field. Jabari Henry hit an RBI double to score Ulrich and was brought in on an RBI single by John Nester. After six innings of play, Kansas City led 8-3 over Sioux Falls.

Thorpe earned a quality start as he finished his night, allowing three runs while striking out eight batters in six innings of work.

Brock Gilliam relieved Lewis Thorpe in the seventh inning. After missing several weeks due to an injury, he didn’t miss a beat. Gilliam struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh. He threw two more scoreless innings and struck out Angelo Altavilla to end the game and earn his first save of the season.

The Monarchs will face off against the Canaries in the rubber match tomorrow afternoon 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 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: Lewis Thorpe (5-1)

LP: Joey Pulido (0-4)

S: Brock Gilliam (1)

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CANARIES SWOOP IN, STEAL SERIES OPENER

The Kansas City Monarchs (25-12) couldn’t take flight against the Sioux Falls Canaries (12-26) and fell in a close, 5-4 fashion.

The Monarchs started off their Friday night right with some two-out magic in the first frame with a Matt Adams two-run blast to right field, following a Gaby Guerrero single. Akeem Bostick received the start for Kansas City and produced two scoreless innings before surrendering any runs to the Canaries. The Monarchs turned a much needed 6-4-3 double play in the first to snuff out any early momentum for the Canaries.

Both offenses went quietly in the 2nd with flyouts and a pop out from the Monarchs, and a one, two, three inning from Bostick. Bostick recorded his first strikeout to start the second and retired the next two batters with help from the field. The Monarchs went scoreless in the third, stranding one in scoring position, leading 2-0 heading into the home half. The Canaries swooped in and stole the lead in the third inning behind a flurry of runs. Aggressive baserunning and a leadoff single from Nick Gotta sparked the scoring in the third. Following a walk to load the bases, a hard hit grounder to second base forced an errant throw from Darnell Sweeney that led to two runs to tie the game. The Canaries, with only one out, were not done in the inning with three more RBI singles, before the Monarchs could end the inning.

In the fourth, the Monarchs responded quickly with a leadoff single and aggressive baserunning of their own. David Thompson’s leadoff single was followed up by patience at the plate from Jan Hernandez. With two on and no outs the Monarchs executed a double steal during a strikeout. Pete Kozma delivered with an RBI single bringing home the All-Star starters, Thompson and Hernandez. Bostick settled down after the five run third inning, with a one, two, three frame in the bottom of the fourth. Bostick needed only nine pitches to retire the side.

The fifth inning was scoreless for both teams even as the Canaries threatened with runners in scoring position to try and extend their one run lead. In the sixth, the Monarchs were retired in one, two, three fashion by the Canaries’ reliever Mitchell Walters. Bostick recorded two outs in the bottom of the sixth before Kansas City turned the ball over to Brandon Koch to hold the Canaries at bay in the sixth.

In the top of the seventh, the Monarchs nearly tied it up following a one-out double from J.C. Escarra but were unable to bring him home after a warning track flyout from Willie Abreu. Escarra tagged to third base, but after some nifty fielding from the Canaries, they closed the door on the Monarchs comeback attempt in the seventh. In the home half of the seventh, Koch continued to work in the seventh inning, allowing no runs, one hit and securing one strikeout to continue to hold the Canaries close heading into the final frames.

In the eighth, the Monarchs were shut down and held scoreless after the Canaries called upon their bullpen to bring in Matthew Dunaway. Dunaway retired the Monarchs in order and recorded one strikeout. The Monarchs relied on Frank Rubio to replace Brandon Koch to hold the Canaries scoreless and provide them one final shot at stealing game one of their the three game series.

The Canaries’ Riley Ferrell struck out the first batter he faced in the top of the ninth and retired the next two batters he faced to secure his sixth save and slam the door on the Monarchs.

The Monarchs will continue their road trip with game two of three against the Sioux Falls Canaries tomorrow night (6/25) 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: Charlie Hasty (1-1)

LP: Akeem Bostick (3-3)

S: Ryan Ferrell (6)

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MONARCHS GO SWEEPING IN THE RAIN

The roughly hour-long rain delay at the bottom of the third couldn’t stop the Kansas City Monarchs (25-11) from completing their sweep of the Sioux City Explorers (14-21) with a score of 8-1.

In the bottom of the first, Darnell Sweeney put the Monarchs on the board first with a home run up the center for the 1-0 lead. Gaby Guerrero batted next, crushing another home run into the visiting bullpen in left field. The back-to-back home runs resulted in an early 2-0 lead.

The Monarchs seemed only capable of homers as Alexis Olmeda hit one out to the home run patio in the second inning to extend the lead to 3-0.

After the rain delay, the Explorers put their first run on the board in the fourth courtesy of Trey Martin. Danny Amaral put one out deep in right field for a triple before Martin hit a single to center field, grabbing an RBI and making the score 3-1 in the top of the fourth.

In the bottom of the sixth, the bases were loaded as David Thompson, Casey Gillaspie and Pete Kozma were all intentionally walked. Olmeda also walked for an RBI, bringing the score to 4-1. With a pitching change from Sioux City, Nate Gercken avoided any more runs on his line as he escaped with loaded bases.

Darnell Sweeney walked in the bottom of the seventh before Guerrero reached first with a high chopper to the pitcher. Thompson launched a home run to left field for a three-run home run to increase the Monarchs lead to 7-1.

In the eighth inning, Pete Kozma reached first on an error by the second baseman before Olmeda walked again. With a  single to center field, Kevin Santa brought in Kozma for an RBI, adding to Kansas City’s buffer at 8-1.

The next Monarchs game is tomorrow (6/24) at Sioux Falls against the Sioux Falls Canaries. 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: Justin Donatella (1-0)

LP: Tom Windle (0-2)

S: N/A

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MATT SHOWS A LOT OF HART

Matt Hartman was the biggest reason for the Monarchs success Wednesday night at Legends Field. He finished the night throwing six scoreless innings, allowing five hits and striking out seven to earn his first win of the season. The Kansas City Monarchs (24-11) offense did enough to bring two runs across the plate, helping them obtain a 2-1 win over the Sioux City Explorers (14-20).

Patrick Ledet had a solid performance for the Explorers. He allowed two runs through seven innings of work while striking out three.

The Monarchs broke the 0-0 tie in the fourth inning. After Joel Booker worked a walk, Darnell Sweeney advanced him to third on a single to left field. With runners on first and third, Gaby Guerrero hit a fielder’s choice to score Booker and give the Monarchs a 1-0 lead.

After a scoreless fifth inning from both teams, Kansas City added one more in the bottom of the sixth. Joel Booker worked his second walk of the day and immediately stole second. Sweeney stepped up to the plate and roped a single to center field to score Booker and give the Monarchs a 2-0 lead. Sweeney went 2-3 with an RBI on the night and was responsible for two of the three Kansas City hits.

Jameson McGrane entered the ninth inning and struck out the side to earn his sixth save of the season.

The Kansas City Monarchs will look to sweep the Sioux City Explorers Thursday morning (6/23) at 11:00 a.m. The game can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 10:30 a.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 Hartman (1-2)

LP: Patrick Ledet (2-1)

S: Jameson McGrane (6)

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STORM HOLDS OFF, KC BRINGS THUNDER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Monarchs will go head-to-head against the Sioux City Explorers for game two of the three-game homestand Wednesday night (6/22) at 7:00 p.m. The game can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the video stream airing on aabaseball.tv.

Tickets to all Monarchs games can be purchased by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting monarchsbaseball.com. For additional information or interview requests, members of the media may contact the Monarchs Media Relations Department at (817) 739-3693. Stay tuned to monarchsbaseball.com. and the Monarchs Facebook and Twitter pages for updates throughout the season.WP: Frank Rubio (1-0)

LP: Max Kuhns (0-4)

S: Jameson McGrane (5)

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MILKMEN DON’T DELIVER ON SUNDAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Monarchs will go head-to-head against the Sioux City Explorers for the first game of the three-game homestand Tuesday night (6/21) at 7:00 p.m. The game can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the video stream airing on aabaseball.tv.

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

WP: Lewis Thorpe (4-1)

LP: Jake Matthys (2-3)

S: N/A

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MONARCHS MOO-OURN LOSS TO MILKMEN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Monarchs will face the Milkmen at Legends Field for game three of the series tomorrow afternoon (6/19) at 3:00 p.m. The game can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 2:30 p.m. and the video stream airing on aabaseball.tv.

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

WP: Zimmerman (2-1)

LP: Bostick (3-2)

S: Kowalczyk (6)

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MONARCHS MILK MILWAUKEE

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Monarchs will face the Milkmen at Legends Field in game two tomorrow night (6/18) at 6:00 p.m. The game can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the video stream airing on aabaseball.tv.

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

WP: Nick Belzer (3-2)

LP: Myles Smith (4-2)

S: N/A

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