MONARCHS OFFENSE TAKES FLIGHT
The Kansas City Monarchs (9-6) blew out the Sioux Falls Canaries (5-10) in the second game of the three game weekend series Saturday night by a score of 22-1.
After Monarchs starting pitcher Matt Hall kept the Canaries in the cage for the top of the first, Willie Abreu led the Monarchs’ offense off with a bang as he sent the first pitch the Monarchs offense saw to the right field “Home Run Hill”. Three batters later, Matt Adams sent a towering shot to the clubhouse past right field to bring in Gaby Guerrero and make the score 3-0. Little did anyone know, this was only the beginning to the Monarchs’ explosive night on offense.
The Canaries fired right back in the second, as Nick Gotta sliced an RBI double down the left field line to score Trey Michalczewski for what would become the Canaries’ only run of the game. Matt Hall would then strand the bases loaded and limit the damage, escaping the inning with only the one run allowed.
The Monarchs came back to pad in the third with a flurry of base hits. Adams added to his night with a double to left-center and then moved station-to-station as David Thompson followed it up with a single that got Adams to third. Jan Hernandez kept the line moving with a single to shallow right that scored Adams and moved Thompson across the infield to third base to bring the score to 4-1 Monarchs. Casey Gillaspie capped off the scoring in the big third inning with a double down the right field line that scored both Thompson and Hernandez, making the score 6-1 before giving the Canaries bats their next chance to bridge the gap.
Matt Hall stayed on top of the Sioux Falls hitters in the top of the fourth, shutting them down in order for the second straight inning. After the turn of the inning, the Monarchs continued putting up crooked numbers as they loaded the bases in the first three batters. David Thompson led off the scoring with an RBI walk, only to be followed by a bases-clearing triple from Jan Hernandez. Casey Gillaspie would cap off the scoring once again as he delivered an RBI single to right field to bring the score to 11-1 before the end of the inning.
In the top of the sixth, the Canaries put two runners on in Hall’s last inning of work, but Hall worked out of it, keeping the score 11-1 heading to the home half of the inning. In the bottom of the inning, the Monarchs bats continued the deliver. David Thompson crushed a no-doubt solo home run to left field for the only run in the inning, as the teams headed to the seventh with the score a lopsided 12-1 Monarchs.
The Monarchs only continued to pile on the runs in the seventh, as they loaded the bases in three batters for Gaby Guerrero, who made the Canaries pay with the Monarchs’ first grand slam of the year. David Thompson followed it up with a two-run bomb of his own for his second two-home run game in his last four. A couple base hits from Casey Gillaspie and Pete Kozma netted one more run before the end of the inning, and the Monarchs left the inning with a massive 19-1 lead.
The Canaries were held at bay again in the top of the 8th, and just when they thought it couldn’t get any worse, the Monarchs piled three more on in the bottom half, including a homer from Jan Hernandez to complete the cycle.
The top of the ninth ended just like most of the other top halves in this one, as the Canaries were retired for the final time in four batters to make the final score 22-1. The Canaries stayed locked in the cage tonight.
The Monarchs will face the Sioux Falls Canaries in the final game of the series tomorrow night (5/29) at 3:00 p.m. The game can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 2:30 p.m. and the video stream airing on aabaseball.tv.
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WP: Matt Hall (3-1)
LP: Angel Landazuri (1-3)