August 29, 2021
By: Nathan Enserro

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Kansas City Monarchs (63-30) wrapped up the home portion of their season with a 2-0 win over the Houston Apollos (15-77) to grab its franchise-record 63rd win with seven games remaining in the season. The win also tied an American Association mark for home wins in a season at 44.

Ryan Grotjohn

Photo credit John Ellis Kansas City Monarchs – August 29 Ryan Grotjohn rounds the bases vs. Houston.

In a pitcher’s duel, the Monarchs battery of arms spread out seven hits across the nine innings, never getting into more trouble than runners on the corners with one out in the ninth. They stranded eight Apollos.

Newcomer Carson LaRue threw the first three innings before being relieved by Brock Gilliam. Dalbert Siri, Carlos Diaz and Jameson McGrane were each called upon to pitch an inning to hold down the Apollos.

Meanwhile, Houston starter Auggie Martinez worked a perfect 5.1 innings before Ryan Grotjohn ripped a sixth-inning triple. The next batter, Darnell Sweeney, stuck a single in front of the right fielder to bring Grotjohn home to put the Monarchs on the board.

Photo credit John Ellis Kansas City Monarchs – August 29 Ryan Grotjohn and Morgan McCullough vs. Houston.

Sweeney raced home from second on a failed inning-ending double-play, where Ibandel Isabel beat the throw to first to make it 2-0.

The Monarchs have no more regular-season home games, but as the South Division Champions, they will host games in the postseason. The remaining road games can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning 30-minutes prior to first pitch and the video stream airing on

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

WP: Siri (2-0)

LP: Martinez (0-2)

S: McGrane 6

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