Monarchs blast past the Apollos

A pair of two-run blasts in the bottom of the first was all it took for the Kansas City Monarchs (42-22) to complete a five-game sweep of the Houston Apollos (8-56) 10-6 Thursday at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas.

A lead-off walk by Morgan McCullough put a runner on for Ryan Grotjohn to bring home with a big fly to left field from the two-spot in the order.

The next batter – Darnell Sweeney – worked a full-count walk to set Gabby Guerrero up with a runner on for his shot to left-center to push the Monarch lead to four runs before the Apollos had recorded an out.

Kansas City added runs in the second and third on a pair of sacrifice flies to center field by Sweeney and Charcer Burks.

Elroy Urbina earned the win for the Monarchs after replacing starter Jose Taveras at the start of the third due to an apparent injury. He gave up one hit and struck out five across three innings of relief.

Both bullpens took control of the game until the Monarchs found four more in the bottom of the seventh on a three-run home run to left by Casey Gillaspie and an RBI single from Will Kengor.

Guerrero, who started the game at DH and usually plays right field, got a chance on the mound in the top of the ninth. He surrendered five runs in a third of an inning and the Monarchs turned to Jacob Lindgren to finish out the game.

The Monarchs will play the north division’s Chicago Dogs for a three-game series this weekend starting Friday night at Legends Field.

The first pitch tonight is set for 7:05 p.m. and 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.

A special promotion Friday is a Monarchs hate giveaway for the first 2,000 fans. There will be pre-game skydivers.

Tickets to Monarchs games can be purchased by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting monarchsbaseball.com.

  • by Nathan Enserro

Monarchs’ pitching stifles Apollos

Charcer Burks rounded third after his second home run of the season. (Photo by John Ellis, Monarchs)

The Monarchs remained undefeated against the Houston Apollos after defeating their divisional foe 6-2 on Tuesday night. It was Kansas City’s sixth win over Houston this season.

Following an outing in which he surrendered four runs in five innings, Jake Matthys was in search of his first quality start since July 9. Through the first two innings, the right-hander danced around some trouble and kept the Apollos’ offense scoreless.

In the bottom of the second, Kansas City (39-22) opened up the scoring. Charcer Burks, who led off the inning with a walk, came down to score on a passed ball. A few batters later, Darnell Sweeney drove in his 38th run of the year to make it 2-0.

Matthys, however, struggled to miss bats in the third. In the top half of the frame, Houston (8-53) tagged Matthys for a run on four singles. Fortunately for the Monarchs, the right-hander limited the damage to one run. In the bottom of the inning, Will Kengor knocked an RBI-single up the middle to extend the lead to 3-1. The run driven in gave him eight in the last two days.

Two innings later, Burks clubbed his second home run of the season to deep left field. It was his first home run of the season at Legends Field.

Despite allowing 10 hits, Matthys worked through six innings of two-run ball and struck out six. The quality start was the first from Monarchs’ pitching at home since July 18 against Kane County (Jose Taveras).

Kansas City’s sixth run of the night came off the bat of Gabby Guerrero, who poked an RBI-single and padded the lead back up to three runs. One inning later, the Monarchs’ new lead-off man Morgan McCullough smacked another RBI-single to center field to make it 6-2.

In the final three innings, Dalbert Siri, Brock Gilliam, and Brian Ellington combined to shut down the Apollos.

Wednesday, the Monarchs will take part in a split double header. Game 1 is set for noon and Game 2 is scheduled for 5 p.m. Both games will air on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 11:35 a.m. in Game 1 and 4:35 p.m. for Game 2, while the video stream will air on aabaseball.tv at first pitch. Gates will open for Game 1 at 11 a.m. and Game 2 at 4:35 p.m.

Tickets to Monarchs games can be purchased by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting monarchsbaseball.com.

by Jack Johnson , Monarchs

Mahomes joins Sporting Club ownership group

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has joined the Sporting Club ownership group, according to an announcement today.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to join Sporting Kansas City’s ownership team and strengthen my connection to the fans and the city I love,” Mahomes said in a news release. “Sporting is a community-oriented club and I am excited to continue supporting the growth of soccer in Kansas City.”

“Patrick is a tremendous ambassador for Kansas City and we are delighted to welcome him to the Sporting Club ownership group,” said Cliff Illig, principal owner of Sporting KC. “In addition to achieving excellence on the field, he is deeply committed to giving back to the community and elevating the sport of soccer. Patrick is also accustomed to cultivating a winning culture, and we look forward to contending for championships at Children’s Mercy Park well into the future.”

Mahomes has spent his first four NFL seasons in Kansas City and guided the Chiefs to victory in Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2, 2020. The three-time Pro Bowler and 2018 NFL MVP has led the Chiefs to consecutive Super Bowl appearances and was named to Time 100’s list of most influential people of 2020.

Away from the field, Mahomes is a part owner of the Kansas City Royals and his fiancée, Brittany Matthews, is a co-owner of Kansas City NWSL. In 2019, Mahomes established the 15 and the Mahomies Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of children.

Sporting Kansas City is owned by Sporting Club, an entity made up of local business and community leaders including the Patterson Family, Cliff Illig, Pat Curran, Greg Maday, Robb Heineman and Patrick Mahomes.