Explorers Bats Struggle as Monarchs Complete Sweep
By Connor Ryan, Sioux City Explorers
Kansas City, KS (June 23, 2022) – On a dreary day the Kansas City Monarchs hit four home runs to finish a sweep of the Sioux City Explorers., 8-1.
In the first, Darnell Sweeney and Gaby Guerrero hit back to back solo homers to give Kansas City a quick 2-0 lead.
An Alexis Olmeda homer in the second put the Monarchs ahead 3-0 before the rain came.
A one hour and three minute rain delay in the middle of the third inning ended up knocking X’s starter, Tom Windle (0-2) out of the game. Windle took the loss going two innings allowing three runs on four hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
Nick Belzer, the starter for Kansas City attempted to pitch after the delay but ended up going just one more frame. He allowed an unearned run in the fourth after Trey Martin shingled into centerfield to pull the Sioux City deficit to 3-1.
Justin Donatella (1-0) replaced Belzer and earned the win by tossing a pair of scoreless innings allowing just one hit and striking out four.
From the sixth inning on, Kansas City scored five unanswered runs as the rain consistently fell. They brought a run home in the sixth on a bases loaded walk to Olmeda.
In the seventh after two batters reached on a walk and an infield single, David Thompson blasted a three-run home run to break the game open 7-1.
An eighth inning Kevin Santa single added an unearned run to the board, 8-1.
With the loss the X’s have now dropped six straight and look to right the ship on Friday night in Cleburne. Right hander Zach Hedges (0-2, 4.60) is on the bump for Sioux City and righty Garrett Alexander (1-5, 6.81) gets the ball for Cleburne. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.