McCullough Single Gives Monarchs Walk-Off Hit
August 22, 2021
By: Jack Johnson
Kansas City, Kan. — After taking the first two games of the series against Milwaukee, the Monarchs saved their best game for last as Morgan McCullough smacked a walk-off double to win 4-3 and sweep the Milkmen.
His counterpart, Jake Matthys, was just as strong. After being pulled from his previous start with an apparent arm injury, Matthys returned to the mound with no signs of a setback. It wasn’t until the top of the fourth that Milwaukee (51-35) got to the right-hander on a solo shot by Adam Brett Walker II — breaking the scoreless tie.
In the bottom of the fifth, Kansas City (59-28) tied things back up on a two-out, RBI-single from Alexis Olmeda.
The wheels began falling off for Matthys in the top of the seventh. The 27-year-old was pulled with one out in the frame after allowing the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly. Brock Gilliam entered in relief and escaped a potential disaster.
The Monarchs came right back in the bottom half of the inning. Olmeda, for the second time in the game, poked a game-tying, RBI-single to the outfield. The single gave Olmeda his first multi-hit game at Legends Field since June 12th against Houston.
The back-and-forth action ensued when the Milkmen came to the plate in the eighth. Using a small ball approach, Milwaukee re-took the lead on an RBI-single by Logan Trowbridge. Kansas City loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the eighth, but came up empty on a strikeout and groundout to end the threat.
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WP: McGrane (6-1)
LP: Hadley (1-1) S: N/A