Railroaders Hammered in Kansas City Once Again
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Aug. 7, 2021) – Seven different Kansas City hitters homered as the Monarchs matched an American Association record for single-game homers in a 16-8 win over the Cleburne Railroaders on Saturday night at Legends Field.
The seven home runs matched the record set by Sioux Falls on July 3, 2010 and St. Paul on August 29, 2019.
The Monarchs (49-24) scored seven runs in the bottom of the second to open the scoring. Gabriel Guerrero, Morgan McCullough and Ryan Grotjohn each homered in the inning, giving Kansas City a 7-0 lead.
Charcer Burks singled home another run for Kansas City in the bottom of the third to make it 8-0.
John Nester’s infield single in the top of the fourth pulled the Railroaders within 8-1, but Darnell Sweeney answered with a three-run homer in the bottom of the inning for an 11-1 lead.
Burks skied a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth, and McCullough tacked on an RBI double later in the inning to make it 13-1.
The Railroaders (39-33) scored three times in the top of the sixth. D.J. Peterson raced home on a wild pitch, Tyler Ryan lifted a sacrifice fly, and Alay Lago ripped an RBI single to slice the deficit to 13-4.
Cleburne made it 13-7 in the eighth with three more runs. Osvaldo Martinez and Peterson singled in runs, and Colton Pogue drew a bases-loaded walk.
Kansas City hit two more homers in the bottom of the inning to restablish the nine-run lead, making it 16-7 on long balls from Colin Willis and Alexis Olmeda.
Noah Vaughan cranked a solo homer of his own in the top of the ninth, Cleburne’s first extra-base hit of the contest among 16 Railroaders hits.
Pete Perez (1-1) took the loss for Cleburne, while Nick Travieso (7-8) picked up the win for Kansas City.
The Railroaders and Monarchs conclude the series on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 PM.
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by Denning Gerig, Cleburne Railroaders