KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Kansas City Monarchs (21-11) could not battle back after a heavy-hitting fifth inning from the Milwaukee Milkmen (18-14), losing Game 2 of the series 7-4.
Milwaukee got on the board early in the first inning after Mason Davis hit a double, and Corelle Prime brought him in with an RBI single. Kansas City couldn’t respond after encountering a bases-loaded scenario as a line out to center from Jan Hernandez ended the inning at 1-0.
In the bottom of the second, Pete Kozma and J.C. Escarra both reached base with a single before Willie Abreu hit one out to right field for an RBI single, tying the game at 1-1.
David Thompson homered in the bottom of the third with a rocket straight to the home run patio in left field to give the Monarchs their first lead at 2-1.
The Milkmen tied the game in the top of the fourth as Aaron Hill reached first base on a single to right before advancing to second and third on an error from Monarchs starting pitcher Akeem Bostick. Logan Trowbridge singled to left and brought in Hill, 2-2.
The top of the fifth was a busy one for the Milkmen as they scored five runs. With the bases loaded–Mason Davis on third, Correlle Prime on second and Will Kengor on first–the Monarchs made a pitching change from Bostick to Frank Rubio. Dylan Kelly hit an RBI single to make the score 4-2, but was thrown out at second trying to stretch it into a double by Jan Hernandez to Pete Kozma. Christ Conley had a base hit for another RBI before Bryan Torres doubled to left field, earning another 2 RBI, the score at 7-2.
The Monarchs got back a run in the bottom of the sixth as Casey Gillaspie was hit by a pitch, and Pete Kozma walked. Willie Abreu got a single to left field for an RBI and lessened the Milkmen lead to 7-3.
Kansas City picked it back up in the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run to left center from Jan Hernandez, his 14th as the American Association home run leader, to bring the Monarchs within three at 7-4.
Kozma was left stranded on third in the eighth, and the Monarchs could not piece together any runs in the ninth.
The Monarchs will face the Milkmen at Legends Field for game three of the series Sunday at 3 p.m. The game can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 2:30 p.m. and the video stream airing on aabaseball.tv.