The A’s offense was stymied on Wednesday night, as they lost an exhibition match to the KC Monarchs, 8-4. Starting pitcher Jeremy Mansur went three innings and gave up one run. Coach Will Rogers used the game as a sort of practice session for his team, mixing up his normal position players and allowing pitchers to work on certain areas of their game.
Mansur’s one earned run came in the first inning, as he gave up two consecutive doubles with two outs before inducing a groundout to end the inning. The A’s offense responded in the top of third inning, as they scored two runs to take the lead.
The inning began with a Logan Burke walk, who advanced to second base on a Jacob Boylan sacrifice bunt. Andrew Kreiling drove in Burke following a throwing error by the shortstop, and the A’s tied the game at one. Sean Maruo then drove a ball to deep right field for a triple, scoring Kreiling and giving the A’s a 2-1 lead. Maruo would later cross the plate to advance the lead to 3-1.
Mansur finished his night in the third inning, after working out of trouble. He gave up two walks to start the inning, but picked off the leadoff runner at second base. A fly out to left field confused the first base runner, as he was doubled off at first to end the inning.
After a scoreless top of the fourth for the A’s, Tanner Stone came on to pitch in the bottom of the fourth, and gave up five runs. A single by the Monarchs got the inning started, followed by a sacrifice bunt to advance the runner to second. A walk and a single later had the bases loaded, and Stone issued yet another walk to bring in a Monarchs run to cut the lead to 3-2. Stone induced a pop out from the next batter, but the Monarchs opened up the game with a grand slam to take a 6-3 lead. Stone ended the inning with a strikeout, but the damage was done.
The A’s managed to keep the Monarchs off the board, but weren’t able to score until the seventh inning to cut the deficit to 6-4. The Monarchs took back the run in the bottom of the seventh, and now had a 7-4 lead. They would go on to score another run in the eighth inning to seal the victory.
The A’s will travel to Topeka on Friday to play the Golden Giants in a three game series. The A’s return home on Monday and Tuesday, and will play at Belton High School.