Wednesday night was the Matt Adams show. His two home runs and four RBIs helped the Kansas City Monarchs (16-7) defeat the Winnipeg Goldeyes (11-12) 6-3. Adams’ bat has been on fire, hitting nine home runs in the past nine games with six of them coming in the last five games.
After a two-out single by Gaby Guerrero, Matt Adams stepped up to the plate and belted a two-run bomb over the TicketSmarter banner in right center to give the Monarchs an early 2-0 lead. The Monarchs extended their lead in the fourth when David Thompson blasted the first pitch he saw over the home run patio in left field, giving the Monarchs a 3-0 lead.
To start off the fifth, Logan Hill roped a double to deep left center field. Andrew Martinez followed this up with a double down the left field line to score Hill. After five innings of play, the Monarchs led 3-1.
Lewis Thorpe kept the Goldeyes offense in check. He finished the night throwing 5.2 innings, allowing two runs while striking out four.
The Goldeyes scraped across a run in the sixth, but the Monarchs responded as Jan Hernandez hit a towering fly ball over the home run patio, giving the Monarchs a 4-2 lead. The solo shot marked four home runs in the past four games for Hernandez.
Matt Blackham had a dominant performance in relief, striking out four straight Goldeyes to keep the score 4-2 entering the bottom half of the seventh.
The Monarchs added two more insurance runs when Matt Adams launched his second two-out home run of the night to the exact same spot. The long ball gave Adams his second multi-home run game in the past four games. After seven innings, the Monarchs held a commanding 6-2 lead.
The Goldeyes brought one more run across in the eighth inning, but Jameson McGrane struck out the side in the ninth to slam the door shut and earn his third save of the season.
The Monarchs will face the Goldeyes in the two-game finale tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. The game can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the video stream airing on aabaseball.tv.
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WP: Thorpe (3-0)
LP: Lucas (1-1)
S: McGrane (3)