By Nolan Brooks
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Dalton Moats delivered his second straight outstanding start in the Kansas City Monarchs’ 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Goldeyes Sunday afternoon.
Moats threw six innings striking out four and allowed only four hits and zero walks.
Justin Wylie continued his hot streak at the plate for Kansas City. Wylie smashed his 12th homer of the season going 2-for-4 at the plate.
The Monarchs improved to 43-30 as they prepare for their matchup against the number one team in the league in the Milwaukee Milkmen next week.
Both teams went scoreless through the first 2.1 innings. Jacob Robson doubled in the bottom of the third. Jan Hernandez popped one up, and Winnipeg’s infield lost it in the sun, allowing the ball to drop and Robson to score. It was 1-0 Monarchs after three innings.
Wylie’s homer came in the bottom of the fifth to make it 2-0 Monarchs.
Winnipeg got on the board in the top of the seventh. Max Murphy reached on a fielding error from Brian O’Grady. Hidekel Gonzalez later hit an RBI ground out scoring Murphy to make it 2-1 Monarchs.
The Monarchs responded with an LJ Hatch triple and a Jacob Robson RBI double putting the Monarchs up 3-1 through seven.
O’Grady homered in the bottom of the eighth to put the Monarchs up 4-1 heading into the ninth.
Patrick Weigel entered in the ninth for Kansas City. He walked one batter and allowed an unearned run to get his eighth save of the year.
Andy Armstrong reached on an error in the ninth and later scored on a double play that made it 4-2 Monarchs and that was the final score.
Moats got the win (5-3) and Goldeyes reliever Luis Ramirez got the loss (5-6) after six innings in relief allowing four earned runs on eight hits.
UP NEXT: The Monarchs begin a three-game road series versus the Milwaukee Milkmen. Game one is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Tuesday night.