Suozzi’s Big Night Leads Monarchs Past Kane County

GENEVA, Ill. – Outfielder Joe Suozzi used time away from the diamond to talk to friends and family amidst a rough start.

Their advice? Be present. The outfielder presented his best baseball on Tuesday night.

Suozzi helped vault the Kansas City Monarchs back in the win column, driving in a season-high 5 RBI to defeat the Kane County Cougars, 10-4, at Northwestern Medicine Field. 

Suozzi finished a season-best 3-for-4 in the victory.

The Monarchs scored ten unanswered runs after a four-run Kane County (26-21) first inning. 

Kansas City (21-23) hammered a home run in the second to spark the comeback immediately. Suozzi launched a three-run home run to left-center field, making it 4-3 Cougars.

The blast was Suozzi’s first home run for the club.

“It felt really good, like a weight lifted off my shoulders,” Suozzi said. “I wasn’t panicking, I hadn’t played in a while.”

The former New York Mets prospect would polish the comeback win with a two-run single in the eighth inning.

The Monarchs used eight consecutive scoreless innings from their pitching staff to end a five-game losing streak.

“Tonight was big because it definitely uplifted our spirits,” Suozzi said. “We’re a good team. In baseball, you go through stretches where you don’t play well. Hopefully, tonight, we got out of it.”

Starting pitcher Julian Garcia bounced back from a rough first inning to record three scoreless frames. The right-hander struck out four batters in his second start of the season, surrendering just one earned run.

Another right-hander kept the strong pitching going for Kansas City. Nate Tellier (2-0) boosted his scoreless streak to 14.1 innings, hurling three scoreless innings.

The streak is the longest consecutive shutout period by a Monarchs pitcher this season.

Trent Giambrone recorded the game-winning hit for the Monarchs with a two-run home run to left field in the fourth. The former Chicago Cub finished 3-for-5 with 3 RBI, knocking an RBI double in the ninth.

KC scored four runs in the last two innings for insurance.


The Monarchs start the second game of the series tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. with Hunter McMahon on the mound. The Kansas City, Missouri native will make his first start of the season. Nick Belzer will start for Kane County.