By Nolan Brooks
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kansas City Monarchs starting pitcher Ashton Goudeau threw eight shutout innings in a 5-0 win over the Sioux City Explorers at Legends Field Wednesday night.
The Monarchs’ win ties the American Association West Division Championship Series 1-1. Game 3 is a winner-take-all to advance to the Miles Wolff Cup Finals. This is the second season in a row where the West Division Championship series comes down to a deciding game.
Goudeau threw eight innings with five strikeouts and allowed only five hits. He didn’t walk a batter.
Monarchs left fielder Jan Hernandez homered twice to lead the way at the plate for KC.
See ya ball!! Jan Hernandez CRUSHED the thing.
👑 Monarchs 1 | ❌ Explorers 0 | ⬇️ 2 pic.twitter.com/N017oB5EVV
— Kansas City Monarchs (@kscitymonarchs) September 14, 2023
The Monarchs started the scoring in the bottom of the second. Hernandez’s first solo shot made it 1-0 Monarchs after two.
Hernandez got the Monarchs their second run of the game in the fourth. His second solo shot made it 2-0 Monarchs through four innings.
The Monarchs took control in the bottom of the sixth. After loading the bases, an error on Explorers second baseman Daniel Lingua plated two runs. A wild pitch later brought in another run and it was 5-0 KC through six.
Patrick Weigel entered in the ninth inning and finished the game. Goudeau got the win (2-0) and Explorer’s starting pitcher Mitchell Verburg got the loss (1-1).
UP NEXT: The Monarchs take on the Explorers in Game 3 of the American Association West Division Championship series. Game 3 is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday. Miller Hogan will be on the mound for the Monarchs. Sioux City has yet to announce their starter.