By Nolan Brooks
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Another solid start from Kansas City Monarchs’ starting pitcher Miller Hogan helps them cruise to a 4-0 win over the Sioux Falls Canaries at Legends Field Friday night.
The win gives the Monarchs a 2-0 series sweep over the Canaries and moves them into the West Division Championship Series. The Monarchs will take on the Sioux City Explorers beginning Monday, September 11.
Hogan threw six scoreless innings striking out eight batters. He allowed only six hits and walked none.
Monarchs third baseman Taylor Snyder finished 2-for-3 including a solo homer in the bottom of the third inning.
The Canaries threatened to open the scoring in the third inning. Sioux Falls had a runner on third but failed to score on three straight outs from Hogan.
Snyder’s solo blast in the bottom of the frame put the Monarchs up 1-0 after three.
Jacob Robson smashed an opposite field homer that gave KC a 3-0 lead after five innings.
Micker Adolfo crushed a solo shot in the bottom of the seventh for a key insurance run. It was 4-0 Monarchs after seven innings.
The Monarchs’ bullpen was two hits away from three combined perfect innings. Alex Valdez struck out two. Bubby Rossman also struck out two batters. Patrick Weigel entered in the ninth inning and closed out the game.
Hogan got the win (1-0) and Canaries starting pitcher Akeem Bostick got the loss (0-1).
UP NEXT: The Monarchs take on the Explorers in the West Division Championship Series. Game One will be on Monday, September 11.