Miller Throws Complete-Game Shutout; Monarchs Blow Out Cougars

GENEVA, Ill. — Jalen Miller just kept pitching.

The Kansas City Monarchs right-hander didn’t allow a hit through six innings and matched his longest outing of the year after a scoreless seventh. Then he got a message from manager Joe Calfapietra.

“After the seventh, he was like, ‘This is going to be the hardest two innings of your life. If you want ’em, you’ve got ’em'” Miller said.

Picking up a shorthanded bullpen, Miller closed out the eighth inning with his 107th pitch. He worked around a hit and two walks in the ninth, but held on to finish the game.

Miller threw 133 pitches in the Monarchs 10-0 win over the Kane County Cougars from Northwestern Medicine Field. He gave up three hits and five walks while striking out five.

“The ninth inning, after warmups, I literally couldn’t feel my lower half,” Miller said. “I was just trying to gut it out. It was fun.”

It was a dominant night all around for the Monarchs.

Newcomer Brian O’Grady had three RBIs, including a towering two-run home run in the fifth.

Catcher Gavin Collins also went yard, hitting a two-run blast in the second. He too drove in three runs on the night.

Chris Herrmann hit a two-run single in the third, extending his league-leading RBI total to 47.

Jan Hernandez completed the scoring with an inside-the-park home run in the 9th.

The Monarchs (27-15) have won their last four games, shaking off a 2-6 stretch.

“We’re a professional group of guys, and we’re back on a winning streak,” Miller said. “And I think that’s where we might stay.”


Kansas City goes for the sweep Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. Zach Matson will pitch for Kansas City against Kane County’s A.J. Jones.