Moats, Bullpen Help Monarchs Draw First Blood
By Nolan Brooks, Kansas City Monarchs
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Kansas City Monarchs and Milwaukee Milkmen feature two lineups that are loaded with talent. In game one of their first 2023 matchup, the Monarchs’ bats helped but the pitchers led the way.
Monarchs pitchers Dalton Moats, Zach Matson and Patrick Weigel were nearly unhittable in a 6-1 win at Legends Field. The win is the Monarchs’ fourth straight (all at home) and brings the team back to .500 on the young season.
Moats put together his best start of 2023, allowing only one run on four hits, walking one and striking out three in five innings.
Johneshwy Fargas kicked it off for the Monarchs with a leadoff double in the first. Chris Herrmann would then ground into a double-play but Fargas would come across for the first run of the night.
Miker Adolfo was the big contributor at the plate for Kansas City in game one. He finished 2 for 3 with three runs scored and three RBIs including a solo homer in the bottom of the second inning that gave the Monarchs a 2-0 lead.
The third inning was the big push for Kansas City thanks to a Gavin Collins RBI double and then Adolfo’s two-RBI base hit that put KC up 5-0.
From there, the Monarchs remained in control with three innings of work from Matson, who allowed only two hits and one walk.
Weigel tossed a scoreless ninth to shut the door for Kansas City.
UP NEXT: The Monarchs continue their home slate with game two against the Milwaukee Milkmen. Game two is scheduled for 7 p.m. tomorrow evening.