Monarchs Rally at Home to Take Series Lead, Barth Honored
American Association Daily provides insights, features, and recaps of the action from around the American Association of Professional Baseball League, as well as player and coaching profiles and transactions. In today’s edition, Rob Pannier recaps the third game of the Miles Wolff Cup Finals as the Kansas City Monarchs rally from an early three run deficit to defeat the Chicago Dogs, taking a 2-1 series lead.
Homers Propel Monarchs
The Kansas City Monarchs hit five home runs, leading the team to a 9-6 victory over the Chicago Dogs in Game 3 of the Miles Wolff Cup Finals. Jan Hernandez led the way, scoring three runs and driving in three. Ashton Goudeau made his third solid start of the playoffs, allowing three runs in 6.2 innings.
The Dogs jumped out to the early lead, scoring three runs in the top of the second. Luke Mangieri led off with his third home run of the postseason. Dylan Rosa then drew a walk, and Matt Bottcher followed with his second home run of the playoffs. Kansas City got one of those runs back in the bottom half of the frame when Taylor Snyder homered for the third time in the playoffs.
The Monarchs scored single runs in the third and fifth innings to knot the contest. Snyder drove home Hernandez with an RBI single in the third and a sacrifice fly by Snyder in the fifth tied the game at three. In the sixth, Kansas City took the lead for good. LJ Hatch led off the inning with a single, but Jonathan Cheshire retired the next two batters. He could not find that elusive third out, however, walking Chris Herrmann. That brought Hernandez to the plate, who turned on a 1-1 pitch, drilling it for a three-run homer. The Monarchs were not done, however, as Micker Adolfo and Brian O’Grady made it back-to-back-to-back home runs for Kansas City.
In the seventh, Kansas City added one more run when Jacob Robson led off the inning with his third homer of the postseason. Chicago refused to go away, scoring three runs in the top of the ninth. A single and a double started the inning and Johnni Turbo plated Rosa with an RBI single. A walk loaded the bases, and Kansas City turned to Patrick Weigel to close out the game. He did give up a bases loaded walk and a sacrifice fly to make this a three run game, but struck out Josh Altmann to end the contest.
Hernandez, O’Grady, and Snyder each finished with two hits. Hernandez also walked three times. Snyder and Hernandez drove in three runs apiece. Turbo had three hits for Chicago and Bottcher had two hits, two runs scored, and drove in two.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Matt Bottcher (Chicago Dogs) 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, Double, HR
No. 2 – Taylor Snyder (Kansas City Monarchs) 2-4, R, 3 RBI, HR, SB
No. 1 – Jan Hernandez (Kansas City Monarchs) 2-2, 3 R, 3 RBI, HR, 3 BB
American Association Daily Notes
The Minor League Sports Report and This Week in the Association named Sioux Falls Canaries infielder Jordan Barth as the American Association Rookie of the Year.
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By Robert Pannier