The Kansas City Monarchs scored seven runs in the first two innings Saturday night and went on to beat the host Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 7-5 in Game 2 of the best-of-five American Association Championship Series.
With the Fargo, N.D. portion of the finals complete, the Monarchs return home for Game 3 leading the series 2-0. They have a chance to clinch the third title in club history Monday night at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kan.
The Monarchs have now won nine straight games, dating to the regular season.
KC’s Carlos Diaz got the win Saturday with Jameson McGrane working the final inning for the save. Monarchs infielder Ibandel Isabel was 2 for 5 with three RBIs; teammates Morgan McCullough, Ryan Grotjohn, Colin Willis and Darnell Sweeney each had two hits apiece.
Fargo-Moorhead’s starting pitcher, Bret Helton, hunt in for three innings and took the loss.
The series shifts to Legends Field Monday evening. First pitch is 7:05 p.m. The Monarchs would also host Games 4 and 5, if needed, on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
Tickets to all Monarchs postseason games can be purchased by calling 913-328-5618 or visiting monarchsbaseball.com.