Two players stood out in the Royals’ loss on Tuesday. Richard Lovelady was called up to the major leagues on Tuesday and was dominant in his one inning of work. He struck out the first two batters he faced and then got Jay Bruce to fly out to left. Billy Hamilton showed what speed and aggressiveness can do for the Royals. Hamilton tagged up and scored from second on a deep flyout to center. Although they lost and gave up six runs, the Royals looked much better out of the bullpen tonight which is a nice improvement.
Whit Merrifield [2-for-5, R, 3B]
Whit tied George Brett’s club record hitting streak of 30 games with a first inning triple to right center.
Adalberto Mondesi [2-for-4, 2 RBI, 2B]
Mondesi had an RBI infield single in the first to score Whit Merrifield. He later got a double on a ground ball that hit off the shortstop’s glove and slowly rolled into left field. Mondesi and Hamilton were both very aggressive on the bases Tuesday.
Mondesi is so much better fielding on the move than he is at fielding the routine ground ball. Keeping his feet moving helps with the accuracy of his throws.
Alex Gordon [2-for-4, 2B]
Gordon had a nice double down the third base line in the third inning. The Mariners’ shift had the entire left side of the infield open and Gordon took advantage of it.
Chris Owings [2-for-4, R, K, 2B, SB]
Owings is finally starting to hit. He now has hits in back-to-back games including two on Tuesday. He almost came through with a big eighth inning hit with runners at the corners and two outs but was robbed by one of several great defensive plays on the night by second baseman Dee Gordon.
Billy Hamilton [0-for-2, R, RBI, BB, K]
Hamilton made a bad decision on defense in the third inning. With Dee Gordon on first, Domingo Santana hit a single to center. Hamilton threw to third to try to get Gordon out but threw too high for the ball to be cutoff, allowing Santana to advance to second base. That mental mistake put two runners in scoring position with just one out.
Hamilton tagged up and scored from second base on a deep fly out to center by Adalberto Mondesi. Mallex Smith caught the ball and dropped to a knee for some reason. It wasn’t clear if he thought it was the third out or if he assumed that Hamilton would jog to third. Hamilton sprinted to third base and Mike Jerschle sent him home. Hamilton scored rather easily.
Jakob Junis [L, 35 GS, 4 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, BB, 6 K, 94 P, 62 S (66%), 2.25 WHIP]
Junis started well, getting ahead of the first two hitters he faced, but then fell behind Jay Bruce and allowed a solo home run to left. He threw a lot of strikes, maybe too many hittable strikes. Junis allowed eight hits and walked one in just four innings. He threw 94 pitches in those four innings and allowed four runs.
Glenn Sparkman [2.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, K, 44 P, 29 S (66%), 2.25 WHIP]
Sparkman pitched well for two innings but was also a little fortunate. Unfortunately, Ned Yost left Sparkman in for a third inning. He allowed two runs in his third inning of work.
Jake Diekman [0.1 IP, K, 4 P, 3 S (75%), 0.00 WHIP]
Diekman entered the game with runners on second and third and two outs in the seventh and struck out Dee Gordon to end the inning.
Richard Lovelady [IP, 2 K, 13 P, 9 S (69%), 0.00 WHIP]
Lovelady struck out Mallex Smith and Domingo Santana in his 1-2-3 major league debut.
Wily Peralta [IP, H, K, 16 P, 11 S (69%), 1.00 WHIP]
Peralta allowed one hit and struck out one in his only inning of work. He finished off a pretty good night for the bullpen.