It wasn’t the best start of the year for Brad Keller. In fact, if you go by game score it was the worst start of the year for Keller. The good news is that Keller’s bad starts are still not awful. He was really on in the first three innings. He allowed two runs in the fourth but recovered to pitch a fifth inning while still only having allowed two runs.
The two runs Keller allowed caused a lot of trouble. Tim Anderson reacted like he just cured cancer when he hit his home run. He threw his bat across the plate and basically acted like a punk. While many say they wouldn’t mind if he did that they would think differently if he did it to them.
And then this happened:
So that was fun!
The bullpen got the job done tonight.
Mondesi is still struggling at times with throws after fielding routine ground balls. He made another bad throw to first to first today in that situation.
Mondesi continues to struggle with hitting breaking balls. He’s not going to see many fastballs until he figures this out.
Gordon came through with a two out bases loaded single in the fifth to tie the game at 2-2.
Dozier is as good at the plate as anyone on the team right now. He’s getting one big hit after another. He got a two out single in the seventh to give the Royals a 3-2 lead.
Dozier hit a home run to left to lead off the tenth. That run ended up being the game winner. He hit an inside fastball.
O’Hearn is really struggling at the plate right now. He’s passing up hittable pitches and getting behind in the count. It led to three strikeouts in this game.
Soler reach for a pitch just outside the zone in the eighth and hit a single. The pitch was away but it was up. Bad location. Soler has been struggling down and away but that pitch stayed up.
Keller pitched well the first three innings. He was getting a lot of ground balls. In the fourth he allowed a double down the left field line but was bailed out as Gordon and Mondesi got the ball home in time to get Jose Abreu out at the plate trying to score from first. With two outs in the fourth, Keller left a fastball up and Anderson hit a home run to left. Keller and Anderson were both ejected in the sixth after Keller hit him with the first pitch.
Kennedy replaced Keller in the sixth after Keller was ejected. His curve was great today. In the seventh with runners on second and third and no outs up 3-2, Kennedy fell behind Jose Abreu 3-0 but threw three great pitches in a row, two of which were excellent breaking balls, and he struck out Abreu.
Diekman entered the game with runners on second and third and one out with the Royals up 3-2. He got Yonder Alonso to pop up and struck out Eloy Jimenez swinging to get out of the inning. Diekman also loaded the bases to start the eighth inning.
Peralta entered in the eighth with no outs and the bases loaded. He got a force out at home on a check swing by Adam Engel. Leury Garcia singled to right to tie the game. Peralta then got Daniel Palka to hit into a 6-4-3 double play to get out of the inning tied.
Barlow pitched the tenth and got the save. He pounded the strike zone and was dominant in that inning.