The Royals didn’t do much of anything on offense in the first seven innings. Royals’ starting pitcher Jorge Lopez pitched well but left too many pitches in the middle of the plate that were hit hard. So entering the eighth inning the Yankees were up 5-0. However, the Royals’ offense came alive and scored six runs before any outs were made. That’s all they could get though and the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead. The Royals lost 7-6 in ten innings.
Scott Barlow looked really good but threw 25 pitches in his one inning. Could he have gone back out for the ninth? It’s possible but the rest of the bullpen has to be able to do their job. Diekman walked the two batters he faced which left Ian Kennedy no margin for error and he allowed the game winning hit.
Whit has had a tough road trip at the plate but led off the game Sunday with a base hit over shortstop for a single to left. He also singled in the eighth to give the Royals the bases loaded with no outs and trailing 5-0.
Mondesi’ incredible speed appeared in the fourth. He hit a hard line drive that bounced right in front of Yankees’ shortstop Tyler Wade. Wade tried to field the ball but it hit his glove and popped into the air, he grabbed it cleanly and fired to first. Mondesi beat it out. It’s amazing how fast Mondesi can run. Mondesi then stole second and third base.
Mondesi doubled to right in the eighth with the bases loaded and trailing 5-0. The hit scored two.
Gordon doubled down the left field line to lead off the seventh but they couldn’t get home home. Gordon then hit a three-run home run in the eighth to tie the game 5-5.
Dozier hit a solo home run in the eighth to give the Royals a 6-5 lead. It came on the first pitch he saw right after Gordon’s game tying home run. He led off the tenth with a base hit.
Soler had five strikeouts at the plate.
Hamilton had a first pitch base hit in the ninth off of Aroldis Chapman. He stole second on the next pitch. After Whit struck out Hamilton stole third.
Gore pinch ran for Hunter Dozier after Dozier led off the tenth inning with a base hit. Gore was caught stealing when Zach Britton threw over to first. This is the second pinch running opportunity in a row for Gore that ended in a similar manner. Gore has a lot of pressure on him in these situations because the opponent knows he is supposed to steal a base. Trying to steal against a left handed pitcher is more difficult than a right handed pitcher. But this is the role Gore has on the team. If he is not able to do this the Royals can’t be using the roster spot on him.
The Royals aren’t necessarily correct in their use of Gore. The best managers put their players in a position to succeed but Ned Yost has put Gore in two consecutive difficult situations. Yes, Gore needs to not be thrown out. If he can’t get a good jump he shouldn’t steal but I’m sure he is put under tremendous pressure to steal the base. We’ll see if the Royals continue to give Gore a chance or if they will say their strategy was wrong entering the season.
Lopez had good movement on his two-seam fastball. It gives you hope that he could develop into a top of the rotation starter.
Lopez made a mistake pitch to Clint Frazier in the fifth that was hit for a three run home run. It appeared to be a fastball down the middle. That’s the problem he has had this season. He makes many good pitches but also too many mistakes over the middle of the plate.
Peralta entered the game to start the eighth with the Royals leading 6-5. He’s been struggling and is not a piece in a championship bullpen. He allowed a double to the first batter he faced. The run scored on a two out base hit to left to give up the lead.
Barlow entered to start the ninth inning in a 6-6 game. Barlow has great command of his slider. He pitched a scoreless ninth.
Diekman faced two batters and walked both. He was responsible for putting the winning run on base.