Homer Bailey struggled from the beginning of the game. He was only able to pitch one inning and to four batters in the second inning. After pitching coach Cal Eldred visited the mound in the second, Bailey appeared to try to kill as much time as he could while he waited for Jake Newberry to be ready. He was nothing like he was in New York this past weekend. He had no control and he walked four batters in just his one inning.
The bullpen allowed just one run in seven innings of work. Everyone pitched well. Tim Hill was the only one who allowed a run and it was a solo home run to Mike Zunino. Even Brad Boxberger pitched well. Boxberger struck out the side in the one inning he pitched.
The Royals didn’t play bad tonight. Of course, they have to get more runs. The bullpen was the bright spot tonight.
Mondesi hit a high breaking ball against the shift through the right side of the infield for a base hit in the third. In the eighth he scored from second on a wild pitch. His speed is incredible.
Gordon beat the shift by bunting down the third base line in the second.
O’Hearn finally had a hit fall his way. He’s been hitting the ball hard with little to show. In the second tonight he hit what should have been a single to left but Tommy Pham missed a diving catch. O’Hearn ran hard from the beginning and got a triple out of it.
It’s hard to watch Owings bat right now. He’s swinging at bad pitches. In the fourth he struck out swinging on a breaking ball way out of the strike zone down and away.
Something wasn’t right with Bailey tonight. Bailey struggled with control in the first inning. Two walks led to one run for the Rays. He walked two more in the second before being taken out with the bases loaded and nobody out. His body language was bad and he seemed to try to kill time waiting for his replacement to warm up.
Newberry replaced Bailey and although he allowed runs to score he pitched pretty well.