Jakob Junis looked the best he has looked all year in this one. He only lasted five innings because he was hit in the hand by a line drive during the last out of the fifth inning. His fastball control was really good. His slider movement was excellent.
The offense came alive in this game. Mondesi had a three-run home run. Whit Merrifield added a solo home run. But perhaps the most entertaining back-to-back at bats in this game came from Cam Gallagher and Terrance Gore. Gallagher and Gore reached on back-to-back bunts to the first base side of the infield. Gallagher’s had the pitcher, first baseman and second baseman all moving to the ball with nobody covering first. Gore then put down a bunt right along the first base line.
Try to ignore that Chris Owings batted fifth. The Royals did not score ten runs because Owings was hitting fifth. They scored ten runs despite the fact that Owings was hitting fifth. He must have something on Ned Yost and Dayton Moore. Hopefully we will hear the details someday.
Whit got a hanging curve from Blake Snell and hit it for a home run to left to give the Royals a 2-1 lead. Whit reached base four times.
Mondesi tried to stretch a single into a double and was thrown out at second. I love the aggressiveness. If this kind of thing happens too often Ned will need to talk with Mondesi but if you are never thrown out running the bases you aren’t being aggressive enough. He didn’t have to run fast in the sixth when he hit a three run home run to left to increase the Royals’ lead to 8-1.
What embarrassing information does Owings have on Ned Yost and Dayton Moore? Moore keeps him on the roster and in this game Ned had Owings hitting fifth. Fifth! The is no excuse for Owings to be hitting ahead of O’Hearn. That’s ridiculous.
O’Hearn fell behind 0-2 to Blake Snell and worked a walk. He’s doing so many things well you have to think hits are going to start coming in bunches at some point.
Cam got two hits on the day including an RBI bunt single to the right side of the infield.
Gore got caught in a rundown between third and home and was tagged out. He did get two hits on the day. One was a single to left. The other was a beautiful bunt up the first base line.
Hamilton had some terrible base running in the second. He was caught too far off second after Gore was tagged out in a rundown and was thrown out himself. He tripled to left center in the sixth.
Junis pitched a great game. He left the game after five innings. He was hit on the hand with a line drive but recovered to make the last out of the fifth. His fastball control was better than it has been in his previous starts. His slider had a lot of movement. Batters struggled against him today. He allowed just four hits but walked two in his five innings. He also had six strikeouts.
Diekman pitched a perfect inning in the sixth.