Matt Harvey was back in Kauffman Stadium on Sunday and was spotted a 3-0 in the top of the first. You will remember Harvey from his days with the Mets pitching against the Royals in the 2015 World Series. The Royals might have broken Harvey’s career with a ninth inning rally in game five of that series. The Royals tied that game with two runs in the ninth and went on to clinch the World Series with a 7-2 win in 12 innings. Matt Harvey’s career hasn’t been the same since.
On Sunday though, Matt Harvey dominated Royals batters. He allowed just two hits in the first seven innings. Harvey had his longest start of the year in this game. He also got his first win in Kauffman Stadium.
Whit Merrifield singled to right to lead off the eighth with the Royals down 4-1. That was just the third hit on the day for the club.
Alex Gordon extended his hitting streak to seven games with a two out double to center off of Matt Harvey. … Gordon reached first in the fourth on a dropped third strike. He slid head first into the bag. When will this ridiculousness stop? The slide slows you down and increases the chance of injury. … Gordon scored the Royals’ first run of the game in the fourth. He advanced to second on a walk. He advanced to third on a sacrifice fly. He then scored on a Jorge Soler sacrifice fly to center.
Hunter Dozier singled to center in the eighth to score Whit Merrifield from second and moving Alex Gordon to second.
Ryan O’Hearn struck out with the tying runs on base and one out in the eighth. O’Hearn fell behind 0-1 and then swung and missed at two fastballs above the strike zone.
Jorge Soler knocked in the team’s first run of the game in the fourth. He hit a sacrifice fly to Mike Trout in center scoring Alex Gordon from third.
Kelvin Gutierrez let a ground ball by Albert Pujols go under his glove for a first inning bases loaded double that scored two runs. Gutierrez was playing on the line and should have backhanded the ball but just missed it. … Gutierrez got the second hit of the day for the Royals with one out in the seventh. … Gutierrez singled again in the ninth on a hard line drive to center.
Chris Owings got a jam-shot base hit to right field in the ninth.
Homer Bailey started off this game much like how he pitched in his last game. He was leaving pitches up in the strike zone and they were hit hard. He could have been bailed out of the first inning with a double play but a ground ball went under the glove of Kelvin Gutierrez for a double. Had that play been made only one run would have scored. Instead, the Angels put up three in the top of the first. … Bailey settled down in the fourth inning. He got through that inning 1-2-3 on ten pitches. … Bailey ended with four runs allowed in six innings.
Richard Lovelady entered in relief to start the seventh inning. He went to a full count on each of the first two batters he faced. He hit the first batter and walked the second. … Things were interesting but Lovelady pitched two scoreless innings including getting Mike Trout to hit into a double play.
Ben Lively started the ninth for the Royals down 4-2. Lively allowed three runs on three hits including a home run to Justin Bour to give a 7-2 lead heading to the bottom of the ninth.