The second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader was about as good of a game as a team can have. Glenn Sparkman dominated the Tampa Bay Rays on the mound and the Royals’ offense put up eight runs to support him. The win completed a doubleheader sweep of the Rays and guaranteed at least a series split.
Whit Merrifield had another multi-hit game. It’s almost news when he doesn’t have a multi-hit game, definitely if he doesn’t get even one hit.
Adalberto Mondesi had a multi-hit game in the second game of the doubleheader. He’s continuing to swing the bat well this season. He struggled on the road early on but has even turned that around recently.
Jorge Soler has struggled with strikeouts early in the season but had a multi-hit game in this one.
Kelvin Gutierrez hit his first major league home run in this game. It came with one on and two out in the first inning.
Terrance Gore has started off great at the plate this season. He doesn’t get many opportunities but 8-for-18 to start the season is terrific.
Billy Hamilton had a multi-hit game. He singled against Blake Snell in the fourth after starting off 0-2 and running the count full. He hit another single in the fifth. … Hamilton made a nice diving catch in right center for the first out in the eighth.
Glenn Sparkman started the second game of the doubleheader on the mound. He was terrific. He was throwing strikes and getting plenty of help from his defense. Sparkman went seven innings, struck out six and allowed just three hits and walked one.
Jake Newberry pitched the final two innings. He allowed both of the runs in this game by giving up two solo home runs in the ninth.