Ned Yost may never figure out this managing thing but he’s safe because Dayton Moore apparently will not make a change. The pitching was terrific today until Wily Peralta. And there’s the problem. Peralta, who now has a 7.07 ERA, is in Ned’s circle of trust. That’s the circle Kyle Zimmer was not allowed into and promptly demoted to AAA. The Royals players and fans deserve a manager smarter than Ned Yost.
Whit Merrifield hit a breaking ball to right center for a triple to score Martin Maldonado and give the Royals a 1-0 lead. … In the fifth Whit tripled again to right center on a curve.
Adalberto Mondesi struggled with Charlie Morton’s curve today. Mondesi struck out swinging to end the fifth with Whit representing the lead run at third base.
Hunter Dozier led off the second with a double to left center. He hit a curve up in the zone. … Dozier hit a second double in the bottom of the fourth. He continues to hit the ball well.
Chris Owings watched strike three with the lead run at third base to end an inning.
Martin Maldonado threw out Avisail Garcia trying to steal second in the second inning. The throw was perfect.
Danny Duffy started the game with excellent command. This was as well as he has pitched in a while. … Duffy struggled a little in the fifth but struck out Tommy Pham looking at a curve to end the inning. … Duffy settled down in the sixth and retired all three batters he faced to keep the game tied at 1-1. That inning ended his day.
Jake Diekman entered the game to pitch the seventh inning with a tied game at 1-1. He retired all three batters he faced in the seventh in order. He was on his game in this one. A weak grounder back to him and then two strikeouts in the seventh for Diekman. Diekman retired the first batter in the eighth before he was removed from the game.
Scott Barlow entered with nobody on and one out in the eighth and a 1-1 score. Barlow is commanding his pitches so well right now that you feel confident he’s going to get the job done. He retired both batters he faced in the eighth to get the Royals out of the inning still tied 1-1.
Wily Peralta is in Ned’s circle of trust and apparently cannot get out of it. Peralta entered the game to start the ninth with a 1-1 tie. Peralta immediately walked the lead off batter on four pitches. He then retired the next two because of nice defensive plays to help him. Then he gave up a two-run home run which would end up being the game winner for the Rays.