The Royals had no offense. The starting pitching from Jorge Lopez was bad. The bullpen, outside of Jake Newberry, was good but this was a night to just get some work. There’s not much to say about this game. As good as Tuesday’s win was for the Royals, Wednesday’s game was that bad.
Jorge Soler‘s plate discipline has improved a lot since the beginning of the season. He is starting to lay off of pitches just out of the strike zone that he can’t do anything with and that’s getting him a lot more quality pitches to hit.
Martin Maldonado was ejected in the seventh after being called out looking at strike three. The strike three pitch was a strike. Maldonado might have been complaining that Royals pitchers were not getting the same call on the black. Ned Yost was also ejected at that time. Brian Knight was the home plate umpire. His strike zone was not consistent for either team.
Jorge Lopez struggled throwing strikes in the first inning but he got out of it only allowing a lead off home run to George Springer. He walked two. His motion wasn’t smooth. His release was rather jerky which appeared to be what was affecting his control. … He had a quick second inning but struggled again in the third and was removed from the game just one out into the third after throwing 74 pitches.
Jake Newberry replaced a bad Jorge Lopez with two on and one out in the third. He wasn’t much better than Lopez. He allowed three runs in 2.2 innings.
Richard Lovelady started the sixth for the Royals. He pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts.
Wily Peralta pitched a perfect seventh inning.
Ian Kennedy pitched a scoreless eighth inning.