The defense was bad in the fifth inning and that let the Rangers blow the game open. Pop ups dropped in the sun, wild throws to bases and poor choices on where to throw the ball were all problems for the Royals in this game. The Royals have to be a solid defensive team to compete. Even the best defensive teams are going to have bad days. This was certainly a bad one for the Royals. This game got out of control so much that Chris Owings pitched a couple of innings.
Whit Merrifield led off the game with a single and eventually scored on an Adalberto Mondesi sacrifice fly.
Nicky Lopez reminds me of Whit Merrifield when he started with the major league club. Both hit well immediately. If Lopez can do anything like what Whit has done at the plate the Royals will be very pleased. He doubled down the first base line in the first inning of this game. … Lopez doubled down the third base line in his second at bat. He has a really nice swing. … Lopez is an on base machine in his first few games. A walk in his third and fourth plate appearances showed a nice understanding of the strike zone.
Adalberto Mondesi knocked in Whit Merrifield with a sacrifice fly in the first.
Homer Bailey started off well but then started leaving his splitter up in the third inning. In the fourth inning Joey Gallo hit one of those hanging splitters for a solo home run to tie the game at 1-1.