Brad Keller allowed just two hits and four walks in seven innings to lead the Royals to an 8-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday afternoon. Jorge Soler hit a long three-run home run in a Royals’ six-run third inning to blow open the game.
Whit Merrifield was 2-for-5 in the game with a double.
Nicky Lopez reached base three times in this game with a single and two walks. He’s hitting .321 in his brief time in the majors. He has a .424 on base percentage and an .853 OPS.
Adalberto Mondesi continued his nice hitting with two hits and two more runs batted in. He now has 39 RBI on the season. He’s currently on pace for 131 RBI which is just ridiculous. He won’t do that but we are 30% of the way into the season so projections are a little more realistic at this time.
Alex Gordon had a single and a walk. His single got past Dexter Fowler and Gordon ended up at third base. He would score the Royals’ first run on a sacrifice fly by Hunter Dozier.
Jorge Soler hit a long three-run home run in the third for his 11th on the season. Soler is on pace for 27 home runs and is currently hitting .249.
Brad Keller was really good in this game. He threw 105 pitches in seven innings. He allowed two runs, to hits and four walks and struck out three. The four walks are not good. He needs to get back to being the strike throwing machine he was last season. Both runs he allowed came in the eighth inning. Ned left him in just a little too long but you can’t blame Ned for that. Why take out someone who was pitching as well as Keller was today.
Kevin McCarthy, recently recalled from AAA Omaha, allowed two hits a struck out one in two innings of work. If McCarthy can pitch like that more regularly the bullpen will continue its improvement.