Jorge Lopez started the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader for the Royals and was very effective in the first inning. Then the second inning came around and Lopez couldn’t get anyone out. He would leave the game after allowing five hits and five runs in the second without retiring a batter. The bullpen was terrific keeping the Royals in the game with eight innings of one run ball. It wasn’t enough though as the offense could only put up five runs and the Royals fell one run short. The Yankees swept the Saturday doubleheader.
Adalberto Mondesi has had a terrific start to the season but one of the negatives about him offensively is that he doesn’t always run hard out of the box. In the third inning he hit a ball in the gap that should have been caught by Brett Gardner but wasn’t. Mondesi wasn’t running hard out of the box. When Gardner dropped the ball Mondesi decided to try to turn on the speed and get to third but he was thrown out.
Hunter Dozier hit a fly ball to shallow right center that Brett Gardner lost. Unlike Mondesi, Dozier ran hard from the beginning and ended up with a double.
Jorge Soler hit a ball to the deep right field corner in the fourth. Clint Frazier couldn’t make the catch. Since Soler did not run hard out of the box he only got to second when he should have easily made it to third. Ryan O’Hearn then hit a fly ball to left that would have scored Soler from third. Soler did not look like he was running well. Maybe he’s hurt.
Terrance Gore made a nice catch to end the third. He ran straight back toward the center field wall. He turned around and jumped backwards towards the wall, caught the ball and then slammed into the wall. Lorenzo Cain makes that play much easier but Gore did a nice job getting the out.
Jorge Lopez got the start in the second game of the doubleheader. His first inning was terrific. However, he allowed five runs on five hits in the second inning without getting an out when. Ned Yost replaced him with Glenn Sparkman.
Glenn Sparkman entered the game in the second inning with no outs and the Royals trailing 5-1. He ended up going 3.1 innings and allowed just two hits but walked three. He was charged with one run.
Kevin McCarthy pitched 1.2 innings and allowed one hit and struck out two. McCarthy looked good in this game.