Jakob Junis allowed three runs over six innings on 98 pitches and left the game with the Royals tied 3-3 with the New York Yankees. Scott Barlow, who had been excellent prior to his appearance in St. Louis on Wednesday, struggled mightily for the second straight game. He allowed four runs on four hits and a walk in just 1.1 innings and took the loss in a Royals 7-3 loss.
Nicky Lopez made his first appearance at the top of the lineup. He gets on base so much that this should be where he hits when he’s going well. He hit a single to the opposite field in the second. … Lopez singled to the opposite field again in his last at bat to give him another multi-hit game.
Whit Merrifield is still learning how to play in the outfield. In the sixth inning he tried to catch a ball hit down the line by Brett Gardner but couldn’t get to it and Gardner ended up with a triple. … Whit hit a three-run home run to left center to tie the game 3-3.
Billy Hamilton had a bunt single in the sixth. He bunted towards first base to make Luke Voit field the ball and Hamilton beat both the pitcher and second baseman to first.
Jakob Junis started game one of the doubleheader by walking Aaron Hicks. His slider worked well striking out Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres but then threw one that didn’t break to Clint Frazier who double to right to score two runs in the bottom of the first. … Junis’ slider was good in this one. He is occasionally not getting any break on it but that’s common for any breaking ball pitcher. That’s when the opponent needs to do damage and Clint Frazier did just that in the first.
Scott Barlow entered a tie game in the seventh. He was trying to bounce back from a rough outing in St. Louis on Wednesday. After getting the first out, Barlow allowed a single by Aaron Hicks and then a 470 foot home run by Luke Voit to give the Yankees a 5-3 lead. Barlow’s struggles continued in the eighth. A leadoff walk, a bunt single and after recording an out, a double scored two and the Royals were down 7-3.
Wily Peralta replaced Barlow with a runner on second and one out in the eighth. He struck out the first two batters he faced to get the Royals out of the inning. Peralta ended up going 1.2 innings with no damage done.