Remember that brief stretch of games when the bullpen was pitching well? No? Well it happened for a couple of weeks. Now the bullpen is back to where they started the season. The lowest ERA of the four relief pitchers to appear on Tuesday was Jake Diekman’s 4.26!
Glenn Sparkman had a nice start going 5.1 innings and allowing just one run on three hits and a walk. Ned Yost took Sparkman out of the game after just 80 pitches. Sparkman has been in the bullpen until recently and is likely still building up his pitch count.
Alex Gordon doubled to right in the first inning. The Red Sox were playing him to the opposite field expecting him to hit something to left. The double would have been a single without the shift.
Cheslor Cuthbert hit a two-run home run to left field in the second inning to give the Royals a 2-0 lead. Cuthbert drove in all three of the Royals’ runs.
Kelvin Gutierrez made a really nice defensive play on a hard ground ball just to his let in the fourth inning.
Billy Hamilton laid down a perfect bunt for a single in the third. He put the ball to the first base side of the pitcher and forced the first baseman to field it. He beat the second baseman to first for the single.
Glenn Sparkman started off pitching well. He was hit hard in the fourth but nice defensive plays by Adalberto Mondesi up the middle and Kelvin Gutierrez at third helped Sparkman get out of the inning in order. … Sparkman settled down and made it through 5.1 innings without allowing a run but was removed at the 80 pitch mark.
Scott Barlow struggled yet again. This time he came into the game with the Royals up 2-0 and a runner on base. He left the game .2 innings later after allowing two hits, a walk and two runs charged to him and the Royals down 3-2. His ERA is up to 4.97.
Jake Diekman allowed three runs on three hits in one inning.
Kevin McCarthy gave up two runs on two hits and a walk in the eighth.