Jakob Junis didn’t get much help from his defense but he didn’t do himself any favors either. Junis allowed five runs in 4.2 innings to get the loss.
Ned Yost brought in Brad Boxberger for four pitches to close out the fifth and then put in Jorge Lopez. Lopez has struggled this season but has done better when throwing just one inning. Ned needs to be using Lopez in short stints but refuses to do that. Lopez pitched a perfect sixth and then allowed two runs in his second inning.
Chris Sale dominated the game and shut out the Royals’ offense. Sale allowed just three hits and struck out 12 in his complete game.
Whit Merrifield was picked off first base to end the third inning by catcher Sandy Leon.
Cheslor Cuthbert misplayed a slow groundball to him at first in the first inning. He rushed trying to get the ball to Jakob Junis covering the bag to beat Xander Bogaerts but didn’t get control of the ball before he tried to get it to Junis. It’s part of Cuthbert learning first base at the major league level. … Later in the game Cuthbert went after a ball Junis fielded and nobody was at first for the throw.’
Jakob Junis had a poor outing. He was hurt somewhat by the defense but allowed eight hits, three walks and five earned runs in just 4.2 innings.
Jorge Lopez pitched the sixth and seventh innings. He had a perfect sixth but allowed a home run in the seventh. With as much as Lopez has struggled this year, why not pitch him one inning at a time and let him build his confidence? It would not only help his confidence but it would give the team a better chance to win. It wouldn’t have made a difference tonight but it will in other games.