Homer Bailey pitched one of his best games of the season on Thursday in a special game in Omaha, Nebraska the night before the start of the College World Series. Bailey didn’t allow a run in six innings on two hits and three walks. Each relief pitcher struggled and allowed a run each in no more than an inning except for Ian Kennedy who got a one pitch save to end the game.
Omaha was also good for the offense. The Royals put up seven runs, five of them off of Matthew Boyd who has been one of the better starting pitchers in the American League this season. Nicky Lopez, who played his college baseball in Omaha for Creighton, hit his first major league homer to go with a single in a 2-for-4 night. Whit Merrifield, Cheslor Cuthbert (Culbert?) and Martin Maldonado also had two hits in the game.
The win moved the Baltimore Orioles one game ahead of the Royals for the top pick in the 2020 draft.
Whit Merrifield doubled to left center in the fourth to score Nicky Lopez and Terrance Gore. The hit gave the Royals a 4-0 lead.
Cheslor Cuthbert doubled to left with two outs in the first for the first hit of the game. Cuthbert made a great defensive play in the eighth timing his jump on a line drive that he was barely able to get up to catch but did.
Nicky Lopez hit a solo home run in the second to give the Royals a 1-0 lead. Lopez played college baseball in Omaha for Creighton. Lopez singled up the middle in his second at bat and scored on a Whit Merrifield double.
Martin Maldonado doubled in his first at bat. He singled later and knocked in Jorge Soler to give the Royals a 6-0 lead.
Homer Bailey started off well in the first with a ten pitch, two strikeout perfect inning. He finished with six innings and nor runs allowed on two hits and three walks.