Whit Merrifield had a four hit game including a home run to left but it wasn’t enough for the Royals as they lose 5-4 in Minnesota. In addition to Whit’s home run, Jorge Soler hit a home run to left off of Jake Odorizzi that got out in a hurry. However, only four Royals were able to get hits in this game and only five reached without the help of an error.
Glenn Sparkman started off well but then struggled. He allowed five runs, four of them earned, on five hits and two walks over five innings in the loss. Scott Barlow pitched one inning. Barlow didn’t allow a run earned run but did give up two hits and a walk. He’s still not back to where he was early in the season. Wily Peralta and Brad Boxberger each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
Whit Merrifield singled up the middle in the third one pitch after Jake Odorizzi threw a fastball up and in near Whit’s head. … With two outs in the bottom of the third Whit fielded a ball hit by Jonathan Schoop down the right field line, spun and threw him out trying to get a double. … A solo home run to left in the fifth to give the Royals a 3-1 lead.
Jorge Soler hit a high fastball out to left in a hurry to give the Royals a 2-0 lead in the first.
Martin Maldonado hit a pop up to shallow right down the line. Marwin Gonzalez dropped the ball. Maldonado would have been on second if he was running hard but he wasn’t and had to stay at first.
Glenn Sparkman allowed a two-run home run to Marwin Gonzalez in the fifth to cut the Royals’ lead to 4-3. With two outs in the fifth and runners on second and third in a 4-4 tie, Sparkman got Nelson Cruz to groundout on a soft ground ball back to him.