The Royals improved to 6-4 in their past ten games on Thursday with a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Twins. Glenn Sparkman pitched a gem allowing just one run on five hits and one walk in seven innings. Sparkman needed 91 pitches to get through his seven innings.
The offense put together a good game as well. Nicky Lopez was back in the second spot in the lineup and went 2-for-4 with a run. This marked the third consecutive multi-hit game for Lopez. He had seven hits in those three games. Jorge Soler didn’t homer in this game but he did go 2-for-3 at the plate. Martin Maldonado has just one hit but it was a double. Maldonado has been hitting really well lately.
The Royals got perfect innings from Jake Diekman and Ian Kennedy to finish the game
Glenn Sparkman has been one of the better starters lately. The Royals are experimenting with Kyle Zimmer and Josh Staumont in the opener role in Triple-A Omaha. Sparkman seems like a perfect pitcher to follow a starter. He’s not going to get a lot of strikeouts but he’s been effective. He often makes the opposing team hit his pitch. On this 2019 Royals team there might be better option to follow an opener, but on a good team where Sparkman is your number four or five starter, he seems like a perfect pitcher for this role. If the Royals used Zimmer or Staumont to get through the first four or five batters in a lineup and then bring in Sparkman the Royals might be able to put together a high quality start.