A bad fifth inning and Scott Barlow was all that kept this game from being a quality Royals victory. Homer Bailey gave up a grand slam in the fifth to Cavan Biggio. Scott Barlow got the loss by allowing a two-run home run to ninth place hitter and catcher Danny Jansen in the bottom of the ninth. Ned Yost must have figured that he would save the bullpen by losing the game quickly by putting in Scott Barlow who now has a June ERA of 10.80.
The Royals jumped all over Marcus Stroman and it started with the first pitch of the game. Whit Merrifield hit the first pitch of the game for a double and then scored on an error by Stroman trying to throw out Nicky Lopez after fielding a bunt.
The Royals scored five runs on seven hits on the the day. The offense was not the problem. The problem in this game was one tough inning for Homer Bailey and an appearance by Scott Barlow.
Whit Merrifield jumped on the first pitch of the game and hit a fastball down the middle for a double to just left of center.
Nicky Lopez laid down a nice bunt forcing Marcus Stroman to make a great play to throw him out but Stroman couldn’t do it and threw the ball away. The error allowed the Royals to go up 1-0 just two batters into the game.
Martin Maldonado continued his hot hitting. He pulled what was close to a fifth deck home run just foul to left in his first at bat. Later in the game he hit a home run to right. Maldonado is heating up at the right time for the Royals to trade him.
Homer Bailey looked like a wasted signing through most of the first two months of the season but he has really turned thing around in his last five starts. If he continues pitching like he has recently he could actually bring back a decent prospect in a July trade. In this game he was really good until he allowed a grand slam to Cavan Biggio in the fifth to give the Blue Jays a 5-4 lead.
Scott Barlow continued with his awful June. His June earned run average increased to 10.80 after allowing a walk-off home run.