The Royals lost big Monday in Toronto 11-4 on Canada day. Problems started in the first inning. Toronto scored in each of the first four innings. Glenn Sparkman started and lasted just three innings. He allowed eight runs on nine hits. Three of the nine hits were home runs.
The Royals put up three runs in the fourth. Soler scored Alex Gordon on a base hit to center. Cheslor Cuthbert singled to left to score Hunter Dozier. Humberto Arteaga then singled to center to score Jorge Soler. They added one more run in the seventh in a Whit Merrifield base hit that scored Martin Maldonado. That finished the scoring for the Royals.
Whit Merrifield had a two hit game. Whit’s two hits came just one day after being named to his first All-Star game.
Nicky Lopez got a base hit in this game. He now has a hit in 11 of his last 13 games. Five of those games were multi-hit games.
Hunter Dozier raised his OPS to .952 with a 2-for-3 day at the plate.
Martin Maldonado went 1-for-4 but once again his hit was an extra base hit. This time it was a double to left field.
Glenn Sparkman continued giving up the home run ball in this start. This game marked the fifth consecutive start in which Sparkman allowed a home run. In all he had allowed ten home runs in those starts which consisted of 27.1 innings. Two of those starts came at Kauffman Stadium. He allowed one home run in each of the Kauffman Stadium starts. Sparkman allowed eight home runs in the three road starts. In fact, Sparkman has only had one start in his first eight in which he did not allow a home run. That was a home start against Boston.
Brian Flynn replaced Glenn Sparkman. Flynn allowed three runs on seven hits in four innings. That raised Flynn’s ERA to 2.95 for the year.
Wily Peralta pitched a scoreless inning but got into trouble allowing two hits.