Jakob Junis allowed seven runs, six of them earned, on six hits in 4.2 innings in a 9-5 Royals loss on Tuesday. This was perhaps his worst start of the season in a season that has to date produced a 5.53 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.
Jake Newberry returned to the major league club and pitched for the first time since May 12. He went 2.1 innings and allowed just two hits and one walk but no runs.
The offense put up five runs on 12 hits but it wasn’t enough in this game. All-Star Whit Merrifield accounted for three of those hits. Adalberto Mondesi returned from the injured list and went 1-for-4 with a home run. Jorge Soler also had a home run. Soler’s was a deep blast to the upper level of the left-center field fountains. Soler had two hits in the game. Alex Gordon also had two hits. In fact, the only Royals starter without a hit was Cheslor Cuthbert who has been one of their best hitters recently.
The Royals play the Indians again tonight at 7:15pm at Kauffman Stadium. Danny Duffy will pitch for the Royals. Mike Clevinger is scheduled to pitch for the Cleveland Indians.
Jorge Soler‘s solo home in the second went 451 feet and landed in the upper level of the fountains in left center field. Soler is on pace for 43 home runs this season which would break the Royals’ franchise record of 38 hit by Mike Moustakas in 2017.
Nicky Lopez is a fun player to watch. When he singled to right in the second inning he ran hard the entire way as if he was going to second and held up only when the right fielder made him stop.
Jakob Junis threw 27 pitches in the second inning and 38 in the third and yet Ned Yost sent him back out for the fourth. Pitches per inning, especially stressful pitches which Junis had plenty of in those innings, wear down a pitcher. Injuries seem to happen when pitchers are tired.