Saturday started off with some NBA news about a big trade between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Royals played the second of their three game series in Washington. Sporting had a home game against a team outside of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference giving Sporting their best chance at a win in some time.
Kansas City Royals at Washington Nationals
The Royals played the second game of a three game series in Washington on Saturday. The chances of winning this one looked pretty slim before it ever started since Max Scherzer was pitching for the Nationals. And that’s exactly what happened. The Nationals scored a run in the first and that would be enough. They went ahead and added three more in the second and two in the seventh for a 6-0 Royals loss.
Max Scherzer was outstanding in this game. He held the Royals to four hits and one walk in his seven innings. Scherzer struck out 11 batters.
Glenn Sparkman started on the mound for the Royals. He ate some innings to give the bullpen a rest after Ned Yost used seven pitchers on Friday. Sparkman went six innings. He allowed four runs on nine hits and two walks. Jorge Lopez pitched the final two innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits.
The offense didn’t do much in this game. The Royals only managed to get six hits. The one player who gave Max Scherzer trouble was Alex Gordon. Gordon went 2-for-3 with a walk and a double. The only time Gordon didn’t reach base he was facing relief pitcher Tanner Rainey. Gordon reached base in all three plate appearances against Scherzer.
The Royals finish the series on Sunday at 12:35pm central. Jakob Junis will face Patrick Corbin in the rubber game of the series. The All-Star break starts on Monday.
Chicago Fire at Sporting Kansas City
The Chicago Fire didn’t have much interest in trying to score in the first half of their game against Sporting Kansas City. Sporting jumped on top 1-0 early on a Yohan Croizet breakaway goal in the 13th minute. Sporting took a 1-0 lead into the half.
Johnny Russell entered the game around the 70’ mark. It was the first game action for him in the past six games. Russell had been out because of international play and then a hamstring injury.
Sporting had several more chances to score in this game but couldn’t put in another goal. Gerso Fernandez hit the post and several shots were just off the mark so Sporting had to hold on at the end which they did. The 1-0 win was critical for the team but far from impressive.
We learned on Saturday that Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco has been diagnosed with leukemia. Carrasco has been treated and has it under control to the point where he hopes to pitch again sometime this season.
Trouble continued on Saturday for the New York Mets. Reports came out that General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen threw a chair in a meeting with coaches on Friday night.
Saturday started with NBA news of the Los Angeles Clippers trading for Paul George of the Oklahoma City Thunder. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the details of the reason for the trade. The trade reportedly happened because free agent Kawhi Leonard told Clippers owner Steve Ballmer that if they trade for Paul George he would sign with the team. Leonard and George wanted to play together and that’s how today’s NBA works. The Thunder received five first round draft picks, two draft pick swaps, Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in return for trading Paul George.
NBA first overall pick Zion Williamson left Friday night’s game with a bruised knee. On Saturday the New Orleans Pelicans announced that Williamson will move forward from the injury without issue but that he would not participate in any more NBA Summer League games out of an abundance of caution.
Former Kansas forward Marcus Morris signed a two-year, $20 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs.