Kansas City Royals at Washington Nationals
The Royals played the rubber game of their series in Washington against the Nationals on Sunday. This game was slightly better than Saturday but the result was the same as the Royals lost 5-2.
Nationals starter Patrick Corbin pitched almost as well as Max Scherzer did on Saturday. Corbin didn’t allow a run on five hits in seven innings. He struck the Royals out 11 times.
Royals starter Jakob Junis was really good. He allowed just two runs on five hits and two walks in seven innings while striking out six.
The Nationals jumped on top with one run in the second inning and added another in the seventh. The Royals tied up the game at 2-2 with two runs in the eighth. Unfortunately, Ned Yost brought Jake Diekman into the game to pitch the bottom of the eighth. Diekman only got one out and allowed three runs on three hits. As soon as the Royals tied the game they handed it back over to the Nationals.
Alex Gordon had a second consecutive solid offensive game. Gordon went 2-for-4 with a single and a double. He knocked in the tying run in the eighth.
Cheslor Cuthbert also had a multi-hit game going 2-for-4.
The Royals are off until Friday when they will start the second half of the season at home against the Detroit Tigers. Danny Duffy is scheduled to make that start.
Women’s World Cup Final: USA vs Netherlands
The United States dominated the first half of the game but couldn’t put the ball in the net and the game went to the half 0-0. The United States finally broke through at the 60 minute mark on a penalty shot by Megan Rapinoe. Alex Morgan was fouled in the goalie box to set up the penalty shot.
After the U.S. took a 1-0 lead the Netherlands was forced to play soccer. That led to a goal by Rose Lavelle to put the USA up 2-0 and take complete control of the game.
Kansas City has been featured often in the coverage of the Women’s World Cup.
The Netherlands was never able to score. The USA won the World Cup Final 2-0 to defend its title.
Angels’ Lucroy injured in plate collision
In a tied game between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels, Astros’ outfielder Jake Marisnick ran into Angels’ catcher Jonathan Lucroy in a play at the plate in the bottom of the ninth. Lucroy was a foot or more inside the base line. Marisnick altered his path to intentionally hit Lucroy, leading with his shoulder. Marisnick was ruled out after the play was reviewed. This kind of play should result in an ejection and suspension but it doesn’t right now. The rule was changed to specifically address these kinds of plays. Lucroy was injured on the play as Marisnick’s shoulder hit Lucroy in the head who was knocked out and fell to the ground and hit the back of his head again on the dirt.
Pirates’ Cervelli is done catching
Pittsburgh Pirates’ catcher Francisco Cervelli told Dejan Kovacevic of dkpittsburghsports.com that he will no longer play the position due to the number of concussions he has had in his career. Cervelli has reportedly had six concussions in the majors. Cervelli has started taking ground balls and fly balls as he and the Pirates find another position for him.
MLB Futures Game
The Major League Baseball Futures Game was played Sunday night. The Futures Game is a game consisting of some of the top prospects in baseball. The Royals were represented in the game by pitchers Brady Singer and Kris Bubic. Singer started at Single-A Wilmington but was promoted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas in the first half of the season. Bubic started at Single-A Lexington before being promoted to Advanced Single-A Wilmington after nine starts.
CONCACAF Gold Cup Final – USA vs Mexico
The United States and Mexico faced off Sunday night in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final in Chicago. The United States played well most of the match. Mexico broke a scoreless tie in the 73rd minute. The USA was never able to score and Mexico won the game 1-0. By the way, in this game grabbing an opponent by the throat was not reprimanded in any way.