Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals
Brad Keller was terrific against the Tigers in a Royals 4-1 win. Keller allowed just one run on four hits and no walks to go with seven strikeouts in eight innings. It took him 109 pitches to get through those eight innings.
Bubba Starling got his first major league hit in the bottom of the fifth off of Matthew Boyd. The base hit scored Hunter Dozier and tied the game at 1-1.
Whit Merrifield went 2-for-3 with a walk and increased his OPS to .857. Cheslor Cuthbert was 1-for-4 with two runs batted in.
Ian Kennedy pitched the ninth for the save. The win clinched a series win for the Royals. Homer Bailey starts on the mound for the Royals in the final game of the series on Sunday at 1:15pm.
Sporting Kansas City at Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Sporting dominated this match from the opening kick. Sporting appeared much more confident than they have in many games. Vancouver was satisfied with playing behind the ball and not attacking on offense. That gave Sporting a large lead in time of possession.
In the 24th minute Gerso Fernandes put in a goal that was ruled an own goal by Vancouver and gave Sporting a 1-0 lead.. That ruling was later changed and Gerso was awarded credit for the goal.
Felipe Gutierrez scored on a shot from just outside of the 18 to put Sporting up 2-0. Gutierrez hit the ball with his left foot along the ground under the stretched out leg of his defender and out of the reach of the Vancouver keeper.
Gerso scored a minute into extra time in the second half to give Sporting a 3-0 lead. Johnny Russell got the assist on a nice cross from just outside the 6. Gerso has his first goal reversed back to a Vancouver own goal. Regardless, Gerso will end this game with at least one official goal.
Ilie Sanchez received his sixth yellow card of the season so he’d will be suspended for Sporting’s next match.
Bill Snyder celebration
Kansas State held a celebration of former football coach Bill Snyder’s career Saturday night in Bramlage. Bob Stoops was in attendance.
Orioles to add netting to foul poles
The Baltimore Orioles told the Baltimore Sun that the club will extend its netting to the foul poles by the start of the 2020 season and possibly sooner. The Orioles are the latest in a movement to extend netting to the foul poles. No teams have done so as of yet but a handful of teams have announced that they will extend their nets to the foul poles or at least much further down the lines.