Royals starting pitching dominates again in 7-5 win
Danny Duffy continued the good starting pitching streak for the Royals allowing just two runs on six hits to go with five strikeouts in six innings on Wednesday. He made one mistake and allowed a two-run home run to Ryan Goins in the sixth inning. Other than that the White Sox did very little against Duffy.
Wily Peralta entered the game to pitch the ninth but couldn’t get through it. Peralta gave up a three-run home run to AJ Reed to pull the White Sox to within two runs at 7-5. Ian Kennedy was brought into the game to get the final out and a save.
The Royals jumped on top in the first once again with two runs. They should have had more but Whit Merrifield made the first of two very poor base running decisions on the night. They added four more in the fifth to stretch the lead to 6-0. The damage was done with just one extra base hit from Alex Gordon.
The multi-hit batters for Kansas City in this game included Whit Merrifield, Alex Gordon, Jorge Soler and Nicky Lopez. Soler knocked in three runs. Lopez added two runs batted in.
The Royals are now 5-1 in the second half of the season.
The Royals can complete the four game sweep when they play at 12:15pm on Thursday. Brad Keller pitches for the Royals against Ross Detwiler of the White Sox.
SEC media days
The SEC discussed at its media days event Wednesday how they handle officiating. If a coach contacts the conference office about a questionable call the conference responds within 24 hours with a voice-over video explaining the call. Officials are given a conditioning test each year and the results are a factor in determining assignments. Targeting calls can no longer return from replay as the call stands. Targeting must be confirmed or overruled. This will lead to fewer targeting calls this season.
Nick Saban said that the problem with the transfer portal is that too many waivers are being granted and the transfer portal is making players free agents which isn’t good for the game or the fans.
The Royals made several roster moves on Wednesday. They traded Terrance Gore to the New York Yankees for cash. Gore was not placed on the Yankees’ 40-man roster and was assigned to Triple-A Scranton. Gore hit .275 in 58 plate appearances for the Royals in 2019.
The Royals also placed shortstop Adalberto Mondesi on the 10-day injured list for a partially dislocated shoulder. The club intends to begin intense rehab to see how the shoulder stabilizes and then see if anything else needs to be done.
Mike Montgomery, who the Royals acquired from the Chicago Cubs recently in exchange for Martin Maldonado, was added to the 25-man roster. Jake Newberry was optioned to Triple-A Omaha to make room for Montgomery.
Kansas to sell beer and wine at football games
The University of Kansas has decided to sell beer and wine at football games this fall. Sales will stop at the end of the third quarter. No announcement has been made about selling beer and wine at men’s basketball games.