Royals recall Staumont, DFA Peralta
The Royals recalled RHP Josh Staumont and designated RHP Wily Peralta for assignment. Staumont is a second round pick of the Royals in 2015 out of Azusa Pacific University. His fastball clocks in at the upper 90s but control is reportedly an issue.
Wily Peralta has been an embarrassment for the club as of late. He has struggled on the mound and Friday night he was out of control getting on catcher Meibrys Viloria during the game. Peralta should have been let go long before now but the move was finally made.
Royals win pitching duel 1-0 over Indians
Jakob Junis has a second consecutive dominating start Saturday. Junis threw six scoreless innings allowing just two hits but walking three while getting seven strikeouts. He shut down an Indians team that has been on a roll the last few weeks as they are closing in on the Minnesota Twins for the top spot in the A.L. Central.
The Royals jumped on top in the first on a solo home run by Hunter Dozier. Thats all the scoring this game would see.
Billy Hamilton started in centerfield in this game and robbed what would have been a ball off of the top of the wall by Francisco Lindor. It didn’t look like it would have been a home run but it was still a really nice catch and a big one in a 1-0 game.
Scott Barlow pitched a scoreless seventh allowing just one hit to go with two strikeouts. Jake Diekman then pitched a perfect eighth with two strikeouts of his own to send the game to the ninth with a 1-0 Royals lead. Ian Kennedy pitched a perfect ninth for the save and the Royals won 1-0.
The final game of the series is at 12:10 on Sunday. Glenn Sparkman starts on the mound for the Royals.
Sporting KC falls at home to FC Dallas 2-0
Sporting Kansas City hosted FC Dallas in what was a big game at Children’s Mercy Park on Saturday. Sporting controlled the game for most of the first half but couldn’t get a shot on goal and trailed 1-0 at the half because of a bad turnover deep in their own territory. Sporting took eight shots in the first half, none of them were on goal. FC Dallas only had four shots but two were on goal and one scored.
Felipe Gutierrez received a yellow card in the first half so he will miss the game next Friday at New York.
Another poor turnover in the second half gave Dallas another easy goal to stretch the Sporting deficit to 2-0. That’s how it would end.
Sporting is not a good team right now. They have the pieces to do well. We daw that early in the season. But it’s been much longer now that we have seen Sporting as a poor team. Players are returning from injuries but the poor play, especially on defense, is continuing.