Royals drop series at Cleveland with 5-4 loss
The Royals have had several high quality starts since the All-Star break but this game was not one of those. The Royals jumped on top 1-0 in the first and added another run in the third only to give up that lead in the bottom of the third on a two-run home run by Francisco Lindor.
Glenn Sparkman allowed five runs, four earned, on nine hits and two walks in 5.2 innings. Sparkman’s last outing against the Chicago White Sox in Kauffman Stadium was a complete game shutout with eight strikeouts. Cleveland is a much better offensive team than the White Sox. The strikeouts Sparkman had in his last outing were not there in this game. Sparkman has really struggled this year but has had moments of doing really well. With little options in the minor leagues Sparkman should get plenty more opportunities in 2019 for the Royals to see how they want to proceed with him in 2020.
Jorge Soler robbed a home run from Jason Kipnis in the fourth inning to keep the game tied at 2-2. Most people have assumed that Soler cannot improve his defense and should only be used as a designated hitter. This is only true if he has no interest in working on it. Anyone with the talent to play major league baseball can become a good fielder at most positions if they want to work on it. Hopefully Jorge Soler is interested in learning it. So far so good with his improvement.
Bubba Starling hit is first major league home run in the ninth inning to bring the Royals to within one run at 5-4.
Baseball Hall of Fame inductions
Sunday was the day for 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame speeches. Harold Baines, Lee Smith, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay are in the 2019 class. Roy Halladay’s widow Brandy gave the speech for Roy who died in a plane accident.