Bubba Starling has first three-hit game in Royals 5-4 loss
Francisco Lindor hit the first pitch of the game from Royals starter Mike Montgomery for a home run to left center to give the Cleveland Indians an early 1-0 lead. Hunter Dozier responded in the bottom of the first with a two-run home run to left and put the Royals up 2-1.
Mike Montgomery settled down after that first pitch and didn’t allow another run in his five innings. He allowed just five hits and one walk. Montgomery threw 64 pitches as he builds up to being a starter for the rest of the season.
Jorge Lopez gave up the Royals’ 2-1 lead in the sixth. Lopez allowed two walks without retiring a batter and both came around to score.
Bubba Starling continued his success at the plate with a three hit night, going 3-for-7, raising his batting average to .333 in ten games. Alex Gordon also had three hits. He went 3-for-6 with a walk. The Royals struck out just seven times in 14 innings which is surprising.
Both teams emptied their bullpen in the 14 inning game. Josh Staumont made his major league debut. He pitched the 11th and 12th innings allowing three hits and two walks but no runs. He did quite well in an extra-inning game for his debut.
The second game of the series is Friday night at 7:15pm. Jakob Junis will try to continue his hot streak. Zach Plesac will start on the mound for Cleveland. Plesac allowed two runs on four hits in six innings against the Royals last Sunday in Cleveland.
Whit unlikely to be traded
Jon Morosi of MLB.com reported Thursday that the Royals are informing clubs that they are not trading Whit Merrifield before the trading deadline on July 31. The Royals received interest from multiple teams including the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies but the price was too expensive for those teams to make a deal. Whit Merrifield is under team control through 2023 so the price to acquire him is extremely high considering that he is the best multi-position player in the game.
Chargers’ Okung explains his medical condition
Los Angeles Chargers left tackle Russell Okung said on Thursday that he experienced a Pulmonary Embolism caused by blood clots during practice on July 1. Doctors told him that going to an urgent care center probably saved his life. The condition is treatable and Okung will play as soon as he is cleared by doctors.
Steelers extend Mike Tomlinson 1 year
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed head coach Mike Tomlin on a one-year contract extension. The extension keeps Tomlin through the 2021 season.
Rays’ Snell to have elbow surgery
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher, and 2018 American League Cy Young winner, Blake Snell will undergo elbow surgery. He will be out for 4-6 weeks.