Royals lose to Indians 9-1
Glenn Sparkman was lit up early and often in this game. The fourth batter of the game for the Cleveland Indians, Jason Kipnis, hit a grand slam and things got worse from there. It didn’t stop until the Indians were up 9-1.
Sparkman ended up allowing eight runs on nine hits and a walk in just five innings. The outing raised Sparkman’s ERA to 5.25.
Richard Lovelady followed Sparkman to the mound. Lovelady looks to have the tools to be an effective major league relief pitcher but so far the batters have said the exact opposite. Lovelady struggled in his first stint with the major league club earlier this season. In this game it continued. He allowed a run on three hits this time.
Kyle Zimmer pitched two scoreless innings in his first appearance since being recalled from Triple-A Omaha. Zimmer allowed two hits and struck out two batters in two innings of work.
Josh Staumont made his second major league appearance and still has not allowed a run. In this game he pitched a perfect inning with one strikeout on a sharp curve in the dirt for a full count swing and miss to end the inning. Staumont should be a part of the bullpen for the foreseeable future.
The offense managed to get eight hits but was only able to score one run. They didn’t have one extra base hit in the game. Regardless what many will say, you don’t need to hit a bunch of home runs, but you do need to have SOME extra base hits. You need to be able to go first-to-third on a base hit. The Royals didn’t have much of anything tonight at the plate.
Bubba Starling extended his hitting streak to ten games.
Alex Gordon and Cheslor Cuthbert each had two hits in the game.
Ryan O’Hearn was recalled from Omaha prior to this game and got the start at first base. O’Hearn went 0-for-4 and his major league batting average dropped to .184 on the season.
The win clinched the four game series for the Indians who have won the first three games. The Royals’ last chance to win a game in this series comes on Sunday at 1:15pm. Danny Duffy goes up against Trevor Bauer.
Royals recall O’Hearn
The Royals recalled Ryan O’Hearn Saturday. To make room for O’Hearn the Royals designated Lucas Duda for assignment.
Royals trade Diekman for prospects
The Royals made another trade with the Oakland Athletic on Saturday. This time they traded left-handed relief pitcher Jake Diekman. The Royals received minor leaguers RHP Ismael Aquino and OF Dairon Blanco. Aquino is 1-1 with a 4.58 ERA in the Arizona Rookie League. Blanco is batting .276 with 29 stolen bases in Double-A. Kyle Zimmer was recalled from Omaha to replace Jake Diekman on the roster.
Twins trade for Sergio Romo
The Minnesota Twins traded minor league 1B Lewis Diaz to the Miami Marlins for Sergio Romo, Chris Vallimont and a player to be named later.