Chiefs pick up where they left off with a 38-17 win
It was just the first preseason game so there wasn’t much to take away from it but Patrick Mahomes led the first team offense down the field for a touchdown in their only drive of the game.
Mahomes made a beautiful pass to Travis Kelce over his defender’s shoulder for a 36-yard completion down the sideline. Mahomes finished 4-for-4 passing for 66 yards. That catch for Kelce was his only catch on the night.
Mahomes ran once for 10 yards. In the regular season he would have attempted to score but with this being a preseason game, Mahomes slid down at the one to protect himself and Chiefs Kingdom couldn’t have been happier. Carlos Hyde ran the ball in to the end zone for the touchdown.
Darwin Thompson was impressive in this game. He’s a running back that can catch the ball as well. He’s yet another Chiefs player with speed which he showed in a 29-yard reception and run for a touchdown by running away from his defender after making the catch.
Blake Bell and Deon Yelder both looked good at tight end. Yelder also recovered a muffed punt return by Cincinnati to set the Chiefs up with the ball deep in Bengals’ territory which eventually lead to a touchdown.
Wide receiver Mecole Hardman looked good as well. He took a forward pitch while in motion from Chad Henne and ran it into the end zone for a touchdown reception.
Josh Caldwell from Northwest Missouri State got a short running touchdown with less than two minutes to play.
Montgomery dominates in Royals 7-0 win at Detroit
Mike Montgomery had one of the best starts of his career on Saturday as he led the Royals to a 7-0 win in Detroit. Montgomery did not allow a run in seven innings. He allowed just four hits and had 12 strikeouts. Kevin McCarthy pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Ian Kennedy pitched a scoreless ninth to preserve the shutout.
The Royals had just five hits on the night but three of them were extra base hits. Whit Merrifield had two of the five hits. Hunter Dozier, Jorge Soler and Humberto Arteaga each had one hit. Bubba Starling did not have a hit but drew two walks.
Jorge Soler started the scoring with a 444 foot two-run, two-out home run to center to give the Royals a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning.
The Royals added two more on a throwing error on a ball put in play by Meibrys Viloria in the seventh.
Hunter Dozier tripled in Whit Merrifield to take a 5-0 lead in the eighth.
Whit Merrifield doubled in Bubba Starling and Humberto Arteaga in the ninth to extend the Royals’ lead to 7-0 which would be the final score.
The Royals will try to get a series split on Sunday. Jakob Junis starts on the mound for the Royals. He will face Daniel Norris for the Detroit Tigers.
Sporting loses a critical game at home 2-1
Sporting Kansas City had a wonderful opportunity to make up three points in the standings with a home game Saturday against Real Salt Lake. Sporting trailed Salt lake by six points entering the game so a win would cut that deficit to three and get Sporting right back into the playoff hunt as bad as they have played this season.
Gerso Fernandes left the game in the sixth minute because of an injury. That was a major scare for Sporting fans. The club needs Gerso on the field as they push for the playoffs.
Johnny Russell was back in the starting lineup for this game. He put Sporting on top 1-0 on a free kick.
The lead didn’t last long. Corey Baird scored for Real Salt Lake off of a rebound off the post with the Sporting defense just standing around doing nothing. The goal evened the score at 1-1.
Sporting had an opportunity to take back the lead with a penalty kick but Felipe Gutierrez hit the ball hard off of the post that led to a Real Salt Lake breakaway but they couldn’t convert.
The game was tied 1-1 at the half.
In the 70th minute, Sporting turned the ball over again and Real Salt Lake made them pay when the defense yet again lacked movement.
Daniel Salloi received a red card for a two-footed challenge with spikes in the air. He will miss the next game.
Real Salt Lake held on to its 2-1 lead to defeat Sporting Kansas City. The loss does not officially eliminate Sporting from the playoffs but it does remove most hope.
After the game, Peter Vermes pretty much confirmed the club’s small chances of making the playoffs by saying that the team needs three points from Wednesday’s game at Orlando. Peter never calls games a must-win but that’s what he appears to be saying after tonight’s loss.