Royals earn a series split with a 10-2 win
Jakob Junis pitched a second consecutive quality start on the current road trip in leading the Royals to a 10-2 at Detroit. The win gave the Royals a series split with the Tigers.
Junis allowed just two runs on six hits to go with six strikeouts in six innings. Junis lowered his ERA to 4.80 on the season.
Scott Barlow pitched two scoreless innings and allowed just one hit. Jake Newberry pitched a perfect ninth inning to finish the game.
Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 on the day with two runs and three runs batted in. Whit led off the game with a full-count home run to left field.
Hunter Dozier hit two home runs and a triple in his 3-for-5 day. Dozier scored three runs and had two runs batted in. Dozier now has 22 home runs on the season.
Jorge Soler was the star of the day. He went 3-for-3 with a walk. He scored two runs and had five runs batted in. He had two home runs and a double. The two home runs gives Soler 35 on the season. Soler is now tied with Gary Gaetti for third most home runs in a season for a Royals player. Mike Moustakas holds the record with 38. It’s just a matter of time until Soler takes over as the franchise record-holder and quiets those who did not like the trade of Wade Davis to the Cubs for him.
Whit Merrifield led off the game with a home run. Two batters later Hunter Dozier did the same.
Jorge Soler added a home run in the third inning to put the Royals up 4-1.
Dozier hit his second home run of the game.
Jorge Soler didn’t want to be left out of the multi-homer fun. He hit his second of the game.
Whit Merrifield had a two-run single in the ninth to give the Royals an 8-2 lead.
Jorge Soler added a double two knock in the final two runs for the Royals.
The Royals are off Monday. They start a two game series at Kauffman against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. Glenn Sparkman pitches for the Royals. Jack Flaherty pitches for the Cardinals.
The Arizona Diamondbacks released former Royals relief pitcher Greg Holland.
Pittsburgh Steelers wise receivers coach Darryl Drake passed away Sunday.
Maclin turns to coaching
Former Missouri and Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is coaching. He is on the coaching staff for Kirkwood High School in St. Louis.