Royals drop series opener to Cardinals 2-0
Glenn Sparkman gave the Royals the start they were looking for but the St. Louis Cardinals’ Jack Flaherty was better and the Cardinals won 2-0. Sparkman allowed just two runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk in six innings. Flaherty didn’t allow a run and just three hits and a walk in seven innings.
The Cardinals put up an unearned run in the first and another run in the third. That was more than enough in this game.
The Royals got hits from Whit Merrifield, Hunter Dozier, Jorge Soler and Nicky Lopez. Dozier’s was a double. That was the only extra base hit for the Royals.
Jake Newberry pitched well out of the bullpen again in this game. He allowed just one hit in his scoreless inning. Newberry has allowed just one run in 10 2/3 innings since the start of July.
Running back Darwin Thompson got time with the first team offense in goal-line drills Tuesday. Thompson was drafted in the sixth round of the 2019 NDL Draft out of Utah State. Thompson played well in the first preseason game and could get a lot more time on the field than many initially expected.
The Royals recalled Jacob Barnes from Triple-A Omaha. Barnes was claimed off of waivers recently. He was with Milwaukee prior to joining the Royals. Eric Skoglund was optioned to Triple-A to make room for Barnes on the roster.
Former Kansas basketball coach Phog Allen will be inducted into the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame in March.
High School Football
Rockhurst football coach Tony Severino is retiring after the season.