Royals swept by Cardinals in 6-0 loss
The St. Louis Cardinals arrived in Kansas City for a two-game series and left outscoring the Royals 8-0. Wednesday the Royals lost 6-0 after starting pitcher Brad Keller had a no-hitter through six innings. Sound impossible? Not much on the down side is impossible for they Royals club.
Brad Keller had a no-hitter through six and then allowed three runs in the seventh without getting an out. He ended up allowing three runs on three hits and three walks in six innings. He had five strikeouts in the game.
The bullpen could not keep the game close. Kevin McCarthy allowed two runs in his inning. Josh Staumont gave up a run in his inning. Ian Kennedy was brought in to pitch the ninth just to stay sharp. Kennedy was the only effective pitcher out of the pen. Kennedy pitched a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts.
The offense did not show up in this game. The Royals combined for just five hits, two of them by first baseman Ryan O’Hearn. Jorge Soler did not get a hit in this game but did draw two walks as Dakota Hudson seemed to not want Soler to hurt him. That’s probably a good strategy with how Soler has been swinging the bat lately.
The Royals have Thursday off before they open a three-game weekend series against the New York Mets at Kauffman Stadium.
Danny Duffy is recovering from a left hamstring strain. He is expected to pitch a two-inning simulation game Friday. If that goes well he will pitch a four-inning simulation game on Tuesday.
Sporting Kansas City loses again, this time at Orlando 1-0
Sporting Kansas City all but put the nail in the coffin for their playoff hopes with a 1-0 at Orlando City on Wednesday. Tesho Akindele scored on a nice assist in the 21st minute to put Orlando up 1-0 early and that’s all they would need.
This was a rather boring game. Neither team was particularly good or bad. Orlando’s forwards seemed much larger and more physical than the Sporting defenders but they were still only to put in the one goal.
Manager Peter Vermes changed up the lineup for this game, likely due somewhat to it being such a quick turnaround after the game on Saturday. Jimmy Medranda replaced Erik Hurtado in the center forward spot. Gianluco Busio, normally a midfielder, played in the left forward spot. Graham Smith took Andreu Fontas’ spot in center defense.
Sporting’s playoff chances have likely passed but there are still nine games to play. Even if Sporting gets on a good run now there is likely not enough games to make up their eight point deficit with two other teams in front of them looking to also make the playoffs.
Sporting’s next game will be against San Jose on Sunday at Children’s Mercy Park.
St. Louis is expected to be announced as an MLS expansion franchise next Tuesday.