Bullpen falls apart as Royals lose to Mets 11-5
The New York Mets took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning on their way to an 11-5 win on Sunday and a 2-1 series win over the Kansas City Royals.
Glenn Sparkman was ok. He allowed three runs on five hits and two walks in six innings. Kevin McCarthy relieved Sparkman in the seventh and struggled. McCarthy allowed four runs on four hits in just 1/3 of an inning. Richard Lovelady was brought in to settle things down but he couldn’t get anyone out. Lovelady allowed two runs on four hits without retiring a batter. In all, the bullpen allowed eight runs in three innings.
The Royals offense managed to score five runs on just six hits and one walk. One run in the fourth and three in the fifth put the Royals up 4-3 but that didn’t last long.
The Royals are on the road all next week. They start a three game series at Baltimore on Monday.
Michael Conforto hit a three-run home run off of Glenn Sparkman in the first inning.
The Royals finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth. Ryan O’Hearn scored Jorge Soler on a ground out to second base.
The Royals added three more runs in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead. Whit Merrifield singled in two runs and then Nicky Lopez and Hunter Dozier each knocked in a run.
The Mets added six in the seventh to take a 9-4 lead. The Royals did put a run right back on the scoreboard in the seventh but they just couldn’t keep up with the scoring the Mets did on the Royals bullpen.
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