Royals defeat Orioles 5-4
It took the Royals until the sixth inning to score off the worst team in baseball but they finally broke through on their way to a 5-4 win Monday night. In fact, it took the Royals until the sixth to get their first hit!
Jorge Lopez got the start with Danny Duffy still out with his hamstring injury. Lopez was terrific. He allowed just one run on two hits and two walks in five innings. Nothing he threw was straight. Everything was moving at least a little down and either in or away from the batter. It was definitely some of the best stuff we have seen from him this season and he did it over several innings.
The bullpen wasn’t terrific but Ned Yost worked the bullpen for four innings to get the win. Three of the five relief pitchers allowed a run, so it wasn’t ideal, but that’s also how baseball works these days. Ian Kennedy was one of the relief pitchers who allowed a run but he still got his 22nd save.
The offense still leaves a lot to be desired. The Royals only had six hits, but two of those hits were home runs. Nicky Lopez and Nick Dini hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh. Lopez’s home run was his second of his career. Dini’s was his first major league home run and he had a lot of family and friends at the game to see it. Dini is from New Jersey and several made the short trip to Baltimore to watch him play.
Nicky Lopez had two hits on the night. He was the only Royals player with more than one hit.
The second game of the series is Tuesday night at 6:05pm Central. Brad Keller starts on the mound for the Royals. Dylan Bundy starts for Baltimore.
Whit Merrifield singled home Nicky Lopez in the sixth to tie the game at 1-1.
Hunter Dozier singled home Nick Dini and Whit Merrifield later in the sixth to give the Royals a 3-1 lead.
Nicky Lopez hit a solo home run in the seventh to extend the Royals lead to 4-2.
Nick Dini followed Nicky Lopez with a solo home run of his own. It was Dini’s first major league home run.
Adalberto Mondesi will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday. Mondesi is recovering from a sprained shoulder.
The Kansas City Royals announced their 2020 Spring Training schedule Monday.
WR Marcus Kemp has an MRI and it was confirmed that he tore his ACL and MCL. He is out for the season.
Major League Baseball
The Atlanta Braves claimed OF Billy Hamilton off waivers. The Royals designated him for assignment on August 16.
Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale is being shut down for the season after visiting Dr. James Andrews. Dr. Andrews said that Sale did not need Tommy John surgery. He treated Sale with a platelet-rich plasma injection. Sale will be shut down and re-evaluated in six weeks.
The Associated Press college football poll was released on Monday. Clemson was on top followed by Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State.
The Kansas City T-Bones have been evicted from their stadium by the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City Kansas. The team allegedly defaulted on their payments to the government. All of their property must be removed by September 13, 2019.