KANSAS CITY ROYALS (5) AT ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (6)
With each loss the Royals are closer to being knocked out of a greatly expanded playoff system and need to re-evaluate their thinking about the trade deadline. This loss hurts but the weekend series against the White Sox will be even more important.
Player of the Game:
Whit Merrifield continues to shine. He had three hits in this game to raise his average over .300 and his OPS to .839. He trails only Hunter Dozier in OPS and Dozier missed time earlier in the season.
This game fell apart in the bottom of the ninth. Trevor Rosenthal, who has been so good for the Royals, allowed three runs on a hit and two walks in 1 1/3 innings. Rosenthal entered the game in the eighth and struck out both batters he faced to get the Royals out of the inning. He then struck out the first batter he faced in the ninth but then lost his control, allowing two walks and a double to the next three batters he faced. In all, the Royals gave up four runs in the ninth to lose 6-5.
The Royals have an off day Thursday before they travel to Chicago to play a weekend series against the White Sox. Danny Duffy will return to the mound for the Friday start after being pushed back a few days because of forearm fatigue.
– Danny Duffy had a solid bullpen on Tuesday to prepare for his Friday start in Chicago. Pitching coach Cal Eldred was in favor of pushing Duffy’s start back a few days because of his forearm fatigue.
– The Royals activated Jakob Junis from the disabled list and optioned Chance Adams to the alternate training site.
IN THE NEWS…
– Major League Baseball is discussing a playoff plan in which the American League games would be played in Southern California and National League games would be played in Texas. The World Series would be played at the Texas Rangers’ new ballpark. The proposal has been sent to the union.
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