KANSAS CITY ROYALS (9) AT CHICAGO WHITE SOX (6)
The Royals has a good day Saturday and only part of it was the win in Chicago. The bigger news was that they traded Trevor Rosenthal to the San Diego Padres for a couple of prospects. Now we wait to see if anyone else is traded before the Monday deadline.
Player of the Game
Alex Gordon had his second consecutive three-hit game and threw in a home run for good measure.
Down 3-2 entering the seventh inning, Ryan McBroom hit his third pinch-hit home run of the season setting a Royals’ single-season and career record to tie the game at 3-3. The Royals weren’t done there. Maikel Franco added a three-run home run of his own. In all, the Royals put up five runs to give them a 7-3 lead.
Ryan O’Hearn continues to be locked in at the plate. He had another two-hit game. One of those hits was a home run. He might be the Royals player you want at the plate right now with the game on the line.
Room for Improvement
Unfortunately, this remains Adalberto Mondesi’s offense. I might have to add another player tomorrow just to shake things up. But with another 0-for-5 day at the plate Mondesi dropped below .200 on the season.
Mike Matheny brought Kyle Zimmer into the game to pitch the bottom of the seventh. Clearly, Zimmer would have come in regardless of the situation since he had to be warming up before the Royals went up four runs, but Matheny’s willingness to put Zimmer in what appeared was going to be a close game is a good sign, especially with the Rosenthal trade. Zimmer has earned more important situations and it looks like he might be getting them.
But Matheny did better than than just putting in Zimmer. With a four-run lead he put in Greg Holland to pitch the eighth. Then he put Ian Kennedy in for the ninth up 9-3. This is important because Mike Matheny realizes those are the two guys who need to be used when the game is I typical “out of reach” territory. Kennedy struggled but there was plenty of a lead to being in Jesse Hahn.
The Royals will send Kris Bubic to the mound on Sunday for the rubber game of the series against the White Sox at 1:10pm. A win would give the Royals a .500 road trip before they come for seven games against the Indians and White Sox.
SPORTING KANSAS CITY (1) AT COLORADO RAPIDS (1)
Sporting needed a bounce back from its miserable game earlier in the week at home in which they lost 5-2 to Houston who was last in the conference at the time. Although Sporting had more scoring opportunities than Colorado in this game, they fell behind 1-0 in the second half but battled back to earn a tie and walk away with a point.
Player of the Game
Gianluca Busio is so young but looks like one of the better players on Sporting. He scored the only goal for Sporting in this game on a long shot from outside of the box.
Sporting made one mistake on defense at the 57 minute mark and Colorado made them pay. Colorado centered the ball across the box to a wide open Cole Basset being trailed by Graham Zusi and the ball was easily put past a helpless Tim Melia.
Then in the 67th minute, Gianluca Busio settled the ball outside of the box on a Johnny Russell corner kick and fired it past the keeper to tie the game at 1-1 which is where it would end.
Sporting next plays on Wednesday at home against FC Dallas at 7:30pm. The game will be on FSKC+.
– The Royals acquired OF Edward Olivares and a player to be named later from the San Diego Padres for reliever Trevor Rosenthal. Players not on the 60-man roster cannot be traded so the player will likely be named after the season and is thought to be a low-level relief pitcher.
– Ian Kennedy left the game in the ninth inning when he pulled up trying to field a slow grounder up the first base line with what appears to be a calf injury.
– With Trevor Rosenthal being traded, Mike Matheny is supposedly considering Greg Holland, Jesse Hahn, Josh Staumont and Scott Barlow for the closer role.
– The Chiefs raised their championship flag after practice at Arrowhead Stadium in from of select season ticket holders. The flag will be lowered and raised again before the opening game on September 10.
SPORTING KANSAS CITY NOTES
– Roger Espinoza left Saturday’s game in the 16th minute with a hamstring injury. Felipe Hernandez replaced Espinoza.
– Winston Reid left Saturday’s game in the 40th minute because of what appeared to be fatigue. Roberto Puncec replaced Reid.
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