The Royals bullpen collapsed again, and the entire organization melted down in a 5-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians.
Big Picture: The loss is the fourth in a row for the Royals, which drops them into a three-way tie for first in the division with the Chicago White Sox.
Notes: LHP Daniel Lynch was selected from the alternate site. Jake Newberry was optioned to Triple-A Omaha. LHP Daniel Tillo was moved to the 60-day injured list. C Cam Gallagher was placed on the 7-day concussion injured list. C Sebastian Rivero was recalled from Triple-A Omaha… The Royals agreed with SS Alcides Escobar on a minor league contract. He will be assigned to Triple-A Omaha.
Oh, The Little Things That Thrill… Where do I even start? The big story is obvious. The Royals let the reputation of home plate umpire Angel Hernandez get in their heads. They held the lead in each of the first two games of this series, only to lose both games.
Salvador Perez didn’t seem too happy when Shane Bieber, who has good control, hit him in the side with a fastball. It sure looked intentional to me, but nothing came from it. That might have upset the Royals, but it wasn’t what blew up this game.
The game lost control when the Royals were fed up with Angel Hernandez. The Royals were not happy with ball and strike calls from Hernandez. But that’s what Hernandez does. He is a terrible umpire, but everyone knows that.
The sixth inning is when things got out of control. Brady Singer started to struggle. He was in control of the game, but in the sixth, he got the first out, but it was a line drive to center for the out. Then he walked a batter. Then he hit Jose Ramirez. The Royals didn’t think Ramirez was hit, so they challenged and lost. Ryan Lefebvre was caught up in the Hate Hernandez wave and said that there was no way the replay booth could say Ramirez could have been hit after watching the replay. He was watching with Royal-colored glasses. I don’t know if the ball hit Ramirez or not, but I could certainly see how it might have hit the hand of Ramirez. But Ryan likes to talk tough at times, and this was one of those times.
Eddie Rosario doubled to score two runs, and things continued to boil. The Royals were clearly frustrated that they were on their way to blowing another lead to the Indians. Brady Singer went from dominating to struggling a lot!
Things exploded when Angel Hernandez called Brady Singer for a balk, advancing Rosario to third. Cal Eldred lost his mind and took out his frustrations in Angel Hernandez. Mike Matheny approached Hernandez on the field, yelling and showing his displeasure. Eldred was then ejected, followed soon after by Matheny. I need to add that the balk call was completely correct. Singer did balk. The Royals just couldn’t see things clearly at this point.
But it wasn’t over. Pedro Grifol went to the mound one batter later to take out Brady Singer. When Singer left the field, he walked towards Angel Hernandez and yelled at him, causing Hernandez to eject a pitcher already being removed from the game. Singer just donated money to the league.
And let’s not miss this point. During an Indians at-bat, Ryan Lefebvre said that the Indians would likely be looking out for retaliation from the Royals on the Salvy hit-by-pitch. He said it as if to say it was part of the game.
But wait! Do you remember Yordano Ventura? Most people scorched him in town. Not me. But most people. Ventura threw at opponents and did things on the mound that weren’t professional, according to most. At the front of the mob against Yordano Ventura was Royals play-by-play man Ryan Lefebvre. Lefebvre called Ventura childish for his antics. Since then, however, Lefebvre and others who disliked Ventura talk about how much they miss him and describe things he did as how the game is played.
Of course, it wasn’t ok when Ventura was doing it, but it’s ok now for them. Lefebvre is just the most public person to have these statements since we hear him on every broadcast. He is definitely not alone. It feels like most people agree with him. All of them are completely wrong.
After the game, Mike Matheny said that they couldn’t take the emotion out of Brady Singer’s game because that is what makes him good. But again, that is the exact opposite of what people said about Yordano Ventura. Matheny is correct. Some players need emotion to be at their best.
Bull Dozier… Hunter Dozier is on fire right now! Dozier has seven hits in his last four games. Three of those hits have been home runs. He has also had three doubles and a triple. When he makes contact right now, he’s not stopping at first.
Next Up: The Royals will try to avoid the four-game sweep at home by the Cleveland Indians. Danny Duffy has a chance to be the stopper Thursday in a 1:10 pm start.
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