The Royals managed to get just five hits and didn’t score until the eighth inning but won the game 2-0 to start the homestand with a victory.
BIG PICTURE: The win moves the Royals back to within three games of .500. First place in the division or a wild card spot is not the target right now. The first task is to get back to .500.
NOTES: RHP Kyle Zimmer was activated from the 10-day injured list… SS Adalberto Mondesi was transferred to Triple-A Omaha as he works through his rehab assignment… The Royals will return to full capacity on May 31. Now we will see if few people could go to games or if few people wanted to go to games.
BUBIC(ES) BE CRAZY: The changeup was working for Kris Bubic Tuesday night. He got through the top of the first in order on just eight pitches. He followed that up with a perfect second inning on 15 pitches.
Bubic needs his changeup to be effective, and he had it. He was throwing to for strikes down and away. When batters started to dive outside for that pitch, he would jam them inside with a fastball.
I want Danny Duffy to be ok, but I’ll take one of the young prospects over Duffy any day. We know what Duffy can do. He’s not going to reinvent himself as a better starting pitcher. He will have his good seasons, and he will struggle for most of his other seasons. And he’s not giving you 30 starts in a season. EVER!
Bubic was terrific until the sixth inning. He wasn’t bad in that inning, but he was starting to lose his composure. You could see it after each pitch. Now, he didn’t lose his mind, and he did get out of the inning, but it looked like that should probably be his last inning.
I think he’s going to be a good one. I think he has the right mentality. He seems more mentally tough than Danny Duffy.
WHIT’S THE … UM… MAN ON DEFENSE: I railed on Whit Merrifield earlier in the season for his poor defense in a game where he looked like he was never mentally in it. Hey, I call ‘em as I see ‘em. Whit made some really nice plays on ground balls in this game. One of those plays was one that I turned to my wife and said, “That’s the kind of play you see in a no-hitter.” Well, Kris Bubic was really good but not no-hitter good, and shortly after that play, Bubic allowed a solid single to left for the first hit.
EIGHTH INNING RALLY WINS IT: With two outs in the bottom of the eighth of a scoreless game, Whit Merrifield drew a four-pitch walk off of Brandon Woodruff to put a slight crack in the damn. Milwaukee manager Craig Counsel went to the mound but decided to leave his pitcher, who had been great all night, in the game. Woodruff then hit Carlos Santana on the very next pitch, and his night was over.
With runners on first and second, Andrew Benintendi singled to right to score Whit Merrifield on a close play at the plate that was confirmed by instant replay. Next, a routine ground ball to short was thrown high of first base, and Carlos Santana scored. The Royals, all of a sudden, were up 2-0.
NEXT UP: The short two-game series against Milwaukee concludes Wednesday night. Brad Keller takes the mound for the Royals. Corbin Burns, who has been terrific early in the season, pitches for the Brewers.
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