The Royals added two runs in the ninth innings thanks to an Adalberto Mondesi home run, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to the Minnesota Twins 6-5.
BIG PICTURE: The loss drops the Royals to 24-26. With the Chicago White Sox sweeping a doubleheader in Baltimore Saturday, the Royals dropped 6 1/2 games out of first. The White Sox won’t pause to let the Royals get back into the division race. It’s going to have to be a Wild Card spot if the Royals are going to make the playoffs.
SOLER LEAVES EARLY… Jorge Soler left the game with a groin injury.
MORE MATHENY PITCHING BLUNDERS… Ervin Santana got the start Saturday for the Royals and had a rough outing. He allowed three runs on four hits and two walks in just three outings.
The start was probably not fair for Santana. Santana has been a starting pitcher most of his career. Although he is a swing man this year, it’s still difficult to make the adjustment Mike Matheny was asking of him. Santana threw 18 pitches in relief on Thursday. Matheny then asked him to start just two days later.
Santana is used to coming out of the bullpen now. Starting is a different experience. And if Santana was going to start, it would probably have been best to give him just an inning, maybe two at the most depending on how many pitches he threw.
This isn’t the sole reason for the loss. Santana left the game with the Royals in contention, but it wasn’t a great pitching situation. Dayton Moore might be as much to blame as Matheny for this situation. He should maybe even shoulder more of the blame. Regardless, things won’t be perfect during a season. This was one of those days.
ROYALS OFFENSE LIKES MINNESOTA… The Royals score runs in Minnesota. They have had just one game this season in Minnesota where they scored poorly. The Royals have scored 1, 11, 4, 8, and 5 runs in Minnesota this season.
Maybe the best Royals’ hitter in Minnesota is Salvador Perez. He seems to always play well there. Perez had two hits on Friday and then a home run in this game.
Adalberto Mondesi’s hot start continued with two hits in this game including a two-run home run in the ninth inning. The home run pulled the Royals to within one run with no outs, but the Royals couldn’t add on any more.
NEXT UP: The Royals play the rubber game of the series Sunday in Minnesota at 1:10 pm.
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