Two runs? The Royals allowed two runs and lost? This one is on the offense.
BIG PICTURE: After winning the first two games of the four-game series, the Royals could not finish it off and win the series. So, they finished with a split. The loss Sunday drops the Royals to 29-28. They are now six games behind the Chicago White Sox in the American League Central and three games out of a Wild Card spot.
NOTES: SS Adalberto Mondesi was placed on the 10-day injured list. RHP Josh Staumont was activated from the injured list. RHP Tyler Zuber was optioned to Triple-A Omaha. RF Edward Olivares was recalled from Triple-A Omaha… Jackson Kowar is being called up for his major league debut Monday night in Los Angeles. RHP Jakob Junis is being optioned to Triple-A Omaha.
SINGER’S MAJOR IMPROVEMENT… Brady Singer has not had a very good season, but maybe Sunday was the start of a turnaround. Singer pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed two runs. That’s not terrific, but it’s pretty good and way better than what we have seen from him most of the season.
Singer looked to be running into one of his typical rough innings in the fifth. He loaded the bases with no outs. But then something unusual happened. Singer didn’t fall apart. He struck out the next two batters. There was hope. He did end up hitting the next batter, forcing in a run, but then got a line out to center and got out of the innings. A very scary inning ended with just one run scored.
So what was different with Brady Singer in this game? The answer is pretty simple. He attacked batters and made good pitches. It takes both of those things to be successful in the big leagues.
Now we have to wait five days to see if he can back it up. His next start will be Friday in Oakland. If he has an outing close to what he had Sunday, we will remain on the lookout for a turnaround. But, on the other hand, if he goes back to what we have seen most of the season, it will be disappointing.
BULLPEN SHINES… The bullpen helped kept the Royals in the game. Even though the Royals could not tie the game, the strong bullpen pieces were successful once again. Kyle Zimmer, Jake Brent, Josh Staumont, and Scott Barlow combined for 3 1/3 innings of one-hit ball. If the Royals continue to get the performances they have had all year from these four relief pitchers, they will win more games like this than they lose.
NEXT UP: The Royals face a tough challenge this week. They go out west for seven games: three in Los Angeles against the Angels and four in Oakland.
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