Happy Monday! I had a great weekend. I hope you did as well. If you missed anything, let me catch you up real quick. And did you realize that college football starts this week?
You have to consider it a successful weekend with a Royals sweep of the Cubs, a Chiefs preseason game in which Patrick Mahomes came out healthy, and a Sporting tie after receiving a ridiculous red card early on.
The Royals played well all weekend to sweep the Cubs in Chicago. Earlier in the week they took three out of four games against the Astros at Kauffman to give the team a 6-1 week. I can hear it now. The tank crowd will be upset the Royals are winning.
Even if the Cubs are not the team that was on the field earlier this season, the Royals won’t apologize for the sweep.
Brad Keller started off the weekend with six innings of one-run ball. Kris Bubic did one better. He went 6 1/3 and allowed two runs. But here is the catch. Bubic had a no-hitter through six before a “rain delay” was called. But it never rained. Now, I understand that the Cubs didn’t do that. The game is in the hands of the umpires once the game starts, but it still through off what was a terrific start from Bubic. And then Carlos Hernandez finished off the weekend with a nice start of his own.
The offense was terrific all weekend. Salvador Perez carried the team in Friday’s game with two home runs. Whit Merrifield and Nicky Lopez were on base all day Saturday and Sunday, causing all kinds of trouble for the Cubs. But the best offensive weekend for the Royals came from Andrew Benintendi. Benintendi had a double and home run on Friday, a single and a double Saturday, and three hits on Sunday with one of them being a double.
The Royals head to Houston today where they will try to win another series from the trash can gang before they finish the week with four games in the beautiful northwest against Seattle.
The Chiefs got through their second preseason game without any major injuries. Most importantly, Patrick Mahomes came out healthy. And while it’s tough to learn much about a team in the preseason, we did see a terrific diving interception by Juan Thornhill. Will it be enough for him to get back into the rotation with the first team on defense? Who knows? That is a strange situation.
Saturday we saw Sporting play at Minnesota in which the game got physical early and the official took Sporting out of the game with a ridiculous red card less than 25 minutes in. So Sporting had to play the rest of the game a man down. When the red card was handed out, the goal was to get through the game with a tie and take away one point.
But Sporting had a chance late in the game for a winning goal. Daniel Salloi crossed a ball to Khiry Shelton. Shelton had to beat just the keeper to put Sporting on the board, but he missed wide right. He could kick for the Buffalo Bills. But Minnesota had several other opportunities to score, but thanks to Sporting keeper Tim Melia, the club walked away with a 0-0 tie. Melia was at his best in this game. He saved the team from more than one defensive breakdowns.
So it was a successful weekend. And we have another fun week ahead. College football finally kicks off this weekend, although most teams still have a week to wait. Kansas kicks off on Friday, September 3. Kansas State and Missouri start the next day. Sporting is off until Saturday when they host Colorado. And, as I said before, the Royals are in Houston for three and Seattle for four.
Dak Prescott’s Heal Turn (Greg Bishop)
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