Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Johnny Cueto applies the tag to the head of Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts as he attempts to leg out a single on a grounder during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday, August 21, 2015.
The Kansas City Royals split their four-game road series over the weekend with the Boston Red Sox. – Boston interim manager Torey Lovullo, on blowing a two-run lead in the ninth against Kansas City. It’s a learning moment, I think, for Taz. In the ninth inning, opponents are hitting at a. 293 clip against Tazawa for his career.
ATHLETICS 8, RAYS 2 Eric Sogard hit a tiebreaking two-run single as part of a seven-run seventh inning and host Oakland withstood another blown late lead by the bullpen to beat Tampa Bay.
“He was getting to all the pitches that were borderline, ” he said through a translator. “But slowly I’ve been able to do more and more stuff”. After the Royals tacked on another insurance run in the eighth off of Craig Breslow, Boston scored once in the ninth off of Kelvin Herrera, and forced Kansas City to bring in its closer, Greg Holland, to pick up a one-out save. Moustakas had the game-winning hit, knocking a two-run double into center with two outs in the ninth.
“The talk when he was first promoted was he’s got this great defensive ability and it was whether or not the hitting would come around at the major league level”, said Jarinko, whose team is a minor league affiliate of the Red Sox.
Farrell took a medical leave for the rest of the season to deal with Stage 1 Lymphoma.
Royals: 2B Omar Infante returned to the lineup after missing three straight games with back spasms.
Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez allowed 4 runs – 2 earned – in 6 innings.
Bradley came up again with the game tied at 4 and Ryan Hanigan on first base in the bottom of the seventh inning. K.Morales grounded out, third baseman Sandoval to first baseman T.Shaw.
Still, if Betts struggled, and David Ortiz joined him in the 0-for category (albeit with a sacrifice fly), the strong performances from potential key players in 2016 should make up for it. Today should be positive!
Mike Moustakas went 3-5 with three extra base hits, driving in four runs and delivering in the clutch time after time for the Royals on Sunday afternoon. Moustakas followed with his RBI double. Jordan Zimmermann (10-8) allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings. R.Castillo singled to right, T.Shaw scored. KC is just a better team than the Red Sox and is 7-1 in its last eight games played on Sunday. Instead, this year’s Kansas City Royals didn’t let blown leads and their own mistakes distract them from the next play.
3B Sandoval made a pair of diving plays on grounders.
Yet Kansas City reached this point thanks, in part, to Yost’s aggressive deployment of his relievers. “He’s got a tremendous arm”. The Red Sox made it 4-0 in the third when Hanigan singled with runners on second and third, then scored on Bradley’s triple.
Ventura has had a rocky season after becoming the Royals’ Opening Day starter, but may be finally turning his season around.
-RHP Kris Medlen makes his first start since September 27, 2013, when the Royals open a brief four-game homestand against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.