Tuesday night was another struggle for Johnny Cueto as he gave up nine hits and four earned runs through six innings. Cueto said after the game that, “slumps are obviously part of the game. Every player has a streak like this. I am not concerned because I am well aware it’s going to turn around and I am going to help the club with what I need to do.”
The Tigers led the whole game, but there were some positives for the Royals. Kendrys Morlaes came into the game leading the majors with 47 two out RBIs, eclipsing Joe Randa’s Royals club record of 46 in 2000. Morales snagged his 48th RBI in the fourth inning when he belted his 16th home run of the season. This home run ended Tigers pitcher, Justin Verlander’s streak of 35 homerless innings. His previous allowed home-run was August 4th from yet another Royal, Salvador Perez, at Comerica Park earlier this year.
Miguel Almonte made his major league debut on Tuesday night. He didn’t do very well, giving up a two run home run which cost the Royals a win. The Royals were, unfortunately, limited in the bullpen with injuries and illnesses this week. Almonte had some jitters that will hopefully iron themselves out (spoiler alert: he does just fine his next outing). The Royals lost 6-5.
The Royals recovered well on Wednesday night from their loss on Tuesday. Yordano Ventura pitched seven strong innings giving up only five hits, one run while he tied his career best of eleven strike outs. Luckily for Royals fans, Yordano’s five quality starts more than make up for the few rough starts from Cueto lately. Wednesday night, Cheslor Cutbert hit his first major league home-run and had four RBIs. Kendrys Morales and Lorenzo Cain each homered, pulling in three RBIs each. Paulo Orlando hit two doubles and a triple as the Royals killed the Tigers 12-1.
On Thursday night, the three hour and fifty eight minute game felt like it took no less than six hours. It was worth it, even if Edison Volquez only lasted three innings and gave up six runs. The Tigers led 3-2 at the end of the 45 minute first inning. Lorenzo Cain singled and scored in the first to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Then in the second, Cain launched a towering drive, with two runners on, that just barely crept over the wall to give the Royals a 6-3 lead. Kendrys Morlaes has helped the Royals when it has mattered this season. On Thursday he gained 4 more RBIs to put his season total at 98. After a team total of 20 hits, the Royals won 15-7.
Today opens a weekend series against the White Sox. The Royals are 10-3 against the White Sox this season. Kansas City outscored Chicago 59-40 in the last series the two teams played. Chris Medlen is making his first start against the Sox this year. Robin Ventura (the White Sox manager) switched his starting pitchers, John Danks and Jeff Samardzija, because Danks has the better record against the Royals this season. Danny Duffy starts on Saturday. Duffy is looking to get his command back in the second game of the series. He has had high pitch counts in his past three games, so making it through more than six innings is a necessity. Johnny Cueto starts on Sunday. If Cueto pitches the way he did on Tuesday, then the Royals will lose on Sunday. However, if he can get back to the Cueto we saw the first few games after signing him, the Royals will sweep the White Sox.