This past weekend, yet again, didn’t go in the Royals favor. Friday was especially brutal for them as the Orioles hit two grand slams during one ten run inning. Both starters lasted just five innings. Danny Duffy gave up two runs, but struck out eight for the Royals. The only positive part of the game was Lorenzo Cain’s home runs in the first and sixth innings, but the Royals inevitably lost 14-8.
Saturday changed the momentum, a little bit, and was the best game the Royals have played in a while. The Royals had lost six of seven coming into Saturday’s game. Yordano Ventura pitched 5 2/3 innings giving up eight hits and four runs, but this game, the Royals had answers. Mike Moustakas came through when the Royals needed him the most. The Royals were trailing 4-2 in the sixth; Moose lined a two run single tying the score. Then in the seventh, Moustakas hit the second grand slam of his career and gave the Royals an 11-4 lead. Moustakas still wasn’t finished as he hit a three-run home run in the ninth and had nine total RBIs in the game. For the second night in a row, Ryan Madson got the Royals out of a bases loaded jam and the Royals won a much needed game 14-6.
On Saturday night, Moose informed the media that his mother had passed away in August. It is incredible that he played through it all and just tells you how hard of a worker he really is.
There is a part of me that no longer wants to write anything about Johnny Cueto. I feel like we wasted some potential talent in order to bring him to Kansas City. Cueto lost his career worst fifth straight game. He gave up eleven hits and seven earned runs over 6 1/3 innings and his ERA is 9.75 over that five game stretch. Cueto says he is 100% healthy, but he hasn’t been good for a healthy ace pitcher. His heart and mind aren’t with the Royals.
Salvador Perez had a good hit on Sunday, but that’s about the only positive as the Royals lost 8-2.
Monday handed the Royals another loss. Alex Gordon started the game with a first pitch home run in the first inning. The Indians responded with their own leadoff home run from Jason Kipnis in the first. Edinson Volquez was charged with four runs and seven hits in five innings. The Royals were trailing heading into the seventh when they brought back their short game, which is what they are good at, and cut the lead to one. However, in the same inning, the Indians pulled away again and won the game 8-3.
The Indians have a lot to play for in this series. They are trying to get a Wildcard spot while the Royals are trying to keep home field advantage and stay in the lead in the division. Toronto is only two games behind in the home field advantage race and could easily catch the Royals with the way the two teams have been playing lately. The Royals still have a large lead against the Twins (9 games) for the division, but you never know what will happen.