Nothing good came out of the game on Monday. Danny Duffy had a pretty worthless game again. I was told that Ned Yost said no matter how bad his pitching was he would pitching they were going to keep him in for 100 pitches. When they second inning was over he had almost half of that at 49 pitches. By the end of the third inning the Rangers were up 6-1. Duffy recorded eleven outs, six earned runs, ninety eight pitches, fifty four of those pitches were strikes and six were walks.
On Tuesday Volquez was relatively ineffective pitching just one batter in the sixth before getting pulled. The Royals had a one run lead and he walked and struck out three and allowed six hits. In the Sixth inning Cain hit a double and was immediately driven in by yet another Hosmer hit. Morales and Hosmer ended up scoring. The Royals defense kept them in the game on Tuesday night. The Rangers took the game into 10 innings, but Gordon wasn’t messing around and hit the leadoff homerun to win the game in 10.
The game on Wednesday was about as ugly as the game on Monday. Both were pretty much over as soon as they started. Ventura looked bad on the mound. He lasted seven innings with ten hits, five runs, two walks, six strikeouts and two homeruns. The Royals attempted to make a comeback in the seventh inning, but were unsuccessful and lost 5-2.
Detwiler was worse that our starters (that’s hard to do). Detwiler had the bases loaded with one out after the first four batters in the top of the first inning on Thursday. Another batter was hit and the Royals lead the game in the fourth and didn’t look back. Luckily the Rangers and Royals bullpens are very different and the Royals cam out with a 6-3 victory. One of the highlights of the game was that Hoz hit another homerun and is on pace to hit 32 this year. No Royal has hit over 30 since 2000 when Jermaine Dye hit 32.
The Royals home stretch begins tonight against the Yankees. Young is up on the mound tonight and has had two great starts against the Tigers in his previous games. I have a feeling he can keep that going tonight and the Royals will come out with a win. Tomorrow night Duffy is pitching. I hope he can come out with stronger starts than he has in the past. I don’t see the Royals winning this game, but it will be a close one. Then on Sunday Volquez is up on the mound. I have a feeling he will come out hot like he did at the beginning of the season and pull out a W. So I would say the Royals take the series two games to one.
The Royals have an off day on Monday then play the Reds on Tuesday for a two game series and have another off day on Thursday. I will be at the Royals vs. Cardinals game on Friday so be sure to look for me. I will be in blue.