The first few innings of last night felt like watching an old Royals game, but with the uniforms swapped. One defense on the field found creative ways to misplay balls, drop relay throws, and give away runs. Baltimore was playing like a mid-2000s Kansas City team, and the runs gifted from those made it feel like a win was on the horizon.
But lo, it was not to be. The Royals in the bottom of the 8th looked like the Royals that all my high school classmates mocked me for liking. Wasn't that inning terrible? It looks no less miserable after a night of contemplation and sleep. Let us hope the newness of this day and the rising of the sun cleanse the team of all the dung through which it dragged us last evening.
The responsibility of ship-righting rests on Yordano Ventura (10-8, 4.34 ERA). Baltimore sends Chris Tillman (9-11, 5.15 ERA).
Order of batsmen:
Soon It's Going To Rain Lineup: Gordon 7, Zobrist 4, Cain 8, Hosmer 3, Morales DH, Moustakas 5, Perez 2, Rios 9, Escobar 6, Ventura 1.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) September 12, 2015