The ugly losses just won't stop.
Here are some ugly numbers over the last ten games:
- The Royals are averaging 2.1 runs per game.
- The Royals are averaging 5.5 runs allowed per game.
- They have had a lead in 14 of their last 90 innings of baseball.
- The Royals are hitting .224/.279/.288 over that stretch with just three home runs
- Starting pitchers have a 6.98 ERA with 5.3 walks per nine innings over that time
Yordano Ventura was erratic from the start, loading the bases in the first on two singles and a walk before allowing a ground out by Mike Napoli to score a run. After another single and walk in the third, Napoli would plate home another run to make it 2-0 Cleveland. After Lonnie Chisenhall walked to load the bases, Jose Ramirez promptly unloaded them with a three-run double that effectively put the game away in the third frame. Ventura entered the game leading the league in walks, and he was wild again tonight, handing out five free passes in just four innings. Through 31 innings this year, he has 25 strikeouts and 25 walks, and he saw his ERA ballon to 4.65.
Brian Flynn made his Royals debut, although the game was pretty much out of reach by the time he entered. He gamely finished the match, going four innings and allowing two runs on three hits, striking out two and walking two. It would not be a surprise if he was rewarded for his performance with a one-way ticket back to Omaha.
Offensively, the Royals continued to be impotent. Indians starter Danny Salazar faced just one hitter over the minimum through the first five frames. He did allow an infield single to Lorenzo Cain in the first, but Cain was picked off first as the Royals continued to look lackluster. Cain did collect two hits and is now hitting 11-for-33 (.333) over his last eight games so he may be emerging from his funk.
Christian Colon also collected two hits, although he looked shaky again in the field. The Royals managed just four hits off Salazar, whiffing nine times against the right-hander. Alex Gordon struck out twice, to pass Frank White with his 1,036 career strikeout, the most in Royals franchise history. The Royals walked just once, the sixth straight game they have drawn two or fewer walks as a team.
The Royals are still sliding and they need to right the ship quick. They fall to .500 for the first time since the second game of the season. Whatever pep talk Mike Moustakas or Raul Ibanez or Jonny Gomes needs to give, they need to give it now, before this slump dooms the Royals season.