- The Royals offense was nowhere to be found
- The Royals pitching was nowhere to be found
The Royals started off in crushingly disappointing form. On an inside fastball that jammed the hitter, Yordano Ventura allowed a bloop single to left field to lead off the game. He walked the next hitter and threw a wild pitch to move them over to second and third. Stephen Vogt hit a grounder to Eric Hosmer, who decided to throw home. He threw a strike and got the out. Didn’t matter much.
Ventura walked the next hitter to load the bases and then jammed another lefty who lifted another bloop just past Cheslor Cuthbert to score the first two runs of the game. A chopper to third failed to score a runner but did count for the second out. Ventura got the final out on a changeup that Marcus Semien waved at and missed.
For the third inning, I could tell you what happened or just show you a dumpster fire. I guess I’ll just summarize: Ventura got the first two outs and then allowed five straight hits for three runs.
Ventura could not finish the fifth inning and was removed in favor of Brian Flynn. Ventura gave up five runs in four and a third innings with four walks and five strikeouts on 100 pitches.
This game was mostly uneventful after the third inning (Ventura did plunk a guy) until the eighth inning. Again, the Royals got the first two outs before allowing a string of six baserunners (five hits and a walk) and three runs. A fella named Kevin McCarthy was pitching at the time. The game was already out of reach anyway.
This was just not a good game. This has been a terrible series. Just finish the last game of the series tomorrow and move on. That’s all you can really do with these types of games. Just move on.