Looking to avoid two losses in one day, the Royals got off to a quick start against Blue Jays 26th man Joe Biagini, loading the bases with nobody out in the first inning. But then in a somewhat unsurprising way, one run was all that came out of the development.
The Royals grabbed a second run in the following inning via a Mike Moustakas double. The Royals would get their third run in the sixth inning, with Abraham Almonte somehow hitting a home run.
One of the bigger positives in this game was Danny Duffy. In easily his best effort on the mound this season, Duffy fired six scoreless frames, striking out eight and walking three. Duffy left the game with what looked like a good chance at getting his first win of the year, having a 3-0 lead, but Justin Grimm had other plans. Grimm walked all three batters he faced, creating the toughest situation possible for Brad Keller.
Keller did all he could, but left the game with the lead surrendered. Tim Hill avoided making troubles worse, tossing 1.2 innings of scoreless relief.
The Royals retaliated in the most unlikely way, with Alcides Escobar smashing a Ryan Tepera pitch over the fence in left field, knotting the game up at four runs apiece.
Recent call-up Kevin McCarthy got into a little trouble in the ninth inning, but Kelvin Herrera put out the fire with two strikeouts, making Curtis Granderson and Justin Smoak look all but lost.
With the Royals running low on relievers, Brian Flynn came into pitch the bottom of the tenth. He loaded the bases with one out, subsequently allowing a Luke Maile walkoff single.
After dropping both the games in today’s doubleheader, the Royals are now 3-12 on the season. They still have yet to win a game in which they’ve allowed a run. They’ll look to avoid the sweep tomorrow, sending Ian Kennedy out to face J.A. Happ.