Well I bet you were glad you stayed up a little later to watch this one. I could start this out by ranting about Blaine Boyer and other questionable roster decisions the Royals are making, but it isn’t worth it. Keeping it simple, nobody knows why Boyer is still in a major league bullpen (quite the tank job I guess?), but he is. Meanwhile, Richard Lovelady threw four perfect innings for the Storm Chasers tonight, striking out four.
After a quick rain delay, the Blue Jays got the bats going quickly, dropping two runs in the second inning off of Heath Fillmyer. Control was the issue for Fillmyer tonight, walking five on the night and hitting a batter with the bases loaded that scored the Blue Jays third run. He’d fight through it though, finishing with five serviceable innings.
Whit Merrifield got the Royals on the board in the bottom of the third, punching an RBI single into right field. He’d later come around to score on an Alex Gordon RBI, followed up with a Salvador Perez RBI double, tying the game.
Fillmyer gave the Blue Jays a run back the next inning with catching prospect Danny Jansen hitting his first major league home run. Mondesi would bring us back to a tie in no time though, grabbing an RBI on one of his four hits of the night.
Jason Adam provided two solid innings of relief, keeping the contest in a knot. He was in line for a win after Jorge Bonifacio gave the Royals a 5-4 lead on a double, but Blaine Boyer happened. Kevin Pillar two-run shot, 6-5 Blue Jays.
Tim Hill kept the deficit at one run with a scoreless ninth, but the Royals couldn’t get anything off new Blue Jays closer Ken Giles, going down 1-2-3.
Third game of the series tomorrow. Jorge Lopez makes his Royals debut after performing well in two starts for the Storm Chasers. Royals will face Marco Estrada.