The Royals won their game last night which gives them their first shot to win back-to-back games since May 22. It would be their first pair of wins on consecutive days since May 2. Did I mention the Twins are really good and the Royals don’t even have noted Twin-killer Salvador Perez on their roster?
The team demoted first baseman Ryan O’Hearn before the game and promoted outfielder Jorge Bonifacio. Whatever ailment is hindering Alex Gordon means he’ll be the designated hitter tonight while Boni will play in left. In O’Hearn’s absence it appears that Lucas Duda will take over the daily duties at first base at least until Hunter Dozier is ready to return from the IL.
Brad Keller will be on the mound for the boys in blue. Keller has three strong starts in his last four. Perhaps most impressive among those starts has been the number of innings he has been able to pitch; he managed seven in two of those games and eight in his last outing. Unfortunately he’s 1-3 in last four starts because the offense vanished without Hunter Dozier.
The Twins will counter with Kyle Gibson. Gibby has looked pretty good with a 3.63 ERA and 47 strikeouts to only 9 walks in 39.2 innings over his last 7 starts. He usually does pretty well against the Royals with a 3.84 ERA in 19 career starts against them. This will be his second start against them this year, though, and he allowed six runs without completing the fifth inning in his last start - which was his first of the season - back on April 3. The Twins still won it 7-6, though, thanks to Jake Diekman, Scott Barlow, and Wily Peralta.