For half of the game it looked like the Royals were going to have it easy. They scored their first run within two pitches of the game starting. Whit Merrifield laced a double past a diving Randal Grichuk before Nicky Lopez bunted for a base hit. Marcus Stroman fielded the ball and in his rush to try to get Lopez he threw it up the right field line allowing Whit to score and Lopez to advance to second. Lopez scored when Lucas Duda laced a single up the middle later in the inning.
Homer Bailey got into some trouble, early, but after putting his first two runners on he managed to strike out Lourdes Gurriel Jr., he picked off Eric Sogard, and then he struck out Justin Smoak to end the threat. Until the fifth inning he looked dominant. The Blue Jays got only three hits and struck out five times over that period; one of those hits was a solo shot by Vlad Guerrero Jr. but that seemed likely to be the only damage they could cause. Unfortunately, Bailey walked the number eight hitter, Brandon Drury, to lead off the fifth inning. Drury was in a dreadful slump so throwing fastballs down the middle would have been a much better idea. A few minutes later Bailey had men at second and third against Gurriel Jr. again. He pitched around him to face Cavan Biggio. Biggio, in his first major-league at-bat with the bases loaded, hit a flyball just over a leaping Billy Hamilton’s glove in center for a grand slam to put the Blue Jays in front.
The Royals blew several chances today, but they didn’t in the ninth. Or, at least, not entirely. Billy Hamilton led off with a single, advanced to second when Merrifield walked, to third on a Nicky Lopez bunt, and scored on an Alex Gordon flyball. Unfortunately, Hunter Dozier couldn’t bring Merrifield home from second to get the Royals the lead.
In the bottom of the inning Danny Jansen hit a two-run home run to complete the scoring and walk the game off. Scott Barlow’s regression the bad reliever appears to be complete. Who would have imagined.
In good news, Jorge López tossed two shutout innings in relief. Jake Diekman followed up with another scoreless inning. Martín Maldonado hit an opposite field home run in his second at-bat, continuing his hot hitting. In his first at-bat he just missed homering into the fifth deck in left field. The ball still landed up there but it was just to the left of the foul pole - probably, at least, it was over the foul pole and difficult to see. Homer Bailey still has trade value, Maldonado is rapidly gaining some, Diekman still looks tradeable. They’ll still trending to get a very good pick in next year’s draft.
And hey, at least this wasn’t the Red Sox and Yankees in London. The first taste of MLB baseball live in England and the game went almost five hours. Neither starting pitcher made it out of the first. And I don’t know why any British citizen would think baseball is fun to watch.
In the ongoing saga of razors I become more and more annoyed at Phillips Norelco. They decided a rhyming commercial would be awesome but then they rhymed
if you’re a guy who does what feels right
choose the razor that feels right.