The Royals lost to the Blue Jays, 4-1.
They got swept at home. They lost three out of four in Toronto. That’s a 1-6 record against a baseball team currently 25 games-under .500.
Sounds about right.
This was one of the fastest moving games of the season, or so it felt. The Royals jumped to an early lead when Cam Gallagher swatted his second homer of the year, making it 1-0 in the third. But that was the extent of the offense on a comfortable, clearing day in Kansas City.
Toronto starter Jacob Waguespack, who entered with an ERA of 5.63, mowed the Royals down in his six innings of work. Only three hits were collected by the Royals. Then dude’s name sounds completely made up, and he put this offense down like they were a bunch of grade schoolers.
Jake Junis started out strong, but the Blue Jays steadily and eventually got to him. After holding Toronto scoreless through six, Junis gave up runs in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings. As it has all series, the long ball continued to plague the Royals, as Junis allowed a tying and go-ahead homer in consecutive innings. Freddy Galvis hit the tying shot, and Blue Jays super prospect Bo Bichette hit his first career home run for the go-ahead blast.
Junis was pulled after making things worse in the eighth after 92 pitches and 7.0 innings of work. Six strikeouts and four runs were added to his season stats. He is 6-10.
Ian Kennedy pitched the ninth. He escaped a bases-loaded jam. I can’t believe the Royals didn’t trade him. Actually, I can, because it’s a very Royal thing to do. They didn’t want to pay any part of his contract, which would have been the equivalent of buying a prospect. Also, they squandered the chance to be rid forever of his dreadful contract. Only the Royals.
At least there’s 2015. And 1985.
Up next: a long road trip opens up for the Royals, who travel to Minnesota for three games starting Friday.