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Royals lose again, 5-3

Maikel Franco’s defense proved costly in this one.

Kris Bubic delivers a pitch
Kris Bubic pitched pretty well, for the most part.
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Kris Bubic pitched well. He did make a couple mistakes. And those mistakes ended up over the fence. But there is a reason only two of his runs were earned. That reason has a name and it is Maikel Franco. Franco whiffed on a line drive right to him in the fifth inning and everything went downhill from there.

If you’re looking for a stat that explains how good Bubic was tonight how about this one: He was the first Royals pitcher all season to go seven full innings. If he hadn’t been pitching extremely well outside two batters in the first and after the error in the fifth he wouldn’t have gotten there. But he did.

There is no shame in giving up home runs to Jose Abreu or Yasmani Grandal. That’s what those guys are paid for. You’ve just got to limit the other stuff, and that’s what Bubic did. He allowed 6 runners, even including the error, in seven innings. Plus, one of the hits was a weak grounder that just stayed inside third. The White Sox took full advantage when they got someone on. Which is a thing that can happen when you’ve got a complete lineup. Even so, most nights this would have been a one- or two-runs-allowed kind of start

Josh Staumont took over in the eighth and did Staumont things. Scott Barlow pitched the ninth and...did Staumont things, too. Minus the fastball velocity, anyway.

As for offense, Bubba Starling hit his first home run in 2020 to cut the White Sox’s first lead in half. He didn’t even barrel it. The other runs came from a Maikel Franco double to drive in Ryan O’Hearn shortly before Adalberto Mondesi drove Franco in with a single. RBIs don’t matter but that gives Mondesi more RBIs in the last two games than the rest of the season put together. Franco also tried to get a rally going in the ninth off of Alex Colomé but...

Of note, Jorge Soler left the game early with oblique tightness - an injury that has allegedly plagued him most of the season. The Royals will play their final game this season against the White Sox, tomorrow. They will also be attempting to avoid the dreaded four-game sweep. Dallas Keuchel will go for the Sox and the Royals will send out Matt Harvey.