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Adalberto Mondesi homers in 5-2 Royals loss, their seventh in a row

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The Royals lose 5-2

Starting pitcher Brad Keller #56 of the Kansas City Royals pitches to Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at Progressive Field on September 07, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Starting pitcher Brad Keller #56 of the Kansas City Royals pitches to Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at Progressive Field on September 07, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio.
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In journalism, there is a concept called the inverted pyramid. The idea is to disseminate the most important information first—the top-level, headline information that readers or viewers need to know—without burdening them with potentially unnecessary detail. From there, further context is given, and then even further secondary or tertiary information after that to flesh out the story.

Normally, I would write about the score of the Kansas City Royals game, but that is not the story tonight. No; the big information about tonight is that Adalberto Mondesi hit his first home run of the year against Zach Plesac, of all people. It was a solo shot in the seventh inning and a truly impressive show of power. The ball came off Mondesi’s bat at 109 MPH and went an estimated 458 feet.

After a truly hellish streak at the plate where Mondesi put up an almost unspeakably bad .124/.161/.146 triple slash over 94 plate appearances, Mondesi now has a four-game hitting streak that has raised his season OPS nearly 60 points from .440 to .499. Needless to say, this is a welcome development, as Mondesi is one of the few players on this current roster with the kind of top-tier talent that wins baseball games.

The stark difference in roster talent was on display here as Cleveland beat Kansas City 5-2, and it has been particularly evident recently. Tonight’s loss was the Royals’ seventh in a row, a predictable one considering that the Royals’ anemic lineup was going up against Plesac.

If you must have further information, the Royals were done in by the middle of their lineup. Ryan O’Hearn, Alex Gordon, and Bubba Starling, all fringe Major League players at this point (sorry, Gordon) that might not crack a playoff team’s roster, went 0-12 as Kansas City’s four-five-six hitters, leaving eight men on base. Without Salvador Perez and Jorge Soler, the lack of organizational talent on the hitting side could not be more obvious.

While you’re not going to win many games scoring only two runs—the second coming after a Hunter Dozier triple and Maikel Franco single—Brad Keller not having it tonight combined with poor defense led to five Cleveland runs. Franco and Whit Merrifield both made fielding errors. If you will allow me some editorializing here, part of Kansas City’s problem recently is that they are not nearly the defensive team they were during their 2013-2015 run. The Royals rank 25th in Defensive Runs Saved this year, which really isn’t acceptable.

Anyway, the Royals are now at a clean .333 winning percentage with a 14-28 record. They are tied for the second-worst record in Major League Baseball.