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Old 08-16-2017, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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This really should have been a sweep. God damn epic bullpen meltdown in the 8th inning of game 2 prevented it from being just that....a sweep.

Monday: Royals 6 @ A's 2. Cam Gallagher had his first career home run, which happened to be a grand slam
Tuesday: Royals 8 @ A's 10. Royals got 3 runs in the first; 2 on Hosmer's double and a 3rd on a Melky single. After 3 A's home runs, the Royals scored 5 runs in the 8th to take an 8-4 lead. 2 each scored on Butera & Hosmer homers, and Moustakas had a solo shot to give him 35, 1 shy of Steve Balboni's single season record. A's tee'd off on Joakim Soria & Mike Minor with 6 hits & 6 runs combined in the 8th inning, the game-winning hit coming on a Matt Joyce 3 RBI double.
Wednesday: Royals 7 @ A's 6. Lo Cain & Gordon each had 2 RBI's. Bullpen $#!t the bed again in the 8th as they were up 6-4 heading into the bottom of the 8th but Matt Chapman homered off of Brandan Mauer to tie it at 6, but Gordon was able to get an RBI single in the 9th to get the series.

Royals have Thursday off and head home to start a 3 game series against the Indians. Could be last stand in the division as even though they'll still play the Indians 7 more times after Sunday, all 7 games will be in Cleveland. Corey Kluber (11-3, 2.71) starts for Cleveland against Ian Kennedy (4-8, 4.80) on Friday, Jason Vargas (14-6, 3.45) starts Saturday against Trevor Bauer (11-8, 4.75) and Jason Hammel (5-9, 4.74) starts Sunday against Danny Salazar (5-5, 3.92). Friday game begins at 8:15, Saturday game begins at 7:15, Sunday starts at 2:15. A's also have Thursday off and they'll begin a series Friday night in Houston against the Astros.
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Old 08-21-2017, 01:49 PM
 
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What a lost weekend. We can probably shut the division down for them. Complete no shows 2 of the 3 games and still have to play Cleveland 7 times in Cleveland this year.

Friday: Indians 10 @ Royals 1. Ian Kennedy allowed 5 runs on 6 hits with 2 home runs and didn't even make it out of the 3rd inning as the Indians pounded the Royals in the series opener.
Saturday: Indians 5 @ Royals 0. Trevor Bauer scattered 7 hits over 6 1/3 shut out innings and Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen allowed only 1 base runner the final 2 2/3's.
Sunday: Indians 4 @ Royals 7. Alcides Escobar, Cheslor Cuthbert and Cam Gallagher 7-8-9 in the order finished 6-10 with 2 runs scored and all 7 RBI's as the Royals salvaged the final series.

Royals have Monday off and will open up a 3 game interleague series against the Royals on Tuesday. Danny Duffy (7-8, 3.82) faces Jon Gray (5-2, 4.74) on Tuesday, Anthony Senzatela (10-4, 4.56) starts for the Rockies against Ian Kennedy (4-9, 5.06) Wednesday, and German Marquez (10-5, 4.24) starts for Colorado against Jake Junis (5-2, 4.99) in the series finale on Thursday. Tuesday & Wednesday games begin at 8:15 with Thursday's game beginning at 2:15. Indians open a 4 game home series against the Boston red Sox beginning on Monday night.
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Old 08-26-2017, 12:46 AM
 
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Pretty exciting series between 2 hopeful playoff contenders. Would have been nice to get the sweep, but 2 out of 3 is pretty good, especially when all 3 games could have gone either way. Sure, losing the last game stinks, but they could have easily lost the first 2 as well, so you take 2 of 3 into Cleveland and hopefully they can win 2 of 3 against Cleveland, but you gotta think they have to get the sweep.

Tuesday: Rockies 2 @ Royals 3. Duffy held the Rockies to only 2 hits on the night, with the lone Rockies run coming on a Nolan Arenado home run in the 6th.
Wednesday: Rockies 4 @ Royals 6. Eric Hosmer had a walk off 3 run homer off of Greg Holland's return to Kansas City as the Royals came from behind to win.
Thursday: Rockies 3 @ Royals 2. Whit Merrifield had a leadoff homer, and Moss homered in the 2nd, but unfortunately, the Royals couldn't put any sustained rally together and lost on Pat Valaika's 2 run homer in the 8th.

3 game series in Cleveland starts Friday. Jason Vargas (14-7, 3.59) starts for the Royals against Ryan Merritt (0-0, 3.12), Jason Hammel (6-9, 4.73) starts Saturday against Mike Clevinger (6-5, 3.97) and Carlos Carrasco (12-6, 3.95) starts the series finale on Sunday for Cleveland against Danny Duffy (8-8, 3.78). That's a quick 3 game road trip for the Royals as they'll head back to the K for a 3 game home series against the Rays which begins Monday night. Friday & Saturday games start at 7:10, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday start at 8:15, and the Sunday matinee game begins at 1:10. Rockies are in Atlanta for 3 games beginning on Friday, and than the Indians head to the Bronx to take on the Yankees after the Royals series.
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Old 08-30-2017, 11:06 PM
 
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Woof! 9 runs in 6 games, 53 innings (since the Royals didn't have to bat in the 9th as the home team winning). Of the 9 runs, all 9 came in a 9 inning span - from the 3rd inning in Tuesday's game to the 3rd inning of Wednesday's game. For those of you keeping track, since the Royals scored their second run of the game on Thursday they went 45 straight innings without scoring, and since the 2nd inning of the Thursday game they have only scored 9 runs in their last 60 innings. Not good when you are in the middle of a pennant race in the final 30 games with your core players around

Friday: Royals 0 @ Indians 4. Ryan Merritt pitched 6.2 in a spot start for the Indians, and Francisco Lindor had a homer and 2 RBI's.
Saturday: Royals 0 @ Indians 4. All 4 Indians runs came off of homers: 2 run homer by Roberto Perez which ended up being the game-winner, and solo homers in the 7th each from Edwin Encarnacion & Carlos Santana.
Sunday: Royals 0 @ Indians 12. Lindor, and Santana each homered, and Yan Gomez put the finishing touches on the series sweep shutout and put the nail in the coffin for the Royals Central chances with a grand slam to finish the scoring in a 9 run second inning.
Monday: Rays 12 @ Royals 0. Ian Kennedy was a disaster (7 runs, 6 hits, 2 home runs in 2.2) but even if he was fantastic and only allowed a run.....he would've lost anyways as Cain finished 2-4 on the day with 2 doubles, and everyone else in the lineup finished 0-24 with the only other Royal reaching base on the evening was Brandon Moss who drew 2 walks
Tuesday: Rays 2 @ Royals 6. Whit Merrifield ended the 45 inning scoreless drought with a 3rd inning home run, and Hosmer put the game on ice with a 3 run homer in the 7th.
Wednesday: Rays 5 @ Royals 3. Adeiny Hechavarria homered, Steven Souza singled, and Evan Longoria had a sac fly to put the Rays up 3-0 after the top of the 3rd. Merrifield would homer in the 3rd inning to tie it after the first 2 batters to start the inning reached, but after Merrifield's home run, the bats disappeared today as Jake Odorizzi, Steve Cishek, Tommy Hunter, and Alex Colome retired 21 of the next 24 Royals that came to the plate (2 hits, 1 walk) to end the game and pick up the series win.

Royals have a much needed day off Thursday and begin a 3 game series in Minnesota against the 2nd wildcard leading Twins. A Twins sweep and we can all but close the book on this Royals era. Dillon Gee (1-1, 3.53) starts for the Twins Friday against Jason Hammel (6-10, 4.76), Kyle Gibson (8-10, 5.59) starts for the Twins against a pitcher TBA for the Royals (pray it is NOT Kennedy!) on Saturday, and Jake Junis (6-2, 4.41) will likely get the start in the season finale at Target Field against Ervin Santana (14-7, 3.27) on Sunday. Friday's game starts at 8:10, Saturday's game is at 7:10, Sunday's game at 2:10. Rays also have Thursday off, and will stay in the Central as their 9 game road trip continues with 3 games in Chicago against the White Sox on Friday.
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Old 08-31-2017, 12:55 PM
 
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Mustakas is choking, he hit # 35 on August 15th, and tomorrow it will be September. I was really hoping that he would advance the record into the high 40's , but he hasn't even broken Balboni's little sparrowfart record yet.
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Old 09-03-2017, 10:05 PM
 
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Not often you see a team win a series and get outscored by double digit runs in the process, but that's what happened with the Royals this weekend.

Friday: Royals 7 @ Twins 6. Royals took the lead for good with a 5 run 2nd inning which culminated in Moose's 36th run home, tying Steve Balboni for home runs in a season, and Moustakas' first home run since August 15. Kelvim Herrera couldn't get out of the 9th as he allowed 2 runs and left 2 runners on base as Scott Alexander had to finish the job.
Saturday: Royals 0 @ Twins 17. Eduardo Escobar finished 3-5 with 3 runs scored and 6 RBI's as the Twins pounded out 4 runs in the 1st & 6 runs in the second to win going away as Onelki Garcia only recorded 1 out in his first career major league start. Well....at least the Royals held the Twins to a field goal instead of another touchdown on their last scoring drive
Sunday: Royals 5 @ Twins 4. Lo Cain and Melky Cabrera finished 5-8 with 3 runs and 4 RBI's, and Cain had the game-winning triple in the 7th inning, but was out stretching at home for an inside-the-park home run.

3 game series in Detroit starts on Monday. Artie Lewicki (MLB Debut) takes Justin Verlander's spot in the rotation after he was traded to the Houston Astros makes his major league debut starting for Detroit against Jake Junis (6-2, 4.41) in Monday's mound matchup. Jason Vargas (14-9, 3.87) starts Tuesday against Anibal Sanchez (3-3, 6.95), and Jason Hammel (7-10, 4.80) starts Wednesday against Matt Boyd (5-8, 5.92). Monday's game begins at 1:10 while Tuesday & Wednesday games begin at 7:10. Twins start a 7 game road trip this coming week with 3 games in St. Petersburg against the Rays which begins Monday night.
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Old 09-06-2017, 10:20 PM
 
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Unfortunately, my phone got stolen the other day, and my new phone isn't MLB At Bat compatible, so there go my recaps since that's where I got everything from, so these won't be much, though I probably will recap every day now instead of once the series ends.

Were up like 7-0 Monday and held onto win by 1, got blown out Tuesday, blew Detroit out Wednesday. 4 game series vs. the Twinkies, final series of the year against them starts on Thursday. Tigers have Thursday off and head to Canada to play the Jays for a weekend set beginning on Friday night.
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Old 09-08-2017, 08:31 AM
 
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They were up 2-1 late before blowing it 4-2. With a run differential now around negative 60, I have to ponder this question: Has anyone ever had a run differential this low this late in the season that made the playoffs?? 4 game series continues on Friday with an 8:15 start.
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Old 09-08-2017, 10:02 PM
 
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They lost 8-5 to the Twins, so now in the best case scenario they will split the series at home after winning 2 of 3 last weekend in Minnesota. That's why nobody can take this team seriously! Every single damn time this year I think they've got something going they turn around and blow it! Game 3 tomorrow I believe at 7:15.
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Old 09-11-2017, 02:58 PM
 
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They managed to win the last 2, but unfortunately, it leaves them in the same position they started this series with no more head-to-head matchups.

Saturday: Twins 2 @ Royals 5. They scored 4 runs in the 7th and 8th to come back and take the 3rd game.
Sunday: Twins 3 @ Royals 11. The Royals knocked Bartolo Colon out in the 2nd inning pounding him for 6 runs in 1.2 and Brandon Moss had 4 RBI's as the Royals managed the split in the series.

3 game series vs. the White Sox starts on Monday. Jason Hammel (8-10, 4.73) starts for the Royals while rookie Reynaldo Lopez (0-3, 4.84) starts for the White Sox. Game time at 8:15. Twins have Monday off and open a 2 game interleague series against the Padres on Tues in Minnesota.
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