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Old 09-12-2017, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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2 steps forward, 10 steps backwards. With only 9 home games left, and 11 games overall left against teams currently in a playoff position or within striking distance of one, they can ill afford any clunkers like they had on Monday. Maybe their biggest home stand of the season, and they have to win the last 2 against the White Sox in order to get out of it 4-3. Not good for a team fighting for one last chance to make the playoffs.

White Sox 11 @ Royals 3. White Sox started the game with 3 straight hits; 2 singles from Yolmer Sanchez and Jose Abreu sandwiched between a Yoan Moncada triple that put the White Sox up 2-0 after the first. After 2 straight strikeouts to begin the second, Jason Hammel allowed a Sanchez double and Moncada single to make it 3-0. Nicky Delmonico drew a bases loaded walk, and a Avasail Garcia force out made it 5-0 after 4. Brandon Moss homered to lead off the bottom of the 5th, and after an Alcides Escobar line out, Whit Merrifield tripled and Lo Cain singled to make it 5-3. The first 4 White Sox reached base to begin the 6th to add another 3 runs, and Adam Engall finished the scoring for the night with a 3 run homer later on in the inning. Jason Hammel (8-11) was a complete disaster allowing 5 runs on 10 hits with 3 walks in 3.1, but 7 of the 10 outs he recorded were strikeouts. Reynaldo Lopez (1-3) allowed 3 runs on 8 hits (1 homer) with 0 walks and 1 strikeout in 6 innings.

Due to a concert at Arrowhead this evening, the scheduled night game has to be moved to the afternoon, so the final 2 games of the series will be afternoon affairs. Dylan Covey (0-4, 8.08) starts for the White Sox and he'll be opposed by Sam Gaviglio (3-5, 4.41). Game time scheduled for 1:15.
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Old 09-12-2017, 08:48 PM
 
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White Sox 3 @ Royals 3. 3 of the first 4 Royals reached base on walks and than the 5th batter of the game Brandon Moss hits a grand slam. White Sox got a leadoff single from Reymer Liriano in the 3rd, a stolen base from Liriano and an RBI double from Yolmer Sanchez to cut it to 3-1. 3 White Sox singles from Nicky Delmonico, Avasail Garcia, and Tim Anderson lead to a 2nd White Sox run, and the 3rd White Sox run came in the 8th when Delmonico lead off with a double, moved to 3rd on a ground out, and scored on Rob Brantley's double. The first inning not-withstanding, Dylan Covey actually outpitched the Royals. He only allowed the 4 runs on only 2 hits with 4 walks, but he only had 2 other base runners outside of the first, meanwhile the White Sox pounded out 13 hits but could only translate those 13 hits into 4 runs.

Covey (0-5) takes the loss, while Sam Gaviglio (4-5) wins for the Royals with 2 runs on 7 hits with 0 walks and 5 strikeouts. Mike Minor (16th hold), and Peter Moylan (21st hold) pitched a combined 3 innings with 1 run on 4 hits with 1 strikeout. Scott Alexander (4th save) pitched a scoreless 9th allowing 2 hits with 1 strikeout. The final game of the season between the 2 teams in Kansas City goes tomorrow at 2:15. Eric Skoglund (1-2, 10.29) starts for the Royals against Lucas Giolito (2-4, 2.84).
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Old 09-14-2017, 12:29 PM
 
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White Sox 5 @ Royals 3. Adam Engel had a 2 run, 2 out double in the 2nd to put the White Sox up 2-0, and Tyler Saldino had a 2 out RBI single in the 3rd for a 3-0 lead. Salvy Perez had a solo home run in the 6th, Alcides Escobar singled in the 8th, and an Alex Gordon ground out scored Terrance Gore to tie it at 3. Then classic Ned showed up. Even though the game was tied, he had pitched 9 times in the last 15 games including 4 times in the last 5 games, AND Ned himself said after the Tuesday game "he [Alexander] was running on fumes today. I didn't want to use him, but we ran into some trouble, and that is a must win game, so I had to put it in." So take those last 2 sentences into account, and guess who runs out of the bullpen to pitch the 9th inning: None other than Scott Alexander, the same guy who the manager said 24 hours before was "running on fumes!" That's a classic #Yosted moment . Should have turned off the game right there and then since I knew what was coming. Tim Anderson singled, advanced to second on a passed ball, stole 3rd on a walk, and scored on Jose Abreu's sac fly, and then Avasail Garcia scored Yoan Moncada for the 5th and final run.

Eric Skoglund started for the Royals pitching 3 innings allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits with 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Alexander (4-4) allowed 2 runs on 2 hits with 1 walk in 2/3 of an inning taking the loss. Lucas Giolito allowed 1 run on 4 hits (1 homer) with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. Aaron Bummer (3rd hold) pitched a hitless 2/3 of an inning, Danny Farquhar (2nd blown save) allowed 2 runs on 3 hits with a strikeout in 2/3 of an inning pitched, while Juan Minaya (3-2) pitched a hitless 1.1 with a strikeout to close out the win. Royals start their final road trip of the season with 4 games in Cleveland against the Indians winners of an AL best 21 games in a row. Josh Tomlin (9-9, 5.13) starts for Cleveland against Jake Junis (7-2, 4.34). 3 weeks ago in Cleveland they got swept getting shut out in all 3 games, so no matter what happens on the scoreboard, as long as they can score 1 run in this series 36+ innings it'll automatically be better than the last time they were at Progressive Field. White Sox head to Detroit to start a 4 game series with the Tigers which begins with an afternoon game on Thursday.
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Old 09-15-2017, 03:37 PM
 
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At least they managed to score on the Indians!

Royals 2 @ Indians 3 (10 innings). Hosmer walk, and Salvy single reached base to begin the second with Moose driving in Hosmer when he grounded into a double play. An Abraham Almonte double, and Lonnie Chisenhall single in the 3rd tied the score at 1. Hosmer would drive in Melky with a double in the 6th for a 2-1 lead where we would stay until the 9th. Since Ned used Alexander that meant he was unavailable and were stuck with Kelvim Herrera trying to close this out. He got the first out, gave up a single, but then got a force out, and had 2 strikes on Francisco Lindor but Lindor had a double that hit off the wall in LF that just got over Gordon's reach. Brandon Maurer came on to begin the 10th, and it went about as well as you would have expected it to: double to Jose Ramirez, walk to Edwin Encarnacion, single to Jay Bruce for the walkoff.

Josh Tomlin allowed 2 runs on 6 hits with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts in 5.2. Cody Allen (3-6) allowed 1 hit and had 1 strikeout in a scoreless 10th inning to get the win. Jake Junis allowed 1 run on 7 hits with 1 walk and 1 strikeout in 5.2. Mike Minor (17th hold), and Ryan Buchter (17th hold) pitched a combined 2.1 with 1 hit, 3 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Herrera (5th blown save) allowed 1 run on 2 hits, and Maurer (3-6) faced 3 batters in the 10th allowed 1 run on 2 hits with 1 walk as all 3 batters reached base. Trevor Baurer (16-8, 4.33) faces Jason Vargas (15-10, 4.15) as the Royals look to end the Indians 22 game winning streak. Game time at 7:10.
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Old 09-16-2017, 02:51 PM
 
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What is the deal with Moustakas? He hit # 35 on August 15th, hit number 36 two weeks later.....and no home runs since.

I had been hoping that he would advance the KC record into the respectable 40s, but now I'm wondering if he is even going to hit # 37.

Is he hurt? Run out of steroids? Everyone pitching around him?
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Old 09-18-2017, 01:05 PM
 
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The Indians took the devils pitchfork out, and stuck it in the back of the Royals. 5 games out with 13 games to play.....not a very good place to be in.

Friday: Royals 4 @ Indians 3. Lo Cain finished 3-4 including the game-winning RBI in the 6th inning as the Royals ended the Indians 22 game winning streak.
Saturday: Royals 4 @ Indians 8. Francisco Lindor, Austin Jackson, Carlos Santana, and Edwin Encarnacion combined for 6 of the 7 Indians RBI's
Sunday: Royals 2 @ Indians 4. Encarnacion had a 2 run homer in the 4th while Brandon Moss had a 2 run double in the 8th to get the Royals back to within 1.

Both teams have Monday off. Royals are in Toronto to face the Blue Jays. Marcus Stroman (11-8, 3.08) starts for the Jays on Tuesday against a pitcher TBA for the Royals Tuesday, Brett Anderson (3-3, 5.73) starts for the Jays against Jake Junis (7-2, 4.15) Wednesday, while Jason Vargas (16-10, 4.19) starts against the Jays J.A. Happ (9-10, 3.76) Thursday. All games begin at 7:07. Indians head out West and have a 3 game series against the Angels in Anaheim beginning on Tuesday.
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Old 09-21-2017, 09:46 AM
 
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Only good thing now about September 2017 is that Duffy came back (maybe it make him better as trade bait this winter) and that Moustakas broke the record. This season overall has been very dissapointing.
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Old 09-22-2017, 02:22 PM
 
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3.5 back with 3 winnable series left. Playoff teams sweep must win series against the Tigers & White Sox, while the Diamondbacks will likely have the NL Wildcard #1 spot signed, sealed and delivered by the time they come to the K next Friday, so them coming in they'll likely be more concerned about setting up their pitcher for that game, and making sure one of their key guys like J.D. Martinez, Paul Goldschmidt, AJ Pollock doesn't get hurt. I've got to think they need to finish no worse than 9-1 to at least get them a chance at 84-78. What we've seen of this team this year I don't think that's possible, but sweep the White Sox......who knows...

Tuesday: Royals 2 @ Jays 5. Darwin Barney & Russell Martin had all 5 RBI's for the Jays, while Alex Gordon ended up with the home run that broke MLB's single season home run record with a solo homer in the 8th inning.
Wednesday: Royals 15 @ Jays 5. Mike Moustakas set the Royals single season home run record with a solo home run in the 6th inning. All 9 Royals starters recorded at least 1 hit and only Alex Gordon & Lo Cain failed to record an RBI.
Thursday: Royals 1 @ Jays 0. Jason Vargas allowed only 2 hits which was enough for the Royals as Melky Cabrera finished 3-4 and had the games only RBI.

3 game series in Chicago against the White Sox starts on Friday. Jason Hammel (8-12, 5.05) starts on Friday against Reynaldo Lopez (2-3, 4.84), Dylan Covey (0-6, 8.18) starts for the White Sox against Danny Duffy (8-9, 3.71) Saturday, while Sam Gaviglio (4-5, 4.30) takes the ball for the Royals against Lucas Giolito (2-3, 2.58) in the season finale between the teams on Sunday. Friday's game begins at 8:10, Saturday's game begins at 7:10 with Sunday's game going at 2:10. Blue Jays have their final 3 games of the season at home as they will start a 3 game series against the Yankees which begins on Friday night.
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Old 09-24-2017, 08:56 PM
 
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Well....RIP to this Royals core . I remember heading out to my first Royals game in Kansas City in August of 2011 when they played the Tigers when that group (Cain, Moose, Hosmer, Salvy) were just starting to get integrated with major league pitching. They gave us a couple good years when they came into their own. Had their first winning season since 2003 in 2013 missing out on the 2nd Wildcard by only a handful of games, rebounded for that with their first playoff birth since the Series in 1985, started their run with that epic Wildcard game against the A's in 2014 and ran over everyone in their path that year until they got dropped in game 7 by one of the greatest postseason pitchers of our generation in Madison Bumgarner with the tying run 90 feet away, and than ran roughshod through the American League, and the Mets in the World Series winning the '15 title. Last year (2016) was a tad bit disappointing, but that was to be expected coming off the title, and can't fault GM Dayton Moore for making the trades in July that he did, hoping to get 1 more deep playoff run with this group, unfortunately it didn't pay off as the team has fallen off a cliff here late in the season. With a tragic number of 2, and the Twins still having the play the Tigers 3 more times who have completely thrown in the towel on the season we know this is going to be the last week of this team as we know it. They have 7 more games left, 6 at the K. Get out there this week (Tuesday through Sunday) and salute Hos, salute Moose, salute Cain for the memories they have given the city and the fans the last 6 years. Unfortunately being nowhere near Kansas City, I don't have the finances to travel out there this week, but I will be saluting from the computer at home this weekend.

Friday: Royals 6 @ White Sox 7. Hosmer had 2 RBI's as the Royals only had 4 RBI's as they scored 4 unearned runs. All 6 runs came in the 3rd inning, but the White Sox scored 5 runs in the 4th, and had the game winning RBI on Yoan Moncada's home run.
Saturday: Royals 8 @ White Sox 2. Whit Merrifield had 3 RBI's and Jose Abreu had all 2 of the White Sox's RBI's
Sunday: Royals 1 @ White Sox 8. Lo Cain had the Royals only RBI on the afternoon on a 4th inning solo home run. Avasail Garcia had 3 RBI's including a 2 run homer in the first, and Kevan Smith had 2 RBI's including a homer.

The final road game of the season takes place on Monday when a May 25 rainout in Yankee stadium pushed that game back to September 25. CC Sabathia (12-5, 3.81) starts for the Yankees while Jake Junis (8-2, 4.05) takes the ball for the Royals. Game time is scheduled for 1:05 PM. White Sox stay at home for their final 4 home games of the year when the Angels come in to conclude the White Sox home portion and non Central portion of the schedule.
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Old 09-25-2017, 10:48 PM
 
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Well, another loss drops the elimination number to 1, and now the best they can do is force a tiebreaker with the Twins. So, you're telling me there's a chance

Royals 3 @ Yankees 11. Aaron Judge had 2 home runs, and broke Mark McGwire's rookie home run record with his 50th home run, and Gary Sanchez had his 33rd home run.

Second to last home series of the year starts on Tuesday vs. Detroit. Annibal Sanchez (3-5, 6.68) starts for the Tigers against Jason Vargas (17-10, 4.03), Jordan Zimmermann (8-13, 6.19) faces Jason Hammel (8-13, 5.32) Wednesday as each take the ball for the final time this season, while Danny Duffy (9-9, 3.68) faces Daniel Norris (4-8, 5.59) in the season finale of the 2 Thursday. All 3 games begin at 8:15. Yankees stay at home in the Bronx and have the Rays in for 3 game.
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