Court's Curve

 

On Monday the Royals looked like they could be swept by the Pirates. Ventura struggled which made

the Royals offense look even worse. Ventura gave up ten hits and six earned runs in four plus innings. He

struck out seven and got out of a bases loaded jam in the third, but gave up four runs in the second. The

Royals tried to rally back with a three-run seventh inning. The Royals cut the lead to 8-7 but the Pirates

came back in the eighth and scored two runs. Medlen who hasn’t appeared in a major league game

since 2013 had a decent showing. He struck out the first two batters but gave up an opposite field

homerun.

On Tuesday morning Ventura was sent down to Omaha, but he didn’t even leave Kansas City before he

was called back up. Jason Vargas who started in Tuesday’s game left in the second inning with an ulnar

collateral ligament tear in his left elbow. This will require Tommy Johns surgery and Vargas will be out

the rest of the season and the majority of next season. He is expected to return September 2016 at the

earliest. Some positive things did happen on Tuesday night. Not only was the game sold out but the

Royals won 3-1. While the Pirates pitcher looked really good, the Royals found a way to spoil is good

outing. Joe Blanton came in after Vargas got hurt and was on fire. He threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings and

only gave up two singles and struck out five. The Royals defense continues to be phenomenal and pull

the Royals through to win games.

Wednesday was another sold out game at the K. Edison Volquez was solid at the mound pitching 7 2/3

innings. Volquez helped out the bullpen tremendously and only gave up one run and eight hits. In the

fourth inning the Pirates were up 1-0. The rally started when Hosmer hit a homerun with one out in the

fourth to tie the game 1-1. Hosmer’s homerun was 446 feet into right field. Alex Rios delivered a hit-

and-run single to send Omar to third then Jarrod Dyson delivered another decisive hit for a single and

Infante beat the throw home. In the seventh inning the Moose got loose and hit a three run homerun to

cap off the seventh inning and the Royals won 5-1.

Last night was supposed to be an off night for the Royals. Instead they traveled to St. Louis to play a

makeup game against the Cardinals. The Royals scored two runs in the first inning, but Chris Young who

just lasted three innings gave up four hits. The Royals tried to make it a game in the ninth inning, but fell

short and lost 3-4. Their throw back jerseys sure are nice though. I hope they break them out more next

year.

The Astros are coming to Kansas City this weekend. Most people are saying this could be a preview of a

playoff series. I hope the Royals can make a better showing then what they did in Houston. Tonight Scott

Kazmir is making his debut in an Astros uniform; just one day after the Astros acquired him from the A’s.

The Royals have beat Kazmir both times they have faced him this year. Jeremy Guthrie will be on the

mound for the Royals. The Royals are 4-0 in J Guts last four starts. On Saturday Scott Feldman will make

his start for the Astros, he will face Duffy who is coming off his best start of the season. Duffy hasn’t

been solid this year, but I’m hoping that his last start has boosted some confidence into him. On Sunday

Keuchel, who is one of the best pitchers in the Al will go against Ventura who has been one of the

biggest let downs in the AL so far this year. I think Ventura will have a better game but it won’t be

enough to get the Royals past Dallas Keuchel. I think the Royals will win Friday and Saturday, but lose on

Sunday.





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