This past weekend was rough for the Royals and this Monday wasn’t any better. The loss on Monday meant that the Royals had lost four straight games, tying their season high. Yordano Ventura, who had posted a 1.13 ERA in his last five starts, gave up four runs and eight hits while striking out eight. The Twins’ left-hander, Tommy Milone, looked much better in this game, throwing seven innings, giving up six hits and only two runs. Ned Yost knows that the Royals haven’t played to their standards and need to improve. On the bright side, Kendrys Morlaes hit his 100th RBI of the season. There is only one other time in his career that he has reached that milestone-in 2009 when he hit 108 RBIs with the Angels.
On Tuesday, the Royals looked much better, especially in the first inning. The inning started out with singles by Ben Zobrist and Alex Gordon on Kyle Gibson’s first two pitches. Lorenzo Cain then walked, bringing up Eric Hosmer who drilled a bases clearing double. Kendrys Morales followed with yet another RBI double to make the early score 4-0. The Twins managed to scrape together two runs later in the third, but Edinson Volquez made sure that was all that they were allowed. Volquez grabbed his thirteenth win of the season by giving up only six hits, two runs, and three strikeouts, all while not walking a single batter.
Despite the Royals breaking the all-time attendance record on Wednesday night, the boys in blue couldn’t pull out a victory, even in twelve innings. Kris Medlen started out the game with a no hitter through five innings. He left after six, giving up three hits and two runs. The Royals had two chances to win in the ninth and tenth innings, but came up short. Miguel Sano hit a pinch-hit home run after a questionable missed called strike three and the Twins won 3-2.
The Royals had yesterday off which was much needed. Today marks a ten game road trip with the first series being played in Baltimore. The last time the Royals played in Camden Yards was last October. Duffy will make the start on Friday night and is 2-1 against the Orioles. He won the only game he faced them in this year. The Orioles starting pitcher for Friday, Mike Wright, has been on the DL for a calf strain and has not won a game since May 28th. Johnny Cueto pitches on Saturday and really needs to do well. Losing four straight isn’t good for any pitcher, but especially not good when you are supposed to be the club’s ace. Luckily, he is pitching against Chris Tillman who hasn’t been that great this season. Ventura starts on Sunday, and just like Cueto, needs to do much better than his last start.
I know I said it last weekend, but as long as everyone (especially Cueto) pitches better, the Royals should sweep the series against the Orioles.
**Editor’s Update: The Royals have just announced that Cueto and Ventura will be flipping starts, putting Yordano Ventura on Saturday and Johnny Cueto on Sunday. **