Court's Curve

 

This week ended on a positive note for the Royals. On Monday, the Royals made up a rained out game against the Cubs. They played some free baseball, but lost 1-0 due to a walk off home-run by pinch hitter, Chris Denorfia. The pitching was so solid on both sides, the offenses couldn’t do much. From the way Ventura has been pitching lately, it looks like he will probably be the Royals pitcher in the first game of the playoffs.

Tuesday, the Royals traveled to the other side of Chicago to face the White Sox. Johnny Cueto had a quality start with six innings, eight hits and three earned runs. Eric Hosmer and Kendrys Morales hit back to back home runs, but it wasn’t enough for the Royals against Samadzija. The Royals lost 2-4.

On Wednesday night, the Royals played more free baseball. Edinson Volquez went six innings, threw 117 pitches, but held the White Sox to one run, nine hits, one walk and five strike outs. The White Sox tied the game in the eighth inning when Kelvin Herrera gave up a shot with two outs. The Royals had some solid hitting in the game. The most important hit came from Eric Hosmer in the top of the tenth inning which gave the Royals the lead. The Royals won the game in ten 5-3.

Thursday night was exactly what the Royals needed. Toronto lost to the Orioles, so the Royals had a chance to pull even with the Blue Jays for home field advantage. Kris Medlen pitched well, and more than likely solidified his post season rotation spot. Medlen pitched six innings and gave up just four hits and one earned run, while walking three and striking out four. Jonny Gomes drove in three runs while Moustakas, Morales, and Hosmer also had hits that drove in runs. The White Sox left hander, John Danks, gave up six runs and eleven hits in five innings as the Royals beat Danks for the first time at US Cellular Field 6-4.

This weekend is the last series of the 2015 baseball season. Both teams have something to play for: The Royals are playing for home field advantage throughout the playoffs (they have to finish a game ahead of Toronto) while the Twins are playing to get into the postseason. Ervin Santana is pitching tonight for the Twins and has been one of the hottest pitchers in baseball. Chris Young is back from his father’s funeral and is ready to pitch like he did last Sunday. On Saturday, Yordano Ventura faces Tommy Milone who is 2-0 against the Royals. If Ventura can pitch the way he did against the Cubs, the Royals should be okay. Sunday is the last game of the Royals regular season (that flew by) and Cueto is pitching. I don’t really understand why, but the lineups may change depending on what is on the line for the Royals going into Sunday. Hopefully, we can sweep the Twins and Toronto will lose at least one of their games. One can only hope.  I do know one thing…Let’s Go Royals!!!

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