ABOUT LAST NIGHT…
Tigers 3, Royals 2
Royals pitching was excellent again last night but it was all a waste as the offense couldn’t produce enough runs to take advantage. David Lough hit his first career home run and Billy Butler got thrown out arguing balls and strikes in the ninth inning to highlight the night. Wade Davis was very strong in his start, going 6 2/3 innings and allowing just two runs.
The pieces are there for Kansas City to make a push for a wild card spot but those hopes are quickly fading the longer Dayton Moore waits to make improvements to the lineup. We discussed yesterday how the options for upgrading the offense is limited because of salary restrictions and available players, but Moore said this season was about winning and right now there are several every day players in the lineup who are doing everything but help KC win baseball games.
Royals Nugget: Lough’s home run last night was the first home run by a Royals left-handed batter since Jarrod Dyson on May 10.
Matt Beasler and Team USA shutout Panama 2-0 in Seattle last night to leap to the top of table in World Cup qualifying. Eddie Johnson and Jozy Altidore had the goals for the U.S. The U.S. must finish in the top three of the table to automatically qualify for the World Cup. Graham Zusi was forced to sit out the game due to a yellow card suspension.
Sporting Kansas City will face their own affiliate, Orlando City SC, in the U.S. Open Cup tonight at Sporting Park. The winner will advance to the quarterfinals to face either the Chicago Fire or Columbus Crew on June 26. SKC won the Cup last season over Seattle.
IN OTHER NEWS…
– Local schools do well in the latest APR report from the NCAA. (KC Star)
– OTA’s are over for the Chiefs but the work is not done. (Arrowhead Addict)
– The Kansas City Chiefs and the Absence of Fear. (Arrowhead Addict)
– Royals have signed 17 draft picks so far. (Kings of Kauffman)
– Minor League notes from June 11. (Kings of Kauffman)
ELSEWHERE AND EVERYWHERE…
– Zack Greinke was at the center of another brawl last night. No broken bones this time, though.
– Whoa. Spurs crush Heat in game three of the NBA Finals.
– Mumford & Sons bassist Ted Dwane suffers a blood clot on the surface of his brain. KC show still on for now.
– Pandora bought a random FM station in South Dakota. Goal is to reduce how much they pay in royalties.
– Hobbit Part II trailer is out. I didn’t see the first.
ONE MORE THING…
This dude deserved more than a red card. (The Big Lead)