ABOUT LAST NIGHT…
Indians 6, Royals 5
Luis Mendoza managed to last just four innings while the pitching staff combined to walk eight batters in a one-run loss last night to Cleveland. The crucial walks were by the suddenly struggling Tim Collins who walked the only two batters he faced in the seventh inning and then watched them scored to give Cleveland a lead they would never give up.
It wasn’t as if the Royals didn’t have chances of their own. Alex Gordon hit a grand slam in the fifth inning to tie the game at four and Billy Butler doubled in the eighth to cut the lead to one. But pinch-runner Elliot Johnson was left stranded at third base and one of seven runners who suffered a similar fate. KC also got two runners on in the ninth with one out before Alcides Escobar – who is still batting second – struck out on three pitches and Eric Hosmer grounded into a force out.
The loss drops the Royals to four games under .500 and 5.5 back of first place Cleveland.
Royals Nugget: Homer Bailey threw his second career no-hitter last night for the Cincinnati Reds. A Royals pitcher has not thrown a no-hitter since Bret Saberhagen did it on August 26, 1991 in a 7-0 win over the Chicago White Sox. Steve Busby is the only Royals pitcher to have thrown two no-hitters in a career.
IN OTHER NEWS…
– This high schooler, who is also blind, is a pretty cool kid. “I know a lot of people that can see that don’t pay nearly as good as attention in life as I do. Maybe they’re the ones that are limited. Maybe they should try being blind for a day.” (KC Star)
– Sporting KC is in the thick of the MLS race at the halfway mark. (KC Star)
– Kansas City has a new offensive line identity. (Arrowhead Addict)
– Top 5 players who could breakout for the Chiefs next season. (Arrowhead Addict)
– It is Johnny Giavotella’s time to shine. (Kings of Kauffman)
– Royals locked up two international signings yesterday. (KC Star)
ELSEWHERE AND EVERYWHERE…
– Not only is this fish huge and ugly, it is also apparently very old. Over 200 years old, in fact.
– The skeleton of a dead hoarder’s wife was found in his house. He reported her missing in 19985.
– Texas A&M’s move to the SEC has been a huge benefit to everything Aggies. This website has seen a 50% increase in revenues.
– An awesome story about Yasiel Puig’s attempts to come to America. KC’s own Jeff Passan with the reporting.
ONE MORE THING…
Here is every out from Homer Bailey’s no-hitter last night. He struck out nine batters and allowed just one base runner (a walk) while facing only 28 batters.