Getting swept by the St. Louis Cardinals can make for a rough weekend for the Kansas City Royals.
It’s certainly safe to say that things didn’t go the Kansas City Royals’ way over this past weekend. The Royals came back home to Kansas City after a rough road trip. Unfortunately for the Royals (and their fans) Kansas City’s seven-game homestand hasn’t exactly started off all that great.
This past weekend, the Royals had three games against the St. Louis Cardinals. All three games ended up being frustrating disasters for Kansas City. The Cardinals won the three contests by a combined 16 runs.
Here’s how things went for the Royals this past weekend:
Game one: Kansas City Royals 0 – St. Louis Cardinals 6
On Friday, Mike Minor took the mound for the Royals. He ended up striking out seven opposing batters, but he gave up a couple of home runs and a total of three earned runs through 6.0 innings pitched. Minor never received any run support and Kansas City’s bullpen was unable to hold on in the later innings.
Game two: Kansas City Royals 4 – St. Louis Cardinals 9
Game two took place on Saturday and, though the Royals were able to get on the board, the game still got messy. Mistakes led to runs for the Cardinals and St. Louis had plenty of bursts of offense throughout the game. That was especially true in the seventh and ninth innings when the Cardinals put up a combined seven runs between the two frames.
Game three: Kansas City Royals 2 – St. Louis Cardinals 7
Sunday got ugly in a hurry for the Royals. St. Louis scored seven runs in the first two innings and the Royals were never able to recover. Kris Bubic had an incredibly frustrating start and, in 1.1 innings pitched, he gave up nine hits (including a couple of home runs) and all seven runs.
What’s next for the Kansas City Royals?
The Royals don’t get a break here and the competition is only going to get tougher for Kansas City for the rest of the homestand. The Royals are set to return to action tonight when they start a four-game series against the Houston Astros. The Astros are a championship contender yet again and look really good so far this season.