Before Monday’s game against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Washington Nationals relief pitcher Blake Treinen reflected on his journey from long shot to big-leaguer after growing up in small-town Kansas. He appeared in the season finale Wednesday.
The Royals trailed by two runs in the ninth inning, but scored three times and won 7-6 against the Washington Nationals. Terrance Gore, Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain each played a big role in the comeback. Watch Moustakas and Cain get a Salvy Splash as well.
Lorenzo Cain came through with a two-out, game-winning base hit off Washington Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon, busting out of an early-season slump and carrying the Royals to an improbable rally in a 7-6 victory on at Kauffman Stadium.
The Kansas City Star’s annual Royals special section publishes on Sunday, April 3. Grab a printed copy or read the stories here. The 2016 issue focuses on whether the Royals can hold court as World Series champions once again.
Eighteen hours after suffering through a third shutout in four days, Royals manager Ned Yost reaffirmed Tuesday his desire to stay the course on offense. He has not considered juggling the lineup, he said, whether that be by replacing Alcides Escobar at the leadoff spot or something more wholesale.
Royals third-base coach was criticized in some circles for not sending Alex Gordon home in Game 7. Some people even asked Jirschele about it, even though they didn’t realize who they were talking with.
Glaring as the difference might be in hindsight, there tends to be a narrow, fuzzy line between the wisdom of seeking to make things happen and allowing them to unfold. But it’s certainly so when it comes to baseball and a Royals team whose magic the last two seasons has been enabled by its share of calculated gambles.
Monday night, for the third time in four nights, the Royals were shut out, this time in a 2-0 loss to the Nationals in the first game of a three-game home stand. Royals batters mustered just five hits against Washington starter Gio Gonzalez and a cavalry of relievers. The quiet production from the Kansas City offense nullified a solid effort from Edinson Volquez, who allowed two runs while pitching into the eighth inning.
Mike Moustakas was out of the lineup and Christian Colon was starting at third base Monday as the Royals opened a three-game series against the Washington Nationals at Kauffman Stadium. In other news, the Royals have promoted first baseman Ryan O’Hearn, one of their top hitting prospects, to Class AA Northwest Arkansas, and former first-round picks Hunter Dozier and Bubba Starling are getting hot for the Naturals.
Back at Kauffman Stadium on Monday afternoon, Royals reliever Luke Hochevar said the elbow tightness that surfaced over the weekend in Seattle had subsided. He threw a side session before the series opener against the Washington Nationals.
Over the weekend I read a very interesting article by Star beat writer Rustin Dodd. Rustin wrote about infield shifts and pointed out that the Royals rank 25th in baseball when it comes to the number of times they employ defensive alignments that put three infielders on one side of the diamond; the Houston Astros shift more than anyone.
In the Royals’ 3-1 victory over the Mariners on Sunday in Seattle — a win that stopped a five-game losing streak and salvaged the final game of a six-game road trip — Danny Duffy’s stand proved crucial. The reliever threw a lifeline to Royals starter Ian Kennedy, who had thrown five scoreless innings before loading the bases in the sixth.