Judging the Royals

September 5, 2013 8:06 AM

A walk hurts Aaron Crow and the Royals

In a game tied 4-4 in the ninth, Kendrys Morales hit a two-run home run and the Mariners beat the Royals, 6-4. It’s easy to focus on a ball hit 414 feet, but don’t miss the walk that led to the home run. With one down in the inning, Aaron Crow had Franklin Gutierrez down 1-2. Crow then threw three straight balls to Gutierrez; a fastball and two sliders. The walk was what got Morales to the plate. After the game Royals manager Ned Yost said you throw strikes to Gutierrez so you don’t have to face a guy like Morales.

Judging the Royals

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