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Hot and Bothered

Royals Coverage
June 17, 2018 - 5:48 pm
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-The Royals (22-49) were swept by the Astros, dropping Sunday's finale, 7-4, at Kauffman Stadium.

-Mike Moustakas and Danny Duffy were ejected from the game for arguing with home plate umpire John Tumpane.

-Ned Yost gave Tumpane an ear-full after he thumbed Moose. It was nice to see some anger spew out the Royals dugout. I was beginning to wonder if anyone was upset about the awful turn this season has taken.

2018 GAME MVP LEADERBOARD

  • 8 - Jason Hammel
  • 6 - Mike Moustakas
  • 5 - Whit, Junis, Kennedy
  • 4 - Alex Gordon, Lucas Duda
  • 3 - Perez, Duffy, Keller, Soler, Flynn
  • 2 - Esky, Dozier, Mac, Skogs, Chess
  • 1 - Butera, Almonte, Smith, Goins, Barlow, Oaks

-Brad Keller held the high-powered Houston lineup to three runs over six innings. The first quality start of his Major League career.

-The 22-year-old right-hander has a 3.38 ERA in four starts this season. (18.2 IP)

-The heat index at first pitch was 100 degrees.

MINOR LEAGUE THREE STARS

  • LHP Daniel Tillo (22)
    • High-A Wilmington
    • Royals #18 Prospect
    • 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K
    • 3.23 ERA in 6 starts (30.2 IP)
  • 2B Gariel Cancel (21)
    • High-A Wilmington
    • Royals #20 Prospect
    • 3-for-4, 2 BB, 2B, 2 RBI, R
    • hitting .400 in last 10 games
  • 2B Erick Mejia (23)
    • AA-NW Arkansas
    • acquired in Soria trade
    • 3-for-5, 2B, RBI
    • five-game hit streak

-Whit Merrifield left the game after fouling a 95 MPH fastball of his left knee. He remained on the ground for quite a while, and for a guy that doesn't show pain very often, it was telling. The team says he's day-to-day with a bruise.

-The Royals have lost five-straight series and have been swept eight times this year.

-Hunter Dozier smacked a 3-2 curveball from Lance McCullers 385 feet for his third home run of the season. It was a two-run shot that gave the Royals a 4-2 lead in the third inning.

-All three of Dozier's home runs have come at Kauffman Stadium. 

2018 PLAY OF THE GAME LEADERBOARD

  • 10 - Soler, Moose
  • 9 - Salvador Perez
  • 8 - Alex Gordon
  • 7 - Whit Merrifield
  • 6 - Alcides Escobar
  • 4 - Drew Butera, Duda
  • 2 - Hunter Dozier, Keller
  • 1 - Junis, Ian, Abe, Adam, Oaks

-Adalberto Mondesi and Rosell Herrera made their season debuts with the Royals. They combined to go 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.

-Salvador Perez snapped an 0-for-14 skid with a two-hit day on Sunday.

-Kevin McCarthy needed just five pitches to retire George Springer, Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve in a clean seventh inning.

2018 BLUE-COLLAR PLAYER OF THE GAME LEADERBOARD

  • 9 - Whit Merrifield
  • 7 - Kelvin Herrera
  • 6 - Jorge Soler
  • 5 - Brad Keller
  • 4 - Junis, Gordon, Hill, McCarthy
  • 3 - Salvador Perez, Mike Moustakas
  • 2 - Escobar, Flynn, Cuthbert, Duda
  • 1 - Duff, Ian, Abe, Fans, Goins, Butera, Adam, Barlow, Grimm

-The Royals responded to Houston's pair of first inning runs with two of their own. Kansas City's 51 first inning runs are the most in the American League.

-By scoring four runs, the team snapped a club-record streak of three runs or less in ten-straight games. It was the longest stretch by an A.L. team since September of 2016.

-Brandon Maurer (13.50 ERA), Tim Hill (4.98) and Justin Grimm (16.76) combined to allow four runs in two innings of relief.

GOOD HANDS PLAY OF THE GAME LEADERBOARD

  • 10 - Whit, Esky
  • 7 - Moose, Duda
  • 6 - Salvador Perez
  • 5 - Soler, Almonte
  • 4 - Gordon, Goins
  • 3 - Dozier, Cuthbert
  • 2 - Orlando, Torres
  • 1 - Brandon Maurer

-The Royals welcome Texas to 'The K' for a three-game series starting Monday night. Ian Kennedy will face fellow righty Bartolo Colon in the opener. I'll get you ready with pregame starting at 6:00 on 610 Sports Radio and the Radio.com app.

-If you're heading to the games, please stop by the 610 Mobile Studio, Gate A in left field, inside Kauffman Stadium. I'll be out there for pregame each and every game. We'll give you a chance to win Royals tickets one hour before first pitch on Three Strikes.

TRADE CHIP POWER RANKINGS

  1. Kelvin Herrera
  2. Mike Moustakas
  3. Whit Merrifield
  4. Salvador Perez
  5. Jason Hammel
  6. Jakob Junis
  7. Danny Duffy

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