1 Kansas City Royals OFFICIAL GAME NOTES Minnesota Twins Kansas City Royals (44-31) Kauffman Stadium - Thursday, July 2, 2015 Game #76 - Home Game #36 Fox Sports Kansas City (HD) & KCSP Radio (610 Sports) UPCOMING PITCHING PROBABLES Friday, July 3 vs. Minnesota Twins: LHP Tommy Milone (4-1, 3.19) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (6-5, 5.68), 7:10 p.m., FSKC (HD) & 610 Sports Saturday, July 4 vs. Minnesota Twins: RHP Mike Pelfrey (5-5, 3.81) vs. RHP Joe Blanton (2-1, 3.14), 6:15 p.m., FOX Network (HD) & 610 Sports Sunday, July 5 vs. Minnesota Twins: TBA vs. LHP Danny Duffy (2-4, 5.44), 1:10 p.m., FSKC (HD) & 610 Sports Tonight s game is being broadcast in Kansas City on KCSP Radio (610 Sports) and the Royals Radio Network with Steve Physioc and Steve Stewart, while Don Free serves as the producer/engineer...tonight s game is being televised by Fox Sports Kansas City with Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler...the pre and postgame shows on FSKC, Royals Live, are hosted by Joel Goldberg. Royals vs. Twins The Royals bring a 6-3 advantage in the season work into tonight s series opener...the last time these clubs met, KC swept a 3-game visit to Target Field...the Royals trail the all-time series by a mark, but possesses a advantage in Kansas City, in The K. Date Site Score WP LP Att. Min W, 12-3 Duffy May 40,123 Min L, 1-3 Gibson Volquez 21,362 Min L, 5-8 Milone Vargas 17,449 4/20 KC W, 7-1 Volquez Gibson 20,393 4/21 KC W, 6-5 Young Fien 20,990 4/22 KC L, 0-3 Pelfrey Guthrie 24,721 Min W, 3-1 Vargas Hughes 22,796 Min W, 2-0 Young May 22,497 Min W, 7-2 Volquez Gibson 22,434 7/2 KC 7/3 KC 7/4 KC 7/5 KC 9/7 KC 9/8 KC 9/9 KC Min Min Min GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS--How about the good news first, the Royals return to Kauffman Stadium tonight to open an 11-game stay that will lead up to the All-Star break...also on the good news side is that when Kansas City left town 10 days ago, its lead in the A.L. Central was 3 1/2 games, but after a 5-4 journey through the A.L. West, the Royals open this stay with a 4 1/2-game advantage over these Twins and six games on Detroit...now for the bad news, the Royals had gone 5-1 through Seattle and Oakland, but then ran into a red hot Houston and wound up being swept by the Central leaders, capped with a 6-5 setback last night...kc jumped out to a 3-0 lead on the strength of a Kendrys Morales 2-run homer and an RBI single from Alex Rios...the hosts used a 4-run fifth inning to take a 5-3 lead on starter Edinson Volquez, but the Royals proved resilient when Jarrod Dyson tripled home the tying run with a 2-out gapper in the seventh... unfortunately, Houston took advantage of Jose Altuve getting plunked to open the home half of the seventh and scored the deciding tally...kelvin Herrera was saddled with the loss without giving up a hit. TWINS, RAYS AND JAYS TAKES KC TO BREAK--Tonight kicks off a season-long 11-game stay at The K starting with a 4-game set against division rival Minnesota, followed by a 7-game stretch vs. the A.L. East with Tampa Bay (4) and Toronto (3) hitting town...the completion of the Houston series last night snapped a stretch in which KC was away from home for 16 of 21 games, going 10-6 in the road games. BEEN A LONG TIME...--The Royals wrapped up June with a ledger, giving Kansas City three consecutive winning months to open the year for the first time since the 1989 campaign...this year s club started with a 15-7 month of April, followed by a run through May...the 89 club went 16-8 in April, in May and in June, but entered July in third place in the A.L. West, two games off the pace... this year s club opens July with a 4 1/2-game advantage over Minnesota, picking up five games in the standings during the month of June after entering a half-game back...in the 47-year history of the Royals, this is the fourth time the club has opened the year with three consecutive winning months, not only matching the 89 campaign, but also 1980 and 82. BIG CROWDS EXPECTED--Ticket sales have been brisk for this matchup between the first and second place clubs in the Central, with well over 30,000 expected for each of the first three games...the Royals have announced that single-game sales have already cracked the 2,000,000 mark for the first time since 1991 and the 12th time in team history...the Royals eclipsed the 1,000,000 mark in turnstile attendance in their 31st home date of the year, the fastest the franchise has ever drawn seven figures...kansas City is averaging 32,934 per game, which is an improvement of 11,320 compared to 35 dates last year...with 46 home dates remaining, the current per game average factors out to just over 2.66 million over a full season, which would shatter the team record of 2,477,700 set in the Royals have already played in front of 11 sellout crowds at The K this year. KC S PEN STILL THE BEST--Despite allowing a run last night, Kansas City has taken over the Major League relief ERA lead with a 2.06 mark, with St. Louis next at during the 9-game road trip, the KC pen allowed five earned runs in 28.0 innings for a 1.61 ERA, while holding the opposition to a.118 average (11-for-93). FIVE STILL HOLD ALL-STAR LEAD--With voting winding down tonight, the defending American League Champions have five potential starters in the 2015 All- Star Game lineup slated for July 14 in Cincinnati...in the latest vote announced on Monday, Salvador Perez, Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, Alex Gordon and Omar Infante each lead at their respective positions, while Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer are currently second at third base and first base, respectively. TONIGHT S STARTING PITCHERS: RHP Kyle Gibson (5-6, 3.30) vs. RHP Chris Young (7-3, 2.71) Career Career Kyle Gibson vs. Royals Major League Record 5-6 (3.30 ERA) Chris Young vs. Twins Major League Record 7-3 (2.71 ERA) CHRIS YOUNG is making his 11th start and 17th overall appearance of tonight marks his second start and fourth appearance this season against the Twins, the 206th outing and 199th assignment since debuting with the Texas Rangers on August 24, the 6-foot-10 righty signed a one-year free agent contract with Kansas City on March 7 after pitching for Seattle in 2014, winning the American League Comeback Player-of-the-Year award. BOUNCING BACK IN OAKLAND--Chris rebounded from his shortest start of the year, tossing 6.0 solid innings to earn a 3-2 win at O.co Coliseum last Saturday afternoon... he allowed just two runs (one earned) on four hits with a walk and four K s, firing 96 pitches...two Royals errors led to both runs, as his throwing error in the first inning allowed Sam Fuld to score after a leadoff double...then, with two outs in the fifth, the A s took a brief lead when Eric Sogard came home on Alcides Escobar s errant throw... KC rallied for two runs in the top of the sixth and C.Y. put together a bottom of the frame to earn his seventh win...he recorded his fifth quality start and sixth start where he s allowed five hits or less. HITS SCARCE WITH C.Y.--With four hits allowed in his last outing, Young dropped his season opponents batting average to.192, third-best among Major League hurlers that have tossed at least 60.0 innings and tops in the A.L...he s holding righties to a.164 average (19-for-116), second among MLB pitchers with 100-plus opponent at-bats against righties...among active pitchers that have worked at least 1,000 career innings, his 937 hits allowed are the second-fewest to Miami s Mat Latos (903), while his career.224 opponents batting average is second-lowest in that group, behind only Clayton Kershaw (.209). UNDER THE LIGHTS--Chris has been superb at night, going 6-1 with a 1.31 ERA and opponents hitting.167 against him...his night ERA and opponents average are the lowest in the Majors among pitchers that have recorded at least 45.0 innings, with his ERA over a half-run better than Dodgers righty Zack Greinke (1.83), who is second. TAKING CARE OF THE LEADER--Opponents have found limited success when leading off an inning against C.Y. this year, batting just.132 (9-for-68), though three of the nine hits have left the park...the average is tops in the American League and third in the Majors, behind Max Scherzer (.120) and Jacob degrom (.131). VS. TWINS--Young has earned victories in his last two outings vs. Minnesota, allowing one hit over 6.1 innings in a June 9 start at Target Field, a 2-0 Royals win... he also earned his first victory as a reliever over the Twins here on April 21, tossing a pair of scoreless frames in a 6-5 KC triumph...young is 2-2 with a 2.86 ERA (14 ER in 44.0 IP) and a.209 opponents average in nine career outings and seven starts against Minnesota. AT THE K --Chris is looking to bounce back from a pair of rough outings his last two times on the home mound...after winning his first four decisions here, he s allowed 13 earned runs over his last 9.2 innings in losses to Cleveland and Boston...overall, he s 4-2 with a 4.11 ERA (14 ER in 30.2 IP) at Kauffman, while he s and a 3.32 Young vs. Twins Player AVG. AB H HR RBI Brian Dozier Eduardo Escobar Torii Hunter Joe Mauer Eduardo Nunez Trevor Plouffe Shane Robinson Eddie Rosario Danny Santana Kurt Suzuki Young s 2015 starts DATE OPPONENT SCORE IP H R ER HR BB SO TP-K LEFT 5/1 vs. Detroit W, Detroit ND, 2-1 (10) /15 vs. New York W, /22 vs. St. Louis W, New York L, /4 vs. Cleveland L, Minnesota W, Milwaukee W, /21 vs. Boston L, Oakland W, Totals % Career Totals 72-55, Totals (Starter) 6-3, % ERA with opponents hitting.214 against him in 95 career outings at home. Chris Last Win: June 27, 2015 at Oakland (6.0 IP, 3-2 over Scott Kazmir) Chris Last Loss: June 21, 2015 vs. Boston (4.2 IP, 2-13 to Wade Miley) Chris Strikeout High: 12, June 9, 2006 vs. Florida (6.0 IP, 3-2 win over Ricky Nolasco) Chris Only Complete Game: September 17, 2008 at Milwaukee (10-1 win over Manny Parra) Kansas City Royals One Royal Way Kansas City, MO Kansas City Royals 2015
2 Pitching Notes Tomorrow s Starter - Jeremy Guthrie = Jeremy will make his 16th start of 2015, carrying a 6-5 mark and 5.68 ERA...he s since joining the Royals in = Guthrie earned his sixth win of 2015 on Sunday at Oakland, working 6.0 innings in a 5-3 final...he scattered seven hits and a walk with a season-high seven strikeouts, allowing both of his runs in the third...the A s held a 2-0 lead until the sixth, when KC plated three, putting Guthrie in line for the win. = Jeremy recorded his 1,000th career strikeout in the second on Sunday, going on to fan the side twice, the first time he s done that in a game in his career. = He s 9-4 in one-run games since the start of 2012, with his 3.44 ERA over a run lower than his overall ERA during the span (4.46). = Guthrie is 9-4 with a 3.47 ERA over 17 games and 15 starts vs. Minnesota, including 5-3 as a Royal...he dropped the last matchup here on April 22, allowing three runs over 5.0 innings in a 3-0 defeat...he s 3-2 here against the Twins, including his second career shutout on August 5, = Jeremy has a 1.88 ERA over four home starts since May 20, eighth among A.L. pitchers...he s 2-1 over the span, holding opponents to a.198 average here Pitching Lines G W-L SV SVO ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO OPP AVG Starters Relievers Totals Bullpen Totals: 1st Batter Efficiency: 165/222 (74%) Saves/Save Opp: 25/34 (74%) Inherited Runners/Runners Scored: 61/14 (23%) Wade Davis 1st Batter Efficiency: 28/34 Saves/Save Opp: 9/9 (100%) Last Save: June Oak (12th career) Last Outing: IP H R ER BB SO Inherited Runners/Runners Scored: 2/ Strikeout High: 3 (twice, last Cubs) July Houston = Wade worked the eighth inning of last night s 6-5 loss at Houston, pitching around Jason Castro s one-out double. = Davis earned the save in Sunday s 5-3 win at Oakland...Marcus Semien doubled with two away, but was stranded there as Wade fanned Stephen Vogt. = Wade has fanned at least one batter in 11 straight outings and is averaging K s per 9.0 innings over 14 appearances since May 29. = Davis has not allowed a home run over innings dating to September 4, 2013, a club record for relievers...his 0.26 ERA leads the Majors among pitchers with at least 25.0 innings of work, with St. Louis hurler Trevor Rosenthal second at Brandon Finnegan (L) 1st Batter Efficiency: 6/9 Saves/Save Opp: 0/1 (0%) Last Save: None career Last Outing: IP H R ER BB SO Inherited Runners/Runners Scored: 5/ Strikeout High: 3 on 5/3 vs. Det June Houston = Finny struck out Jason Castro in the third on Monday at Houston, stranding two inherited runners...he went on to work a career-high 3.1 innings, allowing a run on Chris Carter s leadoff homer in the fifth, which extended Houston s lead to 6-0. = Opponents are batting just.145 over (8-for-55) over 17.2 innings, though he has walked 10. = The TCU alum became the first player to appear in the College World Series and MLB World Series in the same season in Jason Frasor 1st Batter Efficiency: 13/25 Saves/Save Opp: 0/1 (0%) Last Save: Sept. 26, 2010 vs. Bal (36th) Last Outing: IP H R ER BB SO Inherited Runners/Runners Scored: 16/ Strikeout High: 2 (5x, last Hou) June Houston = Jason made his first appearance of the road trip on Monday at Houston, retiring three straight including two strikeouts to strand runners at second and third in the eighth...jon Singleton opened the inning with a double, followed by a walk to Preston Tucker and a wild pitch. = Frasor has allowed just four earned runs over 22.1 innings for a 1.61 ERA, with three of the four runs coming in his June 21 outing vs. Boston. Kelvin Herrera 1st Batter Efficiency: 23/33 Saves/Save Opp: 0/2 (0%) Last Save: Apr. 10, 2013 vs. Min (5th) Last Outing: IP H R ER BB SO Inherited Runners/Runners Scored: 6/ Strikeout High: 3 on 6/2 vs. Cle July Houston (Loss) = Kelvin opened the seventh inning of a 5-5 game last night at Houston...his second pitch hit Jose Altuve, with Altuve stealing second and eventually scoring the winning run on a fielder's choice that was reviewed and upheld...herrera dropped to 1-2 on the year. = He s holding lefties to a.129 average (8-for-62), third among Major League pitchers with at least 60 opponent at-bats by left-handers. = Herrera has a career 1.52 ERA against Minnesota, holding batters to a.174 average (15-for-86). Luke Hochevar 1st Batter Efficiency: 10/15 Saves/Save Opp: 0/1 (0%) Last Save: Aug. 8, 2013 vs. Bos (2nd career) Last Outing: IP H R ER BB SO Inherited Runners/Runners Scored: 1/ Strikeout High: 2 (6x, last Hou) June Houston = Luke made a second straight appearance on Tuesday at Houston, tossing a eighth in a 4-0 loss...he posted two strikeouts in the seventh on Monday. = Hoch continues to work his way back from Tommy John surgery, which caused him to miss all of Greg Holland 1st Batter Efficiency: 17/21 Saves/Save Opp: 16/17 (94%) Last Save: June Oak (129th career) Last Outing: IP H R ER BB SO Inherited Runners/Runners Scored: 1/ Strikeout High: 2 (6x, last Oak) June Oakland (Save) = Greg recorded saves on Friday and Saturday at Oakland, bringing his total to 16 on the year...he fanned two in a perfect ninth on Saturday. = Opponents are batting.048 (1-for-21) with one out and.050 (1-for-20) with two away...his.134 average overall is eighth in MLB among pitchers with at least 60 opponent at-bats. = Holly has a 1.00 ERA over 27 career appearances against the Twins, converting 15 of 16 save chances...he has fanned 49 over 27.0 innings for an average of per 9.0 innings, best all-time among pitchers with at least 10.0 innings vs. Minnesota. Ryan Madson 1st Batter Efficiency: 26/32 Saves/Save Opp: 0/2 (0%) Last Save: Sept. 26, 2011 at Atl (52nd) Last Outing: IP H R ER BB SO Inherited Runners/Runners Scored: 11/ Strikeout High: 3 on Min July Houston = Ryan fanned Domingo Santana to end the Houston sixth last night, stranding two inherited runners. = Ryan picked up the win on June 24 at Seattle, his first in the Majors since September 7, 2011 with Philadelphia. = Opponents are just 2-for-22 with no extra-base hits when leading off an inning against Ryan. = He s holding right-handers to a.143 average (8-for-56), seventh among A.L. pitchers with at least 50 opponent at-bats by righties. Franklin Morales (L) 1st Batter Efficiency: 24/31 Saves/Save Opp: 0/1 (0%) Last Save: July 31, 2012 vs. Det (11th) Last Outing: IP H R ER BB SO Inherited Runners/Runners Scored: 12/ Strikeout High: 2 (3x, last NYY) July Houston = Franklin inherited a runner at first with Houston leading 5-3 in the sixth last night...he allowed a single to Preston Tucker, then retired the next two, including a strikeout. = He worked a scoreless seventh on Sunday at Oakland, leaving the tying run at third after Billy Burns doubled with one away and moved up on a wild pitch. = Morales has a 1.54 ERA over his last 15 appearances (2 ER in 11.2 IP) dating to May 27. = He has held opponents to a.205 average (23-for-112), with righties batting just.185 (10-for-54). Blanton Davis Duffy Finnegan Frasor Guthrie Herrera Hochevar Holland Madson Morales Volquez Young Royals vs. Twins 2015 Career Pitcher W-L S ERA G IP H ER W-L S ERA G IP H ER
3 Hitting Notes Drew Butera Hou Series: 1-for-3 Last Trip: 1-for-3 Hit Streak: 2 g (2-7) = Drew made his only start of the road trip Tuesday night in Houston and singled in the fifth inning, going 1-for-3...hit safely in consecutive starts for the first time since April 28 and 30 at Oakland, when he was a member of the Angels...recorded his first multi-hit game of the season on May 14 at Texas. = He s played in 13 games since being acquired from the Angels on May 7 in exchange for minor league infielder Ryan Jackson. = Butera spent the 2014 season with the Dodgers, playing 61 games...hit a career-high three homers for L.A...threw out 11 of 32 would-be base stealers (32.4 percent)...since his debut in 2010, he s thrown out 32.4 percent of runners trying to steal (50-of-173), which ranks eighth among active MLB backstops (min. 250 games). Lorenzo Cain Hou Series: 5-for-12, run, 2 2B, 3B Last Trip: 8-for-23 (.348), 4 runs, 3 2B, 3B, RBI, 2 BB, HBP, SB Hit Streak: 2 g (5-8) = Cain continued to swing a hot bat last night, going 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored...despite missing a pair of games on the trip, he hit.348 (8-for-23) with three doubles, a triple and four runs scored...hitting.370 (20-for-54) with 10 extra-base hits (.685 slugging pct.) and nine RBI over his last 15 contests. = Lorenzo is batting an even.300 (9-for-30) against the Twins this season with two doubles, a homer and six RBI...hit safely in 8 of 9 games vs. Minnesota this season. = He s hitting.375 (33-for-88) with two outs this season, which ranks second in the American League, behind only Dustin Pedroia (.382)...his 33 two-out hits are tied with teammate Eric Hosmer for third in the Junior Circuit, while his.439 on-base percentage with two down ranks sixth. = Lo recorded six stolen bases during the month of June, which tied for second-most in the A.L...his 15 thefts for the season are tied for third in the league. = He ranks second among MLB centerfielders with 199 putouts this season, trailing Mike Trout (225). Christian Colon Hou Series: 0-for-3 Last Trip: 0-for-4 Hit Streak: 0 g (0-8) = Christian hasn t played in the last two games after making the start at short Monday...he s looking to snap an 0-for-8 mini-drought, which dates back to June 21...he s made 10 starts at shortstop this season and six each at second base and third base...he s still batting.385 (5-for-14) with a.471 on-base percentage when leading off an inning. = Colon had a pair of 3-hit games in 2014, which includes July 4 in his first Major League start...became the second Royal (Mark Quinn, 1999) to collect 3 extra-base hits (2 doubles, triple) in his first big league start...he also scored the winning run in KC s 9-8 Wild Card victory last season. Jarrod Dyson Hou Series: 2-for-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 BB Last Trip: 6-for-16 (.375), 2 runs, 2 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, 2 SB, 2 BB Hit Streak: 5 g (6-16) = Jarrod collected a game-tying two-run triple in the seventh inning last night, going 1-for-3...despite inconsistent playing time, Dyson has hit safely in his last five games, going 6-for-16 (.375) with two doubles, a triple and three RBI...dating back to May 25, he s hitting.467 (14-for-30) with four doubles and two triples. = Recorded his fourth triple of the season last night, tying him for eighth in the A.L...his 17 three-base hits since the start of 2012 are tied for seventh-most in the American League...he s also collected eight steals this season, while his 78 thefts since the start of 2013 tie him for fifth-most in the Junior Circuit with Elvis Andrus. = Dyson matched a career high with three hits vs. Texas on June 6, his second three-hit game of the season and 12th of his career...he also matched a career high with three steals against the Tribe on April 27, the third time in his career he s recorded three stolen bases. Alcides Escobar Hou Series: 1-for-8 Last Trip: 11-for-35 (.314), 4 runs, 2B, 2 RBI Hit Streak: 0 g (0-4) = Esky snapped a seven-game hitting streak last night, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout...still batting.349 (22-for-63) with three doubles, a triple and 10 RBI over his last 15 games, which included going 11-for-35 (.314) on the last road trip. = He s a career.471 hitter (8-for-17) vs. Kyle Gibson...he s also batting.324 (58-for-179) with 9 doubles, 4 triples and a homer vs. the Twins since the start of = Alcides is tied for sixth in the American League with a.364 average (20-for-55) with runners in scoring position, which includes going 9 for his last 20 (.450) with RISP...his 28 RBI rank fourth among A.L. leadoff hitters and second among A.L. shortstops, behind only Boston s Xander Bogaerts (33). = He s hit a pair of home runs to lead off games this season, including most recently at Wrigley Field on May 29, when he homered off Jake Arrieta on the first pitch. = Despite missing Monday s game, Esky still ranks second in the Majors with 540 games at shortstop since the start of 2012, trailing only the White Sox Alexei Ramirez (548)...his total is seventh among players at all positions, two behind teammate Alex Gordon (542)...he played in all 162 contests in Alex Gordon Hou Series: 2-for-11, run, BB Last Trip: 8-for-31 (.258), 2 runs, HR, RBI, 5 BB Hit Streak: 1 g (1-4) = Gordon singled in the second inning last night, and scored KC s third run on Alex Rios RBI single. = Alex has enjoyed success against Twins starter Kyle Gibson in his career, going 5-for-14 (.357) with a double and a three-run homer off him June 10 in Minnesota... Gordo is a career.297 hitter (148-for-498) against Minnesota, which includes a.308 average (8-for-26) and a.577 slugging pct. this season. = He ranks seventh in the American League with a.382 on-base percentage, which includes reaching via hit or a walk in 21 of his last 23 games, dating back to June 6...Alex is tied for the league lead, having been plunked 11 times this season, while his 35 walks are 14th in the A.L. = Gordo is two RBI away from matching Willie Wilson (509) for 10th on KC s all-time list...while he s also 20 doubles away from tying Billy Butler (276) for sixth. = Alex has three outfield assists this season, recording his third in the 11th inning at Wrigley Field on May 31...his 65 assists since becoming a full-time outfielder in 2011 are more than any other player in baseball and lead second-place Gerardo Parra (50) by 15...he s a four-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner. Eric Hosmer Hou Series: Has not played Last Trip: 5-for-24 (.208), 2 runs, 2 RBI, SB Hit Streak: 0 g (0-4) = Eric missed the entire Houston series with a mild sprain on his right ring finger...it s the first time he s been out for three consecutive games since last August, when he was on the disabled list from August 2-September 1...recorded two hits and a stolen base in his last action, Saturday at Oakland. = He s tied for third in the league with 33 two-out hits, while his.330 average (33-for-101) with two down ranks eighth in the Junior Circuit. = Since the start of 2013, Hos ranks second in the Major Leagues, hitting.324 (136-for-420) from the seventh inning on since the start of this includes a.510 slugging pct. (37 doubles, 4 triples, 11 homers) and 52 RBI in late-game situations...he s hitting.338 (28-for-83) with a.482 slugging pct. in the seventh or later this year. = A two-time Rawlings Gold Glove winner, Hoz is second among A.L. first basemen with a.998 fielding pct. (1 error, 621 chances). Omar Infante Hou Series: 1-for-11 Last Trip: 8-for-34 (.235), 2 runs, 2 2B, 5 RBI, SB Hit Streak: 0 g (0-6) = Omar went hitless last night, and was 1-for-11 in the series...he hit well at the start of the trip, going 7-for-23 (.304) with two doubles and five RBI in the Seattle and Oakland series...he s still hitting.311 (19-for-61) with five doubles, six RBI and 10 runs scored since June 15 (16 games). = Infante has collected 89 RBI since the start of 2014, which rank eighth among MLB second basemen...recorded a season-high three RBI with a bases clearing double in Seattle on June 24...he s also collected 16 doubles this season, tying him for fourth among A.L. second sackers...he needs six more doubles to reach 250 for his career. Kendrys Morales Hou Series: 2-for-10, run, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB Last Trip: 9-for-33 (.273), 3 runs, 2 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB Hit Streak: 2 g (2-7) = Kendrys gave KC the initial lead last night, blasting a two-run homer to left field in the top of the first inning...he s hit safely in 13 of his last 14 contests, batting.327 (17-for-52) with two doubles, three homers and nine RBI in that span...had a season-best 11-game hit streak snapped in Monday s loss at Houston. = Morales is tied for sixth in the American League with 50 RBI this season, while he leads the club with 14 multi-rbi contests...batting.346 (28-for-81) with RISP. = He s been a tremendous two-out hitter this season, batting.363 (37-for-102), which ranks fourth in the American League...he s also second in the Junior Circuit with 26 two-out RBI this year, while his 37 two-out hits are also second in the A.L...collected 15 of his 30 extra-base hits with two down for a.608 slugging pct. = Kendrys signed with these Twins on June 9 of last season and played 39 games for them, before being traded to Seattle on July 24...he needs one more hit to match his total from last season (80), while he s already matched his doubles (20) and passed his home run (8) and RBI total (42) from Mike Moustakas Hou Series: 0-for-12 Last Trip: 7-for-36 (.194), 2 runs, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI, SF, 2 BB Hit Streak: 0 g (0-14) = Mike was 0-for-4 for the third-straight game, going hitless in the series...it s the first time this season that he s failed to record a base hit in three consecutive games. = Despite his recent struggles, Moose was named the Royals Majestic Player of the Month for June after hitting.299 (29-for-97) with five doubles, two homers and 15 RBI last month, the most he s ever recorded in a single month in his career...he also won Player of the Month honors in April after hitting.356. = He ranks among the top hitters in the A.L., checking in at sixth in batting average (.308), tied for ninth in multi-hit games (25), 12th in hits overall (85) and tied for ninth in singles (61)...he s also second in the league with a.333 average (67-for-201) in night games...he s also fourth in the A.L., hitting.341 (59-for-174) vs. righties. = Moose has dominated Twins' pitching this season, batting.359 (14-for-39) with two doubles, a homer and five RBI vs. Minnesota this season...also hitting.333 (5-for- 15) with a pair of doubles and a walk vs. Twins starter Kyle Gibson in his career. Salvador Perez Hou Series: 2-for-11, 2 runs, HR, RBI, BB Last Trip: 6-for-34 (.176), 4 runs, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, BB Hit Streak: 0 g (0-3) = Salvy went hitless last night, but scored a run in the seventh inning after drawing a leadoff walk...he connected for his team-leading 13th home run of the season Monday, taking Lance McCullers deep...his 13 roundtrippers are tied with Oakland s Stephen Vogt for the most by an American League catcher. = He hit a two-run homer Sunday in Oakland, which marked his 500th career hit...at 25 years, 49 days, he became the sixth-youngest Royal to reach 500 base knocks. = Perez is hitting.370 (17-for-46) with a.587 slugging pct. when leading off an inning...he's also batting.314 (27-for-86) with a double, six homers and nine RBI from the seventh inning on...hitting.304 (35-for-115) with a.487 slugging pct. (6 doubles, 5 homers) at home this season, though he batted.188 here (6-for-32) in June. = Among A.L. backstops, Perez has the second-most hits (71) and is second in doubles (12), fourth in RBI (34), fourth in slugging (.459) and fourth in runs scored (26). = He s also tied for fourth in the A.L., having thrown out 12 would-be base stealers this season...he s gunned down 58 runners trying to steal since the start of 2013, which ranks third in the Majors...he s also fourth among active catchers in career pickoffs (14), which are the most by a Royals backstop. Alex Rios Hou Series: 4-for-12, run, RBI Last Trip: 7-for-33 (.212), 4 runs, 3 RBI, HBP, sf Hit Streak: 1 g (2-4) = Alex collected his second two-hit game of the series last night, driving in a run in the second and scoring in the seventh...he also had a pair of singles in Monday s loss...he drove in the game-tying run on Sunday in Oakland with a sacrifice fly...batting.289 (13-for-45) with a double, a homer and 4 RBI here at The K. = Rios has struggled against these Twins this season, but is still a career.290 hitter (127-for-438) with a.484 slugging percentage against them in his career. = He missed seven weeks of action after suffering a a fractured left hand on April 13 at Target Field...batted.321 (9-for-28) with 8 RBI before suffering the injury.
4 This & That PCL ALL-STARS--The Pacific Coast League yesterday unveiled its All-Stars for the First National Bank 2015 Triple-A All-Star Game on July 15 at 7:00 p.m. to be held at Werner Park in Omaha...Storm Chasers manager Brian Poldberg will oversee the PCL All-Star club and his 30-man roster will include Storm Chasers pitchers John Lamb and Louis Coleman...Lamb is the only pitcher in the league with eight wins and owns the fifth best earned run average in the PCL at 2.71 ERA, with 70 strikeouts...louis Coleman earned his second All-Star selection for Omaha in the last three seasons (did not participate in 2013 Triple-A All-Star Game due to a promotion to Kansas City)...he leads the Storm Chasers relievers with six saves and a 1.42 ERA with 18 scoreless appearances out of 23 games in MOOSE & VOLKY TAKE JUNE TEAM HONORS--The Royals today announced their Player and Pitcher of the Month honors for June with Mike Moustakas and Edinson Volquez earning the honors, respectively...moustakas led the team with a.299 average and 15 RBI, his highest monthly total since reaching the Majors in this is his second career Royals Player of the Month honor as he also won in April...Volquez is the Pitcher of the Month in his third month with the Royals after compiling a 4-1 mark, with his win total tying for first in the Major Leagues...Volky, who turns 32 tomorrow, won four straight starts from June 10 to 26, including three on the road DAVIS CONTINUES TO SHINE--Relief ace Wade Davis worked a scoreless eighth inning in Houston last night, dropping what is already an miniscule ERA to 0.26, allowing just one earned run in 34.0 innings this year...davis has compiled 12 victories since the start of 2014, making him the winningest reliever in the Major Leagues over the last two seasons...since the dawn of the 2014 season, Wade has a 12-3 record with 12 rescues and a 0.76 ERA (9 earned runs in innings)... since June 27 of last year, Wade has been even better, going 7-1 with 12 saves, a 0.50 ERA (4 ER in 72.1 IP), a.155 opponents average and strikeouts per 9.0 innings...he has now worked consecutive innings without allowing a home run, the longest-active streak in the Major Leagues...Davis streak dates back to August 24, 2013, which was the date of his last start. A ROOM WITH A VIEW--Tonight is the 57th day that Kansas City has either shared or stood alone atop the A.L. Central in 2015 compared to 33 such days during the course of the 2014 campaign...this year s squad opened the season with a 7-game winning streak and the closest KC has come back to.500 has been five games at 7-2 and dating back to July 22 of last year, the Royals have the second best record in the Majors at for a.612 winning pct., only a 1 1/2 games back of fellow Missourian, St. Louis, who has gone ON TO THE CENTRAL--Last night s loss in Houston capped a 9-game stretch, all on the road, against A.L. West opposition, with Kansas City now 13-9 vs. that division, with the next work against the West not until Houston visits The K on July KC is within the Central Division, with these four against the Twins the only intradivision work for the Royals until after the break when Kansas City travels to Chicago...the Royals are 3-6 vs. the East, facing only the Yankees and Red Sox to this point...kc will resume play against the East during this homestand when Tampa Bay (4) and Toronto (3) visit Kauffman Stadium...the Royals are also 9-4 vs. the National League after a big league best 15-5 effort against the Senior Circuit last year. H-D-H = LETHAL COMBINATION--Kansas City s typical game-ending trifecta of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland last appeared on June 22 in Seattle and has now worked together in nine games this year tossing the seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively, and combining to allow two earned runs in a combined 25.2 innings for a 0.70 ERA, while walking nine and fanning 28...the opposition has hit.125 (11-for-88) in those final three innings that they have anchored in the same game. HITTING IN THE CLUTCH--The Royals lead the Majors with a.284 two-out team batting average, while ranking second in the A.L. in hits (235), slugging (.423) and on-base pct. (.345)...Lorenzo Cain and Kendrys Morales are tied for third among all A.L. hitters in two-out hitting with a.357 mark, while teammate Eric Hosmer is seventh at morales, Hosmer and Cain run second, third and fifth in two-out hits with 35, 33 and 30, respectively. NED A ROYAL RECORD HOLDER--The 16th full-time manager in Royals history, Ned Yost, became the winningest skipper in franchise annals with #411 on June 18 vs. Milwaukee, passing Royals Hall of Famer, Whitey Herzog, who won 410 games from , while Ned is now Yost passed the late Dick Howser for the #2 spot on June 8 in Minnesota...since the All-Star break of 2013, Ned has guided the Royals to the best record in the American League at for a.573 winning pct...already the all-time leader in games managed in Kansas City with 850, this is Ned s second stint as a big league manager after nearly six years at the helm for Milwaukee ( ), compiling a record with the Brew Crew including a mark in his last two seasons. AN UNUSUAL ENDING--When Jarrod Dyson tripled home a pair of runs last night to tie the game, it also jumped the Royals over the 4-run threshold, which has generally spelled victory for Kansas City...unfortunately, last night wasn t the case, as the Astros plated a sixth run to drop the Royals to 36-5 when plating at least four runs this year...dating back to the start of the 2013 campaign, Kansas City is (.885) when scoring four times...conversely, Kansas City is 8-26 when scoring less than four runs in a game this year and over the last two years. vs. Twins (2015) vs. Twins (career) At Home (career) Gibson (career) Milone (career) Player AVG AB H HR RBI AVG AB H HR RBI AVG AB H HR RBI AVG AB H HR RBI AVG AB H HR RBI Butera Cain Colon Dyson Escobar Gordon Hosmer Infante Morales Moustakas Perez Rios Starting Pitchers Breakdown Total KC Avg. Runs Team Quality Pitcher GS Runs Per Start Record Starts Joe Blanton Danny Duffy Jeremy Guthrie Yohan Pino Jason Vargas Yordano Ventura Edinson Volquez Chris Young Totals Catcher/Pitcher Matchups (Team Record w/starters) Pitcher Perez Kratz Butera Pena Totals Blanton Duffy Guthrie Pino Vargas Ventura Volquez Young Total Perez Kratz Butera Pena Totals Starts CS/ATT Pct ERA ER/IP 220/ / /60.0 1/ /662.0 Team Pitcher Pickoffs: 2 (June 6 vs. Texas) Pickoff & CS: 4 (June Minnesota) Disabled List (5) Player D.L. Type Injury Dates on D.L. Eligible for reinstatement Games Missed Team Record RHP-Kris Medlen 60-day recovery from Tommy John surgery March 7 May LHP-Tim Collins 60-day recovery from Tommy John surgery April 5 June LHP-Brian Flynn 60-day left latissimus doris tear May 16 July LHP-Jason Vargas 15-day left flexor strain June 12 (retro to June 9) June RHP-Yordano Ventura 15-day ulnar neuritits June 18 (retro to June 13) June
5 2015 Royals Home Run Breakdown vs. on Runners On Outs Tied Gave Direction Team Last Home Run AB s Players Total LHP RHP Home Road Game Lead LF LC CF RC RF Record Date Opp. Pitcher Since Butera ATL A. Harang 73 Cain MIL M. Garza 44 Colon Dyson /25/14 LAD D. Haren 246 Escobar CHC J. Arrieta 117 Gordon OAK J. Hahn 19 Hosmer /19/15 BOS R. Ross 31 Infante /13/14 OAK S. Kazmir 398 Morales OAK J. Hahn 20 Moustakas SEA R. Elias 26 Perez HOU L. McCullers 8 Rios /6/15 CWS K. Drabek 122 Pinch-Hit: Last: Erik Kratz Minnesota, seventh inning) - Franchise total: 76 Grand Slam: Last: Nori Aoki Arizona, fifth inning) - Franchise total: 117 Pinch-Hit Grand Slam: Last: Shane Mack Texas, seventh inning) 2-Homer Game: Last: Kendrys Morales (5/22/15 vs. St. Louis), 3-run, 2-run 3-Homer Game: Last: Danny Tartabull (7/6/91 vs. Oakland) Back-to-Back: Last: Salvador Perez, Mike Moustakas (7/25/14 vs. Cleveland, second inning) Back-to-Back-to-Back: Last: Tony Graffanino, Angel Berroa, Doug Mientkiewicz (5/25/06 vs. Detroit, first inning) Three Home Runs, One Inning: Last: Melky Cabrera, Eric Hosmer and Brayan Pena Texas, 14th inning) Four Home Runs, One Inning: Last: Mike Sweeney, Jermaine Dye, Raul Ibanez and Carlos Beltran Cleveland, fourth inning) Leadoff Game: Last: Alcides Escobar Chicago Cubs) - Franchise total: 89 Inside-the-Park: Last: Lorenzo Cain Detroit) - Franchise total: 95 Both Sides of the Plate in One Game: Last: Wilson Betemit Minnesota) - Franchise total: 6 Home Run by Pitcher: Last: Zack Greinke Arizona) Walk-off Home Run: Last: Alex Gordon (8/26/14 vs. Minnesota, 9th inning, Perkins pitching) - Franchise total: 65 Opponent: Pinch-Hit: Last: Raul Ibanez, Seattle Kauffman Stadium, Greg Holland pitching, 9th inning) Grand Slam: Last: Daniel Nava, Boston Kauffman Stadium, Aaron Crow, 6th inning) Pinch-Hit Grand Slam: Last: Darryl Strawberry, New York Kauffman Stadium, Scott Service pitching, 9th inning) Back-to-Back: Last: Ike Davis and Stephen Vogt, Oakland Kauffman Stadium, Jeremy Guthrie pitching, 4th inning) Leadoff Game: Last: Shin-soo Choo, Texas Rangers Globe Life Park, Yordano Ventura pitching) Inside-the-Park: Last: Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Kauffman Stadium, Jeremy Guthrie pitching, 6th inning) Walk-off Home Run: Last: Ramon Detroit Comerica Park, Aaron Crow pitching, 10th inning) Three Home Runs, One Inning: Last: Chase Headley, Brian McCann and Brett Gardner, New York Yankees Yankee Stadium, Jeremy Guthrie pitching, 1st inning) Four Home Runs, One Inning: Last: Alex Rios, Carlos Quentin, Andruw Jones, Dayan Viciedo, Chicago U.S. Cellular, Anthony Lerew pitching, 3rd inning) Three Home Runs, One Player: Last: Shin-soo Choo, Cleveland Kauffman Stadium, Kyle Davies-1; Bryan Bullington-1; Greg Holland-1) Both Sides of the Plate in One Game: Last: Ryan Doumit, Minnesota Kauffman Stadium, Jeremy Guthrie and Tim Collins pitching) 2015 Single-Game Bests Multi-Hit Games Multi-RBI Games RBI Hitting Streaks Hits Players Total Total Tying Go-Ahead 2-out Current Long (3+) Infield Bunt Butera g Cain g 10 gm (4/6-17) 9 - Colon g 8 gm (4/21-5/3) 2 - Dyson g 5 gm (6/22-pres.) 3 1 Escobar g 8 gm (4/6-15) 6 - Gordon g 10 gm (6/8-19) 4 1 Hosmer g 12 gm (5/3-15) 10 3 Infante g 9 gm (4/9-19) 8 - Morales g 11 gm (6/17-28) 3 - Moustakas g 9 gm (6/15-26) 8 2 Perez g 10 gm (5/12-24) - - Rios g 6 gm (6/15-20) - - No-Hitter by the Royals: Bret Saberhagen, August 26, 1991 vs. Chicago (Royals 7-0) No-Hitter vs. Royals: Jon Lester, May 19, Boston in Fenway Park (Red Sox 7-0) One-Hitter by the Royals (complete game): Zack Greinke, August 30, 2009 at Seattle (Royals 3-0) One-Hitter vs. Royals (complete game): Scott Baker, Minnesota, August 31, 2007 (Game 2) at Metrodome (Twins 5-0) Two-Hitter by the Royals (complete game): James Shields, April 13, 2013 vs. Toronto (Blue Jays 3-2) Two-Hitter vs. Royals (complete game): Jeff Niemann, Tampa Bay, June 3, 2009 at Tropicana Field (Rays, 9-0) Back-to-Back Complete Game Wins by the Royals: Brian Bannister and Zack Greinke, April 13-14, 2008 vs. Minnesota (5-1) and at Seattle (5-1) Back-to-Back Shutouts by the Royals: May 17 & 19, 2015 vs. New York (6-0) and vs. Cincinnati (3-0) Back-to-Back Shutouts vs. Royals: May 22-23, St Louis (5-0 and 5-0) Three Straight Shutouts vs. Royals: July 5-7, 2004 at Minnesota (9-0, 4-0, 12-0) 10+ Innings Pitched by a Royals starter: Kevin Appier, July 23, 1992 at Cleveland (10.0) 10+ Strikeouts by a Royals starter: James Shields, July 7, Tampa Bay (10) Shutout by the Royals (Complete Game): Jason Vargas, August 13, 2014 vs. Oakland (Royals 3-0) Shutout by the Royals (Combined): June 9, Minnesota (2-0); Young (6.1 IP), Morales (0.1 IP), Herrera (0.1 IP), Davis (1.0 IP), Holland (1.0 IP) Lineup Production Batting Order - HR RBI 1st nd rd th th th th th th Kansas City By the Days Monday 7-3 Tuesday 7-4 Wednesday 6-7 Thursday 6-2 Friday 7-5 Saturday 5-5 Sunday 6-5 The Last Time... Triple Play by the Royals: June 11, 2006 vs. Tampa Bay (DeJesus-Elarton- Berroa-Teahen with Branyan batting, 2nd inning) Triple Play vs. Royals: April 20, 2012 vs. Toronto at Kauffman Stadium, (3-6, Hosmer batting, 3rd inning) Royal hit for the cycle: George Brett, July 25, Toronto Opponent hit for the cycle: Jeff DaVanon, Anaheim, August 25, 2004 at Angel Stadium Royal Five-Hit Game: Billy Butler, September 5, Seattle (5-for-5) Royal Six-Hit Game: Joe Randa, Sept. 9, 2004 at Detroit-Game 1 (6-for-7) Royals Two Hits, One Inning: Alcides Escobar, June 24, Seattle (4th) Royals Five-RBI Game: Kendrys Morales, May 22, 2015 vs. St. Louis Royals Six-RBI Game: Alex Gordon, May 18, 2014 vs. Baltimore Royals Seven-RBI Game: (12 times) - last: Billy Butler, April 7, Philly Royals Position Player Pitching: Mitch Maier, April 15, 2012 vs. Cleveland Opponent Position Player Pitching: A.L.: Jamey Carroll, Minnesota, August 5, 2013 at Kauffman Stadium; N.L.: D Angelo Jimenez, San Diego, June 30, 2002 at Kauffman Stadium Royals Pitcher Homered: Zack Greinke, June 10, Arizona Royals Pitcher With a Hit: Chris Young (2), June 16, Milwaukee Royals Pitcher With a RBI: Chris Young (3), June 16, Milwaukee Royals Three or more Steals, One Game: Lorenzo Cain (3), June 20, 2015 vs. Boston Player Streak Last Error ROYALS 4 OAK Pitchers 4 OAK Butera 19 HOU Cain 19 6/3/15 vs. CLE Colon 3 6/19/15 vs. BOS Dyson 49 9/1/14 vs. TEX Escobar 4 OAK Multi-Run Innings for Royals # of runs # times last time 2 runs - 40 July Houston (7th, 2 hits) 3 runs - 23 June Oakland (6th, 3 hits) 4 runs - 5 June 17 vs. Milwaukee (8th, 3 hits) 5 runs - 4 June 20 vs. Boston (5th, 4 hits) 6 runs - 3 May 15 vs. N.Y. Yankees (6th, 6 hits) 7 runs - 1 June Seattle (4th, 6 hits) Opponent Three or more Steals, One Game: Ben Revere, Minnesota, September 14, 2011 at KC (3 SB) Royals Steal of Home: Alcides Escobar, vs. Cleveland, September 18, 2013 (5th inning) - on double steal Opponent Steal of Home: Brett Lawrie, Toronto, April 22, 2012 at Kauffman Stadium (8th inning) - on double steal Royals Suspended Game: April 24, Chicago White Sox (Rain) Royals Home Run in first ML at bat: Jon Nunnally, April 29, 1995 vs. New York (Melido Perez pitching, 1st inning) Royals Home Run in 4 Consecutive Games: Billy Butler, July 26-29, 2011 Royals 0-0 Game After 9 innings: September 22, 2013 vs. Texas (4-0 in 10 inn.) Royals Walk-Off Win: September 15, 2014 vs. Chicago (4-3, 9 innings) Royals Bat Around: June 24, Seattle (4th inning, 7 runs) -- 9 times in Three-game sweep by Royals at Kauffman Stadium: April 6-9 vs. Chicago White Sox Three-game sweep by Royals on the road: June 26-28, Oakland Four-game sweep by Royals at Kauffman Stadium: September 15-18, 2008 vs. Seattle Four-game sweep by Royals on the road: May 7-10, Minnesota Three-game sweep by opposition at Kauffman Stadium: June 20-22, 2014 vs. Seattle Three-game sweep by opposition on the road: June 29-July 1, Houston Four-game sweep by opposition at Kauffman Stadium: May 23-26, 2013 vs. Los Angeles Angels Four-game sweep by opposition on the road: September 24-27, Detroit Errorless Streaks Player Streak Last Error Gordon 123 OAK Hosmer 55 4/20/15 vs. MIN Infante 5 OAK Morales 6 TOR Moustakas 17 MIN Perez 42 DET Rios 16 STL
6 Date Player Transaction 3/7 RHP-Chris Young Signed a one-year free agent contract RHP-Kris Medlen Placed on 15-day D.L. (recovery from Tommy John surgery) 3/26 RHP-Jandel Gustave Claimed on waivers by San Diego 4/3 RHP-Louis Coleman Sent outright to Omaha 4/5 LHP-Tim Collins Placed on 15-day D.L. (recovery from Tommy John surgery) RHP-Luke Hochevar Placed on 15-day D.L. (recovery from Tommy John surgery) LHP-Brian Flynn Optioned to Omaha RHP-Ryan Madson Contract selected from Omaha LHP-Franklin Morales Contract selected from Omaha 4/14 OF-Alex Rios Placed on 15-day D.L. (fractured left hand) 4/15 OF-Terrance Gore Recalled from Northwest Arkansas 4/17 OF-Reymond Fuentes Recalled from Omaha OF-Terrance Gore Optioned to Northwest Arkansas 4/18 RHP-Greg Holland Placed on 15-day D.L. (right pectoral strain) RHP-Yohan Pino Recalled from Omaha INF-Orlando Calixte Recalled from Omaha OF-Reymond Fuentes Optioned to Omaha 4/24 LHP-Brandon Finnegan Recalled from Northwest Arkansas INF-Orlando Calixte Optioned to Omaha 4/26 RHP-Aaron Brooks Recalled from Omaha (26th man) RHP-Aaron Brooks Optioned to Omaha 5/1 INF-Alcides Escobar Placed on 7-day D.L. (concussion), retro to April 30 INF-Orlando Calixte Recalled from Omaha 5/5 RHP-Yohan Pino Optioned to Omaha (postgame) 5/6 RHP-Greg Holland Activated from 15-day D.L. C-Erik Kratz Placed on 15-day D.L. (left foot plantar fasciitis), retro to May 4 C-Francisco Pena Recalled from Omaha 5/7 RHP-Luke Hochevar Activated from 15-day D.L. LHP-Brandon Finnegan Optioned to Northwest Arkansas C-Drew Butera Acquired from Los Angeles Angels in exchange for INF Ryan Jackson LHP-Tim Collins Transferred to 60-day D.L. C-Francisco Pena Optioned to Omaha (postgame) 5/8 INF-Mike Moustakas Placed on the Bereavement/Family Emergency List INF-Alcides Escobar Activated from 7-day D.L. Date Player/Coach Umpire/Type of Play 4/18 Yordano Ventura Jim Joyce / Hitting Brett Lawrie with a pitch 4/19 Dave Eiland Greg Gibson / Arguing after Lorenzo Cain hit by pitch 4/19 Ned Yost Greg Gibson / Arguing after Lorenzo Cain hit by pitch 4/19 Kelvin Herrera Greg Gibson / Throwing pitch behind Brett Lawrie 4/19 Don Wakamatsu Greg Gibson / Automatic ejection after benches warned Starts by Batting Order 1st: Dyson (0-1), Escobar (39-26), Gordon (4-3), Orlando (1-1) 2nd: Cain (2-4), Infante (0-1), Moustakas (42-26) 3rd: Cain (35-27), Hosmer (5-2), Morales (4-1), Rios (0-1) 4th: Hosmer (39-24), Morales (5-7) 5th: Gordon (5-3), Morales (31-22), Perez (8-6) 6th: Gordon (31-24), Infante (4-1), Perez (6-5), Rios (3-1) 7th: Colon (1-1), Infante (6-5), Kratz (1-0), Orlando (3-2), Perez (18-15), Rios (14-8) 8th: Butera (1-0), Colon (3-4), Dyson (4-2), Infante (16-14), Orlando (8-6), Perez (8-3), Rios (5-2) 9th: Butera (2-3), Colon (6-7), Dyson (13-5), Infante (16-7), Orlando (4-6), Pitchers (3-3) 2015 Transactions Royals Ejections Daily Update The Lineup Card Minor League Report Date Player Transaction 5/8 LHP-Jason Vargas Placed on 15-day D.L. (left flexor strain), retro to May 6 RHP-Yohan Pino Recalled from Omaha 5/11 INF-Mike Moustakas Activated from Bereavement/Family Emergency List INF-Orlando Calixte Optioned to Omaha 5/12 RHP-Aaron Brooks Recalled from Omaha RHP-Yohan Pino Optioned to Omaha 5/15 RHP-Aaron Brooks Optioned to Omaha (postgame) 5/16 LHP-Brian Flynn Recalled from Omaha; placed on 60-day D.L. (left latissimus dorsi tear) RHP-Joe Blanton Contract selected from Omaha 5/21 C-Erik Kratz Sent on rehab assignment to Omaha 5/25 LHP-Danny Duffy Placed on 15-day D.L. (left biceps tendinitis), retro to May 17 LHP-Brandon Finnegan Recalled from Omaha OF-Alex Rios Sent on rehab assignment to Omaha LHP-Brandon Finnegan Optioned to Omaha (postgame) 5/26 LHP-Jason Vargas Activated from 15-day D.L. 5/30 OF-Alex Rios Returned from rehab assignment, activated from 15-day D.L. OF-Paulo Orlando Optioned to Omaha 6/9 LHP-Danny Duffy Sent on rehab assignment to Omaha 6/11 C-Erik Kratz Returned from rehab assignment, reinstated from disabled list Designated for assignment 6/13 LHP-Jason Vargas Placed on 15-day D.L. (left flexor strain) LHP-Brandon Finnegan Recalled from Omaha 6/19 RHP-Yordano Ventura Placed on 15-day D.L. (ulnar neuritis) RHP-Yohan Pino Recalled from Omaha RHP-Kris Medlen Sent on rehab assignment to Northwest Arkansas 6/20 RHP-Yohan Pino Optioned to Omaha RHP-Aaron Brooks Recalled from Omaha 6/22 RHP-Aaron Brooks Optioned to Omaha RHP-Michael Mariot Recalled from Omaha 6/23 LHP-Danny Duffy Returned from rehab assignment, activated from D.L. RHP-Michael Mariot Optioned to Omaha 6/26 RHP-Yordano Ventura Sent on rehab assignment to Omaha 6/29 RHP-Kris Medlen Rehab assignment transferred to Omaha Date Player/Coach Umpire/Type of Play 4/19 Alcides Escobar Greg Gibson / Arguing after Kelvin Herrera was ejected 4/23 Yordano Ventura Sam Holbrook / Participation in on-field incident 4/23 Lorenzo Cain Sam Holbrook / Participation in on-field incident 4/23 Edinson Volquez Sam Holbrook / Participation in on-field incident Score by Innings Total Royals Opponents Victory Margin Royals Opponents Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA) Pacific Coast League American Conference, Northern Division (42-38) Omaha New Orleans (Marlins) LP: Yordano Ventura (0-2) HR: None Omaha was blanked at home on Wednesday. Brett Eibner and Francisco Pena had two hits apiece for the Storm Chasers, who were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Yordano Ventura made his second rehab start, holding New Orleans scoreless through the fifth. He allowed two runners to reach in the sixth, with one scoring after his exit. He walked three, fanned four and allowed three hits. Starts by Position P: Blanton (2-1), Duffy (5-5), Guthrie (9-6), Pino (0-1), Vargas (6-2), Ventura (4-8), Volquez (11-5), Young (7-3) C: Butera (3-3), Kratz (1-0), Perez (40-28) 1B: Hosmer (43-26), Morales (1-5) 2B: Colon (3-3), Infante (41-28) 3B: Colon (2-4), Moustakas (42-27) SS: Colon (5-5), Escobar (39-26) LF: Dyson (2-0), Gordon (40-30), Orlando (2-1) CF: Cain (37-28), Dyson (7-3) NW Arkansas Naturals (AA) Texas League North Division (First Half Division Champs) (2-4 Second Half, Overall) RF: Dyson (9-5), Orlando (15-14), Rios (20-12) Northwest Arkansas was off for a third and final day of the Texas League All-Star Break. They play at Frisco (Rangers) tonight. Team Leaders (* = Qualifying Players) AVG Balbino Fuenmayor.348 HR Balbino Fuenmayor 15 RBI Balbino Fuenmayor 50 Runs Balbino Fuenmayor 47 SB Terrance Gore 27 W Matt Murray 5 SO J.C. Sulbaran 53 SV Malcom Culver 6 DH: Cain (0-2), Hosmer (1-0), Morales (40-25), Perez (0-1) Wilmington Blue Rocks (A-Advanced) Carolina League Northern Division (First Half Division Champs) (4-2 Second Half, overall) Lynchburg (Indians) Wilmington LP: Jake Junis (3-6 with Wilmington, 3-7 overall) HR: None Wilmington dropped a back-and-forth opener vs. Lynchburg, with the Hillcats scoring the final five runs. Jake Junis scattered three runs (one earned) over 6.0 innings, striking out four with five hits and three walks. Mauricio Ramos went 2-for-4 with a double and a run, boosting his average to.288. He s batting.485 over his last nine games (16-for-33). Cody Stubbs reached three times, going 2-for-2 with a walk, a run and an RBI. Lexington Legends (A) South Atlantic League Southern Division (4-1 Second Half, Overall) Lexington Rome (Braves) Postponed - Rain Idaho Falls Chukars (R) Pioneer League South Division (4-10) Ogden (Dodgers) Idaho Falls Burlington Royals (R) Appalachian League East Division (5-4) Bluefield (Blue Jays) Burlington Surprise Royals (R) Arizona League West Division (7-2) (10 innings) Surprise Royals AZL Diamondbacks Rain postponed Lexington s game in Georgia. A doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday, August 15. The series continues tonight. LP: Derek Gordon (0-2) HR: Alexis Rivera (#2) The Chukars went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position as they dropped a second straight to Ogden. Alexis Rivera hit his league-leading sixth homer, a two-run shot in the ninth. Joshua Banuelos doubled twice, raising his average to.381 (24-for-63). WP: Chase Darhower (1-1) SV: Alex Luna (1) HR: A. Bailey (#1), B. Dulin (#4) Burlington swept a three-game set, winning a fourth straight overall. The Royals scored all five runs in the third. Austin Bailey and Brandon Dulin hit back-to-back homers with two outs. WP: Kyle Kubat (1-0) HR: Gabriel Cancel (#1) A two-run triple by Cody Jones highlighted a three-run 10th as the Royals took sole possession of first place. Jones went 3-for-3 in his pro debut. The TCU product and Big 12 Player of the Year was KC s sixth-round pick.
7 Miscellaneous Statistics Team Batting Royals Opponents Most runs, game 12 Twice, last: May 15 vs. NY Yankees 14 May NY Yankees Most runs, extra-inning game 7 May Texas 6 May Texas Most hits, game 18 April Cleveland 16 Twice, last: June 21 vs. Boston Most hits, extra-inning game 13 April Chicago White Sox 14 May Texas Fewest hits, game 3 June 5 vs. Texas 1 June Minnesota Most runs, inning 7 June Seattle (4th) 8 May NY Yankees (1st) Most hits, inning 6 Thrice, thrice: June Seattle (4th) 7 May NY Yankees (1st) Most doubles, game 5 May 15 vs. NY Yankees 8 June 21 vs. Boston (matches franchise record) Most doubles, extra-inning game 4 May Texas 2 April Chicago White Sox Most triples, game 2 4 times, last: July 2 Thrice, last: June 21 vs. Boston Most triples, extra-inning game 1 Twice, last: May Texas - - Most home runs, game 3 May Chicago Cubs 5 May NY Yankees Most home runs, extra-inning game 3 May Texas 1 May Texas Most home runs, inning 2 April LA Angels (4th) 3 May NY Yankees (1st) Most extra-base hits, game 7 May 15 vs. NY Yankees 13 June 21 vs. Boston (sets KC franchise record) Most extra-base hits, extra-inning game 8 May Texas 2 Twice, last: May Texas Most steals, game 4 June 20 vs. Boston 4 June 5 vs. Texas Most times caught stealing, game 2 April Chicago White Sox 2 April Cleveland Most sacrifice flies, game 2 4 times, last: June 17 vs. Milwaukee 2 Twice, last: June Oakland Most sacrifices, game 2 Twice, last: May Texas 1 11 times, last: June St. Louis Most strikeouts, game 13 April Chicago White Sox 15 May Chicago Cubs Most strikeouts, extra-inning game 11 May Chicago Cubs 14 April Chicago White Sox Most walks, game 5 4 times, last: June 17 vs. Milwaukee 8 May Texas Most walks, extra-inning game 5 May Chicago Cubs 6 May Detroit Most left on base, game 11 May 7 vs. Cleveland 13 May 22 vs. St. Louis Most left on base, extra-inning game 8 Thrice, last: May Chicago Cubs 10 Twice, last: May Detroit Fewest left on base, game 3 Five times, last: June 5 vs. Texas 2 Twice, last: June Seattle Fewest left on base, extra-inning game 5 May Detroit 7 May Texas Most double plays turned 5 June 19 vs. Boston 4 June Seattle Most errors, game 3 May Detroit 3 Thrice, last: June Minnesota Individual Batting: Most hits, game 4 Moustakas (April Cleveland and May 15 vs. NY Yankees) Most hits, extra-inning game 3 4 times, last: Gordon (May Chicago Cubs) Must runs, game 4 Morales (April Cleveland) Most doubles, game 2 5 times, last: Cain (June Houston) Most triples, game 2 Orlando (April LA Angels) Most home runs, game 2 Morales (May 22 vs. St. Louis) Most RBI, game 5 Cain (May 15 vs. NY Yankees), Morales (May 22 vs. St. Louis) Most RBI, extra-inning game 2 Morales (April Chicago), Hosmer (May Texas) Most total bases, game 9 Morales (May 22 vs. St. Louis) Most total bases, extra-inning game 8 Gordon (May Texas) Most walks, game 3 Morales (April 6 vs. Chicago White Sox), Hosmer (April 21 vs. Minnesota), Moustakas (June Milwaukee) Most stolen bases, game 3 Dyson (April Cleveland); Cain (June 20 vs. Boston) Longest hitting streak (min. 5 games) 12 Hosmer (May 3-16) Individual Pitching: Most innings pitched, starter 8.0 Volquez (April 9 vs. Chicago White Sox) Most innings pitched, reliever 4.2 Pino (April 18 vs. Oakland) Most strikeouts, starter 9 Young (May 1 vs. Detroit), Volquez (May Chicago Cubs) Most strikeouts, reliever 5 Pino (May Texas) Most walks, starter 6 Guthrie (April 22 vs. Minnesota), Volquez (May 7 vs. Cleveland), Duffy (May Texas) Most walks, reliever 3 Finnegan (May 6 vs. Cleveland), Holland (May Detroit) Most runs allowed 11 Guthrie (May NY Yankees) Most home runs allowed 4 Guthrie (May NY Yankees) Consecutive scoreless innings, starter 14.1 Young (June 9-21) Consecutive scoreless innings, reliever 22.0 Davis (April 6-May 31) Longest winning streak (2 or more) 4 Young (April 21-May 22); Volquez (June 10-present) Team Miscellaneous: Longest winning streak, overall 7 April 6-13 Longest winning streak, home 5 May Longest winning streak, road 4 April 10-13, June Longest losing streak, overall 4 May Longest losing streak, home 3 June 4-6 Longest losing streak, road 3 May 25-27, June 29-July 1 Longest game-inning, home - - Longest game-inning, road 13 April Chicago White Sox Longest game-time, home 3:16 June 2 vs. Cleveland Longest game-time, road 3:22 April Cleveland Longest game-time (extra-innings, home) - - Longest game-time (extra-innings, road) 4:07 April Chicago White Sox Shortest game-time home 1:40 May 23 vs. St. Louis (5 1/2 innings) Shortest game-time road 2:14 June Houston Shortest game-time (extra-innings, home) - - Shortest game-time (extra-innings, road) 3:23 May Detroit Largest crowd-home 40,085 April 6 vs. Chicago White Sox Smallest crowd-home 20,236 April 9 vs. Chicago White Sox Largest crowd-road 45,981 June St. Louis Smallest crowd-road 9,668 April Cleveland Largest winning margin 11 May 15 vs. NY Yankees (12-1) Largest losing margin 13 May NY Yankees (1-14) Largest deficit overcome to win 3 June 20 vs. Boston (trailed 4-1 after 4 1/2) Largest lead lost 3 Twice, last: July Houston (led 3-0 after 3 1/2) Lead after six innings: 37-2 Lead after seven innings: 34-0 Lead after eight innings: 40-0 Starter works more than 6.0 IP: 14-5 Score first: 30-9 Score more than three runs: 36-5 Hit home run: Series opener: or more hits: 28-3 Jarrod Dyson 22 SB to tie for 8th on KC all-time list (T. Goodwin-150) Alcides Escobar 1 SB to tie for 10th on KC all-time list (U.L. Washington-120) Royals Record When: Tied after six innings: 4-2 Tied after seven innings: 7-4 Tied after eight innings: 3-3 Starter works 6.0 IP: 14-4 Opponents score first: Score three runs or less: 8-26 Do not homer: Series finale: 14-9 Opponents 10 or more hits: 7-13 Upcoming Milestones Alex Gordon 2 RBI to tie for 10th on KC all-time list (W. Wilson-509) 2 HBP to tie for 4th on KC all-time list (M. Sweeney-66) 20 2B to tie for 6th on KC all-time list (B. Butler-276) 30 BB to tie for 5th on KC all-time list (M. Sweeney-484) Trail after six innings: 3-27 Trail after seven innings: 2-27 Trail after eight innings: 0-27 Starter works less than 6.0 IP: In the last turn at bat (KC/OPP): 8/3 Walkoff wins (KC/OPP): -/3 Comeback wins (KC/OPP): 18/9 Errorless games by KC: Jeremy Guthrie 11 wins to 100 Greg Holland 31 saves to tie for 3rd on KC all-time list (J. Soria-160) Omar Infante 6 2B to 250
8 2015 Day-By-Days Winning Losing Home Home Road Road Date Opponent D/N W-L Score Record Pos. GB Pitcher Pitcher Save Att. No. Total No. Total April (15-7) 4/6 CWS D W T1 - Ventura (1-0) Samardzija - *40, ,085 4/8 CWS N W T1 - Davis (R, 1-0) Putnam Holland (1) 23, ,470 4/9 CWS D W T1 - Volquez (1-0) Danks Holland (2) 20, ,706 LAA N W T1 - Vargas (1-0) Santiago Davis (1) 44, ,489 LAA N W T1 - Guthrie (1-0) Weaver Holland (3) 44, ,643 LAA D W T1 - Ventura (2-0) Wilson - 37, ,703 Min D W Duffy (2-0) May - 40, ,826 Min N L Gibson Volquez (1-1) Perkins 21, ,188 Min D L Milone Vargas (1-1) Perkins 17, ,637 4/17 Oak N W Davis (R, 2-0) Otero Holland (4) *39, ,934 4/18 Oak N L Hahn Ventura (2-1) Chavez 33, ,085 4/19 Oak D W Morales (R, 1-0) O Flaherty Davis (2) 36, ,840 4/20 Min N W Volquez (2-1) Gibson - 20, ,233 4/21 Min N W T1 - Young (R, 1-0) Fien Davis (3) 20, ,223 4/22 Min N L T1 - Pelfrey Guthrie (1-1) Perkins 24, ,944 CWS N W 3-2 (13) Morales (R, 2-0) Petricka Davis (4) 14, ,855 CWS N L 2-3^ Robertson Herrera (R, 0-1) - 20, ,205 CWS D Postponed Rain (Make up scheduled for July 17 at 1:10) CWS D L Danks Volquez (2-2) Robertson 23, ,522 Cle N W Vargas (2-1) Kluber - 9, ,190 Cle N W Finnegan (R, 1-0) Atchison - 10, ,888 Cle N L Salazar Ventura (2-2) Allen 10, ,172 4/30 Det N W Duffy (2-0) Simon - 28, ,349 May (14-12) 5/1 Det N W Young (2-0) Lobstein Davis (5) *38, ,535 5/2 Det N L Price Volquez (2-3) - *38, ,227 5/3 Det D L Sanchez Guthrie (1-2) Soria *38, ,553 5/5 Cle N W Vargas (3-1) Salazar Davis (6) 29, ,652 5/6 Cle N L Carrasco Duffy (2-1) - 23, ,968 5/7 Cle D W Morales (R, 3-0) Kluber Holland (5) *38, ,239 Det N L Soria Pino (R, 0-1) - 39, ,606 Det D W Guthrie (2-2) Sanchez - 41, ,062 Det N W 2-1 (10) Frasor (R, 1-0) Nesbitt Holland (6) 29, ,914 Tex N L Lewis Duffy (2-2) - 21, ,120 Tex N W 7-6 (10) Holland (R, 1-0) Pimentel - 23, ,779 Tex N L Gallardo Ventura (2-3) Feliz 26, ,037 Tex D W Guthrie (3-2) Detwiler Holland (7) 33, ,855 5/15 NYY N W Young (3-0) Pineda - 34, ,823 5/16 NYY N L T1 - Sabathia Duffy (2-3) - 31, ,694 5/17 NYY D W Volquez (3-3) Capuano - 31, ,945 5/19 Cin N W Ventura (3-3) Cueto Davis (7) 29, ,714 5/20 Cin N W Guthrie (4-2) Marquis - 30, ,164 5/22 StL N W Young (4-0) Lynn - 37, ,543 5/23 StL N W 3-2 (6) Volquez (C, 4-3) Lackey - *38, ,219 5/24 StL D L Wacha Ventura (3-4) - 36, ,561 NYY D L Evovaldi Guthrie (4-3) - 36, ,886 NYY N L Warren Vargas (3-2) - 33, ,300 NYY D L T1 - Pineda Young (4-1) Miller 32, ,034 ChC D W Herrera (R, 1-1) Strop - 34, ,307 ChC N Postponed -- Rain (Make up scheduled for September 28 at 7:05) ChC D L 1-2 (11) Rosscup Madson (R, 0-1) - 37, ,073 June (15-11) 6/2 Cle N L Carrasco Davis (R, 2-1) Allen 30, ,922 6/3 Cle N W T1 - Vargas (4-2) Kluber Holland (8) 29, ,821 6/4 Cle N L 2-6 (8) Bauer Young (4-2) - 29, ,373 6/5 Tex N L Gonzalez (C) Volquez (4-4) - *38, ,532 6/6 Tex D L Rodriguez Ventura (3-5) Tolleson 37, ,456 6/7 Tex D W Davis (R, 3-1) Kela Holland (9) *38, ,658 Min N W T1 - Vargas (5-2) Hughes Holland (10) 22, ,869 Min N W Young (5-2) May Holland (11) 22, ,366 Min N W Volquez (5-4) Gibson - 22, ,800 StL N L Garcia Ventura (3-6) - 45, ,709 StL D L Lyons Guthrie (4-4) Rosenthal 45, ,690 StL D Postponed -- Rain (Make up scheduled for July 23 at 6:15) Mil N W Volquez (6-4) Lohse Davis (8) 23, ,697 Mil N W Young (6-2) Garza - 27, ,437 6/17 Mil N W Blanton (1-0) Fiers - 33, ,001,078 6/18 Mil N W Guthrie (5-4) Nelson Holland (12) 36, ,037,396 6/19 Bos N L Rodriguez Pino (0-2) - *38, ,075,586 6/20 Bos N W Volquez (7-4) Porcello Holland (13) *39, ,114,701 6/21 Bos D L Miley Young (6-3) - 37, ,152,676 Sea N W Blanton (2-0) Hernandez Holland (14) 23, ,025 Sea N L Montgomery Guthrie (5-5) - 17, ,485 Sea N W Madson (R, 1-1) Elias - 23, ,877 Oak N W Volquez (8-4) Hahn Holland (15) 27, ,242 Oak D W Young (7-2) Kazmir Holland (16) 28, ,005,861 Oak D W Guthrie (6-5) Chavez Davis (9) 22, ,028,338 Hou N L McCullers Blanton (2-1) - 20, ,048,757 Hou N L Keuchel Duffy (2-4) - 24, ,073,399 July (0-1) Hou N L Gregorson Herrera (R, 1-2) - 25, ,099,247 7/2 Min N 7/3 Min N 7/4 Min N 7/5 Min D * - denotes sellout; ^ - suspended game, completed on April 26 Instant Replay Reviews Date Opponent Inning Original Call Score at Time Time Delay Outcome Challenge Record LA Angels 1st Moustakas safe on SB att. (LA challenge) 0-0 1:47 Stands Opp /17 Oakland 7th Lawrie out at 2B on force (Oak challenge) 4-4 2:26 Stands Opp /19 Oakland 8th Zobrist out at 1B on DP (Oak challenge) 0-5 1:25 Overturned Opp. 1-2 Chicago White Sox 10th Abreu safe at 2B on WP (KC challenge) 2-2 1:43 Stands K.C. 0-1 Chicago White Sox 3rd Escobar safe at 2B on SB (CWS challenge) 1-0 2:30 Overturned Opp th Abreu safe at 1B (KC challenge) 2-2 1:32 Overturned K.C. 1-1 Cleveland 5th Ramirez safe at 1B (KC challenge) 2-2 1:58 Stands K.C th Moustakas safe at 1B (Cle challenge) 6-5 1:39 Stands Opp /2 vs. Detroit 7th Gose out for not retouching 2B (Det challenge) 0-2 3:21 Stands Opp. 2-4 Detroit 8th Davis safe at 2B on SB (KC challenge) 5-5 1:16 Stands K.C. 1-3 Texas 8th Deshields out at 2B trying for SB (Tex challenge) 5-5 0:36 Stands Opp th Beltre safe at 1B on pickoff attempt (KC challenge) 6-6 2:13 Overturned K.C /16 vs. New York 5th Orlando safe at 2B (NY challenge) 1-4 0:58 Overturned Opp. 3-5 New York 5th Dyson safe at 2B on SB (NY challenge) :24 Overturned Opp. 4-5 Chicago Cubs 9th Ross out at 1B (ChC challenge) 1-1 0:55 Confirmed Opp th Fowler out at HP (Crew Chief challenge) 1-1 4:06 Stands - 6/2 vs. Cleveland 8th Ramirez safe at 1B (KC challenge) 1-1 2:52 Stands K.C /5 vs. Texas 1st Moustakas safe at 2B (Tex challenge) 0-1 1:10 Overturned Opp th Hosmer safe at 1B (Tex challenge) 0-4 1:21 Stands Opp. 5-7 Minnesota 7th Perez out at 2B (KC challenge) 5-1 1:32 Overturned K.C. 3-4 Milwaukee 1st Escobar out at HP (KC challenge) 0-0 2:44 Overturned K.C. 4-4 Milwaukee 3rd Cain out at 1B (KC challenge) 2-0 1:18 Overturned K.C /17 vs. Milwaukee 6th Escobar safe at 1B (Mil challenge) 6-1 1:28 Overturned Opp /19 vs. Boston 1st Betts out at 1B (Bos challenge) 0-0 2:56 Overturned Opp th Swihart out at 2B on SB (Bos challenge) 0-5 4;37 Confirmed Opp /21 vs. Boston 4th Infante out at 1B on DP (KC challenge) 0-2 1:06 Overturned K.C. 6-4 Oakland 8th Gordon caught ball on fly out (Oak challenge) 5-3 0:53 Confirmed Opp. 7-9 Houston 7th Altuve called safe at HP (KC challenge) 5-5 4:10 Stands K.C. 6-5 Possible Outcomes - Confirmed, Stands or Overturned