Quick Reaction

Quick Reaction: Kansas City Royals 2, Toronto Blue Jays 5

Stroman and the Blue Jays take game one of the series against the Royals.

Kansas City

2

Toronto

5

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 6 1
Toronto 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 5 8 0

W: M. Stroman 12-8
L: I. Kennedy 4-12
S: R. Osuna 3-4

The Starter

A

M. Stroman

W, 12-8 | 7.0 IP | 1 (1) | 4 H | 2 BB | 5 K |
92 PC, B: 32, S: 61 | 3.01 ERA

A single for the Royals began the game with Marcus Stroman on the hill. He induced three straight ground ball outs, making the single a non-factor. After a strikeout to begin the 2nd, a ground ball by Moustakas went between the middle infielders for a double. Goins and Barney each could have fielded it, but they had their signals crossed. Once again, the runner was stranded as Stroman ended the inning.

The stuff from Marcus tonight was explosive. He had excellent movement on all of his pitches, especially his slider and fastball. The amount of spin he generates on the ball is incredible. A one-out walk in the 3rd inning was left on the bases after a great catch by Bautista and another grounder by the starter. After three innings, Stroman had thrown 49 pitches.

A leadoff walk in the 4th was erased by a double play. A ground ball finished off the Royals in the inning. It’s easy to see Stroman is pitching well when there’s ground ball after ground ball from opposing batters. It was an easy 5th frame for Stroman. He struck out two, highlighted by a three-pitch strikeout of Alcides Escobar.

It took eight pitches for Stroman to get through the 6th. His pitches were somehow looking even better than earlier in the game. The result was three quick outs, including another strikeout for the starter. Kansas City led off the 7th with consecutive singles. A sacrifice fly ball from Moustakas scored the first run for the Royals who were trailing 2-1. A couple of ground balls ended the inning safely for Stroman.

After throwing 92 quality pitches in his outing, Stroman’s night was over. His pitches were crisp for all seven of his innings, which for the most part, kept runners off the bases. He ended up with ten ground balls and two fly balls. Marcus threw over two-thirds of his total pitches for strikes. Another outstanding showing.

The Hitting

B-
Player H-AB R RBI BB SO 2B-3B-HR SB AVG OBP Slug
T. Hernández 0-4 0 0 0 3 0-0-0 0 .255 .280 .468
J. Donaldson 1-4 0 0 0 1 0-0-0 0 .268 .390 .554
J. Smoak 1-4 0 0 0 1 1-0-0 0 .278 .360 .549
J. Bautista 0-4 0 0 0 2 0-0-0 0 .205 .312 .373
K. Morales 1-3 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0 .249 .305 .449
R. Refsnyder 0-0 1 0 0 0 0-0-0 0 .167 .253 .218
K. Pillar 1-3 1 0 0 0 1-0-0 0 .258 .304 .412
R. Martin 1-3 1 2 0 0 1-0-0 0 .224 .351 .385
R. Goins 1-3 1 0 0 1 0-0-0 0 .227 .280 .335
D. Barney 2-3 1 3 0 0 0-0-1 0 .237 .272 .330

The first two Blue Jays struck out to begin the 1st inning. Smoak wasn’t going to strike out. Instead, he stroked a double to right field, keeping the inning alive. He was stranded when Bautista hit a pop fly. In the next inning, it took Royals starter, Ian Kennedy, only eight pitches to get his three outs. The Toronto hitters were swinging early in the count and getting themselves out.

Darwin Barney hit a ground ball with one out in the 3rd. When the fielder threw the ball over the head of the first baseman, Barney ended up at second base. He got doubled up when the center fielder, Cain, made a catch and got it back to second base for the double play. Pretty sloppy base-running for Barney in the inning.

Toronto picked up only their second hit of the game to start the 6th inning. Goins slapped a single to right field to lead off the inning. The next batter, Barney, fouled off four pitches (including two foul bunts) before getting a hold of a changeup and taking it deep to left field. It cleared the fence for the fifth home run of the season for the second baseman. The starter was removed from the game as the Blue Jays took the lead, 2-0.

Two straight hits for the Blue Jays in the 7th put runners on second and third base. Morales started it off with a single and Pillar followed with a double to right-centre field. A clutch double from Russell Martin plated two more runs for Toronto. It was on the first pitch he saw from reliever Scott Alexander. The Blue Jays weren’t done after a pitching change from Kansas City. Barney picked up his third RBI of the game when he hit a single to left field. The home team had a 5-1 lead after the 7th inning.

The offense started off slowly in the early innings facing Kennedy who was having a good outing. When the starter made some mistakes, the Blue Jays hitters were all over him. They stayed hot against the bullpen and put the game away in the 7th inning. Barney in particular had a great night with his bat.

The Bullpen

B+
Player IP R ER H BB SO PC (B-S) ERA
R. Tepera (7-1) 1.0 1 1 2 0 0 16 (6-10) 3.50
R. Osuna (S, 3-4) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 13 (5-8) 3.54

For the 8th, Ryan Tepera was on the mound. He gave up a solo home run to Alex Gordon to start the inning. The Royals next hit a single, but it was nullified when a double play was turned. A pop-fly ended the inning with the lead narrowed to 5-2 for Toronto.

Trying to protect a three run lead in the 9th, it was none other than Roberto Osuna. He started out missing with three straight balls outside before coming back to strike out Hosmer. Osuna picked up another strikeout and a ground ball to secure the save. It was his career-high 37th save of the season. He utilized his fastball to perfection in the frame.

Notable Hitters

J. Bautista

0-4 | 0 BB | 0 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 0 HR | 2 K | 0 SB | AVG: .205, OBP: .312, Slug: .373

For the second out in the 3rd inning, Jose ran all the way to the foul line to get a fly ball. He made a sliding catch and slammed into the wall on the play. He made another great catch at the wall, robbing Merrifield of a hit to start the 6th inning. Great play in right field tonight.

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