3) Wade Davis Notched His First Save In 17 Days
Davis had not recorded a save since May 1. However, to be fair to him, Wade Davis has only had ONE save opportunity before Wednesday. Davis blew a 2-0 lead on Sunday, which was the first two runs he had given up in the 2016 season.
On Wednesday, he worked around a one-out single by Jackie Bradley Jr. to nail down a one-run victory for the KC Royals. Davis lowered his ERA to 1.32 on the season and recorded his ninth save.
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It would have been very discouraging if the bullpen hadn’t been able to hold on for the win.
Not only did Wade Davis get the job done, but Brian Flynn came into to retire lefty Jackie Bradley Jr. with David Ortiz on first base in the sixth. Luke Hochevar pitched a clean seventh by striking out the side, and Herrera escaped the eighth with a big assist from Jarrod Dyson.
In the end, the Kansas City Royals walked away with a trademark win in which they scratched out a late lead against a good team, and closed the door in the late innings behind their strong bullpen and defense.
Game 2: The KC Royals will send Edinson Volquez (3-2, 3.51 ERA) to the mound against David Price (5-1, 6.00 ERA) for the Boston Red Sox 7:15 CST at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO Wednesday, May16.