The Royals failed to close out the sweep against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon, suffering a disappointing 7-5 loss at Target Field.
The KC Royals lost despite hanging a five run rally on Twins starter Tyler Duffey in the third inning that allowed them to take a 5-3 lead. Unfortunately, Kansas City Royals starter Dillon Gee was even worse, allowing six runs in only four innings pitched (five earned). Gee’s day included two solo shots to open the game and a brutal two-run bomb to Miguel Sano that lost the lead in the fifth inning.
The Royals didn’t help themselves by allowing an unearned run in the second when Paulo Orlando dropped Eduadro Nunez’s easy pop fly in left followed by Gee making a wild pickoff attempt which allowed the runner to go to third. Nunez scored on Brian Dozier‘s single to put the Twins up 3-0 in the second inning.
As disappointing as the loss was, the Kansas City Royals have still won four straight series after losing five in a row. Even dropping the third game to the Twins shouldn’t put a damper on how the KC Royals have turned things around in the last 10 days.
Yes, sweep would have been nice. But the KC Royals are over .500 at 23-21 and trail the White Sox by only two games in the AL Central.
On to my five observations about Wednesday’s game:
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