The Royals lost 8-4 to the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night to split the home phase of their season series at one game a piece. The teams move to St. Louis for two games to finish their inter-league series.
The Kansas City Royals fell to 40-36, and six games behind the surging Cleveland Indian in the AL Central. The Cardinals improved to 40-36, and remain 10 games behind the Cubs in second place in the NL Central.
The loss to the Cardinals snapped the KC Royals two-game winning streak and caused Kansas CIty to suffer a losing home stand by dropping three out of five games. The Kansas City Royals still hold the best home record in baseball at 27-11.
The Cardinals opened the second inning by scoring three runs against KC Royals starter Yordano Ventura, only to see the boys in blue respond with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame. St. Louis broke open the game by scoring two runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth to take an 8-2 lead.
Though the Kansas City Royals answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, the Cardinals remained in control for a fairly easy win.
The most significant development of the game came in the seventh inning when KC Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain attempted to beat out an infield single. Cain pulled up lame just past first base, holding his left hamstring. He left the game and will see a doctor to determine his injury status on Wednesday.
On to my observations about Tuesday’s game:
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