The Royals failed to repeat Thursday’s late-game magic when their ninth inning rally fell one run short Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.
The 3-2 loss caused the Kansas City Royals to fall to 44-42, 8.0 games behind Cleveland and fourth place in the AL Central. The Mariners improved to 44-43 and 9.5 games behind the Texas Rangers in the AL West.
KC Royals fans had to come into Friday’s game wondering which Yordano Ventura they would see on the mound. Would he be bad Yordano that lost his composure and get rocked? Or would he dominate?
Instead, we got neither. He was mostly good Yordano. Which, unfortunately, wasn’t good enough when Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma held Royals hitters to five hits, three walks, and one earned run over 6.2 innings with six strikeouts.
On to my observations about Friday’s game:
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