Royals Report: The Beat Goes On With 8-3 Loss In Texas
By John Viril
The KC Royals continued to crash, suffering their second straight defeat in a 8-3 loss to the Texas Rangers in Arlington.
The Kansas City Royals fell to 49-53 with the 8-3 defeat, and they now trail the Cleveland Indians by 10.0 games in the AL Central. The Rangers improved to 60-44 and lead the AL West by 4.0 games over the Astros.
The KC Royals look like a team that is emotionally, physically, and psychologically drained. They know they need to make a run soon, and just can’t seem to get off the launching pad.
On Friday night, Edinson Volquez couldn’t get out of the first inning before giving up a three run shot to Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor. The Rangers added two runs in the fifth, one run in the sixth, and two runs in the seventh to nullify a mild comeback attempt by the Royals after Eric Hosmer launched a two-run blast in the sixth.
Rookie Raul Mondesi continues to show his skills, flashing the leather in a nice defensive play to throw out Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus in the fifth inning. With his speed and defense, you can see why the Kansas City Royals put him on the World Series roster as a late-inning bench player last October.
The home run continues to bedevil both KC Royals starters and relievers. Royals pitchers gave up three more dingers Friday night, including two to former no. 1 overall prospect Jurickson Profar who played in his first game in the outfield for Texas.
As the Kansas City Royals continue to lose games, the closer general manager Dayton Moore has to come to pulling the trigger on sell moves before the trade deadline. At this point, Moore has to consider moving all of his short-term pieces and maybe even reliever Wade Davis.
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Absent a miracle, the KC Royals are going to be sitting at home come October.