The Royals blew a golden opportunity to sweep the Twins Wednesday night due to the abject stupidity of manager Ned Yost. Due to his terrible choices in the seventh inning, the KC Royals bullpen blew their 4th game with a late-inning lead in their last 10 days. This 6-5 loss is ALL ON NED YOST!!!
The Kansas City Royals fell to 72-67 with their 6-5 loss on Wednesday night. They blew an opportunity to gain ground on both Cleveland and Detroit, who both lost. Thus, the Royals remain 7.5 games behind Cleveland and 3.0 games behind Detroit in the AL Central. The Twins fell to 52-87 and remain in last place in the AL Central.
Danny Duffy lasted 6.0 innings, allowing 8 hits, 0 walks, and 2 earned runs with 10 strikeouts. He also gave up an unearned run when Alcides Escobar muffed a ground ball in the fifth inning. Duff-man left the game in a position to earn his 12th victory, but set-up man Joakim Soria gave up the tying and lead runs in the bottom of the seventh.
It was the 11th time this season that Soria came into a tied game, or with a lead, and ended the inning surrendering either the tying or lead run.
Ok, I know these are my own Tweets but….
Really, just how many leads—and key games—does Joakim Soria need to blow? Obviously, Ned needs to SAY that Soria hasn’t lost his confidence. But, his actions need to recognize that Strahm, Kelvin Herrera, and Wade Davis are your reliable options out of the pen.
The above description just doesn’t give credit to the utter horrible decision-making from Ned Yost Wednesday night. Matt Strahm hasn’t pitched in five days due to reports of a sore arm. Ok, I get that. However, Yost had him warming in the seventh inning and brought in Joakim Soria.
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Here, Yost is trying not to use Strahm if he doesn’t have to. Again, I’m not all that happy with this one, but I can see it. Yet, when Soria gives up a runner on second with only one out and the tying run already across home plate, WHY IN THE HELL DON’T YOU BRING IN YOUR ALREADY-WARM LEFTY WITH TWO LEFT-HANDED HITTERS IN A ROW COMING TO THE PLATE?
You stay with righty Joakim Soria who then gives up a walk and a ground out to put runners on first and second. Gosh, maybe if you go to your lefty relief ace HE GETS OUT OF THE INNING WITHOUT FACING A RIGHT HANDED HITTER!!!
But, if you’re Ned Yost, you only bring in your lefty relief ace to face a switch hitter so you can turn him around to bat right handed—who then slaps a single to left to put the Twins ahead 5-4. Yeah, Twins manager Paul Molitor could have pinch hit for 1B Kennys Vargas (one of the two lefties). But, you force the other manager to make the move.
Ned Yost’s moron cap just cost his team a loss they can’t afford.