The Kansas City Royals started their Saturday night matchup with the Minnesota Twins with one victory already on the day. The Royals took the afternoon game of the double header. With another win in the nightcap the Boys in Blue could find themselves in a Wild Card spot.
The Kansas City Royals called on Jason Hammel to secure a series win over the visiting Twins. After compiling a 1-6 record in the first two months of the season, June saw Jason finish with a record of 3-0. Fans everywhere were anxious to see Hammel begin July in similar fashion.
A two run dong by Eric Hosmer in the bottom of the first gave Hammel some quick breathing room. Jason would get through the first four innings allowing zero runs. In a world where you can pick and choose what information to reference we should take those first four frames and declare Hammel’s early season struggles over!
Hammel cruised giving up three hits while punching out four. Then came the fifth and sixth innings. The Twins put up a four spot in the fourth, including a Miguel Sano homerun. The Twins took a 4-2 lead into the fifth. Two Kansas City Royals errors and two more Twins runs equaled a speedy exit for Hammel.
One thing that we have learned is that the Kansas City Royals do not give up. The bottom of the frame provided the perfect backdrop to yet again believe in miracles. Jorge Soler showed off his power stroke, belting a two-run shot that brought home Lorenzo Cain. With the Royals inching closer at 7-4 Brandon Moss followed Soler with a double.
The bottom of the order showed in the day game that perhaps they are not completely pathetic at the plate. (The 6 through 9 hitters all homered in the day game.) Alcides Escobar provided more evidence for that theory as he doubled home Moss. Three runs in the sixth made it a two run game at 7-5.
The comeback to the game and the season appeared to be in full swing.
However, on the night of July 1st 2017 the comeback magic simply was not meant to be. Kelvin Herrera allowed three more runs in the top of the ninth. Okay a five run lead is challenging, but this team has done it before. In the bottom of the inning Moss, Esky and Drew Butera came to the plate. And then went down in order.
Even after a 10-5 loss hope is not lost Royals fans. Tomorrow is another day. Kansas City can still salvage a series win. The series wraps up tomorrow at The K.