The Kansas City Royals were dominated by Homer Bailey on Wednesday. Let’s look at three dominating games the team was on the receiving end of.
This will enter the record books as the most times a Kansas City Royals team has ever been struck out in a single game. Homer Bailey and the Athletics’ bullpen combined for a total of 19 strikeouts. It did take 11 innings but still an impressive performance.
Every starter left the batter’s box shaking their head at least once and even Cheslor Cuthbert got in on the action by striking out in a pinch-hit performance. The 2-4 hitters in the lineup, Adalberto Mondesi, Jorge Soler, and Hunter Dozier went down looking or swinging three times each. Not that there were many runners for them to strand as the lineup from sixth back to the top only were on base twice with a walk and a hit.
With seasons like this, we need to expect some negative records being set to go along with the enjoyable ones like Soler’s individual home run record. It seems a bit more cringe-worthy to have a pitcher who was on our roster eight weeks ago being a this dominant for another team.
I delved into the Royals’ history to see when, where and who was involved in games where Kansas City players were struck out at a high rate. One comes from a pitcher who you would suspect can tear apart a lineup any given day. Another involved extra innings and multiple pitchers much like the Oakland game on Wednesday did. Sadly one of the other entries on this list was not so long ago.