In a season plagued by bad pitching, one unlikely Royals pitcher gave the fans a game to remember.
On July 16, 2019, the Kansas City Royals matched up against the Chicago White Sox in the second game of a four-game series at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals had taken the win the previous night and were hoping to move closer to taking the series.
Glenn Sparkman took the mound for the Royals, and little did he know he would have one of the best games of his career. Sparkman struggled throughout most of 2019. Seeing a lot of starts in an always-changing Royals rotation, Sparkman ended the regular season 4-11 with a 6.02 ERA.
While Sparkman often struggled, there were times during the year that he showed he had some good pitches in his arsenal, he just struggled to control the ball and let the games get out of hand. On the night of July 16, though, Sparkman took the mound ready to play.
Over 116 pitches, Sparkman left the game with five hits, one walk, eight strikeouts, zero earned runs, and nine innings pitched. Sparkman sat down the White Sox and pitched a complete game shutout.
Sparkman may have had his share of struggles, but pitching a full game shut out is an amazing accomplishment for any pitcher and a good memory for the Royals of 2019.