August 3, 2015

Cueto solid in Royals debut but KC squanders leads in extra inning loss

royalsJosh Donaldson singled home Troy Tulowitzki in the 11th inning, and the new-look Blue Jays rallied to beat Kansas City 7-6 on Friday night and hand Johnny Cueto a no-decision in his Royals debut.

‘Tulowitzki played a key role in the win. He singled with one out in the 11th and advanced on a balk by Franklin Morales (3-1).

Donaldson followed with a single to left-center, giving Toronto its third straight win and sending the AL champion Royals to their third consecutive loss.

”He left me a pitch over the middle of the plate, what I was kind of waiting for the entire time,” Donaldson said. ”I didn’t miss it.”

Donaldson, mobbed at first base after his winning hit, went 3 for 4 with a walk and four RBIs. Liam Hendriks (3-0) pitched one inning for the win.

 

Cueto, obtained from Cincinnati last Sunday for three minor league pitchers, gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

”I thought he threw the ball great,” manager Ned Yost said. [Read more…]

Wacha leads Cardinals to shut out victory over the Rockies

 

St. Louis Cardinals Kolten Wong (L) greets Jhonny Peralta after Peralta hit a two RBI home run in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 31, 2015. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

St. Louis Cardinals Kolten Wong (L) greets Jhonny Peralta after Peralta hit a two RBI home run in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 31, 2015. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

A few minor adjustments here and there. That was all it took for Michael Wacha to get back on track.

Wacha pitched seven crisp innings, Matt Carpenter homered for the third time in two games and the Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 7-0 on Friday night.

Jhonny Peralta added a two-run homer for the Cardinals (66-37), who have won eight of 11 to move a season-high 29 games over .500 for the third time this season. Stephen Piscotty had a two-run double to help St. Louis run its major league-best home record to 39-15.

The six-hitter for Wacha (12-4) and two relievers came after St. Louis bolstered its bullpen by acquiring Jonathan Broxton before the non-waiver trade deadline on Friday afternoon. The Cardinals sent minor league outfielder Malik Collymore to Milwaukee for Broxton, who will help set up for All-Star closer Trevor Rosenthal.

Colorado has lost seven of 10.

Wacha allowed four hits, struck out seven and walked one. [Read more…]

Cooney, Grichuk lead the way for Cardinals in series opening win over Braves

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Tim Cooney  Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Tim Cooney Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Tim Cooney tossed seven strong innings to pick up his first major league win in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday.

Randal Grichuk homered, drove in a pair of runs and scored twice for the Cardinals, who improved to 6-2 in their last eight against the Braves at Busch Stadium.

Cooney (1-0) yielded just two runs on five hits with five strikeouts, outdueling fellow rookie southpaw Manny Banuelos.

Banuelos (1-2) entered the game with a 1.08 ERA over his first four major league appearances, which included three starts, but he got hit around on Friday. Banuelos was responsible for all four runs on six hits over just five- plus innings of work. [Read more…]

Royals can’t solve newly acquired Kazmir in loss to Houston

Jeremy Guthrie(photo/MLB)

Jeremy Guthrie(photo/MLB)

Scott Kazmir tossed seven solid innings in his Houston debut as the Astros downed the Kansas City Royals, 4-0, in the opener of a three-game series.

Kazmir (6-5), who the team acquired from Oakland on Thursday, allowed three hits and a walk with three strikeouts for the Astros, who have won five straight.

Preston Tucker hit a solo home run while Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Colby Rasmus each drove in a run in the win.

Jeremy Guthrie (7-6) gave up four runs on 11 hits over seven innings for the Royals, who have dropped their last two.

“He kept us off-balance pretty much the whole game,” said Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer about Kazmir. “He wasn’t missing with anything and kept the ball down.” [Read more…]

Streaking Sportsing Kansas City slowed by Real Salt Lake

Sporting KCJao Plata’s goal gave Real Salt Lake a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas CIty on Friday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Sporting Kansas City is looking for their fourth straight win, while Real Salt Lake is looking to start a win streak with a win tonight.

Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake) right footed shot from the center of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sebasti´┐Żn Jaime with a headed pass. 34′

In the 50th minute Sporting KC would get on the board when Roger Espinoza found Benny Feilhaber 25 yards out. Feilhaber blasted a shot past RSL goalkeeper Jeff Attinella to tie the score 1-1. [Read more…]