Royals lose, Ventura rehabs, Watson debuts

The KC Royals were swept in Houston by losing the finale, 6-5 tonight.

It was an ugly series in Houston for the Royals, but at least they scored runs tonight. They led 3-0 after two innings, but Edinson Volquez allowed four runs in the fifth.

broomVolquez allowed two solo home runs in the game, along with six other hits over five-plus innings. He also hit Astros stud George Springer in the hand and he left the game.

After Volquez was pulled with a runner on base in the sixth, Franklin Morales allowed a single, but then got the next two hitters out. Next up was Ryan Madson, who struck out Domingo Santana to end the inning.

The Royals tied the game in the top of the seventh on Jarrod Dyson‘s RBI triple.

Kelvin Herrera then allowed the go ahead run in the bottom of the seventh on a close call at the plate (that was reviewed and held up). Herrera hit the first batter he faced and walked the third batter, before a fielder’s choice scored the run.

Kendrys Morales had given the Royals the 2-0 lead in the first with a two-run home run. Lorenzo Cain, despite the hamstring injury, tripled.

  • Yordano Ventura made his second rehab start for Triple-A Omaha and was solid, though a little wild. He walked three, hit a batter, and had a balk. Ventura ended up allowing one run on three hits over 5.1 innings, though the run scored after he was pulled from the game in the 6th inning. He took the loss, as Omaha lost 2-0.
  • The Royals second 1st round pick this June, Nolan Watson, made his professional debut with Burlington tonight. Over 2.2 innings, he allowed two hits and walked two while striking out three.

About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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