The KC Royals announced tonight that they signed veteran pitchers Wandy Rodriguez and Joba Chamberlain to minor league deals. The two will report to Triple-A Omaha. Both give the Royals some depth after trading away five upper level pitchers at the trading deadline. Both could be September callups if they pitch well, which would give the overworked bullpen some rest with a HUGE lead in the division.
Wandy was released by Texas this season, after going 6-4 with a 4.90 ERA in 17 games (15 starts) in the big leagues. Over 86.1 innings, he allowed 99 hits (a .285 average) and walked 36 while striking out 72.
With Triple-A Round Rock, Wandy threw just seven innings in two starts.
Joba was just released by Toronto, where he was pitching for Triple-A Buffalo. There, he allowed ten runs (eight earned) on nine hits and four walks over just five innings. He struck out seven.
Joba started the season in the Detroit bullpen, where he allowed 32 hits (a .340 average) and five walks over 22 innings. He struck out 15.
The Royals walked off against the Angels, winning 4-3 in ten innings. The game was tied at 2-2 until the top of the eighth.
After not collecting a hit since the 1st inning, Ben Zobrist singled with one out in the bottom of the tenth. He moved into scoring position when Angels rookie reliever Trevor Gott walked Eric Hosmer with two outs.
Up came Kendrys Morales, who singled on the 1-0 pitch into left field to set off the celebration.
After not allowing a home run at all in 2014 and not until the beginning of August this season, setup man Wade Davis allowed another homer in the eighth. He gave it up to Kole Calhoun to give the Angels the lead.
Royals starter Yordano Ventura was cruising until the sixth. It started with a Calhoun triple and he scored on a wild pitch. Three batters later, David Murphy tied the game with a solo homer.
Overall, Ventura allowed five hits, walked one, and struck out seven.
The Royals collected three hits in the first inning, including an RBI double from Zobrist and an RBI single from Hosmer. They did not collect another hit off Angels starter Hector Santiago over the next six innings. He did walk three while striking out five.
Joe Smith got two ground balls back to him and a strikeout of Lorenzo Cain in his perfect 8th inning.
After Angels closer Huston Street walked Hosmer to start the ninth, Morales hit a dribbler that got Hosmer into scoring position. The Angels elected to intentionally walk Mike Moustakas (with Jarrod Dyson pinch running) to bring up Drew Butera, who was batting for the first time. Butera walked to load the bases for Alex Rios, who tied the game with a sac fly.
Dyson moved to third base. Paulo Orlando came to the plate. Orlando hit a liner into the right-center field gap, but Mike Trout laid out and made the game-saving catch.
*In the 7th inning, catcher Salvador Perez was ejected after arguing balls and strikes. He was called out on strikes. Neither team was happy with the strike zone.
**Former Royal (at least this past spring training and the beginning of the season with Triple-A Omaha) Ryan Jackson made his big league Angels debut in the bottom of the eighth on defense at third base. He was just called up from Triple-A earlier in the day.
***Left fielder Alex Gordon expects to begin a rehab assignment next weekend.
****Getting to see Angels reliever Trevor Gott pitch in a big league game was pretty cool, even if it was on TV and even if he got the loss. Last June, he was pitching for the California League in the All-Star Game that was hosted by Wilmington.