YOU WON’T LIKE THEM WHEN THEY’RE ANGRY: Royals lose to angry O’s 8-5

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Kansas City, Mo. – Wednesday night, in front of a crowd of 33,003 fans cheering for the third installment of Cueto Day at the K, the Baltimore Orioles did their best Incredible Hulk impersonation.

The O’s slammed 5 home runs (3 off the aforementioned Johnny Cueto) and Wei-Yin Chen held the Royals to three runs over six innings in route to an 8-5 victory, taking the third game (and their first) of the four game series.

The scoring opened in the bottom of the second. Following a leadoff double by Kendrys Morales, Mike Moustakas dropped a bunt attempt down the third base line, missing a bunt single by a mere foot or so. His second try to the first bas side was successful in sacrificing Morales to third. Salvy Perez immediately followed with a double scoring Morales. After Paulo Orlando beat Chen in a sprint to first and Omar Infante got a swinging bunt single to third which scored Perez, things got downright Little League.

Alcides Escobar launched a deep line drive to the O’s Adam Jones in center. Infante, hoping to go first to third on the play, took off. One problem. Orlando, seeing that the ball might be caught, went back to tag at second. Infante rounded second, passing Orlando, and was immediately called out. That, ladies and gentleman, is how a center fielder turns an unassisted double play. Despite the miscue, the Royals went into the third up 2-0.

What would, on most days, be sufficient for the Royals ace proved to not be enough on this night. After allowing a leadoff single to the struggling Ryan Flaherty, Manny Machado teed off on Cueto for a home run to left and a 2-2 tie. In the fourth, it was Jonathan Schoop who hit an estimated 457 foot home run to left, scoring Steve Pearce and making it 4-2. To complete the Cueto hat trick, slugger Chris Davis launched a home run to left fifth, scoring Gerardo Parra, making it 6-2 O’s. The three home runs were the most surrendered by Cueto in a single outing in five years. Those home runs, along with his eight strikeouts, ran up Cueto’s pitch count and he was done after that fifth inning.

In the bottom of the sixth, Kendrys Morales would drive in Ben Zobrist to make 6-3. The Orioles would answer in the eighth as Steve Pearce decided he would knock himself in and launched a solo home run to left off of former starter Jeremy Guthrie to push the lead back to four. But the Royals weren’t done. Yet.

In the bottom of the eighth, Mike Moustakas would launch his 15th homer of the year, scoring Morales, to cut the deficit to 7-5. They would draw no closer as Ryan Flaherty would add a solo home run to center in the ninth and Zach Britton would work around a two out walk to Escobar for his 30th save. Wei-Yen Chen (8-6) got the victory while Cueto (2-3) took the loss. The game took two hours and forty-seven minutes. The Royals look to win this brief four game home stand tomorrow afternoon at 1:10 pm as they send Yordano Ventura (8-7, 4.64 ERA), looking to continue his recent resurgence, against the Orioles Chris Tillman (9-8, 4.51 ERA).

 

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