His knees caked in dirt and his face shining with perspiration, Billy Butler made the universal sign for “safe.” He had just been cut down at third base attempting to advance from first. The call on the field was wrong, Butler communicated to the Royals dugout in the fifth inning of a 7-3 loss to the Indians on Saturday, and replay would vindicate him.
Chris McClendon drove in seven runs, powering the Wingnuts to a 12-2 win over the Explorers on Friday night in Sioux City, Iowa.
Mike Moustakas has suffered indignities this baseball season. He slumped from the start, heard jeers in his home ballpark and earned a demotion to the minor leagues. His at-bats often end in strikeouts or pop-ups, a flurry of failure that obscures an undeniable reality: He can still pulverize a baseball when his barrel connects.
J.T. Wise had three of the Wingnuts 13 hits, helping Wichita win 5-3 at Sioux City on Thursday night to start a three-game series.
Royals relief pitchers Wade Davis and Greg Holland dusted the Twins on Wednesday afternoon with ease, reminding once more why Royals manager Ned Yost has developed an in-game strategy based solely around grabbing a lead after seven innings. Will they return to Target Field in two weeks for the All-Star Game? The rosters will be announced on Sunday.
The Wingnuts led by three runs after six innings Wednesday night, then their game against Amarillo became completely unpredictable. The seventh inning is when the bullpens took over.
He cradled the baseball in his prized left hand, gazed at it for a moment, and then tossed the ball away. Jason Vargas is the sort who executes a slick fielding play, as he did by snaring a line drive in the first inning of a 4-0 Royals victory on Wednesday, discards the evidence and advances without sentiment.
His walk lasted 33 steps, not nearly long enough to consider the 40 fourth-inning pitches that preceded it. James Shields removed himself from the diamond in expedient fashion and disappeared into tunnel leading into the visitors’ clubhouse at Target Field.
Amarillo starter Kellen Moen’s ERA barely moved Tuesday night, but the same can’t be said for Wingnuts batting averages.
The circle checkpoint is coming, and the Wingnuts are stocking up.
The Royals managed to escape a hellish homestand Sunday with a series victory thanks to a ninth-inning error by Los Angeles Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick. Shortly before Omar Infante won the game with a single to left, the deciding blow in a 5-4 victory, Kendrick failed to catch a throw at the bag which would have begun an inning-ending double play.
The Wingnuts got used to having the same person at first base almost every day over the past two seasons, with the added bonus that C.J. Ziegler was the best power hitter in the American Association.
Lincoln scored in four of the first six innings and beat the Wingnuts 8-6 on Saturday night in Lincoln, Neb.
The would-be savior celebrated his 37th birthday nine days ago. Bruce Chen is the eldest member of the Royals, and his role lacks significance. He is the long reliever, a pitcher deemed unfit of the five-man starting rotation and a spectator during the high-leverage relief frames handled by his younger teammates.
The Royals’ 8-6 triumph over the Angels at Kauffman Stadium on Friday turned on a pair of firsts.
The Wingnuts built an early lead and held off the Saltdogs 7-4 on Friday night in Lincoln, Neb.
Nursing a hamstring injury entering his start Thursday evening against the Grand Prairie AirHogs, Anthony Capra went over scenarios in his mind about how he would limit himself.
Eric Hosmer harbors an odd relationship with footage of himself. He refuses to view at-bats from his wretched 2012 season, because the tape “makes me sick,” he said. The video from last year is more encouraging — except when cued up next to his at-bats from 2014.
A two-month string of brilliance ended with a thud, a wince and a howl in the eighth inning of a 5-4 Royals loss.
The Wingnuts attempts to play for one or two runs during a Wednesday doubleheader were foiled by a lineup that wanted more.