Royals Rally In 9th To Climb Back To .500

Beth Cruz
June 25, 2017

The Toronto Blue Jays take on the Kansas City Royals in game two of their three game weekend set at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday.

According to Zwelling, who covers the Blue Jays for Sportsnet in Canada, Osuna is working with a psychologist and hopes to be available for Saturday afternoon's 2:15 p.m. EDT game against the Royals.

In the end, it was a no decision for both as the Royals won 5-4 on a walk-off in the ninth, a double by Whit Merrifield off of Blue Jays reliever Jason Grilli driving in Alcides Escobar from third with the tying run and Alex Gordon from first with the winning run.

With his recent form, Osuna was starting to get mentions as a potential candidate for next month's All Star Game in Miami.

The Royals (36-36) are 10-2 in the past dozen games to reach.500 for the first time since April. "We're definitely in synch as a team right now". "We're just trying to win a ball game". Bautista rolled into a double play to end the inning.

Troy Tulowitzki and Kevin Pillar homered off Vargas.

"I really don't know how to explain it". Now he's finesse. But he knows how to pitch, bottom line.

Watch the replay and it's clear Smith would have needed a great jump and a good route to make the catch and he got neither. I think Vargas is going to be just fine at shutting Toronto down and the Royals will continue to show their improved hitting.

2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 left on.

"It's a dream come true", Parmley said prior to making his major-league debut in right field.

After Joakim Soria struck out two in the eighth, Kelvin Herrera pitched the ninth for his 18th save in 20 chances.

Blue Jays fourth. Kendrys Morales hit by pitch. Lorenzo Cain raced around for a double, then scored when Perez hit an RBI single that dropped in just in front of Smith. "He doesn't throw too hard".

NOTES: LF Steve Pearce returned to the Blue Jays lineup after being sidelined the previous two days with a bruised right knee.

"I got my foot down before the tag", Escobar said. He gave up six hits and two earned runs, walking two and striking out four.

Royals starter Jake Junis faced off against St. Bede alum J.A. Happ Friday night in Kansas City. "I've had trouble with that the last outing against the Angels, I hit a guy with nobody on". "You're better than this" and make pitches and stop worrying about everything. Pitchers tend to throw first-pitch fastballs to get ahead and smart hitters look for them.

Royals rookie Jorge Bonifacio walked in his first three plate appearances. The Royals lost the game 5-4.

4 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on.

Vargas is 2-3 with a 5.32 ERA in eight career starts against the Blue Jays.

Royals: RHP Jason Hammel, who is 3-1 with a 3.35 ERA since May 20, will start the series finale.

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