Jonathan Heasley pitched fine when you consider the offense he was against. He gave up three runs on seven hits in 6.0 innings of work. He did manage to strike out five in a perfectly average start. The Royals were trailing 3-0 when he made his final pitch.
Salvador Perez tried to will the Royals back by himself all afternoon, as he socked a two-run homer for the second day in a row. Houston’s Pedro Alvarez answered with an absolutely ridiculous 456-foot blast that hit the base of the restaurant behind the right-field seats, making the score 4-2. Perez once again brought Kansas City within a run in the eighth inning, hitting an RBI double, but the Royals were unable to plate the tying run, and the bullpen gave up three runs in the ninth to salt the game away.
It was 4-3, two outs, two on in the top of the ninth, when the always consistent CAL ELDRED came out to chat with Collin Snider. He did his “coaching” thing and whamo! The next five Astros reached base! It’s unbelievable how hard Cal Eldred sucks. I can’t believe he’s still here.
Out of 15 American League teams, the Royals are 15th in ERA, 14th in hits allowed, 14th in walks allowed, 15th in WHIP, and 15th in strikeouts. The solution, of course, is to keep letting Cal Eldred be the pitching coach. It’s working so well!