Kansas City, Missouri
It was quite fitting that on the day the Kansas City Royals launched their Dayton Moore launch, they beat the fast-fading Minnesota Twins using the same scheme their longtime front office manager used to build them into a winner.
Some hits in time, an excellent defense at the vast Kauffman Stadium and a closing effort by Bullpen.
MJ Melendez made the attendance for a second day in a row, but otherwise the Royals had to scratch just enough to support their relief teams, who together put together five rounds of two-stroke ball in their 5-2 win on Wednesday night.
“You’ll always have things come up and today was one of those days, the conversations we had – you still have to play,” said Royals manager Mike Matheny. “Play the game really well in a way that everyone is proud of.”
Salvador Perez, one of Moore’s most successful deals, hit three strokes on the Tour for the sixth game in a row, and Bobby Waite Jr. and Edward Oliveiras also led the rounds to give the Kansas City team some breathing space.
Anthony Misevich (1-1) and three other players starred in support of Daniel Lynch, while Scott Barlow made a mistake in the ninth for his second save in two nights and 23 all year round.
It was the kind of work that royals once saw through loyalists Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland, when teams formed by Moore were winning back-to-back MLS badges and the 2015 world title.
“It was just a really impressive job by the Bureau of Labor to close things off,” Matheny said. “Good effort along the way.”
Billy Uber (1-3) allowed three runs on seven strokes and walked over five runs for Minnesota, who was at the AL Central race two weeks ago but lost six of seven to start an eight-game run that dashed her playoff hopes. .
“Running is hard to get into right now and you just have to come up with a way,” said Rocco Baldeli, director of the Twins. “We may have one guy go out and have a good night, but we need more than that.”
The royals opened the game the same way they did the night before: with production at the top of the rankings.
Melendez, who hit Homer twice in the opening series, led the game for the third time this season, leading 3-1 on the field 437 feet to midfield. And after Witt hit the key hit, Perez smashed an RBI double to the right that was cryptically reminiscent of his double, the green light on Tuesday night.
Minnesota had a once in second on the main hit of Matt Wallner, and when the royals answered Oliveras’ single in third, the twins closed again in one run thanks to a two-bag bug by Vinnie Pasquantino.
Such was the case for the Twins, because the Kansas City Bullpen were quite dominant.
Colin Snyder worked out a jam problem not coming out in fifth. Misiewicz retired four of the five he faced in the sixth and seventh. Dylan Coleman handled the remainder of the seventh and the first two of the eighth. Prince Jarrett finished it off before Barlow wrapped up the Twins’ 13th loss in their last 16 games.
“We have some guys who have had to fight with weary arms,” Matini said. “We try to put them in a position where they can catch each other and they do a good job at that.”
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Moore said goodbye to the royal family during brief remarks at Kauffman Stadium earlier on Wednesday and spent a few emotional minutes visiting with players at the club. Many of them admitted the sadness that prevailed at the moment. Moore has led the organization for the past 16 years as general manager and chief of baseball operations.
“He’s a great guy,” Perez said. “I’m getting old for him, ‘Thank you for everything.’ I love him.”
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Perez played in his 1,245 game, as Alcides Escobar and Fred Patek tied for eighth in Royals history, and tied three times on Wednesday night for the highest level of the season.
RHP Josh Winder (4-4, 4.17 ERA) will face Kansas City for the first time in the final game of the Minnesota road trip on Thursday. Royals RHP Jonathan Heasley (3-8, 5.09) will attempt to build on 6 2/3 goalless innings on his final start in Boston.
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This story was originally published September 21, 2022 11:13 pm.