KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Baseball Baseball en-us Copyright 2020, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 17 Feb 2020 HH:02:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Mid-Missouri baseball team thrives while 42 cities face threat of MLB de-affiliation https://www.komu.com/news/mid-missouri-baseball-team-thrives-while-42-cities-face-threat-of-mlb-de-affiliation/ https://www.komu.com/news/mid-missouri-baseball-team-thrives-while-42-cities-face-threat-of-mlb-de-affiliation/ Baseball Tue, 10 Dec 2019 2:25:10 PM James Stanley, KOMU 8 Reporter Mid-Missouri baseball team thrives while 42 cities face threat of MLB de-affiliation

JEFFERSON CITY - Four years ago, the Jefferson City community welcomed the Renegades Baseball Club, a team that has provided summer entertainment in mid-Missouri for the past three summers. 

Although the Renegades are not a member of Minor League Baseball, or have an affiliation with Major League Baseball, the team continues to thrive.

Last month, the MLB announced a proposal it is considering that would go into affect in 2021 and de-affiliate 42 teams in the minors.

Major League Baseball says the measures are a way to cut costs.

"It's sad for the ownerships of the MLB minor leagues to face such a situation," Renegades founder and MINK League Vice President Steve Dullard said. "I hope that if these 42 teams are de-affiliated that they are able to find ways to join or form other leagues that might even make more financial sense from an operating standpoint."

Without the support of Major League Baseball, those teams could fold and 42 small towns across the United States are at risk of losing part of their community and connection to America's Pastime.

"It's unfortunate because those towns are going to lose a little bit of their identity by losing that affiliation," Renegades Board President Steve Miner said.

But, where some teams face an uncertain future in a world where semi-pro and minor league teams fail in frequency, the Renegades have found their niche in Jefferson City's community.

The way the Renegades have been able to continue to provide quality baseball entertainment for mid-Missourians comes from being a part of a well-established collegiate wood-bat baseball league called the MINK, and hometown support from a baseball-loving community.

In its first two seasons the Renegades had two pitchers, Jacob Voss and Anthony Green, drafted by Major League Baseball teams.

Last summer, both pitchers played low-level ball. Voss pitched in the Los Angeles Angels organization and Green threw in the St. Louis Cardinals' Gulf Coast League affiliated team.

The de-affiliation proposal could ultimately make it more difficult for players like Voss and Green to someday achieve their dream of playing in the Major Leagues.

Voss might even find himself without a place to play next year if the proposal goes through.

Last summer, he pitched for the Orem Owls, an advanced rookie ball team in the Pioneer League that is one of the 42 teams at risk of de-affiliation.

On a larger scale, de-affiliation could also hurt the Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals who are collectively affiliated with five of the at-risk teams.

But if the proposal does go through, Renegades Board President Steve Miner thinks there could be an opportunity in other leagues for some of those 42 teams.

"I think ultimately," Miner said, "the game and the players is what draws the fans, and if they reinvent themselves, you know within another league, that'll be good."

While the impact of the de-affiliation proposal will not impact any minor league teams in the Show-Me State, Dullard says the Renegades are an important part of his life.

"They are reminding me to give back to my community," he said. "They are a part of me that I enjoy to go do, to remind me to have passion projects."

He continued, "But not only that, but to have a passion project that can be there long past when I'm gone [and] my kids can enjoy."

Last month, the New York Times published a list of all 42 teams that could become de-affiliated.

The closest at-risk teams to mid-Missouri are in Iowa.

For more information on how to support mid-Missouri baseball through the Jefferson City Renegades visit the team's website.

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Manfred meets with Bernie Sanders over minor league proposal https://www.komu.com/news/manfred-meets-with-bernie-sanders-over-minor-league-proposal/ https://www.komu.com/news/manfred-meets-with-bernie-sanders-over-minor-league-proposal/ Baseball Tue, 3 Dec 2019 4:42:15 AM The Associated Press Manfred meets with Bernie Sanders over minor league proposal

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders met Monday with baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to discuss MLB’s proposal to that would drop 42 minor league teams from their leagues after the 2020 season.

MLB is negotiating a new agreement with the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, the governing body of the minors. The initial proposal primarily would impact lower-level teams in short-season leagues.

Sanders, a senator from Vermont, sent Manfred a letter on Nov. 25 calling the plan “an absolute disaster for baseball fans, workers and communities throughout the country.”

MLB issued a statement Monday saying it “understands that we have an obligation to local communities to ensure that public money spent on minor league stadiums is done so prudently and for the benefit of all citizens.

“MLB also must ensure that minor league players have safe playing facilities suitable for the development of professional baseball players, are not subjected to unreasonable travel demands, are provided with compensation and working conditions appropriate for elite athletes, and have a realistic opportunity of making it to the major leagues.”

It added that it “is committed to negotiating with minor league baseball to find solutions that balance the competing interests of local communities, MLB clubs, minor league owners and the young players who pursue their dream of becoming professional baseball players.”

Sanders issued a statement saying Manfred asserted “he is committed to a good faith negotiation” and “is open to solutions that would maintain professional baseball in the 42 communities while addressing concerns about facilities, working conditions and wages for minor league players.”

Sanders said he “and other members of Congress will be carefully monitoring the progress of negotiations on behalf of fans.”

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Royals agree with LHP Montgomery on $3.1 million contract https://www.komu.com/news/royals-agree-with-lhp-montgomery-on-3-1-million-contract/ https://www.komu.com/news/royals-agree-with-lhp-montgomery-on-3-1-million-contract/ Baseball Tue, 3 Dec 2019 4:16:21 AM The Associated Press Royals agree with LHP Montgomery on $3.1 million contract

The Royals and left-hander Mike Montgomery have agreed to a $3.1 million contract for next season to avoid salary arbitration.

The club’s once-heralded prospect returned to Kansas City last season as part of a trade with the Cubs. He went 2-7 with a 4.64 ERA down the stretch.

The numbers were good enough for the Royals to believe Montgomery could be part of the rotation next season.

Montgomery made $2.44 million last season.

He is 23-34 with a 3.83 ERA in 180 career appearances.

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Two former St. Louis Cardinals among 18 newcomers on Hall of Fame ballot https://www.komu.com/news/two-former-st-louis-cardinals-among-18-newcomers-on-hall-of-fame-ballot/ https://www.komu.com/news/two-former-st-louis-cardinals-among-18-newcomers-on-hall-of-fame-ballot/ Baseball Tue, 19 Nov 2019 4:52:31 AM The Associated Press Two former St. Louis Cardinals among 18 newcomers on Hall of Fame ballot

NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter is among 18 newcomers on the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot along with former St. Louis Cardinals Rafael Furcal and Brad Penny.

Furcal joined the Cardinals in 2011 and helped St. Louis win its most recent World Series championship. He was an All-Star with the Cardinals in 2012.

Penny, a two-time All-Star, pitched one season in St. Louis in 2010 posting a 3.29 ERA over 55 and 2/3 innings.

Penny and Furcal join candidates Scott Rolen and Larry Walker who also spent time playing for the Cardinals.

Rolen was on St. Louis's 2006 World Series championship team and won eight Gold Gloves at third base.

Rolen is third all-time among third basemen in Gold Gloves behind Hall of Famers Brooks Robinson (16) and Mike Schmidt (10).

2019 marks Rolen's third year on the ballot and Walker's 10th.

Jeter is likely to be an overwhelming choice to join former New York Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera in Cooperstown after the reliever last year became the first unanimous pick by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

A 14-time All-Star shortstop and five-time World Series champion, Jeter hit .310 with 3,465 hits in 20 seasons and was the 1996 AL Rookie of the Year. He has been CEO of the Miami Marlins the past two seasons.

Other newcomers announced Monday by the BBWAA include Cliff Lee, Josh Beckett, Jason Giambi, Paul Konerko, Bobby Abreu and Alfonso Soriano.

Holdovers include Curt Schilling, who received 60.9% last year, Roger Clemens (59.5%), Barry Bonds (59.1%) and Walker (54.6%). Schilling rose from 51.2% in 2018. Walker, on the ballot for their 10th and final time this year, increased from 34.1% in 2018.

Bonds and Clemens, whose candidacies have been tainted by allegations of steroids use, are both on for the eighth time. Clemens rose from 57.3% in 2018 and Bonds from 56.4%.

Ballots are sent to more than 400 BBWAA members with at least 10 consecutive years in the organization, and a player must appear on at least 75 percent to gain election. Ballots must be mailed by Dec. 31, and results will be announced Jan. 21.

Anyone elected will be inducted July 26 along with any selections by the Hall's modern era committee, which meets and votes at San Diego on Dec. 8.

Players remain on the ballot for up to 10 years, provided they receive at least 5 percent of the vote annually.

Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina were elected along with Rivera in the 2019 BBWAA vote.

The ballot: Bobby Abreu, Josh Beckett, Heath Bell, Barry Bonds, Eric Chávez, Roger Clemens, Adam Dunn, Chone Figgins, Rafael Furcal, Jason Giambi, Todd Helton, Raúl Ibañez, Derek Jeter, Andruw Jones, Jeff Kent, Paul Konerko, Cliff Lee, Carlos Peña, Brad Penny, Andy Pettitte, J.J. Putz, Manny Ramírez, Brian Roberts, Scott Rolen, Curt Schilling, Gary Sheffield, Alfonso Soriano, Sammy Sosa, José Valverde, Omar Vizquel, Billy Wagner, Larry Walker

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Scherzer goes for five as Nats win game one of World Series https://www.komu.com/news/scherzer-goes-for-five-as-nats-win-game-one-of-world-series/ https://www.komu.com/news/scherzer-goes-for-five-as-nats-win-game-one-of-world-series/ Baseball Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:57:04 PM Jack Knowlton, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Scherzer goes for five as Nats win game one of World Series

HOUSTON - Mizzou alum Max Scherzer pitched five innings, as the Nationals win game one of the World Series against the Astros.

The St. Louis native got off to a poor start. After allowing a hit and a walk, Yuli Gurriel hit a two-run RBI double off Scherzer to give Houston an early 2-0 lead. This was Scherzer's first extra base hit allowed in his last 14 innings.

Washington's offense helped out their pitcher the top of second inning. Ryan Zimmerman homered to deep center to make it 2-1.

Scherzer had a better second and third inning, allowing a couple of hits but no earned runs, keeping the Nats within one.

This would prove to be key in the top of the fourth as the Nats offense, helped by the improved pitching of Scherzer, continued to step up. Twenty-year-old Juan Soto jacked a huge home run to tie the game at two.

Scherzer would get out of jam with runners on first and second in the fourth to keep the game level at two.

The Nats would continue to capitalize on offense in the top of the fifth. An RBI single from Adam Eaton gave Washington a 3-2 lead. The youngster Soto would make another huge contribution with an RBI double to left center that drove in two more runs giving the Nats a 5-2 lead.

Scherzer broke 100 pitches in the sixth but seemed to improve with each one. The right-hander got his first no-hit inning to send the Nats to the sixth still up 5-2. This is how his night would end as he was replaced in the bottom of the sixth by Patrick Corbin.

George Springier made it 5-3 with a solo home run the the bottom of the seventh, and would bring the Astros within one in the eighth with an RBI double hit to right center.

Four runs was all the Astros could manage, however. Solid relief pitching helped earn Max Scherzer the Game One win.

A rocky start would be overcome well by the veteran Scherzer. He grinded out his performance with his only scoring hiccup being those two early runs. He finished the game playing 5.0 innings with five hits, two runs, and seven strikeouts, earning the win as the Nats hang on for a 5-4 victory.

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Nationals headed to World Series after sweep of Cardinals https://www.komu.com/news/nationals-headed-to-world-series-after-sweep-of-cardinals/ https://www.komu.com/news/nationals-headed-to-world-series-after-sweep-of-cardinals/ Baseball Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:20:49 PM Jack Knowlton, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Nationals headed to World Series after sweep of Cardinals

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Washington Nationals reached their first World Series in franchise history with a 7-4 victory over the Cardinals.

Early offense was key, and the Nats got off to an explosive start in the first inning. Anthony Rendon hit a sacrifice fly driving in the first run, Juan Soto drove in another with an RBI double to give the Nats a 2-0 lead.

A huge communication breakdown led to an error in the Cardinal outfield giving Victor Robles a free RBI single, making the score 3-0.

A two run RBI single from Yan Gomes made it 5-0, and the Cardinals decided to pull starter Dakota Hudson after just 15 pitches.

Adam Wainwright replaced Hudson but continued to struggle. The Nats drove in two more off the bat of Trea Turner, extending their lead to 7-0 on just six hits to close out inning number one.

St. Louis got on the board in the fourth after a solo homer to left center by Yadier Molina. Cardinals continued to mount a brief comeback in the fifth after an RBI ground out from Tommy Edman made it 7-2. Jose Martinez made it 7-4 for St. Louis, belting one into center for a two run RBI double.

However, St. Louis was unable to overcome the huge volume of first inning scoring by the Nats in the opening inning. The game finished 7-4, and the 2019 National League pennant will be hung in Washington.

On the mound Patrick Corbin got the win for the Nationals, Daniel Hudson earned the save. Dakota Hudson picked up the loss for the Cards.

The Nationals will face the winner of the Astros-Yankiees series currently 3-1 in favor of the Astros.

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Struggling Kansas City T-Bones locked out of stadium https://www.komu.com/news/struggling-kansas-city-t-bones-locked-out-of-stadium/ https://www.komu.com/news/struggling-kansas-city-t-bones-locked-out-of-stadium/ Baseball Tue, 15 Oct 2019 4:48:19 AM The Associated Press Struggling Kansas City T-Bones locked out of stadium

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas City T-Bones are officially locked out of their stadium in Kansas City, Kansas.

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, changed the locks and padlocked the gates to the stadium Monday because the team has failed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid debts.

The government issued an eviction notice in August after the T-Bones accumulated more than $760,000 in back rent and utility payments. The team was given a one-month reprieve in September after making a $50,000 payment.

The Kansas City Star reports team owners have said they are working to sell the team but no deal has been reached.

The T-Bones played in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball and have no Major League Baseball affiliation.

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Scherzer goes for five in win over Milwaukee https://www.komu.com/news/scherzer-goes-for-five-in-win-over-milwaukee/ https://www.komu.com/news/scherzer-goes-for-five-in-win-over-milwaukee/ Baseball Tue, 1 Oct 2019 10:38:03 PM Jack Knowlton KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Scherzer goes for five in win over Milwaukee

WASHINGTON DC- Mizzou baseball alum Max Scherzer started on the mound Tuesday in a crucial National League Wild Card Game between the Brewers and the Nationals.

Scherzer went for five innings giving up four hits and three runs. The right-hander got himself into a hole early giving up a two run homer to Yasmani Grandal in the top of the first.

Things got worse for the 35-year-old, as he gave up another home run one inning later to Eric Thames in the top of the second.

Scherzer steadied himself going the rest of his appearance hitless and scoreless, before being replaced by Stephen Strasburg.

Fortunately for Washington they were able to pick up the scraps. Strasburg and fellow relief pitcher Daniel Hudson pitched well for the remainder of the game. A huge hit from Juan Soto that drove in three runs, one on a Milwaukee error in the bottom of the eighth gave the nationals the lead. They would hold on to complete the comeback defeating the Brewers 4-3.

Washington begins its series with the Dodgers on Thursday night.

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Kansas City Royals fall to first place Minnesota Twins https://www.komu.com/news/kansas-city-royals-fall-to-first-place-minnesota-twins/ https://www.komu.com/news/kansas-city-royals-fall-to-first-place-minnesota-twins/ Baseball Sat, 28 Sep 2019 5:32:53 PM Alexis Godsey KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Kansas City Royals fall to first place Minnesota Twins

KANSAS CITY - The Kansas City Royals lost to Minnesota Twins 4-3 Saturday afternoon.

This is the Royals 103rd loss of the season so far. The Royals will wrap up the season against the Twins Sunday afternoon.

With no runs on the scoreboard for either team, the Royals Jorge Soler stepped up to the plate and hit his 46th home run of the season.

Soler hit two home run, putting his season total at 47. Royals' social media accounts are celebrating Soler for being tied for the most home run in single season by a cuban-born player.

The Twins made history as the 4th 100-win team of the season Saturday by beating Royals 6-2.

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Soler Tacks on another Home Run to Royals Single season Record; Royals Defeat the White Sox 6-3 https://www.komu.com/news/soler-tacks-on-another-home-run-to-royals-single-season-record-royals-defeat-the-white-sox-6-3/ https://www.komu.com/news/soler-tacks-on-another-home-run-to-royals-single-season-record-royals-defeat-the-white-sox-6-3/ Baseball Thu, 12 Sep 2019 5:05:45 PM Keegan Hartman, KOMU-8 Sports Digital Porducer Soler Tacks on another Home Run to Royals Single season Record; Royals Defeat the White Sox 6-3

KANSAS CITY, MO -- The Kansas City Royals managed to snag the last game of a 19 game season series against the Chicago White Sox, finish on top of the series 10 games to 9 for the 2019 season. The Royals advance to 25-48 on the road and 54-92 on the season. Royals’ right-fielder Jorge Soler added to his collection of home runs on the season, making his season total 44 home runs. This puts him six above the Royals’ original home run single season, 38, which was set by former Royal Mike Mustakas in 2017. 

Kansas City managed to snag 2 home runs against the White Sox, one in the 1st inning by Soler, then a three-run home run to secure the win by third baseman Hunter Dozier in the bottom of the sixth to give the Royals a 5-2 lead. 

The Royals are 15 games away from concluding their 2019 season, and sit at 4th in the AL Central, at nine games behind the White Sox for 3rd. The Royals come home to Kauffman Stadium Friday to take on the first place team in the AL West, the Houston Astros. First pitch is scheduled for Friday night at 7:15pm.

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Rockies take down Cardinals https://www.komu.com/news/rockies-take-down-cardinals/ https://www.komu.com/news/rockies-take-down-cardinals/ Baseball Tue, 10 Sep 2019 9:49:20 PM Jack Knowlton, KMOU 8 Sports Digital Producer Rockies take down Cardinals

DENVER- The Rockies got off to a good start in the first game of their series against St. Louis, winning 2-1.

Colorado got the scoring started in the bottom of the first with a two run homer from Nolan Arenado.

The Cardinals answered back in the fourth inning when a Paul Goldschmidt ground out to first allowed Dexter Fowler to score.

A big missed opportunity for St. Louis came in the top of the fifth, when they failed to score any runs with the bases loaded. This would prove to be a key moment as Colorado would hold on for the win.

On the mound, Chi Chi Gonzalez got the win for Colorado, his first this season. Michael Wacha took the loss for St. Louis, his seventh of the year.

The teams meet again on Wednesday at 7:40.

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White Sox win game one of series agianst Royals https://www.komu.com/news/white-sox-win-game-one-of-series-agianst-royals/ https://www.komu.com/news/white-sox-win-game-one-of-series-agianst-royals/ Baseball Tue, 10 Sep 2019 9:28:27 PM Jack Knowlton, KMOU 8 Sports Digital Producer White Sox win game one of series agianst Royals

CHICAGO - There were home runs abound in the White Sox 7-3 win over Kansas City on Tuesday.

Adalberto Mondesi started the slugging out for the Royals in the top of the first with a solo homer to right center. Chicago stormed back in the bottom of the first taking 4-1 with a grand slam from Eloy Jimenez.

Kansas City kept the offensive highlight reel going in the second inning with Alex Gordon and Ryan O'Hearn both hitting home runs to bring the Royals within one.

The White Sox answered right back again, restoring a two run advantage from yet another home run, this time by Adam Engal.

The game stagnated for a bit until the bottom of the seventh when a two run home run from Yoan Moncada extended the White Sox lead to 7-3.

On the mound Ivan Nova got the win for the White Sox, his 10th of the year. For the Royals Jakob Junis took his 13th loss of the season.

The two teams meet again on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.

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Former St. Louis Cardinals player Chris Duncan dies at 38, team says https://www.komu.com/news/former-st-louis-cardinals-player-chris-duncan-dies-at-38-team-says/ https://www.komu.com/news/former-st-louis-cardinals-player-chris-duncan-dies-at-38-team-says/ Baseball Sat, 7 Sep 2019 7:06:14 AM Christina Maxouris, CNN Former St. Louis Cardinals player Chris Duncan dies at 38, team says

(CNN) -- Chris Duncan, a former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder who helped the team win the 2006 World Series, has died from brain cancer, the team said.

"The Cardinals are deeply saddened by the passing of Chris Duncan and extend our heartfelt sympathy to his wife, Amy, the entire Duncan family, and his many friends," Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said in a statement.

Duncan, 38, was "an integral part" of the 2006 championship and a great teammate and friend to many in the organization, DeWitt said.

After his playing career came to an end in 2010, he became a prominent local sports talk radio host, CNN affiliate KMOV reported.

"He will always be a part of our family at the station and a big part of our community. RIP Dunc we love you!" St Louis' 101 ESPN Radio tweeted.

In 2012, Duncan announced his diagnosis and underwent chemotherapy, the affiliate reported.

He said in January he was leaving radio to focus on his health.

Players expressed sadness online.

Former Los Angeles Dodgers player Jerry Hairston Jr. wrote he was "sad to hear" of Duncan's passing.

"Fought for such a long time & doesn't have to suffer anymore," he said. "My thoughts are w/ the entire Duncan family. This world is just not fair."

The Memphis Redbirds also paid tribute to the former player.

Los Angeles Angels player Albert Pujols -- a Cardinals veteran -- tweeted he and Duncan had "some great times as teammates."

"He was a dear friend and a strong competitor on and off the field," Pujols wrote. "If anyone could have beat this cancer, always believed Dunc would."

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Royals win thriller against Detroit https://www.komu.com/news/royals-win-thriller-against-detroit/ https://www.komu.com/news/royals-win-thriller-against-detroit/ Baseball Tue, 3 Sep 2019 9:57:18 PM Jack Knowlton, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Royals win thriller against Detroit

KANSAS CITY- The Tigers got things started in the top of the third with an RBI single from Grayson Greiner. The Royals answered back in the bottom of the third when Jorge Solar crushed a 431 foot, bomb into the seats. This wasn't just any bomb either, with this homer Soler set the Royals single season home run record with is 39th home run this year. The three run shot put the Royals up by two. In the top of the seventh, Victor Reyes got an RBI single bringing the game to 2-3. In the top of the eighth Detroit tied and then took the lead, first through an RBI single from Christin Stewart, followed by a sacrifice fly from Brandon Dixon (4-3). The scoring continued in the bottom of the eighth with Kansas City tying the game back up and then taking the lead back after an infield single by Alex Gordon lead to the tying run (4-4). The Royals took a 5-4 lead after Soler scored on a wild pitch. The ninth inning brought even more drama as Detroit tied it at five from a Rodriguez RBI single, one run scored but KC threw the run that would have given Detroit the lead out at home. Then in the bottom of the ninth with the game tied at 5, Ryan O'Hearn stepped up to the plate and delivered a gift to the Kansas City faithful. A 394 foot walk-off home run sealed the thrilling victory for KC as they would get the win 6-5.

On the mound, Ian Kennedy got the win for KC, and Zac Reininger took the loss for Detroit.

Single season home run record set tonight by Jorge Soler.

The next game is Wednesday night at 7:45pm.

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Cardinals win second in a row against Giants https://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-win-second-in-a-row-against-giants/ https://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-win-second-in-a-row-against-giants/ Baseball Tue, 3 Sep 2019 9:26:30 PM Jack Knowlton, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Cardinals win second in a row against Giants

ST. LOUIS- The Cardinals hold on to their three game lead over the Cubs in the National League Central with a 1-0 win against the San Francisco Giants. St. Louis was particularly impressive in the field and on the mound in this low scoring win. Tommy Edman made a great play at third base in the top of the fourth with a bare handed throw to get the out at first. Another fielding highlight for the Cards came from center fielder Harrison Bader, who made a great diving catch to save a base hit in the top of the eighth. These highlight plays reflect the superb defense that the Cards have. They have the best fielding percentage in the MLB at .988. At the plate, Marcell Ozuna sent a solo shot to left field for St. Louis in the bottom of the sixth, the only run of the game.

On the mound Jack Flaherty had a great outing pitching 8 innings (a career high) allowing only one hit, no runs, and only one walk. He also got eight strikeouts earning the win. Carlos Martinez earned the save. Dereck Rodriguez (5-8) took the loss for the Giants.

The next game for St. Louis is against the Giants on Wednesday night at 6:45PM.

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Royals close out four game home series against the Oakland A's; fall 9-8 on Thursday https://www.komu.com/news/royals-close-out-four-game-home-series-against-the-oakland-a-s-fall-9-8-on-thursday/ https://www.komu.com/news/royals-close-out-four-game-home-series-against-the-oakland-a-s-fall-9-8-on-thursday/ Baseball Thu, 29 Aug 2019 5:55:11 PM Keegan Hartman Royals close out four game home series against the Oakland A's; fall 9-8 on Thursday

Kansas City, MO--The Kansas City Royals rounded out their four home game series against the Oakland Athletics, falling 9-8 Thursday afternoon against Oakland at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals managed to snag only one game at home in the best-of-four series against the Athletics. 

To kick things off, Royals’ RF Jorge Soler got bats hot for the Royals, slamming one out of the park for Kansas City, and snagging Soler’s 37th homerun. Not only would Soler put the Royals up 1-0, but his homerun would bring him within one short of former Kansas City Royal Mike Moustakas’s single season franchise record.

The Athletics would get their momentum in the fourth-inning, when second baseman Jurickson Profar went deep, and then his teammate Josh Phegley would hit an RBI single during the Athletics’ three-run fourth. Then, the Royals would turn to RP Josh Barnes for help, but the Athletics would go up 7-2 by the fifth inning.

However, Athletics’ P Chris Bassit would struggle to find a rhythm against Royals hitters. Nearing the bottom of the fifth, Bassit would give up a single as well as walk bases loaded off of an error. Royals’ 3B Cheslor Cuthbert came within a foot of hitting a game-tying grand slam, but instead produced a two run-double, making the score 7-5 after five innings. 

Oakland would add another run in the sixth, then the Royals would tack another two runs as well, making the score 8-7 in the eighth. Both clubs would manage squeak in one more run, but it was the Athletics who would take the game, winning 9-8. 

The Royals sit at 44-88, and are holding the fourth spot in the AL Central, having eight games on the Detroit Tigers. The Royals open up against the Baltimore Orioles at home tomorrow night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15pm.

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Athletics top Royals by one https://www.komu.com/news/athletics-top-royals-by-one/ https://www.komu.com/news/athletics-top-royals-by-one/ Baseball Tue, 27 Aug 2019 10:36:53 PM Jack Knowlton, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Athletics top Royals by one

Kansas City- The Royals did not allow as much offense in game 2 of their series with the Athletics, but were unable to pick up the win losing 2-1. The Athletics jumped out to a two run lead after two innings. Chad Pinder was walked with the bases loaded in the first, and Marcus Semien earned an RBI single in the top of the second to jump out to a 2-0 lead. The Royals found some scoring of their own in the bottom of the sixth, through an Alex Gordon RBI double. However they would come up short losing their second consecutive game to Oakland.

On the mound, Mike Fiers picked up the win for Oakland (his 13th). For the Royals Mike Montgomery took the loss, giving up five hits.

The next matchup is on Wednesday at 7:15.

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Cardinals extend series lead against Milwaukee https://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-extend-series-lead-against-milwaukee/ https://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-extend-series-lead-against-milwaukee/ Baseball Tue, 27 Aug 2019 10:22:12 PM Jack Knowlton, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Cardinals extend series lead against Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE- The Brewers got things started in game two of this three game series with St. Louis through an RBI from Orlando Arcia. The Cardinals tied it up in the fifth through a Yadier Molina home run.

Then, a moment of déjà vu for the Brewers came in the seventh as Molina sent another one into the stands. This time it was a two run shot off the foul poll to give the Cardinals a 3-1 lead in the top of the seventh. Kolten Wong made it 4-1 from a RBI double in the same inning after a brief rain delay, despite Milwaukee's stadium having a roof.

A two-run homer for Yasmani Grandal made the score 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth, keeping The Crew in the game.

However, the Cardinals didn't hesitate to open the game back up. They came out swinging in the top of the ninth, Harrison Bader extended the Cardinal lead with a two-run RBI double, and Kolten Wong, earned another RBI making the score 6-3 which would ultimately be the final.

On the mound Miles Mikolas got the win earning a season high 10 strikeouts for St. Louis. For Milwaukee, Matt Albers took the loss.

Game three is in Milwaukee on Wednesday at 1:10 pm.

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Cards win big against Brewers https://www.komu.com/news/cards-win-big-against-brewers/ https://www.komu.com/news/cards-win-big-against-brewers/ Baseball Tue, 20 Aug 2019 10:43:31 PM Jack Knowlton, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Cards win big against Brewers

St. Louis- The Cardinals exploded in the sixth and seventh innings to defeat the Brewers 9-4. This makes back to back wins for St. Louis against Milwaukee in this three game series. Game two started similarly to game one with both teams going scoreless until the fourth. After an RBI single for Yadier Molina put St. Louis up 1-0, The Crew responded by driving in two runs of their own in the top of the 6th. It was the bottom of the sixth, and seventh innings however, where the game turned in favor of St. Louis. A three RBI double for Dexter Fowler began the barrage of the Brewers defense, one more run was also scored in the sixith. Another four run seventh inning followed as the Cardinals blew the game wide open, making the score 9-2 by the end of the seventh. Milwaukee managed to salvage two more runs with the score finishing 9-4 Cardinals.

On the mound, Jeremy Jeffress took the loss for The Crew with Tyler Webb getting the win for St. Louis.

Game 3 from St. Louis begins on Wedensday night at 6:45.

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Orioles even up series with Kansas City https://www.komu.com/news/orioles-even-up-series-with-kansas-city/ https://www.komu.com/news/orioles-even-up-series-with-kansas-city/ Baseball Tue, 20 Aug 2019 9:48:18 PM Jack Knowlton, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Orioles even up series with Kansas City

Baltimore MD- The Orioles evened up the series against Kansas City winning game two 4-1 following a three run 8th inning. The game started slowly with the Royals taking an early lead in the 2nd inning through Meilbrys Viloria. The Orioles eventually struck back in the 7th through Rio Ruiz. Baltimore proceeded to break the game wide open courtesy of a three run homer from 2nd baseman Hanser Alberto. Alberto's 8th homer this season sparked the O's to victory and tied the series at 1 a piece.

On the mound Hunter Harvey picked up his first win of the season for the O's, with Mychal Givens earning a save, his 10th.

The 3rd and final game of the series is in Baltimore at 6:05, and features a pitching match-up between the O's Aaron Brooks (2-7) and Kansas City's Mike Montgomery (0-0).

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