Isbel has go-ahead single in 8th, Royals beat Twins 5-3
MINNEAPOLIS, (AP) — Kyle Isbel scored the winning run in the eighth inning. The Kansas City Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 5-3.
Adalberto Mondiali homered for Royals. Whit Merrifield had three hits including a pair doubles.
A quartet of relievers combined for three 2/3 scoreless innings. Jake Brentz (4-2) struck out two in the seventh, Josh Staumont worked out of a jam in the eighth and Scott Barlow finished for his 12th save.
Byron Buxton scored two of Minnesota’s six runs.
Isbel scored pinch-runner Hunter Dozier with a single off Jorge Alcala (3-3). He got past Luis Arraez, a diving second baseman.
Isbel called up Sunday morning, from Triple-A Omaha. He was playing this weekend in St. Paul. Outfielder Michael A. Taylor was put on the family medical emergency roster. Isbel was in the minors from April 21..
“It was hectic morning, but it was awesome,” said Isbel, who took about a 25-minute Uber ride to Target Field. “But I couldn’t find the entrance into the park. I think I went around the stadium five times.”
“I think I went around to the stadium five times .”
” Not long after we arrived, he was in our clubhouse,” Mike Matheny stated.
Minnesota was down two runs in the eighth. But Miguel Sano made an important double play that ended the inning. He also struck out three more times.
Brent Rooker gave the Twins a two-out and two-run double to tie the game at 3-3 in the sixth.
” Although it was a game in which we were slow, it was close enough to make it a tight, good-looking game. Rocco Baldelli, Twins manager, said that we didn’t succeed by pitching and playing a great game.
Minnesota’s starter Bailey Ober allowed three earned run in four-thirds of an inning while striking out six. It was his 10th straight start allowing three earned runs or fewer, but he has completed six innings in just two of those outings. Ober stated that he felt able to throw some good off-speed pitches and get the runners out of the zone.
Ober has retired nine consecutive Royals after he threw a record-breaking 99 inning between the Twins’ and Triple-A. He also threw a pair fifth-inning singles that ended his day.
He had to be replaced by Jovani Moran, who made his debut in the major leagues. Merrifield stole the left-hander’s first pitch down right-field to give the Royals a 3-1 lead.
Mondesi snapped an 0-for-17 stretch with a second-inning homer to put the Royals up 2-1.
Kansas City’s starter Kris Bubic gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings, with two earned.
Andrew Benintendi’s ninth-inning sacrifice fly was his 14th RBI of Kansas City’s seven-game trip, tying the franchise mark for RBIs on a trip of seven games or fewer.
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Kansas City thought it had turned an inning-ending 4-5-6 double play in the third. Merrifield, behind second base, was hit softly by the ball. He lobbed it to third, forcing Andrelton Simmons to walk. Buxton was thrown out by second base.
But, Baldelli successfully challenged the Royals’ decision to call an infield fly as they left the field. Matheny was present for lengthy discussions about the change. The infield fly call was confirmed by video review.
Merrifield admitted that he dropped the ball — something he did in a 2019 match at Detroit.
” I’m always trying to find cheap outs to our pitchers. He said that he wished the umpires had handled the situation differently, but that they admitted to having dropped the ball.
TRAINER’S ROOM Twins Rooker will be placed on the paternity waiting list for the birth of his child.
UP NEXT Royals : On Tuesday, Rooker will begin a three-game home series against Oakland with RHP Jackson Kowar (0-3 and 9). 53 ERA) facing RHP Frankie Montas (12-9, 3. 57) from the A’s.
Twins – Travel to the Bronx Monday in order to complete an Aug. 22 Rainout against the Yankees. John Gant (5-9, 3. 78) will pitch against Luis Gil of New York (1-0, 1 .42).).
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