Kansas City, Missouri
MJ Melendez made the show for the second day in a row, as the Royals Bullpen delivered five rounds of two-stroke ball and the Kansas City beat the fast-fading Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Wednesday night to put a positive end on a difficult day.
The Royals sealed their first winning streak in nearly a month hours after owner John Sherman fired longtime front-office executive Dayton Moore, who had led the franchise to two NBA titles and a world title.
Daniel Lynch allowed two runs on fours on four shaky runs before giving way to Kansas City, which was solid for the second night in a row. Anthony Misevich (1-1) and three other players received the ball to Scott Barlow, passing a ninth-minute foul for his second save in as many nights and 23 throughout the year.
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. .
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 Bobby Witt Jr. To a base hit, Salvador Pérez blasted an RBI double to the right that was cryptically reminiscent of his double, the green light on Tuesday night.
Minnesota had one in second on Matt Wallner’s base hit, and when the royals answered Edward Oliveiras’ single in third, the twins closed again in one run thanks to a two-bag foul by Vinny Pasquantino.
This was for the twins, because the stars of the night came out of the Kansas City Playground.
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 before Barlow wrapped up the Twins’ 13th loss in their last 16 games.
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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.”
RHP Josh Winder (4-4, 4.17 ERA) will face Kansas City for the first time in the final game of the road trip for Minnesota 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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