Trevor Williams was roughed up on the mound as the Kansas City Royals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4 in the second game of their weekend series.
Williams fell to 1-7 on the season, giving up six runs on ten hits in five innings of work. The bullpen pitched relatively effectively for the final four innings of the game, but the damage had already been done.
The Royals used a total of six pitchers on the night, including starter Carlos Hernandez, who lasted 3 innings, as well as Kyle Zimmer, who earned his first MLB win.
A solo homerun by Whit Merrifield in the bottom of the first gave the Royals a 1-0 lead, but the Pirates answered with a pair of solo homeruns, one from Josh Bell and one from Bryan Reynolds, in the top of the second. After Adam Frazier homered in the top of the third, the Bucs held a 3-1 advantage.
Kansas City tied the game in the bottom of the third on a two run homerun by Adalberto Mondesi, and three more runs in the bottom of the fifth put them in front 6-3. Singles by Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon scored a run each, followed by a sacrifice fly by Edward Olivares which made it a three run game. A bases loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh increased the lead to 7-3.
A groundout by Frazier in the eighth inning scored the Pirates’ fourth run, but that was closed as they would get on the night. The Bucs will once again try to avoid a series sweep when they take the field on Sunday. This is getting harder and harder to watch as a long-time Pittsburgh sports fan. Chad Kuhl will be on the mound for the Bucs on Sunday against Brad Keller for KC.
Record vs. Royals: 0-2
Record vs. American League: 2-14
Record on the Road: 5-15
Overall Record: 14-29
Let’s Go Bucs!