Dodgers win scoreless game on bases for franchise's 100th win
It seemed fitting that Johnny Costa, aka Johnny Wiffs would take the carpet in what would be the Dodger's third attempt to pick up the franchise's 100th win. Costa would have his hands full as the Dodgers were making up a rained out June 4th series against the first place Padres. Both Costa and the Padres Jordan Robles controlled the game as they only allowed two base runners each all game. In the end the Dodgers would prevail thanks to a pair of Piervinanzi hits to win on total bases.
Dodgers sweep Padres with Costa walk off HR in extras
Things looked bleak for the sweep and a decidedly huge advantage in the race for a first round playoff bye when Tim Trenary relinquished a first inning solo HR to the Padres Jordan Robles. The Padres sent Kyle Vonschleusingen to the carpet and he came out on a mission mowing down 10 of the first 12 Dodgers he faced. With a run in hand total bases weren't part of the winning equation so a long single by Rob Wiffman Piervinanzi was just that a long single. After the third Trenary settled down and only allowed a walk and single the top of the fifth.
For some reason unknown to everyone not on the Padres K-Von decided to pitch to Wiffman who led off the bottom of the fifth. With a two strike count it looked like the Padres strategy would pay off until Wiffman smoked a well pitched K-Von screwball to center. K-Von would K Costa and Trenary and then intentionally walk Wiffman and with the score tied and the Padres up 10 bases to eight he would walk Costa and Trenary.
Robles was brought in to face Wiffman and would pick up the K to end the inning. In theory the Padres had the lead as they had one more base by a hit but it would be decided in the sixth. Costa was brought in and struck out the side and then led off in the bottom of the sixth with the Dodgers just needing one base runner for the sweep. They got a whole lot more when Costa took the first pitch to right for a game winning walk off HR.
On what should have been a series of events that worked in the Royals favor turned out to do 180. Dakota Kenny (DK) indicated two weeks ago that he would not be making the Astros game. DK ended up being traded to the Astros and the Royals added Gerard Fitzgerald to their roster (from the Astros.) Seemed like a win - win situation for the Royals. Well DK made the game for the Astros and Fitzgerald was a no show.
Gonzalez solo HR in second, Avallone Shutout Royals win
The Royals opted to go with their staff ace Oliver Avallone in the series opening who was opposed by Bobby Daly. The Royals got to see Bobby Daly for a few starts over the winter and figured since they hit him over the winter, they would hit him in the summer. That thinking also took a 180. Daly pitched a masterful game, hitting spots and changing speeds. He only gave up two hits in the game. A double to Nick Martinez, which got caught up in the wind some and only made it to the warning track before making its way to the fence and what ended up being the deciding blow in a home run to Freddy Gonzalez.
For the Royals, Oliver Avallone continued his cy young worthy consideration performance by holding the Astros to 1 hit and earning the win. Oliver Avallone enters the all star break leading the league in shutouts (5), tied for the win in total wins (7) and leading the league by a big margin with 115 k's. ...Yea..... he also leads the league in innings (which is not a good thing)
Royals win 1-0
Daly drives in four, Astros win second game of season
Game 2 was a matchup between DK (Astros) and Freddy Gonzalez (Royals). Freddy Gonzalez pitching his first game all year could not shake off the rust and gain command of his pitches. He was able to work out a jam in the 1st innings by getting a double play and only giving up 1 run. Gonzalez then hit a 2 run homer in the top of the 2nd to give the Royals the lead. Unfortunately for the Royals the second inning for Gonzalez was not much better, he loaded the bases and with only 1 out Oliver Avallone entered the game trying to get the Royals out of trouble. Avallone obtained a strikeout for the second out however walked Eric Lanks to tie the game. Bobby Daly then came through with a bases clearing double to give the Astros a lead which they would not relinquish. Bobby Daly finished the game (3-8) with 4 RBI's and a HR.
DK pitched a good game as well only giving up two hits, which were both home runs.
Astros 7 - Royals 4