Austin Schuster – 23 Sports

The Royals began their three-game weekend series in Milwaukee having won seven of their last eight games. They were simply on fire. However, they were cooled off by the Milwaukee Brewers this weekend at Miller Park. The Brewers completed a three-game sweep of the Royals, dropping KC’s record to 21-32.

The Royals initially began the series on Friday night very well, taking a 4-0 lead into the fourth inning. Salvador Perez drove in Whit Merrifield and Adalberto Mondesi in the first inning with an RBI double to begin the scoring. Perez then scored when Hunter Dozier stole second base, as Brewers catcher Jacob Nottingham threw the ball into center field trying to nab Dozier, making it 3-0. Perez recorded another RBI in the 3rd, driving in Mondesi on a single. The Royals held a 4-0 lead until the bottom of the fourth inning, when Christian Yelich socked a solo home run to put Milwaukee on the board. Orlando Arcia walked to score Ben Gamel later in the inning, and soon came the deciding blow. With the bases loaded, Nottingham stepped up to the plate and smacked a go-ahead grand slam to give the Brewers a 6-4 lead. Arcia later punctuated the night in the fifth with a 3-run homer to push Milwaukee’s lead to five. Perez homered in the top of the ninth, his seventh of the year, but it wasn’t enough, as the Royals lost 9-5. Danny Duffy struggled, allowing six earned runs in 3.2 innings pitched. Meanwhile, Perez raised his average to .368 with his massive 4-5 night.

Kris Bubic started Saturday night, and he was very solid, going 5.1 innings allowing only one unearned run and only one hit. Unfortunately, he was slapped with the tough-luck loss, as the run he gave up turned out to be the difference. Ryan Braun hit a three-run homer in the eighth, and the Royals lost 5-0. Perez, Dozier, Maikel Franco and Nicky Lopez were the only Royals with hits on the night, each recording only one. Corbin Burnes stepped up for Milwaukee, tossing 6 shutout innings.

Brad Keller started the series finale on Sunday, usually a good sign, but he gave up five runs in five innings, taking the loss. Daniel Vogelbach hit a two-run homer in the first inning, giving the Brewers an early 2-0 lead. Merrifield drove home Erick Mejia in the sixth with an RBI groundout to cut the lead in half, but Vogelbach hit his second home run of the game, another two-run shot, to put Milwaukee ahead by four. Perez his fine series with a two-run homer, his eighth, in the top of the ninth to cut the lead in half, but Josh Hader was able to stop a potential Royals rally to record the save and complete the three-game sweep with a 5-3 win.

The Royals return to Kauffman Stadium for their final homestand of the year for the I-70 series with the St. Louis Cardinals beginning on Monday. Rookie Carlos Hernandez will square off with Adam Wainwright in the series opener. Brady Singer will pitch Tuesday night against a yet-to-be-named Cardinals starter, and Duffy will close out the series on Wednesday against Carlos Martinez. All three games are at 7:05pm.

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