Austin Schuster – 23 Sports

The latest installment of the Royals-Cardinals rivalry took place on Monday through Wednesday nights at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals took the series two games to one behind an explosive offense in the series finale. The two teams finished the season series’ tied at three.

Rookie Carlos Hernandez got the start for Kansas City on Monday night against Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals. Both starters recorded scoreless first innings, until Matt Carpenter hit his fourth home run of the year in the top of the second inning, giving St. Louis an early lead. Hernandez only lasted 3.2 innings, but his statline was solid, giving up only the run off the Carpenter homer, while striking out four and allowing only four hits. The Royals were able to get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth, tying the game at one on an RBI groundout by Alex Gordon that scored Maikel Franco. The next inning, Franco drove an RBI single into right field, scoring both Whit Merrifield and Salvador Perez to give the Royals the 3-1 lead. In the bottom of the eighth, Jorge Soler doubled down the left field line to score Adalberto Mondesi, and the Royals won 4-1. Josh Staumont picked up the victory in relief, pitching two scoreless innings, while Greg Holland recorded his sixth save of the year. Meanwhile, Wainwright pitched 5.2 innings, allowing three runs and six hits, while striking out seven in a losing effort.

Brady Singer started for Kansas City on Tuesday opposite Cardinals lefty Austin Gomber. Both teams wore throwback uniforms as part of the Royals’ annual “Salute to the Negro Leagues” game. The Royals wore uniforms of the Kansas City Monarchs, while the Cardinals donned St. Louis Stars uniforms. Ultimately, the Royals offense was no match for Gomber, as he tossed six shutout innings allowing only four hits, while striking out three. Dylan Carlson started the scoring in the top of the second, when he doubled to score both Brad Miller and Dexter Fowler to give the Cards a 2-0 lead. Carlson then scored on an RBI single from Kolten Wong to make it 3-0. Miller doubled to score Paul Goldschmidt in the fifth, and Tommy Edman scored Carlson on a sacrifice fly in the sixth to make it 5-0 Cardinals, which would be the final score. Singer was charged with the loss, pitching only three innings while giving up three runs and three hits, walking five, and striking out four.

Wednesday’s series finale saw a matchup of Carlos Martinez and Danny Duffy. The Royals wasted no time to start the scoring, as Perez cracked a two-run homer in the first inning, his 9th, to give KC an early 2-0 lead. Franchy Cordero, having just returned from the injured list, scored Hunter Dozier on a ground ball that was deflected by shortstop Paul DeJong in the second. The next inning, Perez homered again, a three-run shot, to make it 6-0 early on. Fowler got St. Louis on the board in the fifth with an RBI single, but Cordero broke it open with a three-run shot in the sixth, his first of the year. Also in the inning, Mondesi and Franco recorded RBI doubles to make it 11-1. In the bottom of the seventh, Cordero became the second Royal of the night to hit two home runs, as he hit a solo shot to make it 12-1 KC. Harrison Bader plated two on an RBI single in the top of the ninth, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Royals won 12-3 to take the series from the Cardinals. Duffy was great, going 5.2 innings allowing one run on six hits, with five strikeouts and one walk. On the losing side, Martinez allowed eight runs through five innings.

We now head into the final weekend series of the year for both teams. The Royals will host the Detroit Tigers for a four-game series at Kauffman Stadium, while the Cardinals host the Milwaukee Brewers for a five-game series at Busch Stadium to finish the season.

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