Chen Gets the Best of Former Team

Maybe KC Royals manager Ned Yost is a genius for putting veteran lefty Bruce Chen back into the rotation. So far in two starts, it has worked out very well. Chen was once again ON tonight, as the Royals beat visiting Baltimore, 3-2.

Bruce Chen (Jen Nevius)

Bruce Chen (Jen Nevius)

Chen was masterful against his former team. He allowed a two out solo homerun to Manny Machado in the top of the 3rd inning. That was one of the Orioles three hits against him over six innings and those three hits came over the first three innings. He struck out four.

Chen retired nine in a row to end his night before handing the ball over to his bullpen mates.

Kelvin Herrera and Aaron Crow both threw a hitless inning of relief. However, things got dicey in the ninth with closer Greg Holland on the mound.

Holland allowed a leadoff single to Nick Markakis, which was followed by an RBI triple by Adam Jones. That made the score 3-2 with the tying run on third base and nobody out. Holland then struck out the American League leader in homeruns and RBIs, Chris Davis (HUGE sigh of relief). He then induced two ground outs to earn his 25th save of the season.

 

The Royals squandered plenty of chances to score more than three runs, which came over the first three innings. They collected 11 hits and walked five times, but went just 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position. Mike Moustakas was the only Royal to have a hit that went for extra bases (he had two doubles).

 

So the four game series with the O’s is tied at 1-1, with the third game coming on Wednesday night with Ervin Santana going up against Wei-Yin Chen.

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