Week That Was: Royal Pain

Week That Was: Royal Pain
Both defending league champs suffered big losses in the lineup. We cover those and much more in our weekly recap.
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Rich Hill was forced to leave Sunday's start against the Tigers after 6 1/3 innings due to an undisclosed injury.

The trainer came out to visit the left-hander with a man at first and one out in the seventh inning, and after a discussion the decision was made to remove Hill from the game. He had allowed two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out nine before departing. Expect an update on his status from the A's after the conclusion of Sunday's game.
May 29 - 6:18 PM

Chris Sale was his typical ace-like self in earning a no-decision against the Royals on Sunday, striking out seven and allowing two runs over seven innings.

Sale got his hiccups (as they were) out of the way early, with both runs on his line scoring in the first inning via an RBI double by Lorenzo Cain and an RBI single by Eric Hosmer. And that was all she wrote. With the no-decision under his belt, Sale will carry a sterling 2.29 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 76/16 K/BB ratio (78 2/3 innings) into a road showdown with the Tigers next time he toes the rubber. He will be looking to pick up win No. 10 in that one.
May 29 - 6:16 PM

Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-2 with an RBI triple and three total RBI in Sunday's win over the Reds.

Lucroy drove in three of the five runs the Brewers scored in the game, picking up a sacrifice fly in the first inning, an RBI single in the third and an RBI triple in the seventh. The 29-year-old backstop has now been good for at least a pair of triples in each of his last five seasons. He is hitting a sharp .292/.353/.509 with eight homers and 26 RBI over 171 at-bats as the calendar readies to turn over to June.
May 29 - 6:10 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

Jay Bruce went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Brewers.

Bruce burned Jimmy Nelson for a long solo tater to right in the second inning. The bomb was his ninth of the season. Along with that homer tally, the 29-year-old outfielder is slashing .262/.317/.512 and has driven in 31 runs across 164 at-bats.
May 29 - 6:05 PM

Mitch Moreland slugged a three-run homer Sunday in the Rangers' 6-2 victory against the Pirates.

Moreland went deep off Francisco Liriano in the bottom of the fourth inning, not long after Prince Fielder cranked a solo shot. Consistency remains an issue for Moreland -- he's still batting .222/.293/.392 overall -- but the 30-year-old first baseman does have six home runs and 21 RBI in 45 games this season.
May 29 - 6:01 PM

Jimmy Nelson pitched well in Sunday's win over the Reds, allowing two runs on six hits over 7 1/3 innings.

Nelson struck out five and walked two, with only a Jay Bruce solo homer and Tucker Barnhart RBI double play in the second inning doing damage to the scoreboard. The 26-year-old right-hander is in the midst of his best major league season and holds a 2.88 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 59/28 K/BB ratio through 11 starts (72 innings). He will look to continue his roll in a road date with the Phillies next time he toes the rubber.
May 29 - 6:00 PM

Martin Perez limited the Pirates to two runs over six innings Sunday to earn his third win.

Perez gave up an RBI double to Andrew McCutchen in the top of the first inning and a solo homer to David Freese in the top of the third, but he settled in from there. The left-hander wound up with three strikeouts against one walk, moving to 3-4 on the year with a 3.12 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 40/31 K/BB ratio in 66 1/3 innings. When his control is right Perez can be pretty effective, and his control has been right over the last several weeks. He'll face the Mariners at home next.
May 29 - 5:58 PM

Brandon Finnegan managed to touch the seventh inning in Sunday's loss to the Brewers, surrendering four runs on six hits over 6 1/3 frames.

Finnegan struggled with his control at times and walked four on the afternoon. The Brewers dinged him for a run in the first inning, two in the third and one in the fifth. Through 11 starts (63 innings), the 23-year-old southpaw holds a 4.14 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 44/31 K/BB ratio. A home start against the Nationals shows next on his schedule.
May 29 - 5:55 PM
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