Royals starting pitcher Jake Junis throws a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during Friday night's game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
When he was unavailable to work the ninth on Friday - and the Jays gave up four runs with two out to lose 5-4 - suddenly Osuna became a huge focus surrounding the Jays. He was lifted after getting two outs and allowing three base-runners. Nor will the stench of a Blue Jays loss so ugly it nearly defies description.
This past season, Johnson was 4-3 with a 1.56 ERA in 40 1/3 innings pitched.
The Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson dives but misses the ball during Friday night's game in Kansas City.
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The Blue Jays tied it in top of the seventh when Kevin Pillar homered with two out.
Staked to a 4-1 lead with two out in the bottom of the ninth, even that wasn't even enough as the Royals scored four runs, the capper being a ripped shot to left field from Whit Merrifield to score a pair for the final two runs. Aaron Loup was charged with the game-deciding runs, taking the loss to fall to 2-1 this season, while Jason Grilli was on the mound for the game-ending hit, recording his 2nd blown save of the year.
"I still have a lot of friends here", Morales said. "Other than today, I've been happy for him, honestly, just because he's a good friend and someone that really loves the game". On Ryan Tepera's wild pitch, Salvador Perez to third.
Note: The Tigers released Francisco Rodriguez, one day after the 35-year-old reliever allowed a grand slam to Robinson Cano in his latest rough outing. It hurt me. It hurt me again tonight. I wish I knew how to get out of this. Hopefully he gets the help he needs and gets things under control as soon as he can. With one out, Jose Bautista singled, and Russell Martin then walked.
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Beyond those four, there's not much left to the Royals' offense. Escobar, Gordon and designated hitter Brandon Moss were hitting under.200 and none of the regulars aside from Perez had an OPS over.800. It seemed like the only question left was which veterans would be leaving Kansas City at the trade deadline.
The Royals threatened in the eighth when Merrifield reached, but the Toronto bullpen held. Whit Merrifield led the way, going 2 for 5 with the game-winning two run double.
The win gets the Royals back to.500 at 36-36. We're trying to find ways to see what can make me feel better.
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