KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ned Yost thought Jakob Junis was beginning to labor within the fifth inning Monday evening, so he turned to bench coach Dale Sveum and promised to drag the younger Royals right-hander if it continued.
Laboring? He was throwing a no-hitter.
“Dale thought I was kidding,” Yost stated, “but I honestly had no idea.”
Junis had hit three batters and walked two extra, however he didn’t permit successful till one out within the seventh inning.
By that time, the Royals have been nicely on their approach to a 10-Zero rout of the Seattle Mariners to open their three-game sequence at chilly, windy Kauffman Stadium.
“I was paying attention to the score, but I wasn’t paying attention to how many hits they had,” Yost stated. “I looked up and saw he had a no-hitter and I was completely oblivious to it.”
So, what would have occurred if Yost trotted to the mound to make a change?
“I would have had to tell him to go back,” Junis replied.
After Junis (2-Zero) lastly allowed successful to longtime good friend Daniel Vogelbach, he completed up the seventh with none extra hassle, working his scoreless streak to 14 innings to start out the season.
“He was just kind of in a groove,” Vogelbach stated. “You’ve got to give him credit. Sometimes pitchers are on and he pitched well tonight. Tomorrow is a new day.”
Junis was given a standing ovation when his evening was accomplished by the introduced crowd of 12,324, most of whom rapidly filed out with temperatures simply above freezing.
Everyone within the Royals lineup however Drew Butera scored off Marco Gonzales (1-1) and the Mariners bullpen, and all of the catcher had accomplished was drive in a few runs. Issues received so ugly that Seattle had infielder Taylor Motter pitch the eighth and Mike Moustakas promptly took him deep.
“Solid at-bats all night long in the tough cold,” Yost stated. “We got on (Gonzales) early, got his pitch count up and it was nice to give Jake a little bit of a cushion.”
Gonzales allowed 4 runs, eight hits and a stroll for the Mariners whereas retiring seven batters, and reliever Casey Lawrence promptly allowed 5 extra runs whereas getting 5 extra outs.
Kansas Metropolis’s offensive outburst on a uncooked evening got here out of nowhere. The membership had been held to a single run in 4 of its earlier 5 video games, and two runs within the different. The Royals hadn’t scored greater than three runs in a sport since a season-opening 14-7 loss to the White Sox.
That they had three runs within the first inning alone Monday evening.
They tacked on one other within the third earlier than a five-spot within the fifth, a half-inning that lasted so lengthy it was a marvel Junis did not cool off — or freeze solely — whereas sitting within the dugout.
As an alternative, he trotted again out and labored a four-pitch sixth inning that lasted about 2 minutes in actual time. And after he lastly yielded a single to Vogelbach within the seventh, Junis struck out Guillermo Heredia and received Ichiro Suzuki to fly out to cap his dominant efficiency.
Seattle completed with two hits and left 5 runners on base.
“We didn’t do a whole lot offensively. Obviously, we didn’t get a hit until later in the game,” Mariners supervisor Scott Servais stated. “They just beat us. We had a bad night.”
1B Ryon Healy flew again to Seattle on Monday to fulfill with Dr. Edward Khalfayan and evaluation an MRI of his ankle, which he damage Saturday throughout a postgame exercise. Healy was placed on the DL retroactive to Sunday and RHP Chasen Bradford was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.
Mariners: DH Nelson Cruz (sprained proper ankle) and C Mike Zunino (left indirect pressure) resumed baseball actions Monday, and each might be again this weekend. OF Ben Gamel (proper indirect pressure) is getting at-bats at Tacoma and can also be near returning.
Royals: C Salvador Perez (left knee sprain) hit and ran bases for the primary time previous to the sport, and reported feeling “pretty good.” Yost stated his All-Star might be again early within the four-to-six-week timeframe that was given when Perez received damage simply earlier than Opening Day.
Royals LHP Eric Skoglund makes his season debut in opposition to RHP Felix Hernandez because the three-game set continues Tuesday evening. Skoglund has not pitched in a sport since an exhibition March 17, due to rainouts and postponements which have wrecked the Royals’ early schedule.