Royals use long ball to trip up A’s 6-4; Oakland still in Wild Card hunt

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By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Kansas City Royals defeated the Oakland Athletics 6-4 on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium, but the A’s still remain one game ahead of Tampa Bay in the American League Wild Card race.

Aside from the loss, there was a scary moment for the A’s when third baseman Matt Chapman took a pitch off his left ear. He left the game after lining out in the second inning.

Chapman was plunked by a 90.7 mph sinker from Royals pitcher Jakob Junis. The pitch knocked Chapman’s helmet off, but he briefly remained in the game.

If Chapman has concussion symptoms, the A’s can place him on the seven-day injured list. However, Chapman reportedly was able to avoid concussion protocol.

NBC Sports California reports that Oakland is prepared to call up third baseman Shelden Neuse. If Neuse is called up, the A’s need to make a corresponding move to place him on the 40-man roster.

After losing the first two games of the series, Kansas City won its first home game since Aug. 16. Hunter Dozier and Ryan O’Hearn each homered for the Royals, and teammates Nicky Lopez and Whit Merrifield each extended hitting streaks and scored a run.

The A’s will try to make it three out of four on Thursday.

During their win, the Royals took their first lead in the series after 24 innings. Kansas City scored a pair of runs off A’s reliever Blake Treinen to break a 4-4 tie. The Royals surged ahead on an RBI single by Dozier, followed by a bases-loaded ground ball that allowed Merrifield to score while the A’s turned a double play.

Kansas City’s left-handed reliever Tim Hill threw two scoreless innings to pick up the victory. Ian Kennedy pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 23rd save.

Oakland took an early 2-0 lead off Junis in the first inning on Marcus Semien’s leadoff home run and Seth Brown’s bases-loaded RBI groundout.

Mark Canha belted a two-run blast to center in the fifth inning (estimated 411 feet) that put the A’s back in front. Kansas City tied the game in the sixth.

Right-hander Chris Bassitt (9-5, 3.59 ERA) will start Thursday’s game for the A’s, while Kansas City counters with right-hander Glenn Sparkman (3-9, 5.52 ERA).

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