Royals vs. Athletics – Match Recap – 17 June 2022

OAKLAND, Calif. — – Daniel Lynch hit a career-high 10 strikeouts in five innings to win for the first time in nearly two months, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland Athletics 5-1 on Friday night in a clash of teams with the two worst records in the major leagues.

Salvador Perez doubled and homered for the Royals. Whit Merrifield added three hits while Andrew Benintendi and Michael A. Taylor each had two to send the A’s into a tailspin to their 21st loss in their last 24 home games.

The Royals (22-41) started the day on percentage points ahead of the A’s, who fell to 22-44 with the loss and fell 19 games behind the first-place Astros in the AL West.

Lynch (3-6) was knocked down in his previous five starts and walked Oakland’s second batter before settling in for his first win since April 26. The southpaw allowed four hits and retired the side in the third and fifth. Lynch’s 10 strikeouts are the most by a Royals starter this season.

Elvis Andrus had two hits for Oakland and scored the A’s lone run on Lynch’s wild second pitch in the second inning.

Perez hit an RBI double over the head of center fielder Cristian Pache in the first inning. After the A’s were down 2-1, Perez smashed another fastball to the center of Frankie Montas (3-7) who traveled 422 feet before the third. These are the two balls hardest hit by both teams.

Perez has had six of his last nine games against the A’s, including four in a row, since last season.

Montas allowed 10 hits and five runs (three earned) in five innings. He walked three and took out four.

SOMEONE CALL

One of Taylor’s hits came on a routine pop-up that landed on infield between A’s confused third baseman Matt Davidson and shortstop Andrus. Davidson appeared to position himself under the ball, then abruptly looked to his left at Andrus as the ball fell. Perez scored on the play.

REFEREE PLATE SHEETS

The game was delayed several minutes when plate umpire and team manager Ron Kulpa left for unknown reasons after the start of the second inning. Charlie Ramos left first base and went behind home plate for the rest of the game.

GLOVE WORK

Royals right fielder Kyle Isbel made a leaping catch close to the wall in foul territory just past the visitor’s bullpen, sweeping wide with his left hand to grab the ball while still in the air.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Royals: RHP Zack Greinke (flexor strain) will continue his rehab mission and start for Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. … LHP Gabe Speier and RHP Matt Peacock have been reinstated from the injured list. Each had missed the last 16 games. To make room, RHP Arodys Vizcaino was sent to Omaha outright and RHP Albert Abreu was designated for the assignment. … Edward Olivares (four-time right strain) hit Omaha Thursday night as he continues his rehab.

Athletics: DE Stephen Piscotty (stiff left calf) ran the bases before the game and could start a rehab assignment early next week.

NEXT

LHP Athletics Cole Irvin (2-3, 3.34 ERA) is winless in five starts since being released from the injured list on May 22. Irvin is 1-0 in two starts against Kansas City. RHP Brad Keller (1-8, 4.19) goes for the Royals in his third career start against Oakland.

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