by John Viril—
‘Tis the season to be jolly—if you’re pitcher Wade Davis and the Kansas City Royals—who gift-wrapped a 4-3 win for the Twins on Sunday.
The Kansas City Royals finished a miserable weekend sweep against the lowly Minnesota Twins with a flurry of presents from set-up man Wade Davis. Asked to protect a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth with men on 1st and second, Davis started off by striking out Joe Mauer. Then came Christmas. First, Davis walked Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe to load the bases. Next, pinch-hitter Chris Herrman hit a tapper back to the mound that looked like a tailor-made double play ball. Davis, however, flipped a wild throw to home plate that sailed past C Salvador Perez. Two runs scored.
Wade Davis already has the beard, all he needs is some white hair dye and a fat suit to be Santa Claus. He’s got the gift-giving part down cold. What he doesnt have is a firm grasp on the setup-man job. This performance should open the door to rest of the relief staff until Yost can find someone that can hold leads.
Kansas City hitters failed to tie the game in the top of the 9th, leading to the 4-3 loss, and an embarrassing sweep.
It truly was a lost weekend for the Royals. On Friday, the Twins smashed Royals pitching in a 10-1 laugher. On Saturday, the Twins smacked two-home runs off Kansas City ace James Shields. The 7-1 humiliation also feature 5 unearned runs against what was a porous Kansas City defense this weekend. Those two failures were followed by Wade Davis’ secret Santa act on Sunday.
Take heart Royals fans, there’s a finite limit to the Royals gift-giving ways. If the team continues to play this badly against Houston, the team won’t be able to give away tickets by the time they come home.
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