Royals’ Jakob Junis flirts with no-hitter, to surprise of manager

Ned Yost thought Jakob Junis was starting to labor in the fifth inning Monday night, so he turned to bench coach Dale Sveum and promised to pull the young Royals right-hander if it continued.
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Laboring? He was throwing a no-hitter.

He was just kind of in a groove, Vogelbach said. You’ve got to give him credit. Sometimes pitchers are on and he pitched well tonight. Tomorrow is a new day.

Game Kids Dustin Hopkins Jersey Junis was given a standing ovation when his night was done by the announced crowd of 12,324, most of whom quickly filed out with temperatures just above freezing.

Everybody in the Royals lineup but Drew Butera scored off Marco Gonzales (1-1) and the Mariners bullpen, and all the catcher had done was drive in a couple of runs. Things got 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 said. 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 four runs, eight hits and a walk for the Mariners while retiring seven batters, and reliever Casey Lawrence promptly allowed five more runs while getting five more outs.

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny stepped between Molina and Lovullo.

Lovullo had shown displeasure on a strike three call to David Peralta in the first inning, then went to the umpire after the call against Pollock.

I used a poor choice of words and he (Molina) took offense to it, Lovuollo said. I wish I could take back what I said. It really wasn’t directed at him. I was just frustrated over what I was watching.

So when Lovullo got to me after I had ejected him, he made a comment that was aggressive that Yadi overheard, so that’s why Yadi Laremy Tunsil Womens Jersey reacted the way that he did, the umpire said. I think at that point Yadi became agitated, which was understandable. (The contact) was just incidental.

Pollock was walking back to the dugout at the time.

I never thought someone arguing a third strike call was going to create a benches-clearing brawl, Pollock said. But we stuck together as a team. We all have Torey’s back.

Peralta hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer off Dominic Leone in the eighth, and Pollock went deep later in the inning. In his second year in charge, Lovullo got his 100th win and was given a post-game beer shower by his coaches.

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