Royals drop rain-shortened game to Strasburg
WINCHESTER -- In what was originally scheduled to be an away game, the Royals ended up hosting the Strasburg Express on Monday night, and fell to the Express, 6-3, in six rain-shortened innings.
Winchester could not overcome five errors made in the field, as just two of the six runs permitted by starting pitcher Ruben Ramirez were earned. He went five innings and allowed seven hits while striking out three in the loss.
After the Royals stranded the bases loaded in the opening frame, the Express plated three runs as a result of three errors. Winchester added their first run in the fourth with a home run from Samyr Santos and cut Strasburg's lead to 3-2 with a sacrifice fly from Jordan Huntley in the fifth.
Although, the Express tacked on three more runs in the bottom half, as three hits to start stretched the lead back to two runs. A couple batters later, Anthony Pecora singled to open a 5-2 lead. With a man on third, Griffin Cheney brought in Strasburg's sixth run with an RBI groundout.
In the sixth, Aaron Palensky belted a solo home run to decrease the lead to 6-3. With this loss, the Royals have not clinched the playoffs just yet. They have a three game lead over Strasburg for the last playoff spot with four game remaining on the schedule.
Weather permitting, the Royals (19-19) will host the Woodstock River Bandits (5-33) in a doubleheader at Bridgeforth on Tuesday. First game will begin at 5 p.m. while the second is slated for 7 p.m.