Royals sweep Rays doubleheader



May 2, 2019 - 10:22 AM

Billy Hamilton of the Kansas City Royals catches a ball hit by Mike Zunino of the Tampa Bay Rays in the seventh inning in Game 2 of a doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals won, 8-2, to complete a sweep. Ed Zurga/Getty Images/TNS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As it turns out, a week didn’t make a darn bit of difference for either Royals pitcher Jakob Junis or Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell. Both made their second consecutive start against the respective offenses they faced on Wednesday, and the results were pretty much carryovers from their previous outings.

In separate halves of a doubleheader swept by the Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Junis continued to enjoy success against the Tampa Bay Rays, as he did in Florida last week. Meanwhile, the Royals continued to have Snell’s number — chasing the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner shy of four innings — just as they did last week.

The Royals won the second game, 8-2, after generating the lion’s share of their offense against Snell in front of an announced crowd of 11,411. The Royals last swept a traditional doubleheader (non-split) at Cleveland in September 2008, and pitcher Glenn Sparkman picked up his first win in the majors in his 21st appearance (fourth start).

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