July 12, 2024

Kansas City Royals Gears Up to Replace Cole Ragans with $105m Portuguese Star…

Another game and another home run that has Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Cole Ragans wondering exactly how he offended the baseball gods.

For the second consecutive game, Ragans was the victim of a questionable home run call, this one in the third inning of what would be an eventual 4-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies.

After cruising through the first seven batters of the game, Ragans saw Colorado’s Michael Toglia lift a fly ball to left field. The ball escaped the outstretched glove of Dairon Blanco … but did it get some help from a Rockies fan making it over the wall?

The MLB replay officials eventually ruled that there was no fan interference, keeping Toglia’s home run on the board and making Kansas City manager Matt Quatraro wonder what they were seeing that he didn’t.

“I honestly don’t know,” Quatraro said after the game when asked what explanation he received about the non-call. “I don’t know what the explanation was, and whatever it was, it’s going to be a bad explanation because there was clearly fan interference. There’s no chance that it should have been called anything else. We have a system that is … I don’t want to say the system’s broken, but that call? That was a mistake.”

It would be one of just five hits that Ragans would surrender on his way to his 13th quality start of the season, tied for the fourth-most among AL starters. The 26-year-old southpaw allowed two runs over 7.0 innings of work, lowering his ERA to 3.16 over his last seven starts (42.2 innings), but still had to shrug off a call that he told reporters after his game was out of his hands.

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