July 16, 2024

Do the City Royals have a manager problem?

Brenton Doyle hit his fourth home run in five games, Austin Gomber earned his first win in seven weeks, and the Colorado Rockies defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-1 on Saturday night.

Gomber (2-5) pitched seven innings, allowing one run on six hits while striking out three to secure his first win since May 15. He outperformed Royals’ top pitcher Seth Lugo, with Ryan McMahon contributing three hits to help Colorado extend their winning streak to three games.

“That was my best performance in a while, although I’ve been feeling really good over the past couple of weeks. I’ve been fine-tuning my game,” Gomber said.

“I felt my fastball was strong, my curveball was effective, and I had some good sliders at times. Overall, I think it was my fastball and curveball that made the difference today.”

Royals manager Matt Quatraro praised Gomber’s ability to mix up his pitches, keeping their hitters off balance.

“He varied his speed effectively, throwing hard when we expected soft pitches and vice versa,” Quatraro said. “We didn’t make solid contact often, so credit to him.”

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