Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Kansas City1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 6100
Baltimore0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 030
  W: C. Hernández (6-1)   L: J. Means (5-7)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)5:05 PM CT, September 9, 2021
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland  Attendance: 5,087

Royals shoot for split against Orioles

According to STATS
According to STATS

Kansas City Royals at Baltimore Orioles

  1. Seven years ago, Kansas City and Baltimore both led their divisions through Sept. 5. On the morning of Sept. 6, 2014, the Orioles led the AL East by 9.5 games (82--58); the Royals led the AL Central by a game-and-a-half (78--62). Kansas City swept Baltimore in the 2014 ALCS en route to a World Series loss to the Giants.
  2. The Royals haven't won a series at Camden Yards since 2014. Kansas City has been out-scored 99--60 while posting a 3--12 record at Baltimore since the 2015 season.
  3. For only the third time this season, the Orioles bullpen has earned victories in consecutive games. Baltimore had consecutive relief wins on June 2--4 and a three-game streak on June 28--30.
  4. Salvador Perez has driven in 20 runs in his last 10 games. The only other Royals players with at least 20 RBIs over a span of 10 games were Raul Ibanez in 2002 (23 RBIs) and George Brett in 1983 (20). Perez' previous best was 19 RBIs over 10 games last September.
  5. Cedric Mullins is the first Orioles player in 45 years with 25 home runs and 25 stolen bases in the same season (25/26). The others to do so: Ken Williams with the St. Louis Browns in 1922 (39/37), Don Baylor in 1975 (25/32) and Reggie Jackson in 1976 (27/28).
  6. Zac Lowther has an 0--7 record with a 6.42 ERA pitching across five different classes this season (Rookie, A, AA, AAA and MLB). Most of his work was done at Norfolk (AAA), where he went 0--5 with a 6.53 ERA in eight starts.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/6/2021 thru 9/9/2021

Carlos Hernandez continues to impress on the mound for the Kansas City Royals.

Meanwhile, the Baltimore Orioles' John Means is still trudging through a rather frustrating season that began promisingly.

Hernandez looks to help the visiting Royals earn a split of their four-game set against Means and the Orioles on Thursday night.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Hernandez (5-1, 3.57 ERA) has been one of the majors' late-season surprises in 2020. He joined the Royals' rotation in mid-July and is 4-0 with a 2.21 ERA in his past six starts.

In two road starts this season, Hernandez is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA, having beaten the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs last month.

Hernandez's latest outing was Friday at home against the White Sox, and he allowed five hits and walked three but yielded just two runs over six innings en route to a 7-2 victory.

"(Hernandez) just continues to take steps forward, little things he's doing," Royals manager Mike Matheny said. "You're seeing that he's repeating better all the time. ... He's getting better."

Seemingly much better than his first start of 2021, which came against Baltimore on July 18. Hernandez allowed two runs, three hits and two walks while striking out six over four innings during the Royals' 5-0 home defeat.

On Thursday, he will try to help the Royals (62-77) avoid a third consecutive defeat after they blew a 5-0 lead and allowed Baltimore (45-93) to score nine runs in the eighth inning of a 9-8 decision Wednesday.

The defeat overshadowed Salvador Perez's 42nd home run. Perez ranks second in the majors in homers and first in RBIs (104).

Kansas City's Andrew Benintendi clubbed a three-run homer for one of his three hits, and he finished the night with five RBIs. He is 2-for-4 with a double in his career against Means (5-6, 3.47 ERA).

The left-hander went 4-0 with a 1.21 ERA, including a no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners, over his first eight starts of 2021. In 13 starts and a 1 1/2-month injury-list stint since, Means is 1-6 with a 5.21 ERA. The Orioles have lost each of Means' past six starts, with Baltimore scoring a total of 17 runs in those contests.

That said, Means has allowed two runs in each of his past two outings. Most recently against the host New York Yankees on Friday, he threw five innings and gave up two runs on three hits in Baltimore's 4-3, 11-inning loss.

Means is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA against the Royals in two career starts, both in 2019.

Baltimore got three hits and two RBIs from ex-Royal Kelvin Gutierrez and two hits from rookie center fielder Ryan McKenna on Wednesday. Austin Hays extended his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games, during which he is batting .357 (20-for-56) with five doubles, 11 runs and 13 RBIs.

"We're giving guys, like we have for a few years now, an opportunity to see if they can solidify themselves and be a big-league player," manager Brandon Hyde said.

Baltimore is 4-2 against the Royals this season.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 9, 2021