AK pitcher 3-hit Royals; Brown, Murphy Homer win 4-0

Oakland, Calif. (AP) — Jared Koenig entered the sixth inning for the first win of his career and combined with three relievers on a three-hitter, the Oakland Athletics ended eight on Sunday as the Kansas City Royals beat the Kansas City Royals 4-0. Series of losing the game house.

Koenig grew up about 75 miles south of Oakland and was attended by many friends and family. It also included his father, Greg, who got a chance to see his son on Father’s Day.

“I’m glad he was able to be here,” Koenig said. “I bet he was also as nervous as it could be. It is great to have that support and be able to do it all these days.”

Seth Brown had three hits, including his first home run at the Oakland Coliseum in nearly a year. Shaun Murphy also joined to help the A avoid a three-game sweep.

Oakland, which won for the third time in 18 games overall, still owns the worst record in baseball at 23–45.

The Royals trapped six runners in the scoring position and were out for the ninth time this season.

Koenig (1-2) gave away two hits in 5 2/3 innings. A’s left-hander scored four runs and had to stand around traffic for most of the afternoon to avoid becoming the fourth pitcher in Oakland history to lose his first three starts.

Not bad for a pitcher who spent 2017-19 in an independent league. The 28-year-old was pitching in Australia when he caught the attention of an AK scout last year and was signed to a minor league deal.

“Their luggage today was exactly what they have been described for,” said manager Mark Cootse. “He didn’t hit anyone, but he got through 5 2/3 with a lot of contact and a good defense behind him. For him, through the free ball, through Australia, through the little leagues. Travel, it is a big reward for them.

Kansas City loaded the base with two outs against Koenig in the sixth, before Domingo Acevedo defeated Michael A. Taylor was dismissed to end the innings.

Acevedo retired four batsmen Zack Jackson and Zam Moll took three sets each to close it.

“It’s great to know that I am able to be successful here,” Koenig said. “Today was a wonderful day.”

Brown crushed Brady Singer’s 1-2 slider on the front steps from the left field fence. It was the Browns’ team-leading ninth home run and the first in Oakland since August 8, 2021.

Murphy’s three-run drive off Jose Cuas in the sixth came after Brown was singled out and hit the pitch by Ramon Loriano Singer.

Singer (3-2) conceded six hits and three runs with four strikes in 5 1/3 innings.

The Royals have not won a series since winning three consecutive games against the Cubs at Wrigley Field from August 20-22, 2021.

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A run was taken away from replays in third A after Tony Kemp scored a single from first base on Brown’s single, which Taylor bobbed to center field. Kemp slid into home plate and narrowly missed a relay throw from second baseman Whit Merrifield. After being challenged by Royals manager Mike Matheny, replays showed Royals catcher Salvador Perez tagging Kemp on his right back, which was hanging, and the call was overturned.

Kemp was still grumbling about the drama at Oakland’s clubhouse afterwards and called it “the most-of-its-kind 2022 Oakland A game ever”.

Kotse just shook his head.

“For the first time in my 24-year career, a player is being tagged in and it’s on the pocket,” Kotse said. “Salvador was even saying he didn’t tag him. It’s hard enough to feel the pocket. Just another crazy episode in baseball of 2022a.”

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Royals: RHP Jack Greinke (right flexor strain) threw 70 pitches in seven innings during his second rehab debut with Triple-A Omaha. Greinke had four strikeouts and allowed three runs and six hits. … LHP Jake Brentz, out due to left elbow flexor strain from April 29, began a rehab assignment with Double-A Northwest Arkansas.


Royals: LHP Chris Bubic (0-4, 8.36 ERA) face the Angels in the first match of a three-match series in Los Angeles. Bubic lost to the Angels in June when he was tagged for six runs in four innings.

Athletics: RHP James Caprillion (0-4, 6.31) pitches against the Mariners at the Coliseum on Tuesday. Caprilan has conceded 15 runs in his last 15 1/3 innings.


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