Tuesday evening after the Triple-A Round Rock Express’s 4-3 loss to the Sacramento River Cats, some talk in the visiting locker room centered around how Pablo Sandoval’s impatient approach as a hitter actually makes him hard to get out.
Sandoval, recently released by the Red Sox and re-signed by the Giants, had just gone 1-for-4 with a double against Round Rock in his first game of what is likely to be a very short stay in Sacramento. Sandoval grounded out in his first two at-bats against starter Clayton Blackburn, but pulled the first pitch he saw in the fifth inning — a fastball, in and off the plate — for a ball that went to the rightfield wall.
“He swings at everything, swings at balls out of the zone,” Blackburn said. “You never know what pitch he’s going to be on and what he’s looking for.”
Cahill was 4-3 with a 3.69 ERA this season for the rebuilding Padres and he will add to the Royals rotation, but Kansas City also acquired some bullpen help in the deal with relievers Ryan Buchter and Brandon Maurer.
The Royals sent Travis Wood to San Diego and Cahill is a big upgrade for Wood’s former spot in the rotation that was originally held by the injured Nathan Karns. Buchter, who is 3-3 with a save and 3.05 ERA and 47 strikeouts, and Maurer, who has converted 20 of 23 save opportunities, should add some needed depth to the beleaguered Royals bullpen.
The Indians won their fourth straight with a 6-2 victory over the Reds on Monday thanks to a quality start from Josh Tomlin, who has struggled this year with a 7-9 record and 5.59 ERA.
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