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Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar went 2-for-6 with two runs batted in against the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Escobar’s one out double in the top of the 12th inning gave the Royals a one run lead for the third time on Wednesday night, and it ended up being the game winning hit. On a day that turned out to be a pitcher’s duel, Escobar was one of just four Royals hitters who had a multi-hit game. After a sweltering month of May where he hit .309, the 29-year-old has regressed back to the mean in the month of June, hitting just .245 with one home run and five runs batted in. Up next for him is a matchup against Cardinals right-hander Mike Leake who has allowed right-handed batters to hit .287 against him this season.
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Royals closer Wade Davis suffered his second blown save of the year on Wednesday night after giving up a one run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Davis’ appearance got off to a rocky start where he issues a full count walk to Kolten Wong, and only got worse as he allowed a single to Jedd Gyorko. He then faced Jhonny Peralta with two outs, and Peralta was able to single in the game tying run. Tonight’s blown save was just the second on the year for Davis, who’s ERA on the season is still below one. Wednesday night’s game isn’t a real cause of concern for Davis owners, as he wasn’t hit particularly hard, he just got himself into a jam and couldn’t work out of it. He should continue to get plenty of save opportunities for a talented Royals team moving forward.
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Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer went 0-for-6 with two strikeouts against the Cardinals on Wednesday night.

Hosmer was just one of three position players who failed to get a hit against St. Louis on Wednesday, and making matters worse he left six runners on base over the course of the game. Coming into tonight’s game Hosmer had three multi-hit games in his last four starts, and had hit safely in each of his last six games, but he came up empty at the dish tonight. The 26-year-old is hitting just .272 in June after hitting .326 and .333 in April and May respectably. Hosmer has a nice matchup for daily fantasy purposes tomorrow, as he’s hitting .337 against right-handed pitching this season. Leake has been tricky for left-handed hitters to crack this season, holding them to a .239 average, but Hosmer has enough quality at the plate to have a breakout game.
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Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez pitched six and two-thirds shutout innings in a no decision against the Cardinals on Wednesday, allowing just six hits with one walk and four strikeouts.

After a disastrous last couple of starts, Volquez was able to pitch a great game for the Royals on Wednesday, but unfortunately for him the game ended up being a pitcher’s duel. Kansas City was unable to scrape a run together while Volquez was in the game, so he left with a no decision despite not allowing a single run. After allowing 16 earned runs in his previous seven and a third innings pitched prior to tonight, the 32-year-old returned to form tonight. He has a tough matchup upcoming in his next start, as he’ll take on the potent Blue Jays lineup on the road on Monday.
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Cardinals right fielder Stephen Piscotty went 2-for-6 with a solo home run against the Royals on Wednesday.

Piscotty’s ninth home run of the year came off of Joakim Soria in the 10th inning, and it tied the game dramatically at two apiece. Piscotty was just one of two Cardinals hitters that had multi-hit games against the Royals on Wednesday. Coming into tonight’s game the 25-year-old had been struggling at the plate over the course of his last six games, hitting just 3-for-27 with two runs batted in. He’s struggled mightily in the month of June, hitting just .200 after hitting .297 and .346 in April and May respectably. The Cardinals right fielder has a tough matchup ahead of him tomorrow against Chris Young, who has held right handed hitters to a .210 average so far in 2016.
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Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez pitched six shutout innings in a no decision against the Royals on Wednesday, allowing eight hits with one walk and three strikeouts.

Martinez pitched a solid game on Wednesday and was able to work his way out of a couple troubling situations early in the game. Unfortunately for him, the Cardinals bats were unable to come alive against Edinson Volquez, so Martinez ended up with a hard luck no decision. The 24-year-old has been fantastic in his last six starts for the Cardinals, allowing just five earned runs in his last 42 and a third innings pitched. He hasn’t been striking out many hitters over that timespan however, averaging just over five strikeouts a game. He’ll look to continue his hot streak against the Pirates on Monday, a team that he has faced twice so far this season already, allowing four earned runs in 11 and two-thirds innings pitched.
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