Royals 7, Dodgers 2: Yoshinobu Yamamoto exits with triceps tightness … and hopefully that’s all it is

Things were scoreless early on in today’s game when the Dodgers were thrown a curve due to starter Yoshinobu Yamamoto going down with triceps tightness.

Nothing else really mattered at that point except his health. Regardless, the Dodgers were in it until the middle innings when the Royals exploded on a tired pen, and the offense continued to look meh in a 7-2 loss.


Really all that matters in terms of this random game in the middle of June is the health of Yamamoto. Things seemed off early, as after having his start pushed back a couple days, his stuff was down a tick or two across the board. While he did get through a couple innings, after he came off the field in the 2nd, Mark Prior called Dave Roberts and a translator down to the clubhouse for a conversation and it didn’t look great.

More on that later.

So it was a pen game from there on out, and Michael Grove gave up a run in his second inning of work in the 4th. However, Gavin Lux got that right back with a bases loaded single in the bottom half to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead

After Yohan Ramirez got a scoreless 5th, Blake Treinen entered in the 6th and labored. He walked the bases loaded and eventually gave up a dramatic grand slam to MJ Melendez to put the Royals up 5-2. He exited at that point having thrown 39 pitches.

After Anthony Banda got out of the 6th, the Royals tacked on another couple runs against him in the 7th, and he got a scoreless 8th as well, throwing 32 pitches himself to leave the game at 7-2. That left it up to Ryan Yarbrough to finish the Royals off in the 9th, which he managed to do.

Unfortunately, the Dodgers offense didn’t get anything going, wasting a couple half chances but nothing more.


Obviously though, all eyes are on Yamamoto, who explained the injury in his own words.

Dave Roberts didn’t seem like the situation was communicated well to him.


Padres37-37 (7 GB)

*Either still playing or will play later.

Series finale tomorrow on getaway day at 10:10 AM HT/1:10 PM PT/4:10 PM ET with Tyler Glasnow facing Brady Singer. Glasnow is gonna have to give them innings, to say the least.

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