Junis back to the bullpen for Royals, suffers loss in relief
A day after Kansas City manager Mike Matheny announced that Rock Falls native Jakob Junis would shift back to the bullpen, Junis suffered the loss as the Royals fell 8-6 to the Indians.
Junis (1-2) gave up five earned runs and four hits in an inning and two-thirds of relief, striking out two, walking one, and giving up a pair of home runs. His ERA jumped to 5.04 on the season.
Junis made his first two appearances of the season out of the bullpen, giving up two hits and striking out three in two shutout innings against the Rangers on April 3 and 4. He then tossed five shutout innings against the Indians in his first start of the season April 7, striking out six and walking two while allowing just one hit.
On April 15 against the Blue Jays, Junis notched his lone victory, allowing two earned runs and five hits in five innings, striking out six and walking one.
He struggled in his third start April 21, allowing five runs and six hits in five innings against the Rays, with three strikeouts and three walks, but got a no decision.
He lost his final start April 27 against the Pirates, but it was from a lack of run support. He gave up two runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out nine and walking one.
Roby starts Saturday, comes off bench Sunday in OKC losses
Dixon native Isaiah Roby started Saturday’s game for the Oklahoma City Thunder against the Pacers, then came off the bench in Sunday’s contest against the Suns.
Roby made his 27th career start, and first in eight games, in the Thunder’s 152-95 loss to Indiana. He finished with two points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal in 23 minutes, shooting 1-for-8 form the field, including 0-for-3 from 3-point range.
OKC’s 57-point loss was the worst in NBA history by a home team; they trailed by as many as 67 points during the game. The Pacers were the first NBA team to score 150 points or more and give up less than 100 since 1993.
On Sunday, Roby came off the bench in a 123-120 loss to the Suns. He had 11 points, five rebounds and a steal in 22 minutes, shooting 3-for-6 from the field – missing his only 3-pointer – and 5-for-5 from the free-throw line.
The Thunder (21-44) host the Kings at 7 p.m. today.