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Repeated performance is suitable for A's Royals pitcher

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It took a while, but Brad Keller finally put it all together.

Kansas City Royals defeated Auckland Athletics 2-0 in Auckland on June 18th, so right-handed Kansas City Royals threw seven shut-out innings and one hit. And made it possible to walk 3 times.

Royals hosts A on Saturday in the second game of the three-game series, and Keller looks for Angkor.

Keller (2-8, 4.30 ERA) opposes A's left-handed Jared König (1-2, 6.59), who was as good as Keller on his final start with the Royals on Sunday. .. The match on Saturday is a chance for Keller and König to prove that their recent outings weren't a fluke.

The Royals are aiming for three consecutive victories as they played the opening game of Series 3-1 on Friday night. Edward Oliverless has hit two home runs in his first game since being on the list of injured on May 9. Zack Gleinke also returned from the injured list, allowing one run with three hits in six innings, winning his first victory of the season. ..

Keller's record of winning and losing has been fooled. His ERA has not exceeded 4.74 throughout the season. His recent start was the seventh quality start of the thirteen times this season. The Royals scored less than 4 runs in 6 of his 8 defeats.

But for A, he was as good as a couple of seasons of experience. He didn't allow a hit until he got 2 outs in the 6th inning.

"He didn't even realize it was happening until he went there for that inning," Keller said of his blooming no-hitter. "I didn't think too much. I was just trying to get deep into the ball game and kept raising zero. Their starter (Cole Irvin) was raising zero so try to match him as much as possible. Please. "

Keller's tycoon was due to trust, said manager Mike Massenny.

"He trusts the movement," said Massenny. "We talk a lot about it, make a quality pitch and avoid throwing it into the center of the plate. It uses the movement he had in both ways. Change up. Was great, hard and slow. The slider swung and made a mistake. Leave the ball on the ground and let everyone play for him. "

Victory is Keller It was his first victory over Auckland and improved his record to 1-1 with 4.61 ERA in three starts.

The day after Keller's outing, König won his first major league title with 5 his 2/3 scoreless innings, helping A avoid a 3 game sweep. König allowed two hits and four walks.

"It's special to do it on his Father's Day," said 28-year-old rookie König, who grew up 75 miles south of Auckland, Aptos, California. His father Greg was present.

"I'm glad he was here. I think he was as nervous as possible. In that regard, he's a nervous wreck. With that support, all day today It's great to be able to (get my first win) at. "

He used a 5-pitch mix, which weakened the contact by the Royals hitters. The average exit speed of the 20 balls that Kansas City played against König was only 86.2mph.

"His thing (Sunday) was exactly the person he was described," said Mark Cossey, A's manager. "His sinker, he used a lot today. Pitch in the zone with the sinker and get in touch early."

– Field Level Media