Four Run First Too Much For Cubs, Royals Take Finale 6-3

Luke Hochevar continues daytime dominance Sunday against Cubs.

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Cubs Drop Series to Royals

In the sport of baseball, statistics are an interesting way to view what may happen in certain matchups, certain conditions, or certain days of the week. There might not be any rhyme or reason as to why certain things happen, but for the most part statistics don’t lie. Just ask the Chicago Cubs. Their opposing pitcher on the mound Sunday, Luke Hochevar, is 9-3 during the day and just 2-11 at night over the past two seasons. Unfortunately for the Cubs (31-46), Sunday was a day game and Hochevar’s daytime success continued as the Royals (33-45) took the rubber match 6-3.

Randy Wells got off to a rough start Sunday in Kansas City. The first six batters all reached base and four of them scored before an out was even recorded. Wells did settle down and lasted six innings but allowed two more runs, six total, and dropped his record to 1-2 on the season.

Luke Hochevar pitched ok for the Royals Sunday. Hochevar improved to 5-8 on the season. Sunday he went 5 2/3 and allowed three runs on seven hits. Joakim Soria pitched the ninth and earned his 13th save of the season.

The Cubs now return home and will play a makeup game Monday afternoon against the Colorado Rockies.

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Cubs Go For Much Needed Series Win

The Chicago Cubs are not having a great season by any means. They haven't won more than two games in a row all season. Just about every key player has at some point been on the disabled list or at least missed games with an injury. Recently they have played hard, but it still isn't leading to victories. It's still a little early to go for moral victories, but a win Sunday would give the Cubs a series win over the struggling Royals.

Getting the start for the Cubs on Sunday will be Randy Wells. Wells comes in to the series finale with a 1-1 record and an ERA of 5.70. The Cubs righty will look to help the Cubs avoid losing their seventh series out of the last eight. Sunday will be Wells first start against the Royals.

Luke Hochevar will take the bump for the Royals Sunday. Hochevar is 4-8 this season with an ERA of 4.97. The former number one overall pick has been up and down all season. One good sign for Hochevar and the Royals is that since 2010 he is 8-3 in 13 daytime starts.

The forecast in Kansas City at the time of first pitch is temps in the 90's with a chance of storms. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 CST. The game will be televised on CSN.

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