Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Johnny Cueto reacts following the second inning in Game 3 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, in Toronto. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Darren Calabrese The Canadian Press via AP
The Kansas City Royals lost a slugfest in Game 3 of the ALCS on Monday night, falling 11-8 to the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre after a particularly disastrous outing from Johnny Cueto.
Coming off a dazzling performance in ALDS Game 5 that helped the Royals advance to the ALCS, Cueto struggled mightily against the powerful Blue Jays, allowing six hits, eight earned runs and four walks in just two innings of work. After being removed from the game in the bottom of the third, Cueto appeared to smirk or smile as he hit the showers. After the game, though, he told Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com that he was not, in fact, smiling:
Just how rough a night did Cueto have? This graphic shared on Twitter by a devoted Royals fan named Brandon H. breaks it down:
As a result of Cueto's struggles and early exit, the Royals now have a 2-1 series advantage with veteran Chris Young taking the mound in Tuesday's Game 4. Fortunately for manager Ned Yost, he only needed two additional pitchers to navigate the remaining innings on Monday: right-hander Kris Medlen and Franklin Morales.
After the game, Yost spoke about Cueto's ineffective outing and more or less guaranteed he'd be better if and when he pitches again in this series (even saying 'i guarantee you, if he makes another start in this series he'll be good.') Here is Yost's full postgame address regarding Cueto: