Staumont (2-1) pitched a perfect inning and struck out two to earn the win Thursday versus the Twins. Staumont retired the side on 13 pitches (nine strikes) in the seventh inning, and the Royals rallied for the lead in the eighth. This was a solid bounce-back outing for Staumont, who took his first loss of the year in his last appearance May 22, which also came against the Twins. The right-hander now has a 4.08 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 26:9 K:BB with three saves, three blown saves and two holds in 17.2 innings. While Staumont pitched well, Scott Barlow was able to add a two-inning save Thursday -- both relievers are expected to continue sharing closing duties on a matchup basis as they have for much of the season.
Staumont (1-1) took the loss Sunday versus the Twins. He allowed two runs on two hits and two walks with two strikeouts in one inning. Staumont got the last out of the eighth inning after Taylor Clarke and Scott Barlow worked into a jam. He returned for the ninth, but Staumont got into trouble himself, allowing a sacrifice fly to Gary Sanchez and the go-ahead run on a two-out Gio Urshela single. Sunday's outing ended Staumont's 3.2-inning scoreless streak. The 28-year-old owns a 4.32 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 24:9 K:BB across 16.2 innings. He's logged three saves, two holds and three blown saves in 18 appearances.
Staumont struck out one in a perfect ninth inning to record his third save of the season in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the White Sox. Scott Barlow had pitched on three of the prior four days including Sunday and Monday, so Staumont got the call in the save situation and needed 16 pitches (12 strikes) to convert it. It's his first save since April 19, and the 28-year-old will remain second in line for ninth-inning duty as long as Barlow remains effective. On the season, Staumont sports a 3.68 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 21:7 K:BB through 14.2 innings.
Staumont (1-0) allowed a hit and struck out one in a scoreless inning to earn the win Sunday versus the Rockies. The Royals' six-run lead evaporated in the seventh inning, but Staumont kept the deficit to one in the eighth. Salvador Perez hit a two-run single in the ninth to put Staumont in line for the win, and Scott Barlow was able to finish off the save. In his last eight outings, Staumont has surrendered four runs, nine hits and four walks. His win Sunday was his first decision of the year to go with two saves, two blown saves and a hold, and he's logged a 3.95 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 20:7 K:BB in 13.2 innings.
Staumont has allowed two runs in his last 3.2 innings. Staumont has seen inconsistency creep into his pitching since late April -- he's allowed runs in four of his last seven outings. Two of those instances resulted in blown saves, which has allowed Scott Barlow to reclaim a stronger grip on the closer role. Staumont has a 4.26 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 19:7 K:BB while adding two saves and a hold through 12.2 innings this season.
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