It was ugly but the Kansas City Royals won another Spring Training game on Friday. Their 13-9 victory over the Los Angeles Angels raised their record to 19-6-1 in the Cactus League.
On the Mound
The win had nothing to do with the supposed ace the Royals acquired this off season. James Shields got absolutely shellacked Friday. Shields went 5 ineffective innings, surrendering 9 runs (8 earned), off 11 hits, 3 walks, and only 2 strikeouts. We can only hope he was working on a specific pitch and Angels hitters were sitting on it. Any other explanation is really scary for Royals fans. In a real ironic turn, Luke Hochevar was perfect in his inning of relief. Greg Holland and Kelvin Herrera each pitched a scoreless inning but the former walked two and the latter, one. Despite the horrible outing, manager Ned Yost confirmed the assumption that Shields would start Opening Day in Chicago.
At the Plate
The Royals hitters faired much better than Shields in crushing Angel starter C.J. Wilson. Kansas City pounded out 14 hits, eight against Wilson in less than 3 innings. Alcides Escobar went 2-2 with 2 BB and 4 runs scored. Chris Getz and Billy Butler added two hits each, while first baseman Eric Hosmer went 2-4 with 4 RBI and a home run. The much maligned Jeff Francoeur also went deep for the Royals.
This and That
Kansas City released outfielder Endy Chavez on Friday. Chavez only hit .188/.212/.188/.400 (ouch) this spring in 33 at bats. He had played 29 games for the Royals in 2001.
Ervin Santana will go today against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Detroit Tigers: Career minor leaguer Matt Tuiasosopo continues to fight for a roster spot. The 27-year old homered again on Friday, raising his spring numbers to 4 HR, 9 RBI. He has a .317 average and a gigantic 1.123 OPS in 41 at bats.
Chicago White Sox: Owner Jerry Reinsdorf enjoyed the organization’s screening of “42”. He thought the main actors had the personalities and mannerisms of the key characters down perfectly.
Minnesota Twins: Outfield hopeful Joe Benson was sent to AAA on Friday after not being able to get on track in his bid to start in right field. The prospect is trying to bounce back from 2012, where he battled injuries and a batting average barely over .200.