Spring conditions in Arizona are more conducive to hitting rather than pitching. If the Kansas City Royals spring performances are any indication, that statement is absolutely true as they continue to win with offense. The Royals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday 11-10 on a game winning hit by catcher hopeful George Kottaras. Kansas City is 20-6-1 in the Cactus League.
On the Mound
Ervin Santana, slated to be the Royals #2 starter, went 6 decent innings on Saturday, not giving up a home run. He surrender 2 earned runs (4 runs total) on 7 hits, and 1 walk. He wiffed 3 on the day. All in all, it wasn’t a horrible day for Santana but it wasn’t a terrific day either. He was able to stretch a little deeper into the game as he readies for the regular season. He has one more scheduled spring start before the season starts. Tim Collins, on the other hand, was awful in his one inning. Collins was battered for 5 runs on 6 hits. Louis Coleman was perfect in the 9th and got the win.
At the Plate
Kottaras and Elliot Johnson were both 2-3 with 3 RBI. Johnson had his first homer of the spring. Jarrod Dyson produced a couple of hits, going 2-2 with 2 runs. Alcides Escobar also added a couple of hits. Alex Gordon homered for the 4th time in Arizona, while Billy Butler hammered out his second. In all, the Royals pounded out 16 hits on the day.
This and That
Kansas City sent Johnny Giavotella was sent to AAA, giving the second base job to incumbent Chris Getz. First baseman Eric Hosmer sat out the game, suffering from a sore quad muscle. He will play in a minor league game on Monday.
Jeremy Guthrie will face the same team he will face in his first start of the regular season when he faces the Chicago White Sox on Monday. Aaron Crow and Kelvin Herrera are scheduled to appear in the game as well.
Detroit Tigers: Torii Hunter scaled the right field wall Saturday and robbed New York Yankee Kevin Youkilis of a home run. Closer candidate struggled against the Yankees in the win, giving up 2 runs, 3 hits, and a home run, in his inning of work. He also uncorked a wild pitch.
Cleveland Indians: The Indians sat most of their regular hitters on Saturday. They fielded several youngsters instead.