It has been a very harrowing week for the city of Boston in which its citizens have emerged as an example of strength and will for us all. The Kansas City Royals (9-8) were on hand Saturday to witness the emotional tribute to the heroic law enforcement agencies that brought the tumultuous events of the past week to end Friday night. It would have been a daunting task for any team to take the field yesterday as the opponents for the Boston Red Sox. The Royals made the game an exciting one but in the end, they fell to theSox, 4-3.
On the Mound
James Shields once again pitched well enough to win but his offense didn’t produce. Shields went 6 innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 8. Once again, Kelvin Herrera struggled, notching his second loss in the past 3 games as he gave up another home run, his 4th in the past 3 games, matching his total for the whole 2012 season. It seems to be location issues with Herrera right now, maybe something mechanical. Hopefully, he can get it ironed out quickly.
At the Plate
Once again, the Royals offense was spotty throughout the line-up. There are several Royals bats in the middle of the order that are ice cold, which makes it difficult to string enough hits together to score runs. Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, and Billy Butler went 0-10 on the day. All of Kansas City’s offense was generated by Lorenzo Cain, who had a great day. Cain went 4-4, with a home run, 2 doubles, a run, and 3 RBI. Cain has been red hot of late, but could use some help from his teammates.
This and That
Hosmer, Moustakas, and Butler are hitting a combined .194 (25-129). Hosmer and Moustakas have done very little, totaling only 3 extra base hits (all doubles), 6 runs, and 5 RBI in 86 at bats between them.
The Royals recalled Will Smith for the double header. Teams are allowed to add a 26th player for double headers. One has to wonder why a starter was added to the roster and not a reliever like Louis Coleman.
KC Kingdom Player of the Game
Lorenzo Cain’s 4-4 performance included 9 total bases, and his first home run of the year. This was an easy choice, although Shields pitched very well.
- James Shields – 2
- Alex Gordon – 2
- Wade Davis – 2
- Lorenzo Cain – 2
- Luis Mendoza
- Billy Butler
- Ervin Santana
- Miguel Tejada
- Jeremy Guthrie
- Eric Hosmer
- Chris Getz
The Red Sox
Clay Buccholz looked very good, going 8 strong frames, surrendering 2 runs on 8 hits and a walk. He struck out six. David Ortiz had a successful season debut, producing 2 hits on the day. Daniel Navia though, had the big hit, banging out a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 8th off Herrera.
These two team will make up for Friday’s postponed game with a split double header Sunday. In game one, at 12:35, Ervin Santana (1-1) will face Ryan Dempster (0-1). In game two, Jeremy Guthrie (2-0) will match-up against rookie Allen Webster in his major league debut at 6:00.
AL Central Notes
Cleveland Indians (6-10): The Indians offense was on fire, scoring 19 runs, 14 in the first 2 innings. The pounded out 22 hits and walked 8 times. Eight Indians had 2 or more hits, including four by Nick Swisher.