Once again, it was starting pitching that won the day for the Kansas City Royals (12-8) Saturday against the Cleveland Indians (8-12). The Indians didn’t score any runs until the 9th innings in the 3-2 loss, and both of those were unearned.
On the Mound
Ervin Santana continued his April mastery, as he lowed his 2013 ERA to 2.00 by going 7 shutout innings, allowing 6 hits while striking out 5 and walking none. So far this season, Santana was been everything the Royals hoped he would be when they acquired him in the off season. Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland closed the game although it was far from smooth sailing. Although they each struck out 2, Herrera walked one and gave up two hits. Holland allowed 2 hits, which proved costly when Eric Hosmer made an error that led to the two runs.
At the Plate
Alex Gordon stayed hot with 2 hits but Salvador Perez provided most of the offense when he smashed a 2-run home run in the second after a rare Jeff Francoeur walk .The Royals only managed 6 hits on the night.
This and That
In 2012, Santana pitched in only 1 game in which he didn’t allow a home run or a walk. He has already done it twice this season.
KC Kingdom Player of the Game
While Perez’s home run was basically the only offense the Royals could muster, Santana’s performance was just too important to ignore. Santa wins his third POG of the young season.
- James Shields – 2
- Alex Gordon – 4
- Wade Davis – 2
- Lorenzo Cain – 2
- Luis Mendoza
- Billy Butler
- Ervin Santana – 3
- Miguel Tejada
- Jeremy Guthrie
- Eric Hosmer
- Chris Getz
Cleveland used 7 pitchers on the night, 5 in the 7th inning alone. Michael Brantley hit a double and a triple, driving in both with the latter in the 9th.
To make up for the Friday night rain out, the Royals will play their second straight Sunday split doubleheader. In game one, at 1:10, Jeremy Guthrie (2-0) will face the Cleveland ace Justin Masterson (4-1, 1.85 ERA). Will Smith is being recalled to make his season debut against Corey Kluber (1-0) in game two at 7:10.
AL Central Notes
Detroit Tigers (12-10): The Tigers racked up 5 runs and 10 runs against Atlanta Brave stalwart Kris Medlen in a 7-4 victory. Austin Jackson, Miguel Cabrera, and Omar Infante had multiple hits. Infante and Jhonny Peralta each homered.
Minnesota Twins (10-10): Josh Willingham had two hits, including a home run, as he scored 2 runs and had 2 RBI in the victory over the Rangers. Pedro Hernandez pitched 5 scoreless innings for the victory.
Chicago White Sox (10-13): Chicago pitchers surrendered 10 runs and 19 hits against the Rays in a 10-4 loss. Adam Dunn homered, his 5th. Age may be catching up with Paul Knoerko. He is hitting .232 on the season.