Apr 28, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie (11) delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Royals Recap: Jeremy Guthrie Hurls A Gem; Lorenzo Cain Drives In 2

The Kansas City Royals (16-10) finally got to play a full game on Saturday. It was only the Royals 26th game in the first 34 days of the season, and that includes 2 doubleheaders. It isn’t obvious who is more happy about the thought of the Royals playing again on a regular basis – the players of the fans. Both left Kauffman Stadium happy after the Royals 2-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox 12-16).

On the Mound

Jeremy Guthrie had his best start of his career, throwing his first career complete shutout. Guthrie only allowed 4 hits and 1 walk on the night. He finished the gem by throwing 106 pitches, 74 of which were strikes. In his 20 starts as a Royal, Guthrie is 9-3 with a 2.92 ERA, and a 1.126 WHIP.

At the Plate

The Royals didn’t muster much offense on the night but it was enough. Lorenzo Cain knocked in both runs with a 1st inning triple.  Eric Hosmer had 3 hits on the night, including a triple of his own.

This and That

Guthrie set the Royals record for consecutive starts without a loss last night with his 17th straight. Royal Hall of Famer Paul Splittorff held the previous mark at 16.

The Royals trail the Detroit Tigers by half a game in the AL Central.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

Kansas City pitchers don’t throw complete game shutouts very often. Jeremy Guthrie wins this one hands down.

The White Sox

Dyaln Axelrod pitched pretty well himself. He only allowed 8 hits and 1 walk in his 7.2 innings, and he didn’t give up a run after the 2 in the first. In an oddity, the White Sox didn’t strike out a single Royal, which is a feat in and of itself.

Up Next

Wade Davis (2-2, 5.55 ERA) will try to get back on track against the undefeated Jose Quintana (2-0, 3.58 ERA).

AL Central Notes

Detroit Tigers (18-11): The Tigers utterly destroyed the Astros 17-2, pounding out 21 hits. no surprise but Miguel Cabrera was the star. Miggy went 4-4, 2 home runs, 3 runs, 6 RBI, and a walk.

Cleveland Indians (14-13): Jason Kipnis went 3-4 with a home run, 2 runs, and 2 RBI, in the 7-3 victory over the Twins. Scott Kazmir earned his first win as an Indian.

Minnesota Twins (12-14): Rookie Aaron Hicks hit his first dinger of his big league career in the loss to the Indians. He is hitting just .123 on the season.


Tags: Chicago White Sox Jeremy Guthrie Kansas City Royals Lorenzo Cain Miguel Cabrera

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