April 28, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson (1) at bat against the Cleveland Indians during the sixth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Royals Recap: Wade Davis Struggles; Jarrod Dyson & Mike Moustakas Go Long

Wade Davis‘ inconsistency woes continue to hold the pitcher back. In Friday’s 11-6 beating by the New York Yankees (21-13), the Kansas City Royals’ (18-14) Wade Davis was absolutely awful. He wasn’t alone.

On the Mound

Davis struggled through 5 brutal innings, getting pounded for 7 runs on 7 hits, including 2 home runs in the second, and 2 walks. He only struck out 3 on the night. He was relieved by Bruce Chen, who provided no relief at all. Chen allowed 3 runs on 4 hits in just 1.2 innings. J.C. Gutierrez went 2.1 frames and was hit hard – 5 base hits – but only one crossed the plate.

At the Plate

Early in the game, Jarrod Dyson provided the spark , getting his first home run since 2010 with a 3-run shot in the 2nd. Mike Moustakas hit a home run in as many games. Alex Gordon continued his torrid streak, pounding out 2 hits and driving in 2.

This and That

Alex Gordon leads the majors with 16 multi-hit games.

Friday’s home run was only Dyson 2nd career dinger.

In non-Royals, non-AL Central news, the Tampa Bay Rays’ Alex Cobb struck out an incredible 13 Padres in just 4.2 innings. In case you are bad at math, that’s 13 outs out of 14 recorded via the K. This is the most strikeouts in less than 5 innings – EVER.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

Let’s go with Jarrod Dyson, who did his part early trying to overcome an early 4-0 deficit. Maybe Dyson will get a chance to play more against right handed pitchers in the future.

The Yankees

Is it 2009? Ichiro Suzuki went 3-5, including a home run, while scoring thrice and driving in 2. From the “What the heck” department – Lyle Overbay (excuse me if I’m incredulous) was 4-5 with a home run, 2 runs, and 5 RBI.

Up Next

Tonight at 6:10, James Shields will try (2-2, 2.52 ERA) to get the team back on track against the ageless Andy Pettitte (3-2, 4.06 ERA).

AL Central Notes

Detroit Tigers (20-13): Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, and Andy Dirks each homered in the 10-4 over the Indians. Miggy added 3 RBI and now has 40 RBI on the season.

Cleveland Indians (18-15): Nick Swisher stayed hot by going 3-4 with 2 runs scored. Cory Kluber got shellacked for 8 runs on 11 hits in the loss.

Minnesota Twins (16-16): Joe Mauer drove in 2 on three hits in the 9-6 loss to the Orioles. Mike Pelfrey gave up 9 hits and a walk, leading to 3 runs in 6 innings. He retired only one by strikeout.

Chicago White Sox (14-19): Alejandro De Aza clubbed his 7th home run of the year in the 7-5 defeat at the hands of the Angels. Dylan Axelrod took the loss by giving up 6 runs (1 unearned) on 7 hits.


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