Jeremy Guthrie‘s franchise record setting streak of consecutive start without a loss came to a thudding halt at 18 on Tuesday in Anaheim. The Kansas City Royals (19-17) fell to the Los Angeles Angles (15-24) by the score of 6-2, due mainly to Guthrie getting blasted with 4 solo home runs by the Angels.
On the Mound
Some of Jeremy Guthrie’s numbers indicated that he was due for some regression sooner rather than later. His Left on Base Percentage was extremely high (93.2) and his Batting Average on Balls In Play was really low (.250). Neither of these stats, though, were the cause of his downfall Tuesday. It was all about the long ball. In fact, Guthrie was very fortunate that he was not touched up for more damage. In his 7 innings, he allowed 7 hits, not including the home runs, and 3 walks. The fact that all of the dingers were solo shots is kind of amazing, considering how many other base runners he allowed. Some really poor decisions on the base paths did cost the Angels some runners and probably some runs.
At the Plate
The Royals didn’t get much going against Jason Vargas. Billy Butler again provided the offense, going 2-4, including an RBI double and a solo home run. No one else had more than one hit. Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, and Jeff Francoeur were again toothless, going 0-12. This threesome, plus Chris Getz, are dragging this offense down in the worst way as they are providing neither hits, home runs,or steady production of any kind.
This and That
According to Rany Jazayerli, on Monday the Royals were the first team ever to have 19+ hits, strike out 13+, and not walk once.
Top minor league prospect Jorge Bonifacio broke his hamate bone and will miss up to 8 weeks. He was hitting .325/.404/.452/.856 in Wilmington.
Long time Royals announcer Fred White announced his retirement on Tuesday.
Former Royal Vin Mazzaro got a win in relief for the Pirates. He is 2-0 with a 3.14 ERA for Pittsburg.
KC Kingdom Player of the Game
For the second night in a row, Billy Butler is the POG. Unlike the night before, Butler was the only player that contributed very much.
- James Shields – 4
- Alex Gordon – 7
- Wade Davis – 2
- Lorenzo Cain – 2
- Luis Mendoza
- Billy Butler – 4
- Ervin Santana – 3
- Miguel Tejada
- Jeremy Guthrie -3
- Eric Hosmer
- Chris Getz
- Mike Moustakas - 3
- Aaron Crow
- Jarrod Dyson
The Angels got their power Tuesday from their best hitters. Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and Josh Hamilton each went deep. Howie Kendrick added a round tripper as well. The Royals made Jason Vargas look like a star – he went 7 innings, giving up 2 runs on just 5 hits and one base on balls. He struck out 7
AL Central Notes
And the other five teams drew a walk. So there you have it: the Royals are the first team ever with 13+ Ks, 0 walks, and 19 hits.
— Rany Jazayerli (@jazayerli) May 14, 2013