Jun 21, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (35) hits a home run in the sixth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Royals Recap: Eric Hosmer Only Bright Spot In 9-1 Loss


The Kansas City Royals (34-37) have not been on the losing end of very many blow outs in 2013 but that is exactly what happened when the reeling Chicago White Sox (30-41) beat up the Royals 9-1 Friday night.

On the Mound

Jeremy Guthrie isn’t as good of a pitcher as he was in April but he isn’t as horrible as he was Friday either. It flat out wasn’t Guthrie’s night. He only lasted 2 1/3 innings, getting tagged for 6 runs because he gave up 5 hits and 3 walks. Bruce Chen received rare long relief work, going 4 2/3 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits, including 2 home runs.

At the Plate

The Royals were even more impotent than usual. Three lousy hits was all they could muster against super ace Hector Santiago. Eric Hosmer pounded out two of them – a double and a home run. His home run was a rare blast pulled to right field. Hope is rampant that maybe he is pulling out of his season and half long funk. Jeff Francoeur tallied the other hit.

This and That

Eric Hosmer has 2 more Runs Produced than Billy Butler – 57 to 55. He also has 6 more hits.

Guthrie’s ERA jumped from an acceptable 3.72,  to a much more mundane 4.20.

The Detroit Tigers have lost 3 games but the Royals missed their chance to gain any ground with their untimely, corresponding 3-game slide.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

Eric Hosmer is the only Royal who did anything. Seldom does a Royal deserves the POG in a 9-1 loss, but Hosmer does in this instance.

The White Sox

Hector Santiago baffled the Royals for 8 innings, allowing just 3 hits and a walk. The White Sox walked 4 times in the game, 3 times in the first inning. Dayan Viciedo and Alejandro De Aza each homered in the game.

Up Next

Wade Davis (4-5, 5.18 ERA) will try to stop the team’s 3-game skid against Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.86 ERA) at 1:10.

AL Central Notes

Detroit Tigers (40-32): Doug Fister got rocked to the tune of 6 runs on 11 hits in just 3.1 innings against the Red Sox. Miguel Cabrera hit his 20th home run and Andy Dirks his 6th in the 10-6 loss.

Cleveland Indians (37-35): The Indians continue to gain ground on the Tigers with their 3rd straight win. The 5-1 win over the Twins place Cleveland only 3 games behind Detroit. The up and down Scott Kazmir was up Friday, surrendering 1 run on 5 hits, with no walks and 7 strikeouts.

Minnesota Twins (33-37): Brian Dozier hit his 7th homer of the season in the loss to Cleveland. Trevor Plouffe added two hits.

 

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