Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jason Vargas (51) Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Royals Fall To Detroit Tigers In the 10th

 

 

Two games into the 2014 season for the Kansas City Royals, and two painful losses to the Detroit Tigers. Of course, the Tigers are also the team the Royals are going to be chasing all season, so these losses have even more sting to them.

The Royals continue to struggle early at the plate, and they wasted some terrific pitching. After just two games, they are already searching for answers.

On the Mound

Jason Vargas made his Royals debut Wednesday, and he pitched very well. He really made one mistake on the afternoon, serving up a home run ball to Ian Kinsler. On the day, Vargas went 7 strong frames, giving up just 5 hits, while striking out 6, and walking just 1. Kinsler’s homer was the only run he surrendered.

Kelvin Herrera each threw a perfect inning in relief, each striking out 1 batter. Tim Collins came on in the bottom of the 10th but walked the first hitter. After a sacrifice that moved the runner to second, Collins walked another hitter, retired Monday’s hero Alex Gonzalez, but allowed Ian Kinsler to punch one into the gap. Game over.

At the Plate

As bad as things were on Monday, they were worse on Wednesday. The Royals scraped together just 6 hits in 10 innings, while coaxing just 3 walks. The only extra base hit was Salvador Perez‘ third double.

Lead off hitter Norichika Aoki, acquired for his skill at getting on base, went 0-4, with a walk, and is now 0-9 on the season. Omar Infante managed his first 2 hits for the Royals.

Mike Moustakas and Alcides Escobar both remain hitless on the season, and Billy Butler hit into two double plays in his first two at bats. Butler has led the majors in hitting into double plays twice.

This and That

The Royals now have 13 hits and 4 runs in 19 innings.

After going 1-9 with runners in scoring position on Monday, the Royals were a brutal 0-7 on Wednesday. So far, the things that the Royals struggled with last year offensively, are continuing in 2014.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

With his stellar performance in his Kansas City Royals debut, Jason Vargas takes home the KC Kingdom Player of the Game. He looked very strong throughout his performance, and hopefully will continue to do so going forward.

  •  Salvador Perez
  • Jason Vargas

The Tigers

Kinsler was the hero for Detroit on Wednesday, driving in both Tiger runs. He was 3-5 on the day.

Max Scherzer looked like the defending AL Cy Young Award winner, going 8 scoreless innings, allowing just 4 hits, while striking out 7, and walking just one.

Up Next

Yordano Ventura will take the bump for the Kansas City Royals, dueling against Anibal Sanchez for the Tigers at 12:08 on Thursday.

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Norichika Aoki RF 4 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .100
Omar Infante 2B 4 0 2 0 0 1 .250 .583
   Pedro Ciriaco PR-2B 0 1 0 0 0 0
Eric Hosmer 1B 3 0 1 0 1 0 .286 .804
Billy Butler DH 3 0 0 0 1 0 .143 .393
   Justin Maxwell PR-DH 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alex Gordon LF 3 0 1 1 0 0 .167 .417
Salvador Perez C 3 0 1 0 0 1 .714 1.857
   Jarrod Dyson PR 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Brett Hayes C 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000
Mike Moustakas 3B 4 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000
Lorenzo Cain CF 4 0 1 0 0 2 .250 .500
Alcides Escobar SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .125
Team Totals 33 1 6 1 3 7 .182 .455
2B: S Perez (3, off M Scherzer).
SF: A Gordon (1, off J Nathan).
TB: S Perez 2; O Infante 2; A Gordon; E Hosmer; L Cain.
GIDP: B Butler (1).
RBI: A Gordon (1).
Team LOB: 6.
With RISP: 0 for 7.
Baserunning
SB: P Ciriaco (1, 2nd base off J Nathan/A Avila); L Cain (1, 2nd base off A Alburquerque/A Avila).
Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Ian Kinsler 2B 5 1 3 2 0 0 .333 1.000
Tyler Collins LF 4 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000
Miguel Cabrera 1B 4 0 0 0 0 2 .143 .536
Victor Martinez DH 4 0 1 0 0 1 .250 .875
Torii Hunter RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000
Austin Jackson CF 3 1 1 0 1 1 .286 1.089
Alex Avila C 2 0 0 0 1 2 .250 .821
Nick Castellanos 3B 3 0 0 0 1 1 .286 .661
Alex Gonzalez SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 .375 1.000
Team Totals 33 2 6 2 3 8 .182 .553
2B: A Jackson (1, off J Vargas).
HR: I Kinsler (1, off J Vargas; 4th inn, 0 on, 0 outs to Deep LF-CF).
SH: A Avila (1, off T Collins).
TB: I Kinsler 6; A Jackson 2; A Gonzalez; V Martinez.
RBI: I Kinsler 2 (2).
2-out RBI: I Kinsler.
Team LOB: 6.
With RISP: 1 for 7.
Fielding
DP: 2. M Cabrera; A Gonzalez-I Kinsler-M Cabrera.
Baserunning
CS: A Avila (1, 2nd base by J Vargas/S Perez).
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit GB FB
Jason Vargas 7 5 1 1 1 6 1 1.29 26 106 6 13
Kelvin Herrera 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 3 18 0 2
Wade Davis 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.86 3 14 1 1
Tim Collins, L (0-1) 0.2 1 1 1 2 0 0 13.50 5 20 1 2
Team Totals 9.2 6 2 2 3 8 1 1.86 37 158 8 18
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit GB FB
Max Scherzer 8 4 0 0 1 7 0 0.00 27 110 6 13
Joe Nathan, BS (1) 1 1 1 1 2 0 0 4.50 6 22 2 2
Al Alburquerque, W (1-0) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 4 12 2 2
Team Totals 10 6 1 1 3 7 0 0.90 37 144 10 17
(Special Thanks to Baseball-Reference.com for the box score.)
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