The offense for the Kansas City Royals (4-6) continues to be missing in action, and two second inning errors led to six runs in the Royals 7-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins (5-6). Little is going the Royals was right now.
On the Mound
James Shields only allowed 1 earned run in his 5.2 innings on Saturday. Unfortunately, two errors, on by Shields himself led directly to 6 unearned runs. Shields allowed just hits but he walked three, and struck out 5 on the day. He labored through the disastrous second, and gamely pitch into the sixth in a effort to save the bullpen.
Danny Duffy, called up to reinforce the bullpen, pitched 2.1 perfect innings to finish out the blow-out, including 3 strikeouts.
At the Plate
The Royals could only muster 6 hits on the day, 5 of which were doubles, but could only push 1 run across the plate.
Alex Gordon had 2 hits, both doubles, and Alcides Escobar provided to more base knocks. Billy Butler took the collar, and his average fell to .171. Mike Moustakas‘ average dropped to .091 on the season.
This and That
The Royals can no longer use the weak excuse that they weren’t scoring due to the quality of the opposing pitchers. No one is going to confuse Kyle Gibson or Ricky Nolasco for Justin Verlander or Max Scherzer.
It is appearing more and more likely that the Royals mistook an outlier statistical seasons Billy Butler (2012) as something that was repeatable. That season is looking more and more like an anomaly. While it is certain he will eventually turn these around to an extent, his inability to hit the ball in the air on a regular basis is going to plague is career.
Kansas City sent Johnny Giavotella back down to AAA to make room for Danny Duffy. Once again, the Royals are without a back up middle infielder on the roster. One thing can be said about the people who run this franchise – they are consistently stubborn about doing the wrong thing.
If you are hitting .091 on the season, you had better not be allowing double play ground balls to go between your legs with the bases loaded.
The Royals are 2-20 in this series with runners in scoring position.
It is worrisome that the Royals still do not know what to do with Duffy. Is he a starter or is he a reliever? Make up your mind.
KC Kingdom Player of the Game
It is a sad state of affairs when the best performance of the day goes to a middle reliever. Danny Duffy was perfect for 2.1 innings, striking out 3 of the 7 batters he faced.
- Salvador Perez
- Jason Vargas – 2
- Alex Gordon – 2
- Bruce Chen
- James Shields
- Yordano Ventura
- Mike Moustakas
- Danny Duffy
Ricky Nolasco started the game with a 9.00 ERA, and after 8 innings, finished with a 5.50 ERA. He surrendered just 5 hits and a walk, while striking out 4.
The Royals try to regain some sense of competitive dignity Sunday at 1:10 Central when Jason Vargas (1-0, 1.20 ERA) takes the bump for Kansas City. Kevin Correia (0-1, 6.17 ERA) will go for the Twins.
|Norichika Aoki RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||.270||.757|
|Omar Infante 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||.300||.682|
|Eric Hosmer 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||.243||.614|
|Billy Butler DH||4||0||0||0||0||3||.171||.440|
|Alex Gordon LF||4||1||2||0||0||0||.306||.850|
|Salvador Perez C||4||0||1||0||0||0||.375||1.031|
|Mike Moustakas 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||.091||.310|
|Lorenzo Cain CF||3||0||1||1||0||1||.290||.656|
|Alcides Escobar SS||3||0||2||0||0||0||.212||.508|
|Brian Dozier 2B||4||2||1||2||0||0||.182||.792|
|Joe Mauer 1B||4||1||2||3||0||0||.267||.755|
|Trevor Plouffe 3B||3||0||0||0||1||1||.349||.903|
|Chris Colabello RF||3||0||0||0||0||2||.286||.794|
|Darin Mastroianni RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||.000||.143|
|Jason Kubel LF||3||1||1||0||1||0||.405||1.099|
|Josmil Pinto DH||4||1||1||0||0||2||.217||.786|
|Kurt Suzuki C||4||1||0||0||0||0||.290||.744|
|Aaron Hicks CF||3||1||1||1||1||2||.189||.569|
|Pedro Florimon SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||.071||.233|
|Ricky Nolasco, W (1-1)||8||5||1||1||1||4||0||5.50||106||58|