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

Kansas City Royals Fail Miserably Against Minnesota Twins


 

 

For the Kansas City Royals (4-7), the final game of this weekend series against the Minnesota Twins (6-6) could not have gotten any worse than the first 2 games. Or so the Royals hoped. An 8th inning bullpen collapse by the Royals lifted the Twins to a 4-3 victory, and a series sweep.

On the Mound

Again, Jason Vargas did his job. He shutout the Twins over his first 6 innings, allowing just 4 hits, but in the 7th, he walked his third batter of the game, then surrendered a home run to Josmil Pinto. He finished out the 7th, watched his team grab the lead in the bottom of the inning, then observed as his bullpen melted down behind him.

Ned Yost, obviously grasping at straws, went with Aaron Crow as the set up man for the day. With the Royals leading by one run, Crow rewarded his manager’s misplaced confidence by walking both batters he faced.

Wade Davis replaced Crow and struck out Joe Mauer, but walked the next batter to load the bases. The next batter, Chris Herrmann, hit a little soft chopper toward third. Davis pounced on the ball easily, then threw wildly home, sending the ball past Salvador Perez. Davis then hung his head instead of covering home. Brian Dozier charged home from third base, and Davis was late covering the plate. Davis received Perez’s throw but Dozier slid in safely underneath the tag.

4-3, Twins.

At the Plate

In the first 7 innings of the game, the Royals didn’t score a run and managed just 4 hits. Despite this general awfulness, they rallied to score 3 runs on three hits, a walk, and an error in the 8th to grab the lead. Unfortunately, the Royals found another way to lose.

During the broadcast of Fox Sports – Kansas City, Rex Hudler pointed out that Billy Butler had hit the ball fairly 27 times this season. Only 3 times has Butler elevated the ball. He has 24 ground balls out of 27 batted balls – a ground ball rate of 88.9%. He struck out his last two at bats, insuring this stat didn’t change. There is no doubt why he is hitting .154. Hey Billy! How about trying something different.

The first six batters were 2-23 on the day.

This and That

The Royals have scored just 32 runs in 11 games. They scored 7 twice, and just 18 total in the other 9 games.

As much as this pains me to say, the Royals may need Danny Duffy to stay with the ball club, and prop up the bullpen.

The Royals allowed 8 unearned runs on the past two days. Two of the key errors were committed by pitchers.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar each had 2 hits but once again, it was Jason Vargas who had the best day of any Royal. He has won the KC Kingdom Player of the Game in all three of his starts but he only has one win.

The Twins

Kevin Correia baffled the Royals through 7, holding them scoreless before crumbling in the 8th. He still did not get the loss. Kansas City only scraped out 4 hits in those first 7 frames.

Josmil Pinto hit his second home run of the series, and now has three times more round trippers than the Royals have through 11 games.

Up Next

The Royals are off on Monday, then open a 3-game set against the Houston Astros. Yordano Ventura (1-0, 0.00)  goes for the Royals against Lucas Harrell (0-2, 11.05 ERA). First pitch is at 7:10 on Tuesday.

 

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Nori Aoki RF 3 0 0 1 0 0 .250 .702
Omar Infante 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 .294 .663
Eric Hosmer 1B 4 0 1 1 0 0 .244 .628
Billy Butler DH 4 0 0 0 0 2 .154 .398
Alex Gordon LF 4 0 0 0 0 1 .275 .768
Salvador Perez C 4 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .927
Mike Moustakas 3B 3 1 1 0 1 0 .111 .386
Lorenzo Cain CF 3 1 2 0 0 0 .324 .714
Alcides Escobar SS 3 1 2 0 0 1 .250 .576
Jason Vargas P
   Aaron Crow P
   Wade Davis P
Team Totals 32 3 7 2 1 5 .219 .524

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2B: E Hosmer (3, off B Duensing); M Moustakas (2, off K Correia).
SH: N Aoki (1, off B Duensing).
TB: E Hosmer 2; A Escobar 2; M Moustakas 2; L Cain 2; O Infante.
GIDP: E Hosmer (4).
RBI: N Aoki (2); E Hosmer (2).
2-out RBI: E Hosmer.
Team LOB: 4.
With RISP: 2 for 8.
Fielding
DP: 3. J Vargas-O Infante-E Hosmer 2; O Infante.
E: W Davis (1).
Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Brian Dozier 2B 3 1 1 0 1 0 .191 .796
Joe Mauer 1B 4 0 2 0 0 2 .286 .774
Trevor Plouffe 3B 3 0 0 0 1 0 .326 .859
Chris Colabello RF 2 0 0 0 1 0 .273 .774
   Chris Herrmann LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .333
Jason Kubel LF 2 0 0 0 1 1 .385 1.057
   Darin Mastroianni PR-RF 1 1 0 0 0 1 .000 .125
Josmil Pinto DH 3 1 1 2 1 1 .231 .910
Kurt Suzuki C 3 0 0 0 0 0 .265 .683
Aaron Hicks CF 3 0 1 0 0 1 .200 .577
Pedro Florimon SS 2 1 0 0 1 1 .067 .243
Team Totals 27 4 5 2 6 7 .185 .630

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HR: J Pinto (3, off J Vargas; 7th inn, 1 on, 1 out to Deep LF).
TB: J Pinto 4; J Mauer 2; B Dozier; A Hicks.
GIDP: K Suzuki (2); J Pinto (1).
RBI: J Pinto 2 (5).
Team LOB: 5.
With RISP: 1 for 8.
Fielding
DP: 1. B Dozier-P Florimon-J Mauer.
E: K Correia (2); T Plouffe (1).
Baserunning
SB: A Hicks (1, 2nd base off J Vargas/S Perez); P Florimon (3, 2nd base off A Crow/S Perez); J Mauer (1, 2nd base off J Vargas/S Perez).
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
Jason Vargas 7 5 2 2 3 4 1 1.64 112 70
Aaron Crow, L (0-1) 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0.00 14 6
Wade Davis, BS (2) 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 4.26 27 13
Team Totals 8 5 4 2 6 7 1 2.25 153 89
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
Kevin Correia 7 6 3 3 1 2 0 5.30 87 54
Brian Duensing, BS (1) 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 4 4
Casey Fien, W (1-0) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.40 4 3
Glen Perkins, S (3) 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 6.00 11 7
Team Totals 9 7 3 3 1 5 0 3.00 106 68
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K Correia faced 3 batters in the 8th inning.
Balks: None.
WP: None.
HBP: None.
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: None.
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  • Chad Woelk

    Different year, same results. While everyone is really mad, I have just learned to never get my hopes up for this team since Kauffman passed. Until we have all new management and an owner who is willing to spend way more money, why get that upset!!!! This is the Royals, lol