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Flurry of Errors Dooms Royals in Tenth


Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th inning in Baltimore, Danny Duffy proceeded to hit a batter, tried to nail the lead runner at second on a bunt and failed, and then overthrew first base on another bunt to load the bases with no outs.

After manager Ned Yost finally pulled Duffy after his meltdown, reliever Louis Coleman surrendered the game-winning hit to Nick Markakis on an opposite field pop fly that landed just inside the left-field foul line.

The Orioles ended up with a 3-2 walk-off win.

On the Mound

Jeremy Guthrie struggled in the first inning, giving up a single, walk, and another single to the first 3 batters. But, after Baltimore scored two runs in the first, Guthrie shut them down over the next 6 innings yielding only 4 more hits, 1 walk, and adding 3 strikeouts to pitch seven strong innings.

He handed off a tied game to the bullpen.

Wade Davis looked good yet again from the pen, pitching a clean 8th inning with 2 strikeouts.

Aaron Crow continued his streak of allowing no earned runs to begin the 2014 season (now at 7.1 IP) in the 9th.

Danny Duffy completely lost his composure in the 10th. The Orioles loaded the bases without a hit due to his 3 successive mistakes against consecutive batters. He’s got some growing up to do.

Louis Coleman came into the game in an almost impossible position: bases loaded, no outs, in the bottom of the 10th in a tie game. He managed to strike out Nelson Cruz before allowing Baltimore’s walkoff win on Markakis’ hit.

At the Plate

The Royals continued their early season offensive struggles. Despite 11 hits, (including 3 double) and 2 walks, they only plated two runs. They ended up stranding 11 baserunners.

Every starter got at least one hit, except for 2B Omar Infante.

Salvador Perez broke out of his slump with two singles and a double, but his outburst did not yield an RBI or a run scored.

This offense is going to continue to wallow until Billy Butler breaks out of his ground ball funk and Mike Moustakas manages to be something more than a black hole in the lineup.

This and That

The Royals continued their season-long losing streak while failing to score 4 runs. They are now 0-12. On the flip side, they have yet to lose while scoring 4 (11-0). Seems pretty clear that this team will go only as far as the offense can carry them.

Right now, they’re stuck hovering around .500.

Kansas City’ big chance for a breakthrough came in the third when Alcides Escobar and Eric Hosmer both hit doubles. Yet, Alex Gordon grounded out with the bases loaded and two outs.

Ned Yost continued his old school ways by slavishly sticking to bullpen “roles” in the 10th inning. Rather than bring in strikeout king Greg Holland, who was also warming in the pen, Yost elected to go with Louis Coleman.

While the Royals were likely doomed anyway, Holland’s ability to strikeout hitters gave Kansas City their best chance to stay in the game. Yet, Yost is unlikely to use Holland in such a situation without a save opportunity – especially given that Holland had worked the night before while earning a save.

However, Holland hadn’t worked since last Saturday before appearing in Friday’s game. It’s not as if Holland was dragging around an over-used arm.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

Seems to me our nod has to go to Jeremy Guthrie for his seven strong innings—which is the first time Guthrie has won the honors this season. Guthrie has been doing exactly what he’s being paid to do: keep the Royals in games, eat up innings, and pile up quality starts.

On the year, Guthrie is 2-1, with a perfectly acceptable 4.22 ERA. Right now, his much-maligned $24 million, 3-year contract looks like a good decision by GM Dayton Moore.


The Orioles

Nick Markakis had a long day at the park. Not only did the game go into extra innnings, Markakis discovered that he would be playing 1st base for the first time since 2011 due to Chris Davis‘ oblique strain.

He ended up playing a solid defensive game at 1st, piled up two RBI’s, and drove in the game-winner in the 10th.

Markakis told EPSN, “”It was an interesting day. Long day,” Markakis said. “Get to the ballpark, ‘Hey, you are playing first base.’ All right, strap it up and let’s go. It’s always fun. It’s a different view of the game, a different look. It definitely goes a lot quicker in the infield than the outfield.”

Up Next

The Royals and Orioles finish their 3-game series Sunday night. Ace James Shields (2-2, 1.91 ERA) will go for the rubber game for the Royals against Baltimore’s Miguel Gonzalez (1-1, 5.40 ERA).

Let’s hope Shields can continue to dominate hitters. He’s struck out 35 in 33 IP this season. The game starts 12:35 Central Time.

Box:

Batting ▴ AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Nori Aoki RF 5 0 2 0 0 0 .270 .671
Omar Infante 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 .265 .679
Eric Hosmer 1B 4 0 1 1 1 0 .300 .741
Billy Butler DH 4 0 1 0 1 1 .209 .523
Alex Gordon LF 5 1 1 0 0 2 .267 .691
Salvador Perez C 5 0 3 0 0 0 .226 .651
   Jimmy Paredes PR 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Brett Hayes C 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000
Danny Valencia 3B 3 0 1 0 0 1 .286 .786
   Jarrod Dyson PH-CF 1 0 0 0 0 1 .375 .775
Justin Maxwell CF 3 0 1 1 0 2 .190 .499
   Mike Moustakas PH-3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 .156 .565
Alcides Escobar SS 4 1 1 0 0 0 .299 .778
Team Totals 39 2 11 2 2 7 .282 .676
2B: A Escobar (7, off W Chen); S Perez (8, off T Hunter); E Hosmer (7, off W Chen).
SH: J Dyson (2, off E Meek); O Infante (1, off W Chen).
IBB: B Butler (1, by W Chen).
TB: S Perez 4; E Hosmer 2; A Escobar 2; N Aoki 2; D Valencia; A Gordon; B Butler; J Maxwell.
RBI: J Maxwell (2); E Hosmer (7).
2-out RBI: E Hosmer; J Maxwell.
Team LOB: 11.
With RISP: 3 for 11.
Fielding
DP: 1. O Infante-A Escobar-E Hosmer.
E: D Duffy 2 (2).
Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Jemile Weeks DH 4 1 2 0 0 0 .500 1.500
Nelson Cruz RF 4 1 0 0 1 3 .286 .941
Nick Markakis 1B 5 0 2 2 0 1 .299 .716
Adam Jones CF 4 0 1 1 0 0 .277 .686
Matt Wieters C 4 0 0 0 0 0 .338 .924
J.J. Hardy SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 .254 .575
Ryan Flaherty 3B 4 0 1 0 0 1 .188 .502
Jonathan Schoop 2B 3 1 1 0 0 1 .250 .700
David Lough LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 .164 .457
Team Totals 36 3 8 3 1 6 .222 .541
3B: J Weeks (1, off J Guthrie).
SH: J Weeks (1, off D Duffy).
HBP: J Schoop (2, by D Duffy).
TB: J Weeks 4; N Markakis 2; J Schoop; R Flaherty; J Hardy; A Jones.
GIDP: D Lough (2).
RBI: N Markakis 2 (8); A Jones (13).
Team LOB: 8.

With RISP: 2 for 6.

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jeremy Guthrie 7 6 2 2 1 3 0 4.22
Wade Davis 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.18
Aaron Crow 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Danny Duffy, L (1-1) 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.00
Louis Coleman 0.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.91
Team Totals 9.1 8 3 2 1 6 0 1.93
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Wei-Yin Chen 7 9 2 2 2 6 0 4.34
Evan Meek 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.60
Brian Matusz 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.40
Darren O’Day 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.04
Tommy Hunter 1.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.12
Zach Britton, W (3-0) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.17
Team Totals 10 11 2 2 2 7 0 1.80
Balks: None.
WP: None.
HBP: D Duffy (1; J Schoop).
IBB: W Chen (1; B Butler).
Pickoffs: None.
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  • Redblack564

    How is Moose a black hole ? Leads the team with 4 HR. Been hitting better of late the one to worry about is Butler , needs to start lifting the ball to the opposite field instead of Grifol trying to make him a pull hitter, dumb move by the royals hitting coach

    • John Viril

      4 HRs is a decent counting stat, but his OPS is still under .600 (.565) and his wRC+ is still an unacceptable 50.