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Royals Bullpen Chokes Away Two Leads, Lose to Padres in Twleve

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The Kansas City Royals bullpen had two chances to put away the Padres if they could protect a 1-run lead for a half inning. They failed both times and lost 6-5 in 12 innings.

First, closer Greg Holland held a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the 9th. With one out, Jedd Gyorko launched a 406 foot moonshot over the left-field wall to tie the game at 4-4. 

In the top of the 12th, the Royals took a 5-4 lead after Mike Moustakas singled to drive home Salvador Perez from 2nd base. Louis Coleman allowed a single to Chris Denorfia and was relieved by Tim Collins. After a bunt moved Denorfia to second, Collins gave up a double to shallow left by Yonder Alonso and a walkoff single by Will Venable that scored two runs.

In all, it was the kind of pathetic performance that turns a contender into a loser.

The Royal have now dropped 5 straight games, and look poised for yet another “season-killer” losing streak.

On the Mound

Yordano Ventura started and truly dominated the San Diego lineup for 6 innings. He gave up 5 hits, 0 walks, and struck out 10. Unfortunately, San Diego clustered 3 of their hits in the 6th inning, including a damaging 3-run shot by Yasmani Grandal, which tied the game at 3-3.

Aaron Crow entered in the bottom of the 7th after Eric Hosmer‘s home run in the top of the inning put the Royals ahead 4-3. He maintained his perfect 0.00 ERA with a clean 7th inning with 1 strikeout. He has now pitched 12 innings this season without allowing  an earned run.

Wade Davis pitched the 8th with a another clean inning with 1 strikeout.

Greg Holland hung a curveball after getting two strikes on 2B Jedd Gyorko.

Kelvin Herrera came on in the 10th and Louis Coleman the 11th, before Coleman and Collins failed in the 12th.

It was, I think, the worst bullpen performance of the season.

At the Plate

The Royals got plenty of hits Monday night, but they somehow found a way to only score 5 runs on 16 hits and two walks.

Eric Hosmer had the best night going 3-6, with 2 singles, a home run, and 3 RBI’s. His dinger in the top of the 6th barely cleared the right-field wall, but did put the Royals up 4-3. His two-run single in the 5th staked Ventura to a 3-0 lead.

Lorenzo Cain returned from the DL to go 4-5 with 3 singles and 1 double, but somehow managed to stay aloof from any run scoring.

Salvador Perez went 3-6, with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored. He scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 12th on Mike Moustakas single.

Yordano Ventura stroked single for the first hit of his major-league career in his 2nd at bat. He scored a run on Hosmer’s single in the 5th.

This and That

The Royals have now lost their second game in a row in which they scored 4 or more runs, after winning 14 in a row while crossing the 4 run mark.

Jedd Gyorko’s 3-run shot came after Salvador Perez failed to hold a foul tip that would have been strike three. Ventura came back in that inning to strike out the final two hitters after giving up the home run. The most impressive thing about Ventura this season is his improved command. His BB/9 is a perfectly acceptable 2.8, especially when compare to his K/9 of 10.3.

Hosmer’s 5th inning home run was his first of the 2014 season. It’s about time. Now he needs to hit about 5 more to get back on track.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

Eric Homer’s 3-6 night with 3 RBI and his first home run of 2014 earns him the nod. Frankly, I was so disgusted with the twice-repeated choke from the bullpen, I would have preferred to give out a “noose” award to Tim Collins.

The Padres

Starter Eric Stults gave up 3 runs in only 4.2 IP, but the Padres outstanding bullpen ended up winning the game by allowing only 2 runs in 7.1 innings. San Diego, however, did use their entire pen of seven relievers to bring home this win.

Ventura held the Padres to two hits, 0 walks, and 0 runs through 5 until their breakthrough in the 6th.

LF Seth Smith was the only Padre to get two hits in a 12 inning game. However, San Diego maximized their 9 hits by slamming 6 for extra bases : including 3 doubles, 1 triple, and two home runs.

Up Next

The Royals continue their series against San Diego. Kansas City will send Jeremy Guthrie (2-2, 4.50 ERA) to the mound to break their 5-game skid against San Diego’s Robbie Erlin (1-4, 5.83). Gametime is 9:10 CST at Petco Park.

Box

Royals Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Nori Aoki RF 5 1 1 0 0 0 .276 .689
   Wade Davis P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Greg Holland P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Kelvin Herrera P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Justin Maxwell PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .143 .404
   Louis Coleman P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Tim Collins P 0 0 0 0 0 0
Omar Infante 2B 6 0 0 0 0 0 .267 .711
Eric Hosmer 1B 6 1 3 3 0 0 .296 .754
Salvador Perez C 6 2 3 0 0 0 .245 .717
Alex Gordon LF 6 0 0 0 0 2 .244 .664
Danny Valencia 3B 4 0 1 1 0 1 .231 .577
   Mike Moustakas 3B 2 0 1 1 0 0 .158 .565
Alcides Escobar SS 5 0 2 0 1 0 .274 .708
Lorenzo Cain CF-RF 5 0 4 0 0 0 .383 .855
Yordano Ventura P 2 1 1 0 0 1 .500 1.000
   Aaron Crow P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Billy Butler PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 .241 .614
   Jarrod Dyson CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 .289 .638
Team Totals 48 5 16 5 2 4 .333 .818
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/6/2014.
2B: S Perez 2 (12, 1 off T Stauffer, 1 off E Stults); L Cain (3, off J Benoit).
HR: E Hosmer (1, off N Vincent, 7th inn, 0 on, 1 out to Deep RF).
SH: Y Ventura (1, off D Roach); J Dyson (3, off J Benoit).
TB: E Hosmer 6; S Perez 5; L Cain 5; A Escobar 2; D Valencia; N Aoki; Y Ventura; M Moustakas.
GIDP: S Perez (6); N Aoki (1).
RBI: E Hosmer 3 (13); M Moustakas (13); D Valencia (2).
2-out RBI: M Moustakas.
Team LOB: 11.
With RISP: 4 for 16.
Fielding
E: E Hosmer (2).
Padres Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Will Venable RF-CF 6 0 1 2 0 1 .193 .498
Everth Cabrera SS 5 1 1 0 0 3 .256 .608
Seth Smith LF 4 1 2 0 1 2 .280 .838
Yasmani Grandal C 4 1 1 3 1 1 .254 .802
Jedd Gyorko 2B 5 1 1 1 0 1 .164 .496
Kyle Blanks 1B 2 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000
   Donn Roach P 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 3.000
   Jace Peterson PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 .174 .382
   Nick Vincent P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Dale Thayer P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Alex Torres P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Nick Hundley PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .821
   Huston Street P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Joaquin Benoit P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Rene Rivera PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .243 .669
   Tim Stauffer P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000
Cameron Maybin CF 2 0 1 0 0 0 .360 .967
   Chris Denorfia CF-RF 3 1 1 0 0 1 .299 .729
Alexi Amarista 3B 4 0 0 0 0 1 .154 .518
Eric Stults P 1 0 0 0 0 1 .143 .429
   Yonder Alonso 1B 4 1 1 0 0 0 .167 .426
Team Totals 43 6 9 6 2 14 .209 .710
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/6/2014.
2B: C Maybin (5, off Y Ventura); S Smith (7, off Y Ventura); Y Alonso (7, off T Collins).
HR: Y Grandal (3, off Y Ventura, 6th inn, 2 on, 1 out to Deep RF); J Gyorko (3, off G Holland, 9th inn, 0 on, 1 out to Deep LF).
SH: A Amarista (1, off T Collins).
TB: S Smith 5; Y Grandal 4; J Gyorko 4; C Maybin 2; Y Alonso 2; E Cabrera; W Venable; C Denorfia.
RBI: Y Grandal 3 (10); W Venable 2 (4); J Gyorko (12).
Team LOB: 6.
With RISP: 3 for 9.
Fielding
DP: 2. A Amarista-J Gyorko-K Blanks; J Gyorko-E Cabrera-Y Alonso.
Outfield Assists: S Smith (A Escobar at 3rd base).
Wimpy Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
Yordano Ventura 6 5 3 3 0 10 1 2.00 101 72
Aaron Crow, H (3) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 12 7
Wade Davis, H (5) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.70 13 7
Greg Holland, BS (1) 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 3.00 13 9
Kelvin Herrera 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.93 11 6
Louis Coleman 1 1 1 1 2 1 0 7.00 28 16
Tim Collins, BS (1), L (0-2) 0.1 2 1 1 0 0 0 13.50 12 8
Team Totals 11.1 9 6 6 2 14 2 4.76 190 125
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Generated 5/6/2014.
Padres Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
Eric Stults 4.2 11 3 3 0 2 0 5.40 73 54
Donn Roach 1.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.81 13 9
Nick Vincent 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 2.03 15 10
Dale Thayer 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0.56 26 14
Alex Torres 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.69 8 4
Huston Street 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.69 14 8
Joaquin Benoit 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.98 15 9
Tim Stauffer, W (1-0) 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 2.45 20 13
Team Totals 12 16 5 5 2 4 1 3.75 184 121
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/6/2014.

Balks: None.
WP: None.
HBP: None.
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: None.

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