Rookie Yordano Ventura pitched a quality start, but Kansas City Royals hitters only managed to score 1 run Saturday night in the 3-1 loss to Seattle.
Meanwhile, the Kansas City Royals failed to even get a runner past 2nd after the 2nd inning. Erkel was more likely to score with Laura than the Royals were late Saturday night.
The Royals fell to 17-19 on the year, and 6 games behind the Tigers in the Central.
On the Mound
Yordano Ventura was more good than great Saturday night. He gave up 6 hits, 4 walks, and recorded only 3 strikeouts in 6.1 IP. He frequently pitched out of trouble when he wasn’t surrendering home runs.
Ventura falls to 2-2 on the season with a still-excellent 2.34 ERA.
Tim Collins relieved Ventura in the 7th with one out and finished out the inning without any further damage.
Kelvin Herrera finished up in the 8th with a clean frame that included 2 strikeouts.
At the Plate
Mike Moustakas’ triple in the 2nd led to the only Royals run of the game. He went 1-3 with a run scored. Moustakas is still hitting a pathetic .147/.215/.321. He’s hitting so poorly, I’m starting to miss Jeff Francoeur.
Billy Butler went 2-4 with two singles.
The only other Royal to get a hit was catcher Sal Perez, who went 1-4.
Last night, the Royals offense was about as exciting as a generic Katherine Heigl romantic comedy: looks pretty good but there’s no action.
This and That
Billy Butler and 1st base coach Rusty Kuntz exchanged some heated words in the top of the 9th after Butler nailed a shot down the 3rd base line with two outs. Butler made a hard turn around first presuming he could go for two, but had to scramble back to first after the Mariners quickly relayed the ball to 2nd baseman Robinson Cano.
“It was one of those things where it was down the line and you’re assuming two,” Butler said. “Really, at that moment, you can’t hear anybody. He’s doing his job, I’m doing mine. I respect Rusty more than anybody — he’s the best baserunning guy I’ve ever been around. So if he’s yelling at you, you’re probably doing something wrong. I was just lucky enough to not be that wrong, where I couldn’t get back.”
KC Kingdom Player of the Game
I am tempted to give the award to 1st base coach Rusty Kuntz for warning Billy Butler to get his fat butt back to 1st base, giving the Royals at least one last chance to tie the game with a home run in the 9th. Unfortunately, Kuntz is not a player.
Mike Moustakas wins by default for actually doing something useful at the plate one of the few times this season. He’s going to need to pile up a lot more useful days in hurry if he wants to keep his job at 3rd base.
- Billy Butler — 2
- Wade Davis
- Norichika Aoki
- Salvador Perez – 2
- Jeremy Guthrie
- Jason Vargas – 5
- Alex Gordon – 3
- Bruce Chen
- James Shields – 4
- Yordano Ventura – 3
- Mike Moustakas
- Danny Duffy — 2
- Omar Infante –
- Mike Moustakas – 3
- Alcides Escobar –3
- Eric Hosmer –4
- Michael Mariot
Mariners starter Chris Young ran his record to 3-o with a 2.63 ERA after pitching 8 shutout innings while allowing only 3 hits. He walked none and struck out 3.
Fernando Rodney closed out the ninth after giving up the two out single to Butler for his 11th save.
The Royals will try to earn a split of the 4 game series Sunday by sending Jeremy Guthrie (2-2, 3.91 ERA) to the hill against Seattle’s Roenis Elias (3-2, 3.27 ERA). Gametime is 3:10 CST at Safeco Field.
|Nori Aoki RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||.275||.667|
|Eric Hosmer 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||.317||.786|
|Billy Butler DH||4||0||2||0||0||0||.244||.613|
|Justin Maxwell PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||.138||.391|
|Salvador Perez C||4||0||1||0||0||0||.260||.737|
|Alex Gordon LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||.252||.667|
|Johnny Giavotella 2B||3||0||0||0||0||1||.182||.348|
|Lorenzo Cain CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||.333||.758|
|Mike Moustakas 3B||3||1||1||0||0||0||.147||.536|
|Alcides Escobar SS||2||0||0||1||0||0||.268||.692|
SF: A Escobar (1, off C Young).
TB: M Moustakas 3; B Butler 2; S Perez.
RBI: A Escobar (11).
Team LOB: 3.
With RISP: 0 for 0.
DP: 1. J Giavotella-A Escobar-E Hosmer.
|James Jones CF||2||0||1||0||2||0||.462||1.101|
|Brad Miller SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||.164||.500|
|Robinson Cano 2B||3||0||2||0||1||0||.296||.726|
|Corey Hart DH||4||1||1||0||0||1||.217||.690|
|Justin Smoak 1B||4||1||1||2||0||1||.246||.736|
|John Buck C||4||0||1||0||0||1||.259||.667|
|Dustin Ackley LF||2||1||1||1||1||0||.245||.679|
|Michael Saunders RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||.222||.610|
|Stefen Romero RF||2||0||0||0||0||0||.209||.586|
|Willie Bloomquist 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||.186||.414|
HR: J Smoak (5, off Y Ventura, 4th inn, 1 on, 0 outs to Deep RF); D Ackley (2, off Y Ventura, 6th inn, 0 on, 2 outs to Deep RF).
TB: D Ackley 4; J Smoak 4; R Cano 2; J Jones; J Buck; C Hart.
GIDP: S Romero (1).
RBI: J Smoak 2 (24); D Ackley (14).
2-out RBI: D Ackley.
Team LOB: 6.
With RISP: 0 for 3.
|Yordano Ventura, L (2-2)||6.1||6||3||3||4||3||2||2.34||96|
|Chris Young, W (3-0)||8||3||1||1||0||3||0||2.63||93||60|
|Fernando Rodney, S (11)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.30||13||9|
WP: Y Ventura (2).
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