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Kansas City Royals get Shut Down by Chris Tillman

Baltimore Oriole starter Chris Tillman tossed the first complete-game shutout of his career Friday night against the Kansas City Royals in his 4-0 victory at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals only managed 5 hits and 1 walk against Tillman while striking out 3 times in what was a frustrating night for Kansas City hitters.

The Orioles kept pecking away at Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie, scoring 2 in 4th, one in the 6th, and a final run in the 8th on a home run by Chris Davis (his 3rd of the season).

The Royals fall to 2-2 on the home stand after starting with a two game sweep against the Rockies. The Royals are now 20-21 on the season and 7 games behind Detroit in the Central.

On the Mound

Jeremy Guthrie really wasn’t bad on Friday night. He lasted 8 innings and gave up 4 earned runs on 8 hits and 1 walk against two strikeouts. It just wasn’t good enough when the other guy threw a complete-game shutout.

Veteran reliever Casey Coleman, who was called up from Omaha, pitched a clean 9th inning in his first appearance for the Royals.

 At the Plate

There isn’t really much to tell when you don’t score any runs. No Kansas City hitter had more than one hit on the night, and Norichika Aoki had the only extra base hit with a double. As a team, the Royals only managed 6 total base runners on 5 hits and one walk.

The Royals only struck out three times, but did hit 15 ground balls.

This and That

The game lasted only 2 hours and 22 minutes because both starters were making the other team put the ball in play, without many strikeouts.

Offenses heat up, cool off,” Yost said to ESPN.com .”Right now we don’t have anybody where I can sit back and say this boy is really swinging the bat well right now.”

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

When you don’t score any runs and your pitcher doesn’t qualify for a quality game, then there isn’t really much to talk about. But, my nod goes to Casey Coleman who pitched a scoreless inning on the same night he arrived from AAA. Whatever might come later, this is at least one good day for him in Royals uniform.

The Orioles

Slugger Chris Davis hit what was only his 3rd home run on the season in his 27th game after mashing 53 last season. Davis was 2-3 on the night with one walk, 2 runs scored, and 1 RBI.

Tillman’s gem improved his record to 4-2, with a 3.34 ERA. He came into the game with a 3.95 ERA.

Up Next

On Saturday night, the Royals will try to break out of their 2 game skid by sending Danny Duffy (1-3, 1.95 ERA) against Bud Norris (2-3, 3.98 ERA) for Baltimore. Game time is 6:10 CST at Kauffman Stadium.

Box

Orioles Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Nick Markakis RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 .295 .728
Manny Machado 3B 4 1 1 0 0 0 .203 .520
Adam Jones CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 .279 .711
Chris Davis 1B 3 2 2 1 1 0 .247 .762
Nelson Cruz DH 3 0 2 2 0 0 .283 .911
Steve Clevenger C 4 0 0 1 0 1 .259 .737
J.J. Hardy SS 4 0 1 0 0 1 .262 .599
Ryan Flaherty 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 .195 .511
David Lough LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 .171 .455
Chris Tillman P
Team Totals 34 4 8 4 1 2 .235 .574
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Generated 5/17/2014.
HR: C Davis (3, off J Guthrie, 8th inn, 0 on, 2 outs to Deep RF).
SF: N Cruz (1, off J Guthrie).
TB: C Davis 5; N Cruz 2; D Lough; J Hardy; M Machado; A Jones
RBI: N Cruz 2 (37); S Clevenger (7); C Davis (15).
2-out RBI: C Davis.
Team LOB: 5.
With RISP: 1 for 3.
Fielding
DP: 1. R Flaherty-J Hardy-C Davis.
Royals Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Nori Aoki RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 .259 .633
Eric Hosmer 1B 4 0 1 0 0 1 .301 .749
Salvador Perez C 4 0 0 0 0 0 .269 .764
Alex Gordon LF 4 0 0 0 0 1 .255 .667
Billy Butler DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 .226 .572
Johnny Giavotella 2B 3 0 1 0 0 0 .214 .555
Mike Moustakas 3B 2 0 0 0 1 1 .158 .570
Alcides Escobar SS 3 0 1 0 0 0 .286 .743
Jarrod Dyson CF 3 0 1 0 0 0 .288 .654
Team Totals 31 0 5 0 1 3 .161 .381
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Generated 5/17/2014.

2B: N Aoki (6, off C Tillman).
TB: N Aoki 2; E Hosmer; J Giavotella; J Dyson; A Escobar.
GIDP: N Aoki (2).
Team LOB: 5.
With RISP: 0 for 4.
Fielding
E: J Guthrie (3)

Orioles Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Chris Tillman, W (4-2) 9 5 0 0 1 3 0 3.34
Team Totals 9 5 0 0 1 3 0 0.00
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Generated 5/17/2014.
Royals Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jeremy Guthrie, L (2-3) 8 8 4 4 1 2 1 4.76
Casey Coleman 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Team Totals 9 8 4 4 1 2 1 4.00
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Generated 5/17/2014.

Tags: Casey Coleman Chris Davis Chris Tillman Jeremy Guthrie Kansas City Royals

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