May 29, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Kansas City Royals second baseman Omar Infante connects for a 10th-inning single to drive in the final two runs of the Royals 8-6 win over Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Miscue Rescues Kansas City Royals in Extra-Inning Win

One out away from their 5th straight defeat, the Kansas City Royals got new life when Toronto SS Jose Reyes bounced a throw toward first after fielding Salvador Perez‘s grounder. The error allowed Jarrod Dyson to score, which tied the game at 6-6. Omar Infante took advantage of the reprieve by singling home two runs in the top of the 10th on the way to Kansas City’s 8-6 win.

Thursday’s win came on the same day that the Royals dismissed hitting coach Pedro Grifol and replaced him with Dale Sveum. The Royals hitter responded with a day in which every starter hit safely.

Reliever Wade Davis got the win to go 4-1 on the year. The victory brings the Royals within 3 games of .500 at 25-28. Kansas City remains 6.5 games behind Detroit in the A.L. Central.

On the Mound

It was a rough start for ace James Shields, who lasted 7.0 innings, while giving up 8 hits, 3 home runs, 0 walks, and 6 earned runs. Shields did manage to eat up innings and kept his team in the game. He did, however, surrender a 1-run lead by giving up a 2-run home run to Edwin Encarnacion in the 6th.

Wade Davis followed with 2 innings of perfect relief. Davis didn’t allow a baserunner and racked up 2 strikeouts. Infante’s two-run single gave Davis his 4th win of the season.

Greg Holland finished off the 10th by earning his league-leading 15th save.

At the Plate

The Royals bats, apparently, lost their fear of hitting the ball with a new hitting coach. Obviously, Dale Sveum didn’t have any time to work miracles with his new charges. But, I don’t think the deluge of hits was any accident. The change resulted in a temporary jolt in the focus of Kansas City players at the plate. Yet, such a thing never lasts.

Omar Infante was the batting star. His two well-timed hits allowed him to go 2-6 on the day, with 3 RBI’s—including the game winning hit in the top of the 10th.

Alcides Escobar stroked 3 singles, going 3-5 on the day, with two runs scored and his 15th stolen base.

Salvador Perez, went 1-4, with his 5th home run of the year.

Overall, the team had 14 hits, 2 walks, 4 doubles, and a home run. The 8-run outburst saved the team from their 5th straight loss.

This and That

The loss ended Toronto’s 9-game winning streak.

Edwin Encarnacion’s 2 home runs give him 16 for the month of May. He broke teammate jose Bautista’s team record of 14, and is one short of Barry Bonds‘ record of 17 in a month. Encarnacion has two more games against Kansas City pitching to finish off May.

Toronto’s hitting coach is former Royals coach Kevin Seitzer, who was fired in favor of the Jack Maloof and Andre David tandem before the 2013 season. Seitzer’s Blue Jays lead major-league baseball with 274 runs scored. Take that Ned Yost.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

Omar Infante gets the nod with his timely hitting that drove in 3 runs. Infante’s single in the 10th rescued the team from another discouraging loss. Perhaps the Royals can now avoid their second straight May implosion.

The Blue Jays

Edwin Encarnacion continued his fabulous month of May with a pair of 2-run home runs off James Shields. Encarnacion was 2-4 on the day, with 4 RBI’s and 2 runs scored. He is slugging a ludicrous .789 on the month with a 1.139 OPS. Encarnacion is 2nd in the A.L. with 18 home runs.

Jose Bautista slammed his 13th home run to account for the other 2 Toronto runs.  Bautista finished the day 1-4, with 1 run scored and 2 RBI’s.

 Up Next

The Royals and Blue Jays continue their 4-game series on Friday. Kansas City sends Jason Vargas (4-2, 3.55 ERA) to the mound against J.A. Happ (4-1, 3.34 ERA) for Toronto. Game time is 6:07 CST at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

Box

Royals Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Nori Aoki RF 3 1 1 0 1 1 .265 .645
Omar Infante 2B 6 0 2 3 0 0 .265 .698
Eric Hosmer 1B 6 1 1 0 0 2 .276 .696
Billy Butler DH 6 0 2 1 0 2 .238 .595
Alex Gordon LF 5 0 2 1 0 0 .279 .738
   Jarrod Dyson PR-LF 0 1 0 0 0 0 .276 .654
Salvador Perez C 4 1 1 1 0 1 .259 .733
Lorenzo Cain CF 4 0 1 0 1 2 .325 .780
Alcides Escobar SS 5 2 3 0 0 2 .271 .693
Pedro Ciriaco 3B 4 2 1 1 0 1 .222 .521
Team Totals 43 8 14 7 2 11 .326 .884

2B: E Hosmer (19, off R Dickey); A Gordon (14, off R Dickey); P Ciriaco (2, off R Dickey); L Cain (6, off R Dickey).
HR: S Perez (5, off R Dickey, 2nd inn, 0 on, 1 out to Deep LF Line).
SH: N Aoki (4, off T Redmond).
HBP: N Aoki (2, by S Delabar); S Perez (1, by R Rasmussen); P Ciriaco (1, by T Redmond).
TB: S Perez 4; A Gordon 3; A Escobar 3; E Hosmer 2; O Infante 2; L Cain 2; B Butler 2; P Ciriaco 2; N Aoki.
RBI: O Infante 3 (23); S Perez (13); A Gordon (27); P Ciriaco (2); B Butler (21).
Team LOB: 11.
With RISP: 6 for 18.
Baserunning
SB: A Escobar (15, 2nd base off S Delabar/J Thole); J Dyson (10, 2nd base off C Janssen/J Thole).

Blue Jays Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Jose Reyes SS 5 0 0 0 0 2 .252 .730
Melky Cabrera LF 4 1 2 0 0 0 .317 .857
   Kevin Pillar LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .778
Jose Bautista RF 4 1 1 2 0 0 .299 .969
Adam Lind DH 4 2 2 0 0 0 .341 .983
Edwin Encarnacion 1B 4 2 2 4 0 1 .268 .947
Juan Francisco 3B 3 0 0 0 0 3 .260 .927
   Steven Tolleson 2B 1 0 0 0 0 1 .298 .973
Brett Lawrie 2B-3B 4 0 0 0 0 1 .231 .685
Josh Thole C 3 0 0 0 0 1 .340 .784
   Dioner Navarro PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 .268 .647
Anthony Gose CF 4 0 2 0 0 0 .310 .801
Team Totals 37 6 9 6 0 10 .243 .730

HR: J Bautista (13, off J Shields, 1st inn, 1 on, 1 out to Deep LF); E Encarnacion 2 (18, 2 off J Shields, 4th inn, 1 on, 1 out to Deep LF; 6th inn, 1 on, 2 outs to Deep LF).
TB: E Encarnacion 8; J Bautista 4; M Cabrera 2; A Gose 2; A Lind 2.
RBI: E Encarnacion 4 (48); J Bautista 2 (38).
2-out RBI: E Encarnacion 2.
Team LOB: 1.
With RISP: 0 for 0.
Fielding
DP: 1. J Reyes-B Lawrie.
E: J Reyes (5).
Outfield Assists: J Bautista (B Butler).
Baserunning
Pickoffs: A Gose (1st base by J Shields); M Cabrera (1st base by J Shields).

Royals Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
James Shields 7 8 6 6 0 6 3 3.36 108 72
Wade Davis, W (4-1) 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.48 21 18
Greg Holland, S (15) 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 1.74 17 12
Team Totals 10 9 6 6 0 10 3 5.40 146 102
Blue Jays Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
R.A. Dickey 5 10 5 5 1 7 1 4.30 108 72
Steve Delabar 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.09 11 5
Rob Rasmussen, H (2) 0.2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0.00 25 13
Aaron Loup, H (10) 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.70 9 7
Casey Janssen, BS (1) 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0.00 18 13
Todd Redmond, L (0-4) 1 2 2 2 0 0 0 3.81 17 10
Team Totals 10 14 8 7 2 11 1 6.30 188 120

R Dickey faced 2 batters in the 6th inning.
Balks: None.
WP: R Rasmussen (1).
HBP: T Redmond (1; P Ciriaco); S Delabar (2; N Aoki); R Rasmussen (1; S Perez).
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: J Shields 2 (2; A Gose, 1st base, M Cabrera, 1st base).

Tags: Dale Sveum Edwin Encarnacion James Shields Kansas City Royals Omar Infante

  • Tyler_KC_Fan

    I’m kind of surprised the best and most consistent hitter on this team hasn’t had a “winner” for his efforts. Cain, right now, is the best overall player on this team. Gold Glove defense. Solid offense. What else does he have to do? Not saying Infante doesn’t deserve it, but where is the love?

  • John Viril

    I hadnt thouht of it. It’s weird because Cain is also a highlight reel defender.

  • John Viril

    Btw Tyler, scroll up. Cain DOES have a POG award. U am surprised he only has one.