Jun 4, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (8) cannot make the tag on St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter (13) at third base in the seventh inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Royals bullpen Collapses in Extra-Innings

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The Kansas City bullpen collapsed after the Royals staged a furious 9th inning rally to tie St. Louis 2-2. The Cardinals scored 3 runs in the top of the 11th to take a 5-2 extra-innings victory over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium Wednesday night.

Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright held the Royals hitless for 5 innings and scoreless through 8. Kansas City finally got to Wainwright in the top of the 9th by putting on two baserunners with a wild pitch and a single, and plated them both against St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal.

St. Louis broke the tie against Kelvin Herrera in the 11th.

The loss drops the Kansas City Royals to 3 games under .500 at 28-31. Kansas City remains 5 games behind Detroit in the A.L. Central and falls back to 5th place in the division.

On the Mound

Jason Vargas was nearly as good at Wainwright. While not dominant, the veteran lefty lasted 8.0 innings, giving up 9 hits, two walks, and two earned runs while striking out 3.  He left the game trailing 2-0, only to see his offiense rally against Wainwright in the bottom of the 9th to take him off the hook for a loss.

Mike Mariot gave the Kansas City Royals the chance to come back by pitching a scoreless 9th despite allowing a walk.

Closer Greg Holland shut down the Cardinals in the 10th with two overpowering strikeouts and a fly to right.

Kelvin Herrera lost the game by allowing 3 runs on 2 hits and 1 walk. He left the game with 1 run in and runners at the corners in favor of Tim Collins. Collins hit Matt Holliday with a pitch to load the bases, and gave up a 2-run single to Allen Craig to produce the final 3-run bulge.

At the Plate

Wainright no-hit the Royals through 5 innings until Alcides Escobar singled to lead off the 6th.

Overall, the Kansas City Royals attack only managed 5 hits on the night with 3 walks, 2 runs scored with 10 strikeouts (8 by Wainwright). They did, however, have a chance to pull off a walkoff win in the 9th after tying the game with runners on 1st and 2nd and 1 out. However, Mike Moustakas struck out and Alcides Escobar lined out to SS.

Lorenzo Cain provided the clutch hit in the 9th to plate the tying run with a single off Trevor Rosenthal. Cain went 1-4, with 1 RBI.

Alcides Escobar was the only Royal to get two hits, going 2-4 with two singles.

Alex Gordon got the only extra-base hit with a double with 1 out in the 7th. Gordon finished the game 1-3, with 2 walks.

Catcher Salvador Perez got the team’s other RBI with a groundout in the 9th inning that plated Eric Hosmer.

This and That

The Royals got to Cardinal closer Trevor Rosenthal for the 2nd straight night. On Tuesday in St. Louis, Rosenthal gave up the winning run in the 9th after entering a tied game. On Wednesday, Rosenthal could not close the door for Adam Wainwright.

Wainwright looked poised to pitch a complete game until his wild pitch allowed strikeout victim Eric Hosmer to reach first base to leadoff the 9th. Hosmer eventually came around to score Kansas City’s first run. Billy Butler followed with a single to chase Wainwright.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

While Jason Vargas was outstanding, I’m giving our nod to Lorenzo Cain for his clutch single that tied the game and set up the Royals with a chance to walkoff in the 9th inning.

The Cardinals

Adam Wainwright was impressive. Along with 5 no-hit innings, Wainwright dominated KC hitters. He only allowed 4 hits, 2 walks, left the game still up 2-0 in the 9th with 8 strikeouts. Perhaps the Cardinals might have been better served to let him finish what he started.

Matt Carpenter was the Royals kryptonite. Carpenter went 5-5, with 2 doubles, 3 singles, 1 walk, 2 runs scored, an 2 RBI’s. Carpenter’s double in the 11th broke the 2-2 tie by scoring Peter Bourjos from second with the go-ahead run.

Up Next

The Royals and Cardinals finish their 4-game season series in Kansas City Thursday night with a matchup of young phenom pitchers. The Royals will send flamethrower Yordano Ventura (2-5, 3.45 ERA) to the mound against St. Louis’ Michael Wacha (4-3, 2.45 ERA). Game time is 7:10 CST at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

Box

Cardinals Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Matt Carpenter 3B 5 2 5 2 1 0 .307 .790
Randal Grichuk LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 .147 .430
   Jon Jay PH-LF 1 1 1 0 0 0 .288 .732
Matt Holliday DH 5 0 0 1 0 0 .266 .739
Allen Craig 1B 5 0 1 2 1 1 .246 .685
Yadier Molina C 5 0 2 0 1 1 .300 .775
Jhonny Peralta SS 5 0 0 0 0 1 .229 .727
Oscar Taveras RF 5 0 1 0 0 1 .222 .655
Mark Ellis 2B 4 1 1 0 0 0 .169 .453
   Kolten Wong PH-2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 .264 .667
Peter Bourjos CF 4 1 1 0 1 2 .208 .614
Team Totals 44 5 12 5 4 6 .273 .688

2B: O Taveras (1, off J Vargas); M Carpenter 2 (16, 1 off K Herrera, 1 off J Vargas).
SH: R Grichuk (1, off J Vargas).
IBB: Y Molina (4, by J Vargas).
HBP: M Holliday (6, by T Collins).
TB: M Carpenter 7; O Taveras 2; Y Molina 2; J Jay; M Ellis; P Bourjos; A Craig.
RBI: M Carpenter 2 (20); A Craig 2 (32); M Holliday (29).
2-out RBI: M Carpenter.
Team LOB: 12.
With RISP: 5 for 15.
Fielding
DP: 1. M Ellis-J Peralta-A Craig.
Baserunning
SB: M Ellis (3, 2nd base off J Vargas/S Perez); P Bourjos (4, 2nd base off K Herrera/B Hayes).

Royals Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Omar Infante 2B 5 0 0 0 0 0 .247 .657
Eric Hosmer 1B 5 1 0 0 0 4 .264 .665
Billy Butler DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 .251 .610
   Pedro Ciriaco PR-DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 .238 .542
Alex Gordon LF 3 0 1 0 2 1 .282 .798
Salvador Perez C 3 0 0 1 1 0 .259 .720
   Nori Aoki PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 .259 .634
   Brett Hayes C 1 0 0 0 0 1 .086 .257
Lorenzo Cain RF 4 0 1 1 0 0 .318 .770
Mike Moustakas 3B 4 0 0 0 0 2 .150 .529
Alcides Escobar SS 4 0 2 0 0 0 .274 .699
Jarrod Dyson CF 3 0 0 0 0 2 .275 .638
Team Totals 37 2 5 2 3 10 .135 .389

2B: A Gordon (16, off A Wainwright); A Escobar (15, off A Wainwright).
SH: J Dyson (4, off A Wainwright).
TB: A Escobar 3; A Gordon 2; B Butler; L Cain.
GIDP: L Cain (4).
RBI: L Cain (21); S Perez (15).
Team LOB: 6.
With RISP: 1 for 11.
Fielding
Outfield Assists: L Cain (M Holliday at 3rd base).
Baserunning
SB: A Escobar (16, 3rd base off A Wainwright/Y Molina).

Cardinals Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
Adam Wainwright 8 4 2 2 2 8 0 2.31 111 73
Trevor Rosenthal, BS (3) 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 4.13 22 13
Sam Freeman, W (1-0) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 6 5
Pat Neshek, S (1) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.03 14 12
Team Totals 11 5 2 2 3 10 0 1.64 153 103
Royals Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
Jason Vargas 8 9 2 2 2 3 0 3.28 117 75
Michael Mariot 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 6.52 20 12
Greg Holland 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.59 18 13
Kelvin Herrera, L (1-2) 0.1 2 3 3 1 0 0 2.54 31 18
Tim Collins 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.70 6 2
Team Totals 11 12 5 5 4 6 0 4.09 192 120

Balks: None.
WP: A Wainwright (2); M Mariot (4).
HBP: T Collins (2; M Holliday).
IBB: J Vargas (2; Y Molina).
Pickoffs: None.

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