The loss drops Kansas City to 4 games over .500 at 39-35. The Royals have fallen 1.5 games behind Detroit in the American League Central.
On the Mound
Jason Vargas pitched a wonderful game, holding the Mariners to 1 run through 8.2 innings until he talked himself in to a loss. Overall, Vargas finished with 8.2 innings pitched, allowing 10 hits, 2 walks, 2 earned runs with 2 strikeouts.
Kelvin Herrera came in to record the final out after Ackley had already done the damage. Yost should have listened to his initial instincts rather than let himself be swayed into an emotional decision by Vargas, and the large Saturday crowd.
At the Plate
The Royals offense consisted entirely of Alex Gordon‘s 8th home run, which he hit in the 5th inning to tie the game at 1-1. The Royals followed Gordon’s home run with two consecutive singles, but Salvador Perez ran the Royals out of a threat by trying to stretch his gapper into a double after Gordon’s home run.
Overall, the Royals only had 3 hits on the day, and drew two walks. It was nothing short of an awful day for the offense.
Gordon continued his hot hitting by going 1-3, with 1 run scored and 1 RBI.
This and That
In a league increasingly populated by hard-throwers, Saturday’s game was something of a soft-tossers throwback day. Jason Vargas’ fastball tops out at 87 mph, while Seattle’s Chris Young works at 84 to 85 mph.
The Royals have lost games by 1, 2, and 1 run over the last 3 days. Overall, the Royals are a very unlucky 8-14 in 1-run games this season—which is a little surprising given Greg Holland and Wade Davis in the back end of the bullpen.
KC Kingdom Player of the Game
I guess I have to go with Jason Vargas, who did pitch 8.2 strong innings, but I’m not entirely happy with the pick because his competitiveness ended up causing him to talk himself into a loss. However, you WANT your starters to have that fire. It’s the manager’s job to pull the plug. I guess i can’t blame Vargas for Yost failing to do his job.
- Billy Butler – 2
- Lorenzo Cain – 4
- Johnny Giavotella
- Wade Davis
- Norichika Aoki
- Salvador Perez – 5
- Jeremy Guthrie – 5
- Jason Vargas – 6
- Alex Gordon – 8
- Bruce Chen
- James Shields – 6
- Yordano Ventura – 3
- Mike Moustakas
- Danny Duffy – 5
- Omar Infante – 2
- Mike Moustakas – 4
- Alcides Escobar – 4
- Eric Hosmer – 8
- Michael Mariot
- Casey Coleman
Seattle starter Chris Young not only fails to throw hard, his fastball is mostly straight. Yet, the 6’10” Young has a deceptive motion that his hard for batters to pick up. He dominated the Royals with 7.0 strong innings, allowing only 3 hits, 1walk, 1 earned run with only 2 strikeouts. Young lowered his ERA to 3.23, but did not pick up the win despite his quality start. At least the Royals aren’t the only ones who have trouble hitting this guy.
The Royals and Mariners finish their 3-game series Sunday afternoon. The Royals will send rookie Yordano Ventura (5-5, 3.26 ERA) to the mound against Roenis Elias (6-5, 3.91 ERA) for Seattle. Game time is 1:10 CST at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
|AB||R||H||RBI||BB||SO||James Jones CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||4||.293||.326||.359||.685|
|Cole Gillespie LF||4||0||1||1||0||0||4||.254||.306||.328||.634|
|Robinson Cano 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.332||.392||.442||.834|
|Logan Morrison 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.172||.226||.310||.536|
|John Buck C||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.232||.312||.304||.616|
|Kyle Seager 3B||4||1||2||0||0||0||4||.253||.331||.453||.784|
|Stefen Romero RF||4||0||2||0||0||0||4||.204||.245||.338||.583|
|Endy Chavez RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.238||.258||.317||.575|
|Jesus Montero DH||3||0||1||0||0||0||3||.286||.286||.500||.786|
|Dustin Ackley PR-DH||1||0||1||1||0||0||1||.233||.287||.361||.648|
|Brad Miller SS||3||1||2||0||0||0||3||.202||.272||.324||.596|
2B: K Seager (17, off J Vargas).
TB: K Seager 3; S Romero 2; B Miller 2; C Gillespie; J Jones; J Montero; D Ackley.
GIDP: L Morrison (2); J Jones (2).
RBI: C Gillespie (5); D Ackley (26).
2-out RBI: D Ackley.
Team LOB: 6.
With RISP: 3 for 7.
DP: 2. R Cano-B Miller-L Morrison; B Miller-R Cano-L Morrison.
Outfield Assists: J Jones (S Perez at 2nd base).
CS: S Romero (3, Home by K Herrera/S Perez).
|AB||R||H||RBI||BB||SO||Jarrod Dyson CF||3||0||0||0||1||0||4||.287||.342||.307||.649|
|Eric Hosmer 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.255||.294||.363||.657|
|Billy Butler DH||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.278||.330||.361||.691|
|Alex Gordon LF||2||1||1||1||1||0||3||.292||.371||.469||.840|
|Salvador Perez C||3||0||1||0||0||1||3||.280||.331||.440||.771|
|Justin Maxwell RF||3||0||1||0||0||1||3||.156||.229||.188||.416|
|Mike Moustakas 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.174||.243||.363||.606|
|Alcides Escobar SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.288||.326||.394||.720|
|Pedro Ciriaco 2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.222||.239||.267||.506|
|Omar Infante PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.244||.292||.355||.647|
HR: A Gordon (9, off C Young, 5th inn, 0 on, 0 outs to Deep RF Line).
TB: A Gordon 4; S Perez; J Maxwell.
GIDP: E Hosmer (10); S Perez (15).
RBI: A Gordon (40).
Team LOB: 1.
With RISP: 0 for 0.
DP: 2. P Ciriaco-A Escobar-E Hosmer 2.
E: A Escobar (6).
|Yoervis Medina, W (4-1)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.63||3||14||10|
|Fernando Rodney, S (20)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||2.15||3||11||5|
|IP||H||R||ER||BB||SO||HR||BF||Jason Vargas, L (7-3)||8.2||10||2||2||0||2||0||3.16||35||115||84|
Balks: J Vargas (1).