Jul 29, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields (33) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Royals ninth inning Rally falls Short

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The Kansas City Royals offense fails James Shields once again as they suffered a disappointing 2-1 loss to the Twins Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Shields allowed only 2 runs in 6 innings, but the Kansas City Royals 9th inning rally only plated the single run. Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson befuddled the KC lineup, allowing only 2 hits and 2 walks in 7 innings to earn the win.

The loss dropped the Royals to one game over .500 at 53-52. However, Kansas City remained 5 games behind Detroit in the American League Central.

On the Mound

James Shields was good, pitching 6.0 innings while allowing 8 hits, 4 walks, and 2 earned runs with 5 strikeouts. Though he dropped his ERA to 3.50, Shields still got tabbed for the loss to go 9-6 on the season.

Jason Frasor pitched a scoreless 7th inning, allowing1 hit and notching 1 strikeout.

Aaron Crow pitched a clean 8th inning.

Kelvin Herrera held the Twins scoreless in the 9th, walking 1 hitter and ringing up 1 strikeout.

At the Plate

Overall, the Royals managed 5 hits and 2 walks on the night, with 2 doubles and 1 earned run.

No Royal got more than one hit. Lorenzo Cain hit a double in the 8th inning against reliever Casey Fien, but ended up stranded at 2nd base. Cain went 1-3 on the day.

Omar Infante led off the 9th inning against Twins closer Glen Perkins with a double, and scored on Eric Hosmer‘s single. Infante went 1-4, with 1 run scored on the night. While Hosmer also went 1-4 and picked up the team’s only RBI.

After Hosmer’s hit, Perkins got Salvador Perez on a hard liner to left, a fly to center by Alex Gordon, and a line out to second by Billy Butler to end the game.

This and That

The Royals continue to struggle at home. Kansas City is now 25-27 in Kauffman Stadium.

One of the runs allowed by James Shields was unearned due to his own throwing error on CF Danny Santana‘s bunt single in the 3rd inning. Shields wild throw to first put Santana at second. He eventually scored on Josh Willingham‘s sacrifice fly to center.

Tuesday night was Mizzou night at the K. Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson (a MU alum) got the win, while former MU pitcher Aaron Crow tossed a scoreless inning in the 8th. Gibson and Crow were teammates at Missouri, with both ending up as 1st round picks in the MLB draft (Crow 2008 and Gibson 2009).

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

I  guess I’m going to go with James Shields who battled all night to keep his team in the game. Shields didn’t have his best stuff, but held the Twins to 1 earned run—including wiggling out of a 1-out, runners on 2nd and 3rd jam in the 5th inning.

The Twins

Kyle Gibson dominated the Royals Tuesday night with an impressive 7.0 innings pitched, 2 hits, 2 walks, and 0 earned runs with 7 strikeouts. Gibson ran his record to 9-8 on the season with a 3.94 ERA.r

Up Next

The Royals continue their series against the Twins Wednesday night. Kansas City will send Danny Duffy (5-10, 2.47 ERA) to the mound against Phil Hughes (10-7, 4.10 ERA) for Minnesota. Game time is 7:10 PM CST at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

Box

Twins Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS Pit Str
Danny Santana CF 5 2 2 0 0 2 5 .318 .350 .462 .812 19 13
Sam Fuld RF 3 0 1 0 1 0 4 .262 .353 .366 .719 21 13
Brian Dozier 2B 3 0 2 1 1 1 4 .233 .328 .422 .750 27 16
Josh Willingham LF 2 0 1 1 0 0 4 .222 .363 .422 .785 14 8
Chris Parmelee 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .261 .299 .376 .675 18 12
Trevor Plouffe 3B 3 0 0 0 1 2 4 .241 .312 .402 .714 23 13
Kurt Suzuki C 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 .307 .368 .389 .758 17 7
Eduardo Nunez DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 4 .256 .279 .376 .655 13 10
Eduardo Escobar SS 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .268 .310 .390 .701 15 13
Team Totals 30 2 7 2 5 7 37 .233 .351 .300 .651 167 105

2B: D Santana (12, off J Shields); B Dozier (19, off J Shields).
SF: J Willingham (5, off J Shields).
HBP: J Willingham (6, by J Shields).
TB: B Dozier 3; D Santana 3; J Willingham; S Fuld; E Nunez.
GIDP: E Nunez (3); C Parmelee (1).
RBI: B Dozier (48); J Willingham (30).
Team LOB: 8.
With RISP: 2 for 9.
Baserunning
SB: T Plouffe (1, 2nd base off J Shields/S Perez); E Nunez (4, 2nd base off J Shields/S Perez).
CS: B Dozier (6, 2nd base by J Frasor/S Perez).
Pickoffs: D Santana (1st base by J Shields).

Royals Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS Pit Str
Nori Aoki RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 4 .265 .330 .329 .659 17 10
Omar Infante 2B 4 1 1 0 0 1 4 .261 .303 .365 .667 13 8
Eric Hosmer 1B 4 0 1 1 0 2 4 .270 .317 .382 .699 17 12
   Jarrod Dyson PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .274 .330 .331 .661
Salvador Perez C 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .278 .319 .422 .741 18 15
Alex Gordon LF 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 .271 .352 .414 .766 14 8
Billy Butler DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .271 .323 .366 .689 10 8
Mike Moustakas 3B 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 .193 .261 .387 .648 14 9
Lorenzo Cain CF 3 0 1 0 0 1 3 .297 .333 .413 .746 11 7
Alcides Escobar SS 3 0 1 0 0 2 3 .276 .312 .374 .686 16 12
Team Totals 31 1 5 1 2 8 33 .161 .212 .226 .438 130 89

2B: L Cain (19, off C Fien); O Infante (13, off G Perkins).
TB: O Infante 2; L Cain 2; E Hosmer; N Aoki; A Escobar.
RBI: E Hosmer (46).
Team LOB: 5.
With RISP: 1 for 5.
Fielding
DP: 2. O Infante-A Escobar-E Hosmer; A Escobar-O Infante-E Hosmer.
E: S Perez (4); J Shields (3).
Baserunning
SB: N Aoki (9, 2nd base off K Gibson/K Suzuki).
Pickoffs: A Escobar (1st base by K Gibson).

Twins Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
Kyle Gibson, W (9-8) 7 2 0 0 2 7 0 3.94 95 66
Casey Fien, H (18) 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.35 24 17
Glen Perkins, S (26) 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 2.78 12 7
Team Totals 9 5 1 1 2 8 0 1.00 131 90
Royals Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
James Shields, L (9-6) 6 6 2 1 4 5 0 3.50 124 77
Jason Frasor 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.00 18 10
Aaron Crow 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.98 10 8
Kelvin Herrera 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1.80 18 11
Team Totals 9 7 2 1 5 7 0 1.00 170 106

Balks: None.
WP: J Shields (6).
HBP: J Shields (9; J Willingham).
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: K Gibson (1; A Escobar, 1st base); J Shields (3; D Santana, 1st base).

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