Rookie Christian Colon‘s throwing error opened the door for Colorado 1B Matt McBride to mash a grand slam that turned a 2-1 6th inning Kansas City Royals lead into a 5-2 Rockies victory Wednesday night in Denver.
The loss dropped the Royals to 14 games over .500 at 70-56. Kansas City lost a game to Detroit, who won 6-0 in Tampa Bay. Kansas City remains in 1st place in the A.L. Central, with a 1 game lead over the Tigers. KC did gain a game on Seattle to take a 3-game bulge for the 2nd A.L. wild card.
On the Mound
Hard luck Danny Duffy pitched 7.0 innings, giving up 5 hits, 1 walk, and 5 runs (only 1 earned) with 6 strikeouts. Duffy should have gotten out of the 6th inning without damage, but Christian Colon’s 2-out throwing error put Nolan Arenado on first base. Duffy then gave up a single, walk, and then a grand slam home run to Matt McBride to give Colorado a 5-2 lead.
Duffy took the loss to drop to 8-11 on the year.
Jason Frasor came on in the 8th to pitch a scoreless inning despite allowing a single.
At the Plate
Alex Gordon started off the scoring for the Royals with a solo home run (14) in the 2nd to put the Royals up 1-0. Gordon went 1-2 with the home run, 1 walk, 1 run scored, and 1 RBI.
The Royals scored their 2nd run after Josh Willingham led off the 4rh inning with a double and later scored on Erik Kratz‘s sacrifice fly. Willingham went 1 for 4 with the double and a run scored on the game.
Overall, the Rockies held the Royals to 6 hits and 3 walks on the game.
This and That
Christian Colon’s throwing error in the 6th made him the goat. However, Billy Butler didn’t do a very good job digging out the throw. A good play could have rescued both Colon, and the Royals.
The Rockies turned 4 double plays behind starter Jorge De La Rosa, including twin killings in both the 7th and 8th innings with the Royals trying to rally. The four double plays tied a Rockies record for most double plays behind one pitcher.
Jorge De La Rosa became the first pitcher to go 8 innings for the Rockies this season.
Billy Butler went 0 for 3 with 1 walk to snap his 7-game hitting streak.
The loss to the Rockies snaps KC’s string of 7 straight series wins.
KC Kingdom Player of the Game
It was hardly a banner game for the Royals, but I’m going with Alex Gordon for his 14th home run and adding a walk.
- Josh Willingham – 2
- Billy Butler – 8
- Jason Frasor
- Francisley Bueno
- Danny Valencia
- Christian Colon
- Raul Ibanez
- Jarrod Dyson – 2
- Lorenzo Cain – 6
- Johnny Giavotella
- Wade Davis
- Norichika Aoki – 6
- Salvador Perez – 6
- Jeremy Guthrie – 3
- Jason Vargas – 7
- Alex Gordon – 11
- Bruce Chen – 5
- James Shields – 10
- Yordano Ventura – 5
- Danny Duffy – 7
- Omar Infante – 5
- Mike Moustakas – 9
- Alcides Escobar – 6
- Eric Hosmer – 12
- Michael Mariot
- Erik Kratz
1B Matt McBride hit his 1st major-league grand slam, to bring the Rockies from behind. McBride went 2 for 3, with a single, home run, 1 run scored, and 4 RBI’s.
The Royals have an off day on Thursday after finishing up their series in Colorado. Kansas City will travel to Texas to take on the Rangers for the final 3 games of their 9-game road trip. The Royals will send Yordano Ventura (9-9, 3.48 ERA) to the mound against Colby Lewis (8-10, 5.52 ERA) for the Rangers. Game time is 7:05 PM CST at Globe Life Park in Arlington.