Kansas City Royals Scott Downs Exploited For Critical Home Run in Loss


Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost pushed the wrong button when he put reliever Scott Downs into the game in the 6th inning with one runner on base. Red Sox manager John Farrell countered by sending pinch hitter Jonny Gomes to the plate, who hit a two-run home run to put Boston ahead 5-4.

The Red Sox ended up winning Friday night after making the lead hold up over these final 3 innings.

The loss drops the Royals to 1 game over .500 at 48-47.  The Royals remain 6.5 games behind Detroit in the American League Central.

On the Mound

Starter James Shields continued his unimpressive run by going 5.2 innings, allowing 8 hits, 1 walk, and 4 runs (3 earned) with 3 strikeouts. Shields left after throwing 112 pitches in 5.2 innings, which allowed Boston to beat up on reliever Scott Downs.

Scott Downs entered in the 6th to pitch to left-handed batter Jackie Bradley, but Red Sox manager John Farrell pinch hit with lefty-kryptonite Jonny Gomes. Gomes smacked a 2-run home run to center. Downs pitched .1 innings, allowing the critical home run.

Kelvin Herrera and Aaron Crow followed with scoreless single innings, but the damage was already done.

At the Plate

The Royals offense did yet another great job of minimizing their opportunities, by scoring 4 runs on 12 hits. In particular, the Royals let Boston starter Clay Buchholz off the hook in the 4th inning by failing to score any further runs after going up 3-1 with runners on 1st and 3rd with no outs.

Eric Hosmer continued his hot hitting in the 2nd half, going 3-5 with 2 singles, a double, 1 run scored, and 2 RBI’s.

Omar Infante also went 3-5 with a double, and scored 2 runs.

Both Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez chipped in by going 2-4 with 1 RBI.

This and That

Manager Ned Yost lamely explained that he didn’t think Red Sox skipper John Farrell would pinch hit so early when he pulled James Shields in favor of Scott Downs in the 6th. Yost admitted he made a mistake after the game.

First baseman Eric Hosmer extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Hosmer has a hit in every July game, plus a hit on June 30th. Hosmer is hitting a scorching .442/.508/.673 in July.

That’s the player we expected to see all year.

The Royals suffered from some rare bad play in the outfield in the 6th. First Alex Gordon failed to hold the ball after attempting a diving catch in left, and Lorenzo Cain took a bad route to a ball that fell in the gap to give Stephen Drew a ground rule double.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

Eric Hosmer gets our nod in what amounts to a booby prize. Hosmer is carrying the Royals offense in July, such as it is. While better late than never, you can’t help but wonder where this guy has been all year.

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The Red Sox

Pinch hitter Jonny Gomes turned the game around for Boston after entering the game as a pinch hitter for Jackie Bradley in the 6th. Gomes went 1-2 on the game, hitting his 6th home run on the season along with 2 critical RBIs.

Up Next

The Royals continue their series in Boston by sending Danny Duffy (5-9, 2.76 ERA) to the mound against Rubby De La Rosa (2-2, 2.89) for the Red Sox. Game time is 6:10 PM CST at Fenway Park in Boston.


Lorenzo Cain CF5000035.301.336.417.753
Omar Infante 2B5230005.282.322.392.713
Eric Hosmer 1B5132015.272.318.387.706
Salvador Perez C4021014.286.330.438.768
Alex Gordon LF4021004.271.349.426.775
Billy Butler DH4010004.272.324.354.677
Mike Moustakas 3B4000014.189.253.365.618
Alcides Escobar SS4000004.280.317.381.697
Nori Aoki RF4110004.260.327.321.648
Team Totals3941240639.308.308.385.692

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2B: O Infante 2 (11, 1 off C Buchholz, 1 off K Uehara); E Hosmer (27, off C Buchholz).
TB: O Infante 5; E Hosmer 4; A Gordon 2; S Perez 2; B Butler; N Aoki.
RBI: E Hosmer 2 (44); A Gordon (45); S Perez (37).
2-out RBI: E Hosmer.
Team LOB: 8.
With RISP: 4 for 13.
DP: 1. O Infante-A Escobar-E Hosmer.
E: A Escobar (8).
SB: N Aoki (8, 2nd base off C Buchholz/D Ross).
CS: E Hosmer (2, 2nd base by C Buchholz/D Ross).
Pickoffs: A Gordon (1st base by J Tazawa).

Brock Holt RF-CF4011115.326.371.460.831
Dustin Pedroia 2B4010004.280.347.380.727
David Ortiz DH4010004.255.356.487.843
Mike Napoli 1B4020004.269.391.432.823
Daniel Nava LF-RF4110004.238.328.308.636
Xander Bogaerts 3B3212104.236.313.356.669
Stephen Drew SS3120104.
David Ross C3000024.171.233.351.585
Jackie Bradley CF2000012.225.303.309.612
   Jonny Gomes PH-LF2112012.237.330.368.699
Team Totals3351053537.303.361.545.907

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2B: S Drew (4, off J Shields); D Ortiz (19, off K Herrera).
HR: X Bogaerts (7, off J Shields, 6th inn, 1 on, 1 out to Deep CF); J Gomes (6, off S Downs, 6th inn, 1 on, 2 outs to Deep CF).
SH: D Ross (2, off A Crow).
TB: J Gomes 4; X Bogaerts 4; S Drew 3; D Ortiz 2; M Napoli 2; D Pedroia; B Holt; D Nava.
GIDP: D Ortiz (11).
RBI: J Gomes 2 (32); X Bogaerts 2 (24); B Holt (22).
2-out RBI: J Gomes 2; B Holt.
Team LOB: 8.
With RISP: 2 for 10.
PB: D Ross (3).
E: X Bogaerts (14); J Tazawa (1).

James Shields 5.28431313.7011274
Scott Downs, BS (1), L (0-3) 0.11110116.18107
Kelvin Herrera 1 1000002.031711
Aaron Crow 1 0002102.682111
Team Totals 8 10543524.50160103

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Clay Buchholz, W (5-5) 6 10440305.4610467
Burke Badenhop, H (6) 0.10000002.9143
Andrew Miller, H (10) 0.20000202.19118
Junichi Tazawa, H (10) 1 1000002.54149
Koji Uehara, S (19) 1 1000101.611612
Team Totals 9 12440604.0014999

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Balks: None.
WP: None.
HBP: None.
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: J Tazawa (1; A Gordon, 1st base).