Kansas City Royals ninth inning Rally falls Short


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.

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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.


Danny Santana CF5220025.318.350.462.8121913
Sam Fuld RF3010104.262.353.366.7192113
Brian Dozier 2B3021114.233.328.422.7502716
Josh Willingham LF2011004.222.363.422.785148
Chris Parmelee 1B4000004.261.299.376.6751812
Trevor Plouffe 3B3000124.241.312.402.7142313
Kurt Suzuki C2000204.307.368.389.758177
Eduardo Nunez DH4010004.256.279.376.6551310
Eduardo Escobar SS4000024.268.310.390.7011513
Team Totals302725737.233.351.300.651167105

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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.
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).

Nori Aoki RF4010004.265.330.329.6591710
Omar Infante 2B4110014.261.303.365.667138
Eric Hosmer 1B4011024.270.317.382.6991712
   Jarrod Dyson PR0000000.274.330.331.661
Salvador Perez C4000024.278.319.422.7411815
Alex Gordon LF3000104.271.352.414.766148
Billy Butler DH4000004.271.323.366.689108
Mike Moustakas 3B2000103.193.261.387.648149
Lorenzo Cain CF3010013.297.333.413.746117
Alcides Escobar SS3010023.276.312.374.6861612
Team Totals311512833.

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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.
DP: 2. O Infante-A Escobar-E Hosmer; A Escobar-O Infante-E Hosmer.
E: S Perez (4); J Shields (3).
SB: N Aoki (9, 2nd base off K Gibson/K Suzuki).
Pickoffs: A Escobar (1st base by K Gibson).

Kyle Gibson, W (9-8) 7 2002703.949566
Casey Fien, H (18) 1 1000102.352417
Glen Perkins, S (26) 1 2110002.78127
Team Totals 9 5112801.0013190

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James Shields, L (9-6) 6 6214503.5012477
Jason Frasor 1 1000103.001810
Aaron Crow 1 0000002.98108
Kelvin Herrera 1 0001101.801811
Team Totals 9 7215701.00170106

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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).