Raul Ibanez hits solo Home Run to beat A’s


Raul Ibanez hit a solo home run in the top of the 5th to propel the Kansas City Royals to a 1-0 win over the A’s at the Oakland Coliseum Friday night.

Ibanez’s blast was the only run of the game, as Jeremy Guthrie worked out of numerous jams to hold the A’s scoreless through 6 innings, and the pen held the lead.

The win puts the Royals 4 games over .500 at 56-52. Kansas City remains 4 games behind Detroit in the American League Central, and 2.5 games behind Toronto for the 2nd wild card.

On the Mound

Jeremy Guthrie pitched 6.0 shutout innings to out-duel Oakland starter Sonny Gray, allowing 3 hits, 2 walks, and 0 earned runs with 6 strikeouts. Guthrie stranded all 5 base runners, including a 1st and 3rd situation with 1 out in the 6th inning where he struck out the the last two batters. Guthrie earned the win to go 7-9 on the season.

Kelvin Herrera pitched a socreless 7th inning despite allowing a single and a walk. Herrera notched 2 strikeouts.

Wade Davis pitched a clean 8th inning with 2 strikeouts.

Greg Holland earned his 30th save with a scoreless 9th in which he allowed a 2-out double to create a little drama. Holland struck out former Royal Alberto Callaspo to end the game.

At the Plate

The Royals only managed 4 hits and 1 walk against Oakland pitching Friday night.

Raul Ibanez provided the only run of the game with his 385-foot shot to left center. Ibanez went 1-3 on the night with his 5th home run of the season (2nd for KC). The blow raised Ibanez’s KC line to .224/.255/.449 since returning to KC June 30.

Jarrod Dyson went 2-3 with 2 singles. Dyson also added his 22nd stolen base of the season.

Nori Aoki opened the game with a leadoff double but was stranded at 2nd.

This and That

The Royals have won their last 2 1-run games and have run their winning streak to 3 straight games. Overall, KC is still only 14-21 in 1-run games.

The Royals stranded 8 base runners on Friday night and stranded 60 in their just-completed 7-game home stand.

Jeremy Guthrie struck out the last 4 hitters he faced.

Eric Hosmer is likely headed for the disabled list since he is out for 3 to 6 weeks with a stress fracture on the 3rd finger of his right hand. Look for the Royals to recall Justin Maxwell from AAA Omaha.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

Our nod goes to Jeremy Guthrie, who out-dueled Oakland’s Sonny Gray, who is 12-3 on the season with an outstanding 2.59 ERA. Though Ibanez struck a key blow, Guthrie’s clutch pitching in the 6th inning to preserve his narrow 1-0 lead seals the deal.

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The A’s

Josh Reddick got 3 of Oakland’s 5 hits, going 3-4 with 2 singles and double Friday night. Meanwhile, Jed Lowrie had a tough night at the plate, going 0-4 with 3 strikeouts on called 3rd strikes. Lowrie was clearly unhappy with home plate umpire Mike Estabrook on multiple occasions.

Up Next

The Royals play the 2nd game of their 3-game series in Oakland. Kansas City will face new acquisition Jon Lester (10-7, 2.52 ERA) in his first Oakland start since coming over from Boston, while the Royals will send Jason Vargas (8-4, 3.31 ERA) to the mound in his first start since July 8 after his emergency appendectomy.


Nori Aoki RF3010104.262.329.328.657167
   Lorenzo Cain RF0000000.297.332.410.742
Omar Infante 2B4000014.262.304.362.665108
Alex Gordon LF4000024.273.351.416.7682114
Salvador Perez C4000024.272.312.414.7261814
Mike Moustakas 3B4000014.194.261.387.6481710
Billy Butler 1B3000013.267.319.360.6791513
Raul Ibanez DH3111013.172.257.307.564149
Alcides Escobar SS3000003.275.310.376.686105
Jarrod Dyson CF3020003.280.333.335.668138
Team Totals311411832.

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2B: N Aoki (15, off S Gray).
HR: R Ibanez (5, off S Gray, 5th inn, 0 on, 1 out to Deep RF).
TB: R Ibanez 4; N Aoki 2; J Dyson 2.
RBI: R Ibanez (26).
Team LOB: 4.
With RISP: 0 for 6.
SB: J Dyson (22, 2nd base off E O’Flaherty/J Jaso).

Sam Fuld CF3010114.264.358.371.7292215
John Jaso C4000024.280.354.458.8122719
Josh Donaldson 3B3010114.248.331.466.7971811
Brandon Moss LF4000024.257.336.497.8341911
Jed Lowrie SS4000034.239.320.354.6741610
Stephen Vogt 1B4000024.342.372.516.8881713
Josh Reddick RF4030004.252.309.411.7201611
Alberto Callaspo DH4000014.231.303.303.6061814
Eric Sogard 2B2000103.
Team Totals3205031235.

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2B: S Fuld (11, off J Guthrie); J Reddick (8, off G Holland).
TB: J Reddick 4; S Fuld 2; J Donaldson.
Team LOB: 8.
With RISP: 0 for 7.

Jeremy Guthrie, W (7-9) 6 3002604.502310773
Kelvin Herrera, H (10) 1 1001201.7252114
Wade Davis, H (21) 1 0000200.9531811
Greg Holland, S (30) 1 1000201.7341610
Team Totals 9 50031200.0035162108

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Sonny Gray, L (12-4) 7 3110712.592410167
Eric O’Flaherty 0.21001001.864199
Dan Otero 1.10000102.3141412
Team Totals 9 4111811.003213488

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Balks: None.
WP: S Gray 2 (9).
HBP: None.
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: None.