A’s batter Jeremy Guthrie and Bruce Chen


The A’s battered Kansas City Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie for 6 runs (4 earned) in 4.2 innings on their way to an 11-3 victory over KC at Kauffman Stadium Tuesday night.

Oakland continued the beating against reliever Bruce Chen, hanging 5 runs on him in 4 innings of work. 3B Josh Donaldson led the way with 2 home runs and 4 RBI’s.

The loss dropped Kansas City to 10 games over .500 at 64-54. The Royals retained their 1/2 game margin in the AL Central since Detroit also lost to Pittsburg. Seattle also closed to within a /1/2 game of the Royals for the A.L.’s 2nd wild card.

On the Mound

It was a rough night for starter Jeremy Guthrie, who gave up 11 hits, 0 walks, and 6 runs (4 earned) with 4 strikeouts. Guthrie lost his 10th game of the season against 8 victories.

Aaron Crow retired the only hitter he faced to finish the 5th inning.

Bruce Chen entered in the 6th inning and finished out the game. Chen pitched 4.0 innings, giving up 9 hits, both Josh Donaldson home runs, and 5 earned runs. Overall, Oakland battered KC pitching for 20 hits.

At the Plate

The Royals only managed 7 hits, 2 walks, and 3 earned runs against the A’s pitching staff.  All 3 runs came against Oakland starter Jon Lester in the 5th inning that temporarily made the score 6-3.

Kansas City bunched 3 hits and a walk in the inning, including 2 doubles. Mike Moustakas walked to start the inning, followed by a double by Lorenzo Cain. Cain finished 1-4 on the day.

Alcides Escobar followed with a sacrifice fly that drove in Moustakas. Nori Aoki then added an infield single that scored Cain. Aoki was the only Royal with more than one hit, finishing 2-4 with 2 singles, 1 run scored, and 1 RBI.

After Omar Infante grounded out, Salvador Perez drove in Aoki with a double to deep left.

This and That

The Royals lost their first game since Sung Woo Lee arrived last Tuesday. The team is 7-1 since that day.

Josh WIllingham got his first start for the Royals at DH. He also doubled in his first at bat in a Kansas City uniform. Willingham finished 1 for 4 with 2 strikeouts.

While the Royals got stomped 11-3, Nori Aoki and Omar Infante turned in nice defensive plays. Aoki made a leaping grab in the 9th against the wall to rob Oakland 1B Steve Vogt of an extra-base hit. Omar Infante made a nice barehanded play to retire Eric Sogard in the 6th. Lorenzo Cain also nailed Josh Donaldson at home plate for an outfield assist in the 1st.

Jon Lester has won all 3 of his starts since coming to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes at the trade deadline. Two of Lester’s 3 wins have come against Kansas City, and are the only two games the Royals have lost in their last 10 games—sandwiching KC’s 8-game win streak.

Jon Lester is apparently immune to the Sung Woo Lee affect.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

Well, I guess I have to pick someone. I’m going with Nori Aoki for his 2 hits, 1 RBI and nice catch in right field.

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The A’s

Josh Donaldson was the big dog, going 3-4 with a single, 2 home runs (25), 3 runs scored, and 4 RBI’s. LF Brandon Moss chipped in with a 4-hit game, going 4 for 5 with 3 singles, 1 double and 2 RBI’s.

Up Next

The A’s and Royals play the 3rd game of their series Wednesday night. Jason Vargas (8-5, 3.48 ERA) will pitch for Kansas City against Scott Kazmir (13-4, 2.73 ERA) for Oakland. Game time is 7:10 PM CST at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.


Sam Fuld CF5230005.265.351.355.705
John Jaso DH4220014.267.341.428.770
   Jonny Gomes PH-DH0001001.236.328.350.678
Josh Donaldson 3B4334005.255.341.475.816
Brandon Moss LF5042015.254.341.481.822
Derek Norris C5000035.288.384.462.846
Stephen Vogt 1B5121005.316.348.489.838
Josh Reddick RF5130005.259.312.424.735
Alberto Callaspo 2B5120015.234.304.302.606
Eric Sogard SS5112005.
Team Totals431120100645.465.444.6511.096

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2B: B Moss (19, off J Guthrie); A Callaspo (13, off B Chen).
HR: J Donaldson 2 (25, 2 off B Chen, 7th inn, 0 on, 0 outs to Deep LF-CF; 8th inn, 0 on, 2 outs to Deep LF-CF).
SF: J Donaldson (4, off J Guthrie); J Gomes (6, off B Chen).
TB: J Donaldson 9; B Moss 5; A Callaspo 3; S Fuld 3; J Reddick 3; S Vogt 2; J Jaso 2; E Sogard.
GIDP: A Callaspo (16); E Sogard (5).
RBI: J Donaldson 4 (84); B Moss 2 (76); E Sogard 2 (16); S Vogt (29); J Gomes (35).
2-out RBI: J Donaldson 2; S Vogt; B Moss.
Team LOB: 7.
With RISP: 5 for 13.
DP: 1. J Donaldson-A Callaspo-S Vogt.
E: E Sogard (5).

Nori Aoki RF4121014.269.340.338.678
Omar Infante 2B3000013.257.295.352.647
   Christian Colon PH-2B1000001.316.316.579.895
Salvador Perez C2011103.269.308.416.724
   Erik Kratz PH-C1000001.202.228.337.565
Billy Butler 1B4010024.275.323.386.709
Alex Gordon LF3010023.280.356.436.791
   Raul Ibanez PH-LF1000001.
Josh Willingham DH4010024.211.344.404.747
Mike Moustakas 3B3100124.199.261.388.650
Lorenzo Cain CF4110024.300.339.412.751
Alcides Escobar SS2001003.279.314.371.685
Team Totals3237321235.219.257.313.570

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2B: J Willingham (6, off J Lester); L Cain (22, off J Lester); S Perez (19, off J Lester).
SF: A Escobar (3, off J Lester).
TB: J Willingham 2; S Perez 2; N Aoki 2; L Cain 2; A Gordon; B Butler.
GIDP: J Willingham (3).
RBI: A Escobar (37); N Aoki (26); S Perez (49).
2-out RBI: S Perez.
Team LOB: 5.
With RISP: 2 for 6.
DP: 2. A Escobar-B Butler; O Infante-A Escobar-B Butler.
E: A Escobar (11).
Outfield Assists: L Cain (J Donaldson at home plate).

Jon Lester, W (13-7) 6 6332902.519969
Ryan Cook 1 0000202.271410
Dan Otero 2 1000102.382621
Team Totals 9 73321203.00139100

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Jeremy Guthrie, L (8-10) 4.211640404.458959
Aaron Crow 0.10000003.0411
Bruce Chen 4 9550226.565843
Team Totals 9 201190629.00148103

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WP: None.
HBP: None.
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: None.