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Josh Vernier


Guthrie Dominates White Sox

-The Royals (16-10) rode a remarkable effort from Jeremy Guthrie to a third straight win, taking the opener from Chicago, 2-0 at Kauffman.

-The offense gave Guthrie an early cushion in the first inning. After Alex Gordon (0-for-4) and Alcides Escobar (1-for-4) were retired to open the inning, Billy Butler (0-for-3) was hit by a Dylan Axelrod pitch. Eric Hosmer (3-for-4) followed with a single, and put runners on first and second with two outs. Lorenzo Cain (1-for-4) came through with a triple to right field that got by a diving Alex Rios to score both runners. 

-The Royals offense would have plenty of other opportunities in the game, but was unable to capitalize. Chris Getz (1-for-4) hit a one out single in the 2nd, and was stranded on third to end the inning. Hosmer led off the 3rd inning with a triple, and was left stranded. The team had runners on second and third with two outs in the 7th, but was unable to knock them in.

-The lack of offense wasn't an issue because Guthrie was superb. His final line showed 9 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 3 K, 1 BB on 106 pitches. It was his first career complete game shutout, and in the process set a new franchise record for consecutive games without a loss at 17. 

-The night went as follows for Guthrie. He retired the first four he faced, and then gave up a single. The right-hander then sat down seven straight, and then walked one and allowed a double. Guthrie regrouped to retire the next 11 hitters. Finally, after allowed two singles in the span of three batters, Guthrie ended the game by getting the final four he faced out. 
-The team's defense was spectacular again tonight. Mike Moustakas (0-for-3) made a tremendous bare-handed play in the 3rd, which was followed by a similar play from Escobar. Hosmer had a vacuum for a glove at first base. The big lefty made back-to-back impressive scoops in the 5th. Even Guthrie showed some skill defensively by throwing out Alejandro de Aza after a nice bunt attempt in the 6th.

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People : Alejandro de AzaAlex GordonAlex RiosBilly ButlerChris GetzEric HosmerJeremy GuthrieLorenzo CainMike Moustakas

05/04/2013 10:29PM
Guthrie Dominates White Sox
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