-Royals (2-3) fell 4-3 in Philadelphia, evening the three-game series through two.
-Luis Mendoza made his first start of the season, and despite two walks in the first three innings, cruised through four innings, allowing one hit. Phillies starter John Lannan matched Mendoza's effort through four.
TOP of FIVE - Lannan made his first noticeable mistake by hitting Lorenzo Cain (0-for-2) to lead-off the inning. Jeff Francoeur (2-for-4) jumped on a 2-2 pitch for a double. With runners on 2nd and 3rd with nobody out, Miguel Tejada (1-for-3) hit a ground ball to the right side, plating Cain. Tejada got the start at third base for Mike Moustakas, avoiding the lefty vs. lefty situation.
-Elliot Johnson (1-for-2) got the start at second base for left-hander Chris Getz. Along with the more appealing match-up, Ned Yost has noted how he wants to keep his bench fresh. Johnson followed Tejada's knock with a single up the middle, driving Francoeur in. Royals led 2-0.
BOTTOM of FIVE - Mendoza matched Lannan's mistake by walking John Mayberry to lead-off the inning. After a fly out and a sacrifice bunt, Mayberry was driven in from third on a Ben Revere single that lined off the glove of Tejada. Royals led 2-1.
TOP of SEVEN - Francoeur smacked the second pitch he saw to center for a lead-off double. Tejada followed with another seeing-eye hit, but this time a double to right, scoring Francoeur. Royals led 3-1.
-Mendoza finished the game with a line of 6 innings, 2 hits, 1 earned run, 3 walks, 7 strikeouts. Aaron Crow threw a perfect seventh with one strikeout. Kelvin Herrera threw an electric eighth, bookending strikeouts in a perfect inning.
BOTTOM of NINE - Greg Holland walked Chase Utley to start the frame. It was a good battle between the two. He then walked Ryan Howard on four straight pitches. The Royals closer appeared to be over-throwing at the end of the Howard at-bat and during the following walk of Michael Young. Holland was able to strikeout the next two batters, but Kevin Frandsen hit a pinch-hit, three-run double to win the game.
-Salvador Perez didn't do much offensively, but he was a machine behind the plate. I counted instances in the 2nd, 3rd and 9th where his defense shouldn't go unnoticed. Mendoza's sinker and Holland's control issues would have caused problems for most catchers.