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Mendoza, Defense Fall to Toronto

-Royals (6-4) dropped the opener to Toronto, 8-4.

-Luis Mendoza made the start, and it will be his last for more than a week. Ned Yost said before the game that Mendoza will be skipped the next time through the rotation because of the amount of off-days over the next week. 

-The right-hander and the defense behind him were shaky in the first inning. After getting the lead-off man to pop out, Mendoza gave up a single to Melky Cabrera. The former Royals would steal second, and take third on an errant throw from Salvador Perez (1-for-4). Jose Bautista would strike-out, and Edwin Encarnacion walked to put runners on the corners with two outs. J.P. Arencibia hit an RBI single, followed by an RBI double from Adam Lind, and the Blue Jays led 2-0.

-The Royals bats backed their starter by tacking on three runs in the opening frame. Alex Gordon (1-for-4) hit a lead-off single, and after an Alcides Escobar (1-for-4) strikeout, Billy Butler (0-for-2) walked. With two on, Perez poked an outside pitch to right-center field for an RBI single. Mike Moustakas (0-for-3) walked, and following a Jeff Francoeur (0-for-4) strikeout, Lorenzo Cain (1-for-4) hit a two-run single to center giving the Royals a 3-2 lead.

-Mendoza didn't let the crowd at Kauffman enjoy the lead long. He served up back-to-back doubles to lead off the inning. Colby Rasmus would score from second on Emilio Bonifacio's double. In fact, Bonifacio came all the way around the score on his double. He advance to third on the throw home from Francoeur, and took home on Perez's second error of the game, a lazy throw to third. Royals trailed 4-3 after an inning and a half.

-Toronto would put a 5th run on the board in the third. Encarnacion hit a routine ground ball to Moustakas, but his throw was too high for first baseman Miguel Tejada (0-for-4), allowing him to reach on an error. He would come around to score on a sacrifice fly.

-The final Royals run came in the 5th inning. Elliot Johnson (1-for-3), making the start at second base, lead-off the inning with a well-timed bunt single to jump start an offense that had seen the previous ten batters sat down. Escobar would drive him in with a double. The 5-4 deficit would be as close as the Royals would come.

-Mendoza was pulled after 5.2 innings. His final line showed 7 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 2 Ks. He left the game with two-out and runners on second and third, and turned it over to Luke Hochevar. 

-Hochevar first batter was 4-time all-star Jose Reyes, who took a 2-1 fastball back up the middle for a two-run single. Hochevar walked the next batter, but sat the next seven hitters down in order. J.C. Gutierrez threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

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People : Adam LindAlex GordonBilly ButlerColby RasmusEdwin EncarnacionElliot JohnsonJose BautistaJose ReyesLorenzo CainLuis MendozaLuke HochevarMelky CabreraMiguel TejadaMike MoustakasNed YostSalvador Perez

04/12/2013 11:36PM
Mendoza, Defense Fall to Toronto
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