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Josh Vernier


Royals Skid Reaches 8

-The Royals (21-29) dropped a third straight game to the Cardinals, falling tonight 5-3. They have now lost eight straight, 12 of 13, and 19 of the last 23.

-Luis Mendoza made the start, and was solid once again. His final line showed 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 3 BB on 98 pitches.

-The Royals were sat down in order through the first three innings by Cardinals starter Lance Lynn before getting on the board in the fourth inning. Alex Gordon (3-for-5) led-off with a single, and was followed by a double from Alcides Escobar (2-for-5). Lorenzo Cain (0-for-3) connected on a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Gordon, and giving the Royals a 1-0 lead.

-The offense would tack on another run in the fifth inning. David Lough (3-for-4) hit a lead-off triple. George Kottaras (0-for-4) and Chris Getz (0-for-3) both popped up to the infield, and it looked as if Lough would be stranded on third. Mendoza (1-for-2) helped his own cause by lining a single to right field, and driving in a run on his first career hit.

-The Royals 2-0 lead would last until the sixth inning. Matt Holliday crushed a 3-1 fastball to lead off the inning. Mendoza got Allen Craig to line out, and struck out Yadier Molina, but after walked David Freese, was pulled for Tim Collins. The left-hander struck out John Jay to end the inning.

-J.C. Gutierrez allowed one hit in his inning of work in the 7th.

-The Royals lead grew to 3-1 in the 8th inning. Mike Moustakas (2-for-4) hit a one-out single, and Lough followed with one of his own, putting runners on the corners with one out. Kottaras' ground-out to third was good enough to plate Moustakas.

-The wheels came off in the 8th inning with Aaron Crow on the hill. Carlos Beltran hit a home run to start the inning. Crow was able to strike out Holliday, but gave up three straight singles, a walk, and following another strike-out, allowed a two-run single to Matt Adams that all but ended the game. In the stretch of three straight singles, the third one, from Freese, was an RBI single.

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05/29/2013 11:43PM
Royals Skid Reaches 8
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