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Josh Vernier


Royals Split Doubleheader

-Royals (13-9) split the first day/night doubleheader in team history, winning the opener 9-0, but falling in the night cap 10-3.

-Jeremy Guthrie was the story of the opener. He threw 6.2 innings of shutout baseball, scattering six hits, striking out five and walking three. Guthrie hasn't lost a game since August 3rd, and matched a team record held by Paul Splittorff by making 16 consecutive starts without a loss. 

-The offense for the Royals started in the 2nd inning when Mike Moustakas (2-for-5 for the doubleheader) worked a two-out walk. Jeff Francoeur (3-for-8) drove him in with a double, and then came around to score on a Jarrod Dyson (2-for-4) double. 

-Kansas City continued to put up runs on Cleveland starter Justin Masterson in the 4th, and once again, a two-out walk to Moustakas started it. Francoeur followed with a single, and then Dyson drove in Moose with a single to center.

-In the 5th, Alcides Escobar (3-for-8) connected on his 3rd home run of the season.

-The Royals would tack on three in the 7th. Chris Getz (2-for-7) led off with a single, and was followed by a single from Alex Gordon (2-for-8). A fielder's choice ground ball from Escobar scored Getz. Billy Butler (1-for-7) drew a one out walk, and with two on Eric Hosmer (2-for-9) drove Escobar in with a single to right field. After Salvador Perez (0-for-3) was hit by a pitch, Moustakas was walked with the bases loaded, plating Butler. 

-Tim Collins faced one batter out of the bullpen in the 7th. Luke Hochevar struck out five over the final two innings of the game.

-KC put two more on the board in the 8th, thanks to a lead-off walk to Getz, and then a two-run home run from Gordon, his third of the season. 

-In the night cap, things got ugly early. Will Smith was summoned from AAA-Omaha for the day/night doubleheader. MLB allows a team to add one player when this situation occurs. Smith, who was one of the team's top pitchers during spring, had a runner on first with one out in the first inning, but a routine 5-4-3 double-play ground ball to Moustakas went through his legs for an error. Instead of the inning being over, it became a 28 pitch problem for Smith, who allowed six runs, four earned runs, in four innings of work. He also struck out five with one walk. 

-The Royals finally got some offense in the 4th when Francoeur reached base on an infield single with two outs. George Kottaras (1-for-4) drilled a double to right to put runners on second and third with two outs for Getz. The second baseman pushed both runs across with a single to center.

-Ned Yost called the game, "just a bad game," and he couldn't be more correct. The defensive follies continued in the 7th. Hosmer dropped a routine pop-up in foul territory, and the team looked foolish when they couldn't get Carlos Santana out in a rundown. Both errors would equal Cleveland runs.

-Bruce Chen came in relief, and pitched tremendously. His final line showed 3 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 4 K, 0 BB. JC Gutierrez threw two innings of relief, and allowed two runs on four hits. He didn't walk a batter and struck out one. 

-The defensive miscues carried into the 8th inning. Escobar charged a ground ball from Michael Brantley, but couldn't make the tough throw to first as it went wild, but the play was scored as a single. The following batter, Asdrubal Cabrera, flew to deep right field where Francoeur dropped the ball, but again, it was scored as a triple. Both of those "hits" equaled Indians runs.

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People : Alcides EscobarAlex GordonBilly ButlerBruce ChenCarlos SantanaChris GetzGeorge KottarasJeff FrancoeurJeremy GuthrieJustin MastersonLuke HochevarMichael BrantleyMike MoustakasNed YostPaul SplittorffSalvador PerezTim CollinsWill Smith

04/28/2013 11:24PM
Royals Split Doubleheader
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