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Josh Vernier


Royals Waste Another Solid Start

-Royals (17-12) dropped the opener in Baltimore, 4-3.

-Ervin Santana made the start and was a tad bit shaky early on. It appeared to me that he was struggling with his velocity with the first few batters, and was trying to be too fine. With the caliber of defense behind him, I would have liked to see him try and induce a few more ground/fly balls, rather than going for the strike out. Baltimore's offense was swinging early in the count, so I do have to give them credit for their aggressive approach.

-In the first inning, Santana gave up back-to-back-to-back one out singles. The third single, from Adam Jones, plated game's first run. Santana struck out Chris Davis to record the second out, but Matt Wieters turned on a 3-2 slider for a two-run double, giving the Orioles a 3-0 lead.

-The Royals would get a run in the 3rd inning. After Salvador Perez (0-for-4) grounded out to start the inning, Miguel Tejada (2-for-3) hit a single in his first at bat as he made the start at third base. Second baseman Elliot Johnson (2-for-3) followed with a single of his own, and that put runners on first and second with one out. Alcides Escobar (1-for-4) hit a two-out single to right field that scored Tejada, and put the Royals on the board. 

-Ervin Santana settled in after that opening frame, and finished with a final line of 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 4 K, 1 BB. Another quality start from the Royals righty.

-In the 7th inning, Perez again led off with a ground out, but was again followed by a Tejada single. Elliot Johnson's at bat was interrupted by sheets of rain that delayed the game for nearly 45 minutes. When the game resumed, Johnson flew out to center for the second out. Alex Gordon (2-for-4) continued to carry the offense by turning on a 2-2 pitch, and sending it over the right field wall for his 4th home run of the season. Gordon's bomb would tie the game at 3.

-Tim Collins came in relief for the bottom of the 7th, and despite one walk and questionable location, was trotted back out to start the 8th. Collins walked Adam Jones to start the inning, and as is normally the case, payed dearly for a lead-off walk. He managed to strike out Chris Davis, but was removed afterward. 

-Luke Hochevar came in from the bullpen with one out and a runner on first in the 8th. Hochevar was charged with an error on a poor pick-off attempt at first base that allowed Jones to advance to second base. The former first round pick threw a low fastball to Matt Wieters with a 2-2 count, and the Orioles catcher did a tremendous job of reaching down and slapping the ball to left field. The Wieters hit would land JUST inside the left field foul line, and would go for a RBI double, giving Baltimore a 4-3 lead. 

-In the 9th inning, Jeff Francoeur (0-for-4) was allowed to lead off the inning, and proceeded to fly out to center after drawing the count full. Perez would strike out, and then pinch-hitter Mike Moustakas flew out to left field to end the game.

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People : Adam JonesAlex GordonChris DavisElliot JohnsonErvin SantanaJeff FrancoeurLuke HochevarMatt WietersMiguel TejadaMike MoustakasSalvador PerezTim Collins

05/07/2013 11:06PM
Royals Waste Another Solid Start
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