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Josh Vernier


Royals Bats Lifeless in Oakland

-The Royals (20-19) dropped a second straight in Oakland, 2-1.

-Ervin Santana made the start, and, like James Shields the night before, was masterful. Santana's final line showed 7 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 5 K, 3 BB on 101 pitches, but ended up taking the loss. It was his second straight loss.

-The Royals jumped out to an early lead by scoring in the first. Alex Gordon (1-for-3) had a tremendous 11-pitch at-bat that resulted in a two-out double to left field. Billy Butler (2-for-4) drove him in with a single to right field.

-Lorenzo Cain (0-for-4) moved back to the lead-off spot for the game, and has now gone hitless in seven at-bats atop the lineup. 

-It appeared that the Royals offense would stay on the attack in the second, and do so with the improved patience we saw in the finale in Anaheim. 

-Salvador Perez (2-for-4) led-off with a single to center field. Mike Moustakas (0-for-3) and Jeff Francoeur (0-for-3) followed with back-to-back walks, which loaded the bases with no outs. Francoeur's walk came on the ninth pitch of the at-bat. Oakland starter Tommy Milone threw 24 pitches to the first three batters. 

-Moustakas is now 1-for his last-29. Francoeur got the start over David Lough, who had two of the Royals five hits a night ago.

-Elliot Johnson (0-for-3) popped up to the catcher on the first pitch he saw. Cain and Alcides Escobar (0-for-4) both struck out to leave the bases loaded.

-The Royals would get the lead-off hitter on in the 3rd, 4th, 6th and 9th innings, but couldn't push across a run. Perez's led off with a double in the 4th, and was moved to third on a Moustakas fly out. Francoeur and Johnson struck out to end the inning.

-Eric Hosmer went 0-for-3 and is hitting below .140 over the last eight games.

-Oakland scored both runs in the 6th. Eric Sogard led off with a double to center field. Coco Crisp followed by drawing a walk. Jed Lowrie's sacrifice fly to center scored one, and Crisp would come around to score on a triple from Brandon Moss. 

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People : Alcides EscobarAlex GordonBilly ButlerBrandon MossCoco CrispDavid LoughElliot JohnsonEric HosmerEric SogardErvin SantanaJames ShieldsJed LowrieJeff FrancoeurLorenzo CainMike MoustakasSalvador PerezTommy Milone

05/19/2013 1:02AM
Royals Bats Lifeless in Oakland
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