So after an off day to contemplate their recent success, the Royals traveled to the South Side and ended up on the wrong side of a back alley brawl. Bruce Chen never really had it and Mark Buehrle managed to scatter baserunners over seven innings to get the win.
This after an off day of “should the Royals shoot for the playoffs” posts all over. Now I’m as optimistic as the next guy, but I’m not delusional. Focus ladies and gents…
Chen left after giving up a homer to A.J. Pierzynski in the fourth, but he was behind batters all night. I’ll give Ned Yost credit that he saw his pitcher just didn’t have it, and went to the bullpen. It helps that the All-Star break looms on the horizon, so the Royals can get into their bullpen when necessary with three days to rest up.
Kanekoa Texeira was decent, working 2.2 innings and giving up a run, but Victor Marte looked good after getting through 1.2 innings, but then he started walking people and gave up Pierzynski’s second homer and ended up giving up four runs in the bottom of the eighth. The Royals got a homer from Yuniesky Betancourt in the ninth to finally get on the board, but they were never really in this one.
On the plus side, the Royals did turn three double plays in the game.
Billy Butler and David DeJesus went a combined 0-6, so it’s not surprising that the Royals lost and barely got on the scoreboard. As a team, the Royals were 0-6 with runners in scoring position, so that doesn’t help matters either.
The Royals send Brian Bannister to the mound tonight to face Gavin Floyd. Floyd is 1-2 against the Royals this year and has given up 13 earned runs in 19 innings, so the Royals have a shot to put some runs on the board tonight. Unfortunately, Bannister has given up 14 earned runs in 13 innings over three starts, so we might see a 9-8 game tonight.