Anthony Lerew took the hill against Toronto and wasted no time in putting the Royals behind, giving up a walk and home run in the first three batters. In the second inning, he walked the leadoff hitter again, gave up a double, and then a blistering line drive from Edwin Encarnacion hit him in the ribs and knocked him out of the game.
At least he got Encarnacion out at first.
Lerew’s outing nicely symbolized the game for the Royals. The Blue Jays took the Royals out behind the woodshed and brought their bats with them, taking the second game of the series 13-1.
Lerew left with a bruised right arm and bruised ribs, but seemed more stunned than debilitated. He should be fine for his next start.
Where Toronto had failed on Monday, going 3-16 with runners in scoring position, they were 7-19 on Tuesday. Former Royals Jose Bautista (who I don’t even remember as a Royal) and John Buck combined to go 6-11 with five runs scored, six RBI and four doubles with a Bautista homerun.
Every Royals pitcher gave up at least two runs, so the bullpen ERA is looking like it’s correcting itself. There are a lot of young arms in Kansas City’s ‘pen and it shows from time to time.
I think you get the picture – there wasn’t a lot of positive in this one. The Royals only struck out once at bat. There ya go.