With the season over it’s time to look back and we’re going to look at each team Kansas City faced in 2013. With the Boston Red Sox defeating the St. Louis Cardinals, the Royals can say they took the season series from this year’s World Series champion. So let’s start with the team KC faced with the worst record on the team’s schedule, the Miami Marlins and work our way to Boston.
The Marlins went 62-100 this season but did take two-of-three from the Royals August 12-14 at Kauffman Stadium. This series looked like it would derail the team’s postseason chances losing to the team with the worst record in the National League.
August 12 – Marlins (44-73) 2 @ Royals (62-54) 6
Win: Wade Davis (6-9) Loss: Tom Koehler (3-8)
Recap: Davis got the start in the series opener and went six innings allowing two runs on six hits, striking out three and walking two. Justin Maxwell opened the scoring with an RBI triple that scored Mike Moustakas in the fourth, Chris Getz singled in Maxwell making it 2-0 KC. In the top of the sixth Miami tied the game Logan Morrison doubled home Giancarlo Stanton, the Marlins tied the game when Greg Dobbs followed with a double of his own. The Royals broke the tie in the bottom of the inning when Alcides Escobar led off with a triple, Jarrod Dyson singled next which was followed by David Lough putting the boys in blue up 5-2. Billy Butler capped the scoring with a home run in the sixth inning making it 6-2 which would be the final score.
August 13 – Marlins (45-73) 1 @ Royals (62-55) 0 F/10
Win: Chad Qualls (3-1) Loss: Kelvin Herrera (4-6) Save: Steve Cishek (25)
Recap: This was another game in which the Royals lacked offense and wasted a Bruce Chen start, Chen threw seven innings allowing three hits striking out six. Kansas City was incredible just 0-for-1 with runners in scoring position as Jose Fernandez also went seven allowing three hits himself also striking out six. Alcides Escobar led the team going 2-for-4 which was half the teams hits on the evening. The critical moment came in the tenth when Herrera hit the leadoff hitter Jake Marisnick, who then stole second base then scored on a Christian Yelich single. KC got an Escobar single off Cishek in the bottom of the inning but couldn’t get him past first base.
August 14 – Marlins (46-73) 5 @ Royals (62-56) 2
Win: Dan Jennings (2-3) Loss: Tim Collins (2-6) Save: Steve Cishek (26)
Recap: The Royals jumped on the scoreboard first 1-0 when Salvador Perez scored Eric Hosmer on a single. Miami tied the game in the top of the third inning but the Royals regained the lead in their half when Lough’s groundout scored Chris Getz. Ervin Santana threw six innings scattering eight hits allowing just one run but walked two against three strikeouts. Tim Collins came into pitch the seventh inning giving up two runs giving Miami a 3-2 lead. The Marlins added two runs in the ninth inning off Luke Hochevar, KC had a chance to tie in the ninth putting the tying run at the plate but Alex Gordon struck out swinging to end the game and the series as Miami took two-of-three games.