Not a word you want associated with your offense. Unfortunately, it’s a constant issue with the Royals. 5 hits with only one of those going for extra bases. It’s hard to win baseball games that way.
Jeremy Guthrie made the start for the Royals. He gave up two runs in the top of the 4th inning on a single by Nelson Cruz that scored Manny Machado and moved Chris Davis to 3rd. Steve Clevenger followed this up with a fielder’s choice that scored Davis. Adam Jones scored on a Nelson Cruz sacrifice fly in the 6th inning and Chris Davis hit a solo shot in the 8th to make the score 4-0. Guthrie’s final line was 8 inning pitched with 4 earned runs, 2 strikeouts, and 1 walk. He gave up 8 hits but 7 of them were for extra bases. Casey Coleman pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
As stated above, the Royals did zilch on offense tonight. They faced Chris Tillman who went the whole way for the Orioles with no earned runs, 3 strikeouts and 1 walk.
After a nice little two-game sweep of the Rockies, the Royals are really struggling with the Orioles and have to win the next two in a row to get themselves a split and get their record back over .500.
MOOSE/BUTLER UPDATE: These two gentlemen went a combined 0-6 with one walk (Moustakas). Not a huge help.