Kansas City Royals Fall to Houston Astros 4-0
By David Hill
On the plus side for the Kansas City Royals, at least it was over quickly.
The Royals were unable to get anything started offensively against Dallas Keuchel, who fired eight shutout innings as the Astros topped Kansas City 4-0 in a game that lasted just over two hours.
Kansas City had their best chance to score in the first. With two outs, Lorenzo Cain reached on an infield single, and moved to third on Kendrys Morales‘ ground rule double. However, Keuchel was able to get out of the jam by getting Salvador Perez to ground out to first.
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Royals starter Danny Duffy matched Keuchel for the first two innings before the Astros struck with two out in the bottom of the third. Marwin Gonzalez singled, and George Springer followed with a home run to left, giving the Astros a 2-0 lead. Houston tacked on runs in the fourth and fifth inning, as Evan Gattis tripled and scored on a wild pitch in the fourth and Jose Altuve‘s RBI double capped the scoring an inning later.
The Royals had another scoring threat in the top of the sixth. Cain doubled to right with one out, but Keuchel was able to get two groundouts to end the threat. While the Royals get get base hits in the eighth and ninth, they were unable to get a runner home in the 4-0 loss.
Duffy had a solid outing for the Royals in his second start since returning from the disabled list. In his 6.2 innings of work, he allowed four runs on six hits and two walks, striking out six. Maybe it was not the Danny Duffy that the Kansas City Royals had last year, but there were flashes. Hopefully, Duffy will be able to build upon this start and get closer to being that pitcher from 2014.
Lorenzo Cain provided the majority of the Royals offense, going 3-4 with two doubles in the loss.