Royals Report: Embarrassing 13-0 Loss Season Low Point

Jul 26, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon (4) can
Jul 26, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon (4) can /

The Royals suffered a humiliating 13-0 defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday night in KC’s worst home loss since 2002.

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The Kansas City Royals lost their fourth straight game to fall to 48-51 with the 13-0 loss, and now trail the Cleveland Indians by 9.5 games. The Angels improved to 45-55 and remain in last place in the AL West.

What’s disgusting is that the KC Royals are so bad that they’re not even competitive against last place teams. The Angels scored one run in the first, two in the fourth, two in the sixth, one in the eighth, and seven in a humiliating ninth inning which saw the Royals use three different pitchers including position player Drew Butera.

Overall, Kansas City Royals pitchers allowed 22 hits, 4 walks, 1 home run, and 13 earned runs.

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I can’t imagine things getting much worse.

On the flip side, Angels 25-year-old starter Tyler Skaggs was pitching in his first major-league game in two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Skaggs dominated KC Royals hitters, lasting 7.0 innings while allowing only 3 hits, 1 walk, and striking out five.

Of course, holding the Kansas City Royals scoreless isn’t saying much in the month of July. The KC Royals offense has been about at potent as a 90-year-old man with erectile dysfunction. Three measly singles by Alcides Escobar, Cheslor Cuthbert, and Paulo Orlando was all the Royals could produce on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, rookie middle infielder Raul Mondesi debuted the night before his 21st birthday. Mondesi went 0-3 after starting at second base in place of Whit Merrifield, who was optioned to Omaha to make room for Mondesi.

The no. 5 spot in the rotation continues to be a complete dumpster fire for the KC Royals this season. Whether it’s Chris Young, Dillon Gee, or Brian Flynn trying to fill the job, the Kansas City Royals have been pretty much giving away games when the no. 5 starter takes the mound. On Tuesday night, the offense failed to show up as well, leading to a horrendous defeat.

After the game, first baseman Eric Hosmer told Kansas CIty Star reporter Rustin Dodd:

"“It’s extremely frustrating,” Hosmer said. “We just can’t really get anything going. Offensively, we can’t get off to a good start. Defensively, teams are doing a good job of coming out and putting up runs early on us.”"

The KC Royals are now 6-15 in the month of July. The season has appeared to have hit an iceberg, and I see little hope that the ship will somehow remain afloat. The Kansas City Royals need to go an extended winning streak soon, or else manager Dayton Moore will have to pull the trigger on deadline trades to cash in impending free-agents Luke Hochevar, Edinson Volquez, and Kendrys Morales in order to help load up for 2017.

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While few defending champions return to the mountain top the next season, I don’t think any Kansas City Royals fan believed they would be this bad.