The host Colorado Rockies showed off their power in the very first inning and held on for the 6-2 victory over the KC Royals. The Rockies out-hit the Royals 11-10.
Aaron Brooks made the start for the Royals in place of the sick Jeremy Guthrie. He allowed a two-run home run to Troy Tulowitzki in the first, followed by a solo shot by Justin Morneau. That was all before Brooks recorded an out.
In the battle for the lefty reliever job for the Royals, Joe Paterson and Franklin Morales both had positive outings. Paterson pitched the 3rd inning and was perfect. He faced two left-handed batters, with one out coming via strikeout.
Morales pitched two scoreless innings, though against the Rockies “bench”. He walked one and struck out two, but only faced one left-hander (a line out).
The Royals scored both of their runs in the top of the 2nd inning on a two out, two-run single by Christian Colon (1-for-2).
More notes from the game:
- In three innings for the Rockies, starter Kyle Kendrick lived up to his reputation as a ground ball specialist. He induced six of them.
- Ryan Madson, battling for a bullpen spot, pitched the eighth and allowed two hits to the Rockies minor leaguers. The run he allowed was unearned, due to a fielding error by third baseman Hunter Dozier (0-for-1 GIDP).
- The Royals starting outfield provided much of the offense. Of the team’s ten hits, seven came from three hitters. Jarrod Dyson got the start in centerfield and went 2-for-3. Jorge Bonifacio started in right field and went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base. Brett Eibner continues to stay hot for the Royals. He went 3-for-3 in the start in left field. He doubled and scored a run. Eibner is hitting .667.
- Omar Infante was once again the DH and went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
- The Royals bench did not record a base runner, going 0-for-8 with a strikeout.
- Prospect Raul Mondesi played his third big league spring training game at second base. He came off the bench and went 0-for-1.
The Royals now welcome American League Central rival Cleveland to town on Monday afternoon. Shaun Marcum is scheduled to start for the Tribe, with Scott Atchison, Kyle Crockett, Bryan Price, Charles Brewer, and Dustin Molleken set to pitch in relief. The Royals will start Yordano Ventura, with right-handers Luke Hochevar and Chris Young slated to make their second appearances of the spring.