Royals fall as Guthrie struggles with command

The KC Royals still won their series over Minnesota, but lost the series finale, 3-0.

The Twins scored all three of their runs in the top of the first, as they sent eight men to the plate. Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie walked two in the inning, hit a batter with the bases loaded, and committed an error on a pickoff attempt. He also allowed three hits in the inning.

Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie during spring training 2013 (Jen Nevius).

Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie during spring training 2013 (Jen Nevius).

The damage was limited for Guthrie, as he induced a double play in the first and Torii Hunter was thrown out trying to steal home in the second.

Yohan Pino once again helped save the bullpen, as he threw three scoreless innings of relief. He allowed three hits while striking out four. Pino threw 32 of his 43 pitches for strikes.

The Royals collected just six hits, including a triple by Eric Hosmer. However, that triple came in the 8th inning. Lorenzo Cain went 1-for-3 with his fifth stolen base of the season (tied for first in the American League). Christian Colon went 1-for-2 with a walk. They had a few chances, but hit into two double plays.

 

The Royals now head to Chicago to play the White Sox for four games over the weekend. Yordano Ventura will start the series opener against White Sox ace Chris Sale.

 

*So much for the hit batters coming to an end. The Royals picked up two more on Wednesday: both Alex Gordon and LoCain were hit by Twins starter Mike Pelfrey.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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