Royals offense shut down by Rangers rookie

The KC Royals offense went into hibernation once again, as they were shut out by visiting Texas, 4-0.

The Royals collected just three hits off Rangers rookie starter Chi Chi Gonzalez, who was making just his second Major League start.

thumb downAll three hits were singles, one of which came in the very first inning (along with one of the two walks Gonzalez issued). He then retired 12 in a row before Alex Rios singled with two outs in the fifth.

The Royals had their best chance at scoring in the seventh, when Eric Hosmer singled and Kendrys Morales followed with a walk. However, Alex Gordon grounded into a double play to end the inning.

Gonzalez then retired the final six men he faced to get the complete game victory (he is now 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA).

Meanwhile, Edinson Volquez was chased from the game with one out in the sixth when Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos drove in two runs with a single. That came after Mitch Moreland led off the 6th inning with a solo home run.

Four of the Rangers six hits against Volquez came in that 6th inning.


*The more highly touted Rangers rookie was held in check by the Royals pitching staff on Friday night. That would be third baseman Joey Gallo, who struck out in all four plate appearances.


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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