Royals drop second straight to Rangers

The KC Royals lost once again to visiting Texas, 4-2.

Not much has been going right for the Royals offense of late and it continued on Saturday afternoon. They couldn’t even capitalize on three Rangers errors.

On Friday night, the Royals were shut down by a rookie. Today, they were shut down by a veteran.

Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson during spring training 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson during spring training 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Lefty Wandy Rodriguez scattered six hits over seven innings. The Royals scored one run off Rodriguez and that came in the sixth. Jarrod Dyson led off with a double, moved to third base on a ground out, and scored on Mike Moustakas‘ single.

They had another chance in the sixth, and then again in the eighth, but Kendrys Morales grounded out twice to end the inning.

The Royals also received a subpar start from Yordano Ventura, which isn’t a good combination with the struggling offense.

Ventura struggled through the first inning, allowing four straight one out hits and then a sac fly to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead. The Rangers then scored two more in the 2nd inning on Shin-Soo Choo’s double.

Ventura ended up only lasting three innings. He allowed all four runs on six hits and two walks.

Veteran Joe Blanton saved the bullpen with 3.1 scoreless innings of relief. He struck out two of the first three batters he faced in the 4th inning. Blanton struggled a bit in the sixth, his third inning of work, but a shoe-string catch by centerfielder Lorenzo Cain ended the Rangers two on threat.

Blanton went back out for the seventh, but allowed a one out single to Prince Fielder. In came lefty Franklin Morales, who picked off Fielder.

 

The Royals collected nine hits, three by Dyson. Salvador Perez added two hits, including a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth. Eric Hosmer also had two hits in the loss.

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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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