The KC Royals lost their second straight in St. Louis, losing 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.
The Royals offense mustered just three hits off Cardinals starter Tyler Lyons, who was just called up to take the spot of injured hurler Lance Lynn. Their two runs came via solo home runs by Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez.
Gordon’s homer came in the 2nd inning and gave the Royals a 1-0 lead. Perez’ homer (his tenth) came in the fourth and tied the game at 2-2.
After the 5th inning, the Royals collected just two more hits.
However, Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie could never hold the lead for long. In the bottom of the third, the Cardinals scored two runs on five hits. Guthrie then allowed a solo homer to Mark Reynolds in the bottom of the fifth to give the Cardinals back the lead for good.
The Royals bullpen was once again stingy, as Franklin Morales, Kelvin Herrera, and Wade Davis allowed just one base runner over the final three innings (a walk by Morales). Herrera and Davis combined to throw just 21 pitches.
The Royals lost more than just the game. Lefty starter Jason Vargas headed back to the DL with the same arm trouble that put him on the DL a little over a month ago. Taking his spot in the rotation will be right-handed veteran Joe Blanton. Blanton pitched very well in Triple-A Omaha’s rotation and has done well in mop up duty out of the Royals bullpen. So far.
Taking Vargas’ spot on the roster is lefty Brandon Finnegan, who has not pitched well since heading back to Triple-A.
Yordano Ventura has some fluid buildup in his arm, which supposedly has something to do with why he lost the feeling in three of his pitching fingers on Friday night. He is not expected to miss a start.