Royals drop first game to Red Sox

The KC Royals lost to visiting Boston, 7-3.

Pitcher Yohan Pino during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Pitcher Yohan Pino during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Yohan Pino, who was called up to take the place of injured starter Yordano Ventura, wasn’t great, but he gave the Royals innings.

Pino allowed six runs on 11 hits and a walk over 5.1 innings. Four of the hits he allowed went for extra bases (three doubles and a solo home run). The Red Sox scored five runs in the top of the second on five hits and a walk.

Maybe he threw too many strikes? 54 of his 76 pitches were strikes.

Brandon Finnegan followed and he allowed a run on three hits and two walks over 2.2 innings. Problem is, he threw 51 pitches (29 for strikes).

Unfortunately, the Royals offense was held in check by Red Sox rookie Eduardo Rodriguez.

Rodriguez allowed a run on six hits and a walk over 6.1 innings. That run scored in the fifth on back-to-back doubles by Omar Infante and Alcides Escobar. The Royals chased Rodriguez from the game with two singles sandwiched around a fly out in the seventh.

In minor league news…

*Kris Medlen made his 2015 season debut with Double-A NW Arkansas, as he started Game 1 of their doubleheader. He allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits over four innings. He struck out five, hit two, and induced six ground outs. Medlen also committed an error.

*Despite losing in Frederick, High-A Wilmington clinched the Northern Division first half title in the Carolina League. Second place Lynchburg lost in Myrtle Beach.

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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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