Royals lose in Cueto’s debut

In one of the most anticipated starts of the year, the KC Royals lost in 11 innings to Toronto, 7-6.

Newly acquired Johnny Cueto made his Royals debut and the Royals offense gave him a 3-0 lead before he even took the mound in Toronto.

thumb downOne of the other newbies, Ben Zobrist, collected his first hit as a Royal in the 1st inning, a two-run single. Zobrist would also have an outfield assist in the fourth.

Cueto retired the first six batters he faced until Zeke Carrera reached on a bunt single. With two outs, Josh Donaldson drove in two runs with a double in the 3rd inning. In the fourth, Cueto allowed another two out hit, an RBI single by Kevin Pillar. That tied the game at 3-3.

The Royals re-took the lead in the sixth when Eric Hosmer hit an infield single that turned into an error and a run scored. Kendrys Morales drove in Hosmer with a sac fly.

Cueto was done after six innings, leading 6-3. He threw 111 pitches, 67 for strikes.

In came Ryan Madson, who manager Ned Yost will run into the ground before the regular season is over. Madson did not record an out and left the game with two runs in and runners at the corners.

Next up was Kelvin Herrera, who walked the first batter he faced before inducing a double play. However, that tied the game at 6-6.

To extra innings the game went and after Luke Hochevar threw two scoreless innings of relief, in came lefty Franklin Morales. Morales allowed a one out single to Troy Tulowitzki and a balk put him into scoring position. That brought up Donaldson, who sent Blue Jays fans happy with an RBI single.


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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