If you have been to spring training and watched minor league games on the back fields, then you are not surprised at how yesterday’s KC Royals intrasquad game went.
It ended with the bases loaded in the top of the fourth before the third out was recorded. The bottom of the first ended with runners on the corners before there were three outs.
On the back fields, anything goes. Sometimes, everything is normal. Other times, the inning ends before there are three outs or after the fourth out. If big leaguers are playing, they usually lead off every inning.
None of the Royals regulars were present in the lineup or pitched, so basically it was a minor league game. Here is what the lineups looked like (via Jeffrey Flanagan):
- Brian Flynn started and struck out the side in the first.
- Paulo Orlando tripled in his first at-bat and doubled in a run in the third.
- Brett Eibner worked a seven-pitch walk against lefty Matt Strahm in the first.
- Jorge Bonifacio singled twice.
- Lefty Sam Selman pitched a quick bottom of the second (two ground outs and a strike out of Hunter Dozier).
- Righty Brooks Pounders worked a quick bottom of the third with a ground out, followed by strikeouts of Terrance Gore and Reymond Fuentes.
*The bad (though it is a little early to get too concerned):
- Raul Mondesi struck out twice, on three pitches each time.
- Christian Binford allowed a triple to Orlando in the second (the first batter he faced), along with an RBI ground out to Bubba Starling and a Bonifacio single.
- Jonathan Dziedzic started off the third inning strong (with a strike out of Mondesi and a ground out), but then allowed a double to Cheslor Cuthbert, a Ramon Torres RBI single, and Orlando’s RBI double, before getting Jose Martinez to ground out.
- Alec Mills walked two in the fourth after another Bonifacio single (Mills only walked 14 total in 113.1 innings in 2015).
*All of the above information came from the combined Twitter feeds of Flanagan and 610 Sports Radio-KC.