The KC Royals won at home against Milwaukee by a 7-5 score and then lost in Peoria to Seattle, 7-5. Once again with the split squad games, there were some minor leaguers who got into the action and I will mention them later.
Let’s start in Surprise with the win over the Brewers.
Yordano Ventura got the start and struggled right out of the gate. Five of the first six Brewers reached base via a hit and they led 3-0 before a visit from pitching coach Dave Eiland.
Ventura then retired eight in a row to finish three innings.
The Royals got Ventura off the hook in the bottom of the second when they tied the game at 3-3. It all started with two outs and nobody on base.
Bubba Starling collected his second spring hit, a single to second base. Jorge Bonifacio followed with a single and Alex Gordon singled in the first run. Mike Moustakas drove in two runs with a double to tie the score.
Gordon went 4-for-4 with a home run. Moose went 2-for-3. Omar Infante played his first game at second base and went 0-for-3 with a walk.
Wade Davis followed Ventura with an 11-pitch fourth. Kelvin Herrera allowed a run in the fifth on two hits. Brian Flynn blew the save in the sixth when he allowed a two out solo home run (but then he was credited with the victory).
Alec Mills followed with two scoreless, with the only base runner being a walk in the eighth. He struck out three, induced two ground outs, and threw just 29 pitches (19 for strikes). Lefty Sam Selman earned the save with a ten pitch ninth.
Raul Mondesi played second base and went 1-for-1 with an RBI double. Orlando Calixte played third base and went 1-for-2 with a run scored.
Despite being in big league camp from the beginning, catcher Cam Gallagher had yet to get into a game until today. He entered on defense in the seventh, but did not get an at-bat. Logan Moon came in to play left field and struck out in his only at-bat. Elier Hernandez singled in his AB, but was thrown out trying to steal second base (he played right field).
Now to the loss to the Mariners, where the pitchers induced 13 ground outs. However, five of the seven runs allowed were unearned due to three Royals errors.
Lefty Matt Strahm made the start and retired the first six batters he faced. Then came the leadoff walk in the third. After a pop up, Strahm made a throwing error to put runners on the corners. A sac fly and then an RBI single ended his day in the 3rd inning.
Fellow lefty Scott Alexander threw just 14 pitches over 1.1 perfect innings of relief. Peter Moylan continued his one shaky, one good outing rotation. Today was a good outing, as he threw just ten pitches. Moylan allowed a leadoff single, but a strike out and a caught stealing erased the runner. He struck out the final batter of the inning.
John Lannan took the blown save as he allowed two unearned runs in the sixth on two hits. With two outs and nobody on base, Ramon Torres (just inserted to start the inning at shortstop) committed a fielding error. A stolen base, a wild pitch, an RBI double, and an RBI single followed.
Aroni Nina pitched a scoreless seventh, but needed 24 pitches to complete the inning. Brooks Pounders took the loss, as he allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits in the eighth. He induced three ground outs and only threw 21 pitches.
Hunter Dozier is taking advantage of the injury to Cheslor Cuthbert. Dozier played the entire game at third base and went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored. Whit Merrifield played both second and first base (he committed a fielding error at first base that allowed a run to score in the eighth). Merrifield went 1-for-1 with a triple, a run scored, and a sac fly.
Both backup catcher candidates faced the Mariners. Drew Butera started and went 2-for-2 with two RBIs (one on a solo home run). He also threw out a base stealer, but also allowed a stolen base. Tony Cruz went 0-for-2 and grounded into a double play. He also allowed a stolen base and three wild pitches. Cruz has yet to collect a spring hit.
Christian Colon is NOT taking advantage early on in camp. He has yet to collect a spring hit (0-for-15).
From the minor league side, Ryan O’Hearn singled in his lone at-bat. Corey Toups (his college teammate at Sam Houston State) ended up running for him and played defense at second base. Alfredo Escalera played left field and struck out in his only at-bat.