Pitching was less than stellar in Surprise this afternoon, as over 10,000 fans witnessed the KC Royals losing to Arizona 12-3.
It started in the top of the first when starter Chris Young allowed a leadoff double that came around to score with two outs. Young did strike out the side.
In the second, the DBacks scored three more. It once again started with a leadoff double. Two home runs later, and the DBacks led 4-1.
Young was done after two innings and in came Joakim Soria. With two outs and nobody on base, rookie Peter O’Brien singled. A fielding error by Omar Infante followed (his second game at second base) to keep the inning alive. Then Soria allowed a three-run home run.
Dillon Gee was next and he retired seven of the first eight batters he faced (a two out single in the fifth). Three singles into the sixth and Gee had given up a run. The DBacks had the bases loaded after a walk, but Gee induced a ground out to escape further damage.
Chien-Ming Wang allowed his first run of the spring on an RBI ground out in the seventh. In the eighth, Wang escaped trouble (a walk and a single). It helped that he struck out former Royal Brett Hayes (he was a pinch hitter).
It was Peter Moylan‘s bad outing turn, as he allowed three runs on two hits and two walks. Two of the runs scored on ground outs.
On offense for the Royals, they collected ten hits but went just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Lorenzo Cain went 2-for-2, as did Balbino Fuenmayor off the bench (Fuenmayor drove in a run and scored a run in the eighth).
Reymond Fuentes hit a solo home run in the eighth (he is now hitting .429). Whit Merrifield went 1-for-1 with a run scored and is now hitting .455. Cam Gallagher finally got an at-bat and doubled in a two out run in the eighth.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow, this time at Salt River Fields. The first four pitchers for the Royals will be Kris Medlen, Kyle Zimmer, Wade Davis, and Kelvin Herrera.
*Former Royal Gabriel Noriega entered on defense at second base for the DBacks in the sixth. He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and an RBI ground out.