The KC Royals were shut out for the second time this spring, losing at Salt River Fields to Arizona, 3-0. The DBacks scored three runs in the first.
Despite playing in Arizona, it was all about the pitching.
The Royals had two hits to start the game, including a leadoff single by Paulo Orlando. Obviously, they could not score.
The next time the Royals had base runners was with two outs in the fourth when they strung together back-to-back singles. They then had two out hits in both the fifth and sixth.
The Royals collected six hits, all by the starters. Eric Hosmer had two hits, including the only extra base hit (a double in the sixth) which was their last hit of the game. The only base runner for the bench was Hunter Dozier (a two out walk in the eighth).
The first two DBacks hitters reached base via hits against Kris Medlen in the first, with Phil Gosselin driving in a run with a single. With one out, David Peralta hit a two-run home run.
The DBacks were held to just seven more hits.
Medlen allowed six total hits and walked one over the first three innings. He struck out two and induced three ground outs. Wade Davis followed and allowed a double while striking out one. Kelvin Herrera was next and needed just nine pitches in his perfect inning of work.
This is when I expected Kyle Zimmer to enter in relief, especially since today was to be his third outing, pushing him to four innings. Instead, manager Ned Yost went with Scott Alexander (a hit and two strikeouts) and David Huff (a hit and one strikeout) for one inning each.
Zimmer pitched the eighth and allowed one hit and struck out one.