The KC Royals lost to division rival Cleveland, 9-4. The Indians scored five runs in the top of the seventh to break the 3-3 tie and cruise to victory.
Pitching wasn’t as good this afternoon as it was yesterday.
Edinson Volquez got the start and made it through four innings (the first Royals pitcher to do so), but he needed 69 pitches to make it through his outing. Volquez allowed three runs on five hits and two walks. He did strike out six.
The Indians tied things up in the fourth on a two-run home runs.
As a reference point, the Indians Trevor Bauer needed just 46 pitches in relief to throw four innings.
Anyway, the Royals scored a single run in the first on Alex Gordon‘s home run. They tacked on two more against Indians rookie starter Mike Clevinger in the second, as they took advantage of an error.
After Volquez, Brian Duensing allowed two hits and struck out two in his scoreless inning. Luke Hochevar followed with a scoreless sixth (one hit and one strikeout).
This spring training hasn’t been the same as last spring for lefty Brian Flynn. With the Indians starters still in the game (they played a split squad game), Flynn recorded two quick outs before Carlos Santana doubled to start the rally.
Jesus Aguilar doubled in the first run to break a tie and Robbie Grossman followed with a single to shortstop (in which Orlando Calixte threw it away, allowing a run to score). After another single, Roberto Perez hit a three-run home run. After another single, Flynn finally recorded the third out.
The Royals got a run back in the bottom of the seventh when Whit Merrifield led off the inning with a triple and scored on Calixte’s sac fly.
Ross Ohlendorf had his second straight scoreless outing, walking one while striking out two. Miguel Almonte may have touched the upper 90s with his fastball, but he threw 28 pitches in his one inning of work (one run on three hits and a walk).
On offense, the Royals collected nine hits, including four extra base hits. Of those nine hits, Omar Infante had two of them (his first two this spring). Salvador Perez also had two hits in the loss.