In their final Cactus League game, the KC Royals lost to complex partner Texas, 5-1.
There was some cause for concern in the loss, as starter Ian Kennedy (who is slated to start on Tuesday against the NY Mets) left the game after three innings due to a hamstring issue. He missed time in 2015 due to a hamstring injury.
Kennedy said after the game that it was more stiffness and cramping than anything compared to the injury he sustained to his hamstring last season. He expects to make his season debut on Tuesday.
Forced into earlier action, Wade Davis threw just nine pitches in recording three outs in the fourth. Joakim Soria needed just eight pitches to retire the Rangers in the fifth. Luke Hochevar allowed three runs on four hits in the sixth.
Kelvin Herrera was perfect in the seventh (nine pitches). Dillon Gee allowed two hits in the eighth, but struck out two.
The Royals got their lone run in the 2nd inning against Rangers ace Cole Hamels. Salvador Perez doubled with two outs and came around to score on Christian Colon‘s RBI single. It was CC’s first RBI of the spring. Over five innings, that was all Hamels allowed with five strikeouts.
They Royals collected just five hits, three coming from minor leaguers Humberto Arteaga (who also stole a base), Brandon Downes (a double), and Balbino Fuenmayor.
Following the game, the Royals announced that they re-signed right-handed reliever Peter Moylan to a minor league deal. The Royals released Moylan on Monday. Most likely, he will head to Triple-A Omaha when camp breaks over the weekend.
The Royals will enjoy the off day on Thursday before playing two exhibition games against Arizona in Phoenix on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.