Royals drop Game 2 of ST to Rangers

Well, the KC Royals winning streak came to an end just two games into spring training, as the Royals lost their home opener to Texas, 6-4. The Royals scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth.

Kyle Zimmer

Blue Rocks starter Kyle Zimmer on May 7, 2016 (Jen Nevius).

The game got off to a rocky start for the Royals, as shortstop Raul Mondesi committed an error on the first batter of the game. After a stolen base and then a wild pitch, Royals starter Kyle Zimmer battled to get a strikeout. However, the next batter, Ryan Rua, took him deep on an 0-2 pitch. Joey Gallo followed with a single, but Zimmer battled back to get out of the inning.

In the second, Zimmer allowed a one out walk, before back-to-back singles drove in another Rangers run and chased Zimmer from the game. Lefty Scott Alexander induced a double play to get out of the inning.

Alexander struck out two in the third. Kevin McCarthy pitched the fourth and allowed an unearned run, as third baseman Garin Cecchini committed a throwing error to start the inning.

Miguel Almonte allowed a leadoff home run in the fifth and walked one, but that was it. Veteran Brandon League allowed a single and a walk to start the sixth, but then induced a double play. However, a wild pitch brought in the last Rangers run. An error by Whit Merrifield (who had just entered at third base) followed, but catcher Parker Morin (who also just entered the game) threw out a base stealer to end the threat.

Veteran Bobby Parnell, Malcom Culver, and just signed Peter Moylan each threw a perfect inning of work.

 

In the ninth, Merrifield led off with a single and with two outs, Peter O’Brien walked. Chase Vallot tripled in two runs (he went 2-for-2 with a double) and Billy Burns followed with an RBI double.

Prior to the ninth, the Royals had scored just one run, and that came in the 3rd inning with two outs when Hunter Dozier tripled in Alex Gordon (who led off with a single).

Mike Moustakas was in the lineup for the first time since ACL surgery last May. He went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout as the DH.

 

The Royals head to Peoria on Monday to face former teammate Jarrod Dyson and Seattle. Lefty Jason Vargas gets the start for the Royals, followed by Joakim Soria, Chris Withrow, and Mike Minor.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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