The visiting Arizona Diamondbacks scored two runs each in the fourth and the sixth to beat the KC Royals, 4-1.
Nate Karns was pitching well for the Royals, heading into the 4th inning having allowed just one hit. He walked the first batter of the fourth and then allowed a single. That ended Karns’ day.
In came lefty Eric Stout, who allowed both inherited runs to score on a single and a double play.
Kelvin Herrera made his spring debut with a scoreless 6th inning. He struck out one.
Veteran Al Alburquerque had his first poor outing of the spring, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk. He did strike out two.
Then Luke Farrell, Jake Junis, and Yender Caramo pitched a scoreless inning each. Farrell allowed a hit in the seventh, but struck out two. Junis walked two in the eighth and struck out one. Caramo induced two ground outs and struck out one. The Royals beat writers are starting to notice Caramo.
On offense, the Royals collected seven hits, with Lorenzo Cain‘s double being the only extra base hit. They scored their lone run in the 8th inning on an Alex Gordon RBI single (Alfredo Escalera had singled with one out and scored).
Mike Moustakas made his spring debut at third base, playing the first five innings. He went 0-for-2 at the plate with a strikeout. It was interesting to see Brayan Pena play some first base today. With Drew Butera hurt, he (and Cam Gallagher) had been seeing a lot of time behind the plate and Pena is hitting (.500 in 12 at-bats). You might see Pena break camp with the big league team.
Next up for the Royals is a road trip to Goodyear to play Cincinnati. Travis Wood and Chris Young are expected to pitch. Butera is expected to see his first action this spring to determine if he will leave the team to join Italy in the World Baseball Classic.