The KC Royals dropped their second game this spring to the Cincinnati Reds, this time losing 7-3.
The game started so good for the Royals, as Mike Moustakas homered for the first time this spring. He was the second batter of the game. It was also just his second hit.
It wasn’t until the 3rd inning that the Reds offense got to Royals starter Travis Wood. He allowed three straight hits and a sac fly, as the Reds took a 2-1 lead. After a walk to put runners on first and second base, Wood was pulled in favor of Andrew Edwards. Unlike what he did last year in the minors, Edwards got a strikeout to strand the runners and end the inning.
The Royals tied the game in the top of the fourth on a ground out, only to see the Reds re-take the lead in the bottom of the inning against Chris Young, who allowed a solo home run to the first batter he faced.
After the Royals tied the game AGAIN in the top of the fifth on a Billy Burns solo homer, the Reds took the lead for good on a two-run homer off Young (3IP, 3H, 3R, BB, 5K).
Though lefty Scott Alexander committed an error that cost him a run, he did induce four ground outs in the seventh. Miguel Almonte allowed a run on three hits in the eighth.
The Royals had nine hits, two coming from Paulo Orlando, who played left field. Christian Colon took his place in left and walked in his only plate appearance. Drew Butera made his spring debut and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Ryan O’Hearn pinch-hit in the ninth and singled.
Other minor leaguers off the bench who collected hits for the Royals included Ramon Torres, Jorge Bonifacio (who is hitting .500), and Bubba Starling (he did get picked off in the seventh).
Former Royal Blake Wood pitched a scoreless sixth for the Reds (two ground outs and a fly out).
Next up for the Royals is a meeting with Venezuela tomorrow, as they get ready for the World Baseball Classic. Expect to see both Alcides Escobar and Salvador Perez in the starting lineup for Venezuela. Ian Kennedy will get the start for the Royals.