Venezuela played an exhibition game against the KC Royals this afternoon before heading to Jalisco, Mexico for the World Baseball Classic. Their lineup full of All-Stars whipped up on the Royals, 11-0.
Venezuela got two runs in the first off Royals starter Ian Kennedy, as the inning started with back-to-back singles. An error by Mike Moustakas at third base put another runner on base. Later in the inning, Salvador Perez singled to drive in the second run.
Kennedy rebounded with a better 2nd inning, though he walked Jose Altuve with two outs and he once again stole second base.
Venezuelan Yender Caramo was up next for the Royals and he induced three ground outs around a single and a walk.
Then things fell apart for the Royals.
Lefty Mike Minor allowed four hits and two runs in the fourth. He then allowed an RBI triple to Alcides Escobar and an ensuing sac fly gave Venezuela a 6-0 lead in the fifth. The 5th inning started with an error by second baseman Raul Mondesi.
Kevin McCarthy was on the mound for the Royals in the sixth and he allowed a one out solo home run to Miguel Cabrera. After inducing another ground out, the wheels fell off. Three straight singles (another one by Perez) drove in a run and then Esky followed with a two-run triple.
Malcom Culver pitched a scoreless seventh before lefty Eric Stout allowed a run on two hits in the eighth. Veteran Chris Withrow pitched a scoreless ninth.
The Royals did collect nine hits, but all were singles. Brandon Moss was back in the lineup as the DH and went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. Peter O’Brien pinch-hit and stayed in to catch. He walked and struck out.
I’m guessing Venezuela didn’t want to burn anymore of their pitchers, so they pulled Venezuelan minor leaguer Luis Rico from the Royals to pitch the ninth. The lefty got Humberto Arteaga to pop up on the infield, Jorge Bonifacio to fly out, and Christian Colon grounded out to end the game.
The Royals will enjoy Thursday off before they play Oakland on Friday night.
*Earlier in the day, the Royals reassigned nine players to minor league camp. They include pitchers Josh Staumont, Kyle Zimmer, Luke Farrell, Eric Skoglund, and Jonathan Dziedzic, catchers Chase Vallot and Xavier Fernandez, infielder Corey Toups, and outfielder Alfredo Escalera. Guess the Royals really weren’t giving Staumont or Zimmer a shot this spring.
**Outfielder Bubba Starling left the team to have another Lasik eye surgery. Guess the first one he had a few years ago didn’t work.