The KC Royals played split squad games today, with one being in Peoria against San Diego and the other at home in Surprise against Seattle.
The Royals lost at home to the Mariners, 9-2.
Errors by second baseman Raul Mondesi in the first and second innings cost starter Jason Vargas two runs. Vargas lasted just two innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk.
Yender Caramo allowed his first run this spring, as he allowed three hits in the third. The run scored on a ground out. Joakim Soria followed and walked the first batter he faced, which led to a two out run.
Matt Strahm needed just ten pitches in the fifth to retire the Mariners. Chris Withrow was lit up for three runs on four hits and a walk in the sixth. Peter Moylan and minor leaguers Onelki Garcia and Clayton Mortensen threw the next three innings, all scoreless (two hits and three walks). Royals pitchers combined to walk six and strike out just three.
The Royals scored single runs in the first (on a ground out) and third (on Drew Butera‘s home run).
Former Royal Jarrod Dyson led off for the M’s and went 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
Over in Peoria, the Royals beat the Padres, 13-3. They scored eight runs in the top of the second (which started with a leadoff walk).
In that 2nd inning when they sent 13 men to the plate, the Royals collected six hits and three walks. A wild pitch scored one run and there was an error. Alex Gordon drove in two runs with a single (he would later hit a two-run home run). Whit Merrifield tripled in one run and scored on a Paulo Orlando double.
Minor leaguer Nicky Lopez, whose error in the 4th inning cost them two runs, made two outs in the second. He went 0-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored.
Of the Royals 13 hits, all of them came from the starters. Gordon, Peter O’Brien, and Billy Burns each had two hits. Merrifield went 3-for-4 and stole a base.
Josh Staumont got the start and pitched three scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and struck out five. The only problem is that he threw just 29 of his 49 pitches for strikes. Bobby Parnell allowed the two runs in the fourth (1.2IP, 2H, BB, 2K). Reid Redman got out of the 5th inning jam with a strikeout.
Brandon League pitched a perfect sixth. Jonathan Sanchez once again allowed a run, though it scored after he was pulled in the eighth (1.2IP, H, BB, 3K). Minor leaguer Jake Newberry allowed Sanchez’ run, as he allowed a hit and a walk before getting a strikeout.
Al Alburquerque struck out the side around a hit in the ninth.