The KC Royals and Cleveland Indians played to a 4-4 tie after ten innings. While the Royals played a lot of regulars, the Indians played a bunch of minor leaguers, as their regulars were playing in San Antonio.
The Royals were down 4-3 with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but Peter O’Brien hit a pinch-hit solo home run to tie the game. It was his sixth this spring.
Travis Wood got the start and was solid as he competes for the fifth starter’s spot. He allowed two runs on five hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out four. Wood allowed solo home runs in the fourth and fifth (though they were to two minor leaguers).
Chris Young, who is also competing for the fifth starter’s spot, allowed two unearned runs on four hits and two walks over four innings. He struck out three. With two outs and two on in the seventh, shortstop Humberto Arteaga committed a fielding error that scored a run. An RBI single followed.
Peter Moylan pitched a scoreless tenth, though he did allow a one out single.
The second base competition is starting to heat up, as the bats of Whit Merrifield and Christian Colon begin to heat up. Merrifield went 1-for-2 with a run scored at second base. He also stole a base. CC went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI at shortstop.
Mike Moustakas got another start at third base, but he also committed his fourth error this spring. He went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk. Terrence Gore pinch-ran for Moustakas and ended up stealing a base (his fourth), but he was also caught stealing. Gore stayed in the game in center field and went 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Up next for the Royals is a trip to Mesa to play the Chicago Cubs. Ian Kennedy will get the start. Former Royal Mike Montgomery will get the start for the Cubs.