Royals bullpen falls apart in loss to Reds

The KC Royals bullpen blew a pitchers’ duel, as they lost to the visiting Cincinnati Reds, 10-6. The Red scored eight runs in the 8th inning.

That negated the solid start from Jason Hammel, who allowed a run on three hits and a walk over 5.1 innings. He struck out five. Hammel allowed a one out double to Joey Votto in the sixth and was pulled in favor of Al Alburquerque, who allowed back-to-back hits before a sac fly tied the game at 1-1.

Then things fell apart.

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Matt Strahm pitching during spring training 2016 (Jen Nevius).

Kelvin Herrera allowed a run on two hits in the seventh.

In the 8th inning, lefty Matt Strahm allowed four straight hits (and a run) before recording an out (a strikeout). Strahm then allowed a two-run double to give the Reds the lead. A wild pitch scored another run before an RBI double chased Strahm from the game.

Up next was veteran Bobby Parnell, who induced a ground out for the second out. He then hit a batter, allowed an RBI single, and then hit another batter. A two-run single capped the Reds scoring. All of the damage was done by mostly minor leaguers.

The Royals offense came from two minor leaguers: Ryan O’Hearn and Humberto Arteaga. O’Hearn started at first base and broke the scoreless tie with an RBI double in the fourth. He gave the Royals back the lead in the sixth with a two-run home run. Arteaga did not start (he entered on defense at shortstop in the sixth), but went 2-for-2. In the seventh, he drove in a run with a single and then drove in two more in the ninth with a single.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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