The KC Royals lost another spring training game, this time to the Arizona Diamondbacks by a 4-2 score.
The Royals runs came via the long ball: a solo shot by Peter O’Brien with two outs in the second and a solo home run from Jorge Soler to lead off the fifth. It was O’Brien’s seventh of the spring, while Soler hit his first.
The Royals only collected five hits, with four coming off Arizona starter Robbie Ray over the first five innings. The first base spot in the order (Whit Merrifield and Christian Colon) combined to go 2-for-3 with a double and a stolen base. Humberto Arteaga started at shortstop and went 1-for-3 with a stolen base.
Jason Vargas got the start for the Royals and pitched well, allowing just a solo home run (one of three hits he allowed) over 4.1 innings. After a walk and a sac bunt in the 5th inning, Vargas was pulled in favor of fellow lefty Scott Alexander, who immediately allowed an RBI triple. Alexander’s error allowed another run to score and two batters later he allowed an RBI double.
After that, the bullpen trio of Joakim Soria, Yender Caramo, and Peter Moylan held the DBacks scoreless. All three allowed a hit and struck out one.
*Last night, the Royals reassigned five players to minor league camp: infielder Garin Cecchini, catcher Parker Morin, first baseman Ryan O’Hearn, and pitchers Bobby Parnell and Chris Withrow. Left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez was released (finally!!!).