The KC Royals dropped their Opening Day game in Minnesota, 7-1. Things got out of hand in a hurry in the 7th inning.
It was a great pitchers’ duel early, with Danny Duffy and former teammate Ervin Santana locked in.
Duffy made one mistake in six innings, when he allowed a one out solo home run to Miguel Sano. He struck out eight and allowed just three hits. The one negative was the three walks.
Meanwhile, Santana’s one mistake was a 4th inning homer by Mike Moustakas. The Royals collected just three hits in the loss and Santana allowed two of them over seven innings. He also received stellar defense behind him.
I know it was the first game of the season, but it does not seem like the Royals bullpen is going to be as good as in years past.
Lefty Matt Strahm started the seventh and allowed back-to-back hits to start the inning. After a sac bunt, Strahm intentionally walked Brian Dozier (well, the new rule of just letting the guy take first base after throwing up four fingers) before walking Robbie Grossman on four pitches to force in a run and break the 1-1 tie.
In came Peter Moylan, who struck out Byron Buxton for the second out.
Next up was lefty Travis Wood, who walked the first two batters he faced to force in two runs. Jason Castro singled home two runs and Jorge Polanco, who started the inning with a single, singled home the Twins final run.
*The Royals are back in action on Wednesday afternoon in Minnesota. Ian Kennedy will make his first start of the season against Hector Santiago.