On Tuesday, Kansas City got to a Jeremy Guthrie that they thought was a distant memory. They saw the Jeremy Guthrie that pitched on Memorial Day in Yankee Stadium or June 29 at Cleveland. They saw Jeremy “demoted from the starting rotation” Guthrie.
The Seattle Mariners came to Kansas City for three games, the opener for the Royals last homestand of the season, and it didn’t go anywhere close to the plan. The game was essentially over before it got started. Two of the first four Mariners to come up hit solo home runs, one of which was by a Kansas City favorite, Robinson Cano. You could still hear a few jeers as Cano came to the plate each time on Tuesday, that everlasting hatred for a man who snubbed Billy Butler from the Home Run Derby in 2012.
But the Mariners weren’t done there. In the 3rd Inning, the Mariners had six straight reach base before Guthrie recorded an out, which still tallied an RBI for Jesus Montero. Cano added his second home run in as many at-bats and you couldn’t tell if the boos were directed at the Mariners second baseman or now at the fleeting Royals pitcher. When Guthrie exited with one out in the 3rd, the score was 9-0 and the Mariners had hit four home runs.
Miguel Almonte relieved Guthrie. He continues to look like the 22-year old that he is here at the Big Leagues. The young flame thrower lasted 1 2/3 innings while given up another home run and walked three. Although the game was long out of reach, it was discouraging to see Almonte struggle again.
There were some bright spots from last night’s game, however difficult that may seem to believe. September call-up Scott Alexander pitched three innings of one-hit relief. He forced two double plays, facing the minimum during his outing. Michael Mariot and Joba Chamberlain added scoreless innings, respectively to close out the game.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Royals struggled to get anything going against Hishashi Iwakuma. The Japanese right hander gave up just three hits (two of which were by Alcides Escobar) over seven innings. After a promising 1st inning, the Royals did not have another hit until the 4th when Hosmer singled to right field. Iwakuma had 10 strikeouts, and the Royals had finished with 12 overall on the night.
Escobar went 3-4 with an RBI and a run scored and Alex Rios extended his hitting streak to 11 games. During the month of September, Rios is hitting .356, the second highest on the team.
It’s games like this that can have an unintentional benefit though. By the end of the night, the field was filled with Omaha Stormchasers. The only starters that were still in the game when Paulo Orlando lined out in the 9th were Rios and Escobar. Orlando, Christian Colon, Terrance Gore, Francisco Pena, Jonny Gomes, Cheslor Cuthbert and Drew Butera all entered the game. This was an extra day off that no one was expecting to have. Although you wish the script was flipped, nights like this are going to happen and you just have to roll with the punches and remember that the Kansas City Royals have the best record in the American League with 12 games to play.
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