Jonathan Sanchez hasn’t pitched the way the KC Royals hoped when they acquired him this offseason. He had yet to reach the 6th inning and Tuesday night was no different. The Royals losing streak reached 12 games, as they lost at Cleveland, 4-3.
Sanchez lasted just 4.2 innings, as he threw 115 pitches (just 56 for strikes). He walked seven and allowed four hits and two runs.
It actually looked promising, as the Royals and Indians were tied at 1-1 after Mitch Maier drove in a run with a single in the 4th inning.
Things fell apart for Sanchez in the 5th inning as Jack Hannahan drove in two runs with a double. It started with three walks and a sac fly.
The Royals bullpen was good, throwing 3.1 shutout innings.
However Indians starter Derek Lowe was better. He allowed one run on eight hits. He struck out five and induced nine ground outs.
The Royals had 12 hits, but were just 4-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Mitch Maier went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Chris Getz went 2-for-5 in the leadoff spot.
The Royals had their chances late in the game against the Indians bullpen. They scored a run in the 8th inning against Vinnie Pestano and could have gotten more, but Alcides Escobar grounded out with a runner on third base. They scored a run in the 9th inning against closer Chris Perez but couldn’t get the big hit.
*Has Mike Moustakas hit a hot streak? He went 2-for-4 with a run scored to up his average to .300. If only the rest of the offense could get hot.