It was another crazy day in St. Louis, but the KC Royals couldn’t hold off the Cardinals offense, as they lost 10-7.
Starter Bruce Chen was LIT UP. He registered just five outs and allowed six runs on seven hits over just 1.2 innings. With one out, former Royal Carlos Beltran singled and Matt Holliday followed with a two-run homerun. After an out and a David Freese double, Yadier Molina followed with another two-run homerun.
In the second inning, Beltran and Holliday got to Chen again, with Beltran driving in a run with a single and Holliday following with an RBI double. That end Chen‘s afternoon.
That came after the Royals took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning against Cardinals rookie starter Joe Kelly on a Mike Moustakas RBI single. That all came after Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was ejected after a controversial call. Kelly turned a triple-play, but after Royals manager Ned Yost came out to argue, the umpires overturned the call, giving the Royals just one out.
The Royals offense kept chipping away, so much so that they took the lead in the top of the 7th inning. In that 7th inning, the Royals scored three runs. Mike Moustakas delivered an RBI single and Alcides Escobar drove in two runs with a single.
That lead was very short-lived. Lefty Tim Collins walked the first batter he faced and then missed a popped up bunt that put runners at first and second base. He did get Beltran to pop up for the first out.
In came Greg Holland and it was NOT his best showing. Holliday delivered an RBI single to tie the game. He then walked Allen Craig before striking out Freese. Yadi followed with a two-run single to give the Cardinals back the lead. That was the end of Holland’s day.
Gordon and Moose finished the day with three hits. Moose hit a homerun and drove in four runs. The VoteMoose hashtag on Twitter is gaining steam. Chris Getz has returned from the DL on a tear, as he went 2-for-5 with two runs scored.
*Nate Adcock and Roman Colon threw 4.1 shutout innings of relief (three innings by Colon).
**For more on the Cardinals and Beltran’s historical feat last night, check out Aaron Miles’ Fastball.