In Game 1, the Royals lost to Minnesota, 7-2. Jonathan Sanchez was his usual ineffective self. His command was off and he lasted just 4.1 innings (he threw 101 pitches). Not a good performance considering it was the first game of a doubleheader. Oh and he also allowed five stolen bases. It was like he was asleep on the mound.
The offense was stymied by Twins starter Scott Diamond. He allowed two runs on six hits over eight innings. The Royals collected seven hits, two each from Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer. They went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
In Game 2, the Royals lost to the Twins 5-1. Their lone run came via a Billy Butler solo homerun in the 2nd inning off Cole De Vries. In four career starts, De Vries has two victories, both against the Royals.
The Twins hit three homeruns off Royals starter Luke Hochevar that accounted for four of their runs. Surprisingly, Hochevar was hit all over the ballpark instead of walking tons of batters (just one walk). He also did not record a strikeout.
So that’s a total of three runs in the two games on 13 hits.
The Royals and Twins finish up their series Sunday afternoon, as Bruce Chen goes up against the resurgent Francisco Liriano.
*The Royals wore ’51 Blues jerseys during Game 2, as the Twins also wore uniforms from 1951.