The KC Royals welcomed the Minnesota Twins to town and both teams pitched well, but the Royals lost 2-1 in 11 innings.
Jonathan Broxton entered in the 11th inning and allowed a leadoff double to Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham followed with an RBI single to give the Twins the lead.
Luke Hochevar started for the Royals and allowed a solo homerun to Darin Mastroianni in the 2nd inning with two outs. Hochevar only allowed five hits over seven innings while striking out six (with no walks).
Nick Blackburn for the Twins was just as solid. He allowed one run on seven hits over 6.2 innings. That one run came via Yuniesky Betancourt’s RBI double with two outs in the 7th inning.
The Royals only collected two hits after Blackburn left.
That one hit came in the 11th inning when Alcides Escobar doubled to lead off the inning. However the Royals could not score him. They were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
For the Twins, Mauer, Willingham, and Mastroianni collected seven of the team’s nine hits. For the Royals, Escobar had three hits.
*With the trade for Jeremy Guthrie, lefty Everett Teaford moves back to the Royals bullpen. He will serve as the long man (he doesn’t care, he just wants to pitch). Guthrie will take Teaford’s spot in the rotation (Sunday) and lefty Will Smith will get another start.