On Thursday, Billy Butler was the only Royals hitter with a hit. On Friday, he had two of the Royals four hits off Mariners starter Blake Beavan. Alcides Escobar and Salvador Perez joined the hit party on Friday night. Maybe more of the team can join on Saturday?
The Royals lone run came in the top of the 2nd inning on a Perez sac fly.
The game was pretty much over after the first inning. Jeremy Guthrie gave up yet another homerun, this one a three-run shot to John Jaso. The Mariners scored two more runs in the 2nd inning, and Mike Carp hit a solo homerun in the 6th inning.
The Royals bullpen trio of Tim Collins, Kelvin Herrera, and Louis Coleman were flawless. They combined for 2.2 hitless innings of relief. The trio only threw a combined 19 pitches, 16 for strikes. Problem is, the Mariners bullpen trio was just as stingy.
*With the Minnesota Twins blow out of Cleveland on Friday night, the Royals dropped into a tie with the Twins for last place in the American League Central. Both teams are 41-58, good for the worst record in the AL and fourth worst in baseball.
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