The KC Royals won their first “true” road game on Tuesday, as they beat Cleveland, 4-1. It was the first go-round for the Royals top four starters, as Wade Davis made his debut. He pitched two scoreless innings before handing the ball over to his stingy bullpen.
Prospect Yordano Ventura followed with two scoreless innings and struck out two. Lefty Donnie Joseph pitched a perfect inning of relief and struck out the side (all three were left-handed hitters). He has pitched two innings so far in his first spring training with the Royals and has struck out all six batters he has faced.
Justin Marks pitched two scoreless innings and Brian Sanches followed. He allowed the lone run in the 8th inning on a homerun by Matt Carson. Veteran Dan Wheeler struck out two in picking up the save against his former team.
On offense, Jarrod Dyson went 1-for-2 with a run scored and a walk. He also stole two bases, but was caught trying to steal third base. Eric Hosmer went 1-for-1 with two runs scored, two walks, and an RBI. The hit was a triple. His replacement, Xavier Nady, went 2-for-2. Billy Butler looks like he is ready for the regular season to start. He went 2-for-3 with a two-run homerun in the 5th inning. He ended up driving in three runs. Willy Taveras went 2-for-3.
The Royals had the chance to do more damage, as they had the bases loaded in the 5th inning, but minor leaguer Preston Guilmet (who throws funky if you haven’t seen him pitch) entered in relief and got Dyson to pop up on the infield to end the inning.
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Up next for the Royals, Luke Hochevar and Bruce Chen will piggy-back on Wednesday at home against Milwaukee. This will officially start the battle for the fifth starter’s spot. Tim Collins, Kelvin Herrera, and Louis Coleman are also expected to pitch. Outfielder Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon are expected to play.
Chris Narveson is scheduled to start and pitch two innings for the Brewers. It will be his first outing since shoulder surgery last May.