The KC Royals won yet again on Tuesday, as they beat visiting Oakland, 8-2. They scored four runs in the bottom of the first and cruised to victory.
Three straight singles opened the bottom of the first to score a run and Billy Butler’s RBI ground out drove in another. Mike Moustakas followed with an RBI double before Lorenzo Cain’s two out RBI single closed out their first inning scoring.
Alcides Escobar was the only Royal that recorded a multi-hit game. They totaled 13 hits. Jarrod Dyson drove in a run in the Royals three run 8th inning with a triple and Brandon Wood hit a solo home run in that inning. Brett Hayes also hit a solo home run (in the second).
Now to my headline.
Bruce Chen made his first start of the spring and allowed one run over three innings. He allowed two hits while striking out two. He threw 29 of his 44 pitches for strikes.
Luke Hochevar followed with three scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and walked one while striking out three. He threw 33 of his 56 pitches for strikes.
Louis Coleman allowed another run in the seventh, before Aaron Crow threw a quick, perfect inning. He threw just nine pitches.
Greg Holland finished out the game by allowing one hit. He struck out two and threw 13 pitches.
James Shields will make his second spring start on Wednesday against Arizona at Salt River. He is hoping to pitch three innings. Lefty Will Smith will follow. Trevor Cahill will start for the Dbacks.