Okay, the KC Royals were already losing when closer Greg Holland took the mound in the 9th inning against the visiting Colorado Rockies. But the way the offense has been hitting, they could have come back. Instead, the Royals lost, 7-2.
It has been a rough spring so far for Holland, who the team will be counting on once the regular season begins. On Tuesday, he allowed a leadoff single to Rockies prospect Nolan Arenado and a wild pitch moved him to second base. After another single, DJ LeMahieu drove in a run with a single. After an error loaded the bases, Corey Dickerson doubled in two more runs and chased Holland from the game. Francisley Bueno retired the next two batters in order to escape the inning.
Holland threw 30 pitches, 18 for strikes. His spring ERA ballooned to 5.40. Is this something we should be concerned about?
The Royals offense picked up eight hits, but scored just two runs (one each in the second and eighth). The third baseman drove in both runs: Mike Moustakas‘ homerun in the second and Rey Navarro‘s RBI single in the eighth. Moose collected two hits.
Jeremy Guthrie took the loss, as he allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits over six innings. He walked one while striking out two. He actually had a no-hitter into the fourth and then was lit up for three runs in the fifth.
The Royals will play the LA Dodgers on Wednesday in Surprise with Wade Davis set to make the start. Tim Collins, Juan Gutierrez, Donnie Joseph, and Louis Coleman are also expected to pitch.