The weather forecast called for rain all day and all night in Baltimore, yet the KC Royals only faced an hour long rain delay in the 7th inning. Unfortunately, they still lost, 4-3.
The way the game started for the Royals and Ervin Santana, you would be surprised that he lasted until the rain delay. I know I was. But he settled down and really pitched well. After allowing three runs on four hits in the first, he did not allow another base runner until Nate McLouth singled with two outs in the fifth. Santana only walked one over six innings while striking out four.
Meanwhile, the Royals offense continues to be the singles brigade. They collected nine of them and actually out-hit the O’s.
In the 3rd inning against O’s starter Wei-Yin Chen, the Royals strung together three singles to score their first run. Then the two teams’ offenses were kept off the scoreboard until the rains came.
Miguel Tejada, who started at third base singled with one out against Chen. With Elliot Johnson at the plate (he started at second base), the downpour came. The tarp was put on the field and play was halted until 9:45pm ET.
Brian Matusz was the new pitcher for the O’s when play resumed. After getting Johnson to fly out, Alex Gordon hit a no doubter over the right field scoreboard to tie the game at 3-3. It was the first and only extra base hit for the Royals. It was also their last base runner.
The Royals also went to their bullpen, first with lefty Tim Collins. He once again struggled with his command, as he walked one in his first inning of relief, but escaped. For some reason, Ned Yost sent Collins back out for another inning. He walked the first batter he faced before striking out Chris Davis. He then got the hook and in came Luke Hochevar. His pick off throw to first base hit Adam Jones, allowing him to take second base. Matt Wieters then dropped in a double to break the tie. From my seat, it looked foul. That was the third RBI of the night for Wieters.
The Royals then went down quietly to O’s closer Jim Johnson. Jeff Francoeur flied out to center. Salvador Perez struck out. Pinch-hitter Mike Moustakas got a 2-0 count and then sent a dinky fly ball to left field to end the game.
The Royals left five men on base and hit into three double plays.
Luis Mendoza will get the ball in the middle game of the series against Chris Tillman. I hope more people show up for tomorrow’s game. There were less than 10,000 actually in attendance and way less after the delay.
*Every time Gordon got on base, Alcides Escobar hit into a double play: once in the first and once in the fifth to end the inning (with a runner on third base).
**Outside of the rain, it was a nice two and a half hour game. I just wish the rain hadn’t come because I would have made it home an hour earlier.
***The Royals also flashed some glove work from their infield subs. Tejada made a great play in the third, flipping over and throwing Jones out from his knees. Johnson’s play came in the bottom of the eighth when he dove deep into the hole on Ryan Flaherty‘s sure base hit. He threw him out by a few steps.