The KC Royals were swept in Oakland on Sunday afternoon, as they lost the finale, 4-3.
The offense collected 11 hits (out-hitting Oakland by two hits), but went 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base. However, only two of their hits were for extra bases (doubles by Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon).
Luis Mendoza was solid in the start and left with the lead. He allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits over six innings. He struck out four. Mendoza allowed a single to lead off the 7th inning, but David Lough misplayed the hit, allowing Derek Norris to go all the way to third base. That fielding blunder proved costly with reliever Bruce Chen on the mound.
Chen allowed two straight fly balls, with the second being deep enough to drive in the tying run.
With the game tied heading into the bottom of the 8th inning, Kelvin Herrera entered in relief. On the second fastball he threw, Yoenis Cespedes deposited it over the left-centerfield wall to give the A’s a 4-3 lead. That was the seventh homerun Herrera has allowed already this season.
The Royals had their chance in the 9th inning against A’s reliever Ryan Cook. With two outs and runners at second and third base, Mike Moustakas worked a long at-bat (seven pitches), but grounded out to end the game.
The Royals continue their West Coast road trip, as they make their first trip to Houston (with them being in the American League). Jeremy Guthrie looks to rebound from his first loss in 18 starts against Dallas Keuchel on Monday night (it will be just his third start of the season).