Despite a great start by Jeremy Guthrie and a rarity, the KC Royals could not halt the Atlanta Braves winning streak, which extended to ten games. The Braves won at Turner Field, 6-3.
It was a pitcher’s duel between Guthrie and Kris Medlen, as both allowed two runs over seven innings. Guthrie allowed five total hits, two were solo homeruns by Juan Francisco. The second homerun came in his final inning that tied the game at 2-2. Medlen only allowed one earned run and that was the rarity. Chris Getz hit his first homerun since July 19, 2009 (off his now teammate Guthrie) and just the third of his career.
The fireworks then went off in the 8th inning.
Fireballer Kelvin Herrera entered in relief for the Royals and got a quick out. Then he threw a fastball right down the middle to Jason Heyward who hammered it out of the ballpark. He hung a changeup to Justin Upton and he hit it about 20 rows up into the seats for a homerun.
Herrera somehow was still in the game and allowed yet another homerun to Dan Uggla with two outs. Manager Ned Yost STILL left him out there and he issued a walk. FINALLY, the hook came, but Aaron Crow entered and allowed a stolen base and an RBI single.
Herrera‘s ERA ballooned from zero to 9.00. He had only allowed five homeruns total in his career. This season, he had held opponents to a .111 average. But his teammates still have plenty of confidence in him, like Jeff Francoeur, who went 2-for-4 and threw a runner out at the plate in the seventh:
“I’ve got all the confidence in the world in that guy. Send him back out tomorrow, and I feel he’ll go 1-2-3. For him, it was one of those nights. I live here and obviously, when they put this team together, they put them together to strike out and hit home runs. Tonight they were able to get five of them.”
Guthrie has now not lost in 14 straight games as a Royal, which is now tied for the second longest streak.
The start to their 10-day, three city road trip didn’t go as planned, but they have a quick turnaround tomorrow. The Royals and Braves finish their quick two-game series Wednesday afternoon at noon ET. It will be televised LIVE on MLB Network as Wade Davis faces Mike Minor.
*The Braves have out-homered their opponents 25-7.