The KC Royals and Minnesota Twins played two on Saturday and the first game was delayed due to more rain. The Royals were swept in the DH.
Game 1 was a well-pitched game, but the Royals fell 3-1. Twins rookie Cole De Vries has just four wins on the season. He is now 3-0 against the Royals. He allowed a run on seven hits over 6.2 innings. All seven of the hits were singles.
Meanwhile, Will Smith allowed three runs on nine hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out four. Vin Mazzaro followed with three scoreless innings of relief.
Game 2 was ugly from the start for the Royals, as Luke Hochevar lasted 1.2 innings. He gave up eight runs, even after the Royals scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning.
However, the Royals offense battled back, but it was just too much, as they lost 8-7. They out-hit the Twins, 14-9, but collected just two extra-base hits.
The 3-4-5 hitters (Alex Gordon, Billy Butler, and Salvador Perez) went a combined 9-for-14 with four runs scored and three RBIs. David Lough made his first start of the 2012 season (in right field and batting leadoff) and went 2-for-5 with two runs scored.
Everett Teaford came on in relief and threw 5.1 scoreless innings of relief. He threw 56 pitches, 34 for strikes. Kelvin Herrera followed with two hitless innings of relief.
Luis Mendoza will take the hill on Sunday afternoon as the Royals try to salvage at least one game of the series. Esmerling Vasquez will be making his first big league start (and Twins debut).
*What is it about the Twins? The Royals are just 4-9 against them this season and have won just one game in each series.
**As part of the September callups, the Royals brought up catcher Manny Pina from Double-A and outfielder David Lough from Triple-A.