In a typical pitcher’s duel when James Shields is on the mound, the KC Royals once again gave him little run support and lost to Oakland, 2-1.
The Royals led 1-0 until the A’s scored single runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Josh Donaldson hit a solo homerun to lead off the seventh to tie the game and Adam Rosales hit a go ahead solo homerun to lead off the bottom of the 8th inning off Shields. That homerun by Donaldson must have made Shields mad because he struck out the side on 13 pitches.
He threw 122 pitches, 76 for strikes. Remember when fans were mad that Ned Yost didn’t leave him in that 1-0 game that the bullpen lost when he was at 102 pitches? Now they’re begging for Yost to pull him before he allows late runs.
But you cannot fault Shields. He was great tonight.
He allowed two runs on six hits and one walk over eight innings (a complete game). He struck out nine. The A’s only had multiple base runners in the 2nd inning.
Outfielder David Lough made an impact in his first game of the 2013 season. He batted leadoff in the ever-changing Royals lineup. In the 3rd inning, he gave the Royals a 1-0 lead with a two out RBI double. In the bottom of the fourth, he threw Brandon Moss out at second base when he tried to stretch a single into a double. In the 7th inning, he singled with one out after a seven pitch at-bat. Unfortunately, Alcides Escobar grounded into an inning ending double play one pitch later.
The rest of the Royals lineup only collected three hits.
The two teams continue their series tomorrow, as Ervin Santana gets the start against lefty Tommy Milone for the A’s.