For once, Jeremy Guthrie pitched well, but it still didn’t result in a KC Royals victory. They lost the first game of their three-game series against Texas, 5-3.
The Rangers scored single runs off Guthrie in the first and fourth innings before chasing him in the 7th inning. He ended up allowing three runs on six hits and two walks over six innings (plus one batter in the 7th).
The Rangers’ three-run 7th inning did in the Royals. Michael Young singled to chase Guthrie from the game. In came lefty Jose Mijares (remember when the Royals were trying to trade him?). With one out, Mijares walked Geovany Soto (a sub .200 hitter) before giving up a three-run homerun to Mitch Moreland that gave the Rangers a 5-1 lead.
The Royals offense collected more hits than the Rangers (10-7), but only went 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position. They also hit into two double plays.
*Mike Moustakas tweaked his knee again while sliding n Thursday, but is expected back in the lineup on Saturday.
**Let’s check in on some of the traded Royals. Jonathan Sanchez started tonight for Colorado (he was swapped for Guthrie). Right now, the Rockies are losing to SF, 16-4. Sanchez lasted just three innings while allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks. He threw 67 pitches, 33 for strikes, while also throwing two wild pitches.
Jonathan Broxton picked up a hold tonight for the Cincinnati Reds, as he entered with two men on base in the 8th inning but escaped unscathed. He threw five pitches, all for strikes (he induced an inning-ending double play). That was his second outing for the team with the best record in baseball.