Legend has it that if you score more runs that the other team, you’ll win the game. The Royals must have missed that.
It was a horrible quality start for James Shields, if that makes sense. Shields threw an average of 20.67 pitches per inning. While Shields went six complete innings, and only allowed two runs, he wiggled out of jam after jam, and was a bit out of control with his location.
The umpires certainly didn’t do the Royals any favors. In the top of the fifth, interference was called on second baseman Omar Infante, and Sam Fuld was awarded third base. Nothing would come out of it as Shields would wiggle out of that jam too.
Shields couldn’t get out of the third inning without a run when Josh Willingham sacrificed in Danny Santana (Ugh. Another Santana.) Danny Santana scored the other run in the fifth inning, and that would do it for the Twins.
Kyle Gibson has dominated the Royals all season. Gibson continued his success tonight when he pitched seven scoreless innings, and only allowed two hits.
Kansas City didn’t score their loan run until the ninth inning. With no outs, Omar Infante doubled off of the left field wall. Eric Hosmer dumped one into left field to give him his 46th RBI of the year. That would be as far as the Royals rally would come as the next three batters went down in order against All-Star closer, Glenn Perkins.
The Royals did not lose any ground in the AL Central race after Detroit lost to Chicago, but they now sit 3.5 games back of the second wildcard spot.
Phil Hughes and Danny Duffy will square off tomorrow at 7:10 for the second game of the series. Let’s hope that, for once, we can provide some run support for Mr. Duffy.