Brayan Pena and Aaron Hill practicing for their pairs figure skating routine (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
Just three days removed from a five-inning relief appearance that saw him toss 52 pitches, Nathan Adcock was serviceable for five innings this afternoon. Needing 77 pitches to get through those five innings, Adcock had three strikeouts while allowing five hits, one walk, and one run. The bullpen (Kelvin Herrera, Greg Holland, and Louis Coleman) held down the fort, with Holland allowing the only run of the bunch, letting a lead-off walk to Gerardo Parra come around to score without allowing a hit.
These two runs proved to be an insurmountable deficit for a team whose bats were not in attendance. As seems to always happen when faced with a little-known southpaw with middling stuff and a penchant for inducing contact, the Royals looked positively befuddled at the plate, never being able to piece together anything that resembled a rally. Wade Miley, whose minor league K/9 of 7.0 is the stuff of legend, struck out three (!) Royals while allowing six hits, two walks, and zero runs in seven innings.
Is the season over yet?