Sanchez Pitches Too Well to Lose His Job, Not Good Enough to Win in Royals 4-2 Loss

DETROIT, MI - JULY 06: Jonathan Sanchez #57 of the Kansas City Royal pitches in the second inning during the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on July 6, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

This is the Kyle Davies dance all over again. How long did we play out that string? Jonathan Sanchez gave us enough glimpses of decent pitching that the Royals will likely give him more starts in the future. Over the first five innings he gave up just a two-run triple to waiver wire pickup-turned-useful player Quentin Berry (how can we ever compete for these kind of free agents!) However, leaving Sanchez in to pitch to Major League hitters is like playing with fire, and Ned inevitably got burned. A leadoff walk to Prince Fielder in the sixth (cue Ryan Lefebvre comment on how leadoff walks will kill you) was followed immediately by a Delmon Young blast to put the Tigers on top for good. In the end, Sanchez was left with a crummy line of 5 2/3 inning pitched, six hits, four earned runs, three walks, and just two strikeouts.

Meanwhile, Drew Smyly, a guy taken in the 2010 draft (who the Royals passed up in the second round in favor of Brett Eibner), threw six innings, giving up two runs, with no walks, while striking out ten. Let me say again, he was drafted just two years ago. Just remember, we have no pitching right now because The Process takes eight years.

Sal Perez was out of the lineup, so the offense was punchless again. Only Big Bill had more than one hit, and he likely cost the team a run with his molasses-slow baserunning on a double by the Yummiest Betancourt. Look for Ned to overcompensate tomorrow night by bunting every inning, because that is what makes things happen.

Can we talk about how useless Jeff Francoeur is right now? He is in an epic slump, adjustment or not. In his last 26 games, he's hitting .212/.239/.298. This is blocking Wil Myers, right?

One good week. You know, we're actually one bad week away from having the worst record in the league. GO FOR IT.

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