For the sixth time this season, Bruce Chen gave up six runs in a start and the Royals fell to Detroit 8-7. The final margin, thanks to a three run ninth, made the game closer than it was for the bulk of the afternoon.
All eleven Royals hits came from Alex Gordon, Alcides Escobar, Eric Hosmer, Billy Butler and Mike Moustakas (Trust the Process), while Yuniesky Betancourt, Jeff Francoeur and Jarrod Dyson went a combined 0-12 (okay, don't Trust the Process).
Jeff Francoeur saw TWENTY-SEVEN pitches today and even walked once, but still struck out three times and did not get a hit. He currently is slugging .003 better than Chris Getz. As Frenchy's slump (if you are being charitable) or regression to who he is (if you are being realistic) approaches six weeks, don't you start to wonder if anyone in authority is paying attention? I can't really blame The Ned here as, with the DFA of Mitch Maier, he really has very few options to put anyone else in the lineup.
Nathan Adcock provided another solid effort in long relief, going four plus innings and giving up two unearned runs, such that they were. With the All-Star Break just a day away, this good outing might not be 'rewarded' with a demotion to Omaha for a change.
Jarrod Dyson, who has spent the summer reminding us that he probably is not an everyday player, was dinged for with his sixth error of the season. Errors are subjective and errors don't even begin to tell the story of who a player is defensively, but damn that's a lot of errors for an outfielder. Surely, we'll see Lorenzo Cain next week, right?
With the Royals looking down the barrel of a possible 3-8 road trip, the break could not be coming at a better team. This team is seriously close to sliding down the slippery slope to oblivion.