The Kansas city Royals entered the ninth inning with a 92 percent chance of leaving Citizens Bank Park with a second victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Greg Holland then blew his first save of the season, causing the Royals to lose 4-3.
Holland walked the first three hitters of the ninth inning, loading the bases for Domonic Brown with no outs. Holland struck out Brown on three pitches, then rung up John Mayberry four pitches. Kevin Frandsen then hit the bases-clearing double to win the game.
's six strong innings, as he only allowed one run on three hits. Mendoza kept Philadelphia hitters off-balance all night, striking out seven batters and forcing eight groundouts.
Mendoza continues the incredibly early-season trend of Royals starters posting high strikeout totals. Kansas City starting pitchers have struck out 32 batters in 28 innings pitched. It's extremely unlikely they continue to strike out 10 batters per nine innings, but it's a nice sign despite the meaningless sample size.
The Royals offense did not look particularly impressive against John Lannan, but did enough to hand a two-run lead to the team's closer. Jeff Francoeur hit well against the left-handed pitcher, cracking two doubles. Miguel Tejada had an RBI-double and drove in Lorenzo Cain with a groundball, while Elliot Johnson hit an RBI-single.
Tejada also had an impressive defensive play at third base, charging hard on a groundball to throw out Utely in the third inning. It was a solid performance from the much-maligned roster addition, despite a TOOTBLAN in the seventh.
The Royals will look to salvage the series against the Phillies tomorrow afternoon.