In the bottom of the fifth inning, with nobody out and nobody on, Eric Hosmer took his warm-up swings and stepped into the box against Josh Tomlin - a soft-tosser who looks every bit the part of a young Greg Maddux, at least when he is playing the Royals. Despite the odds being against him, Hosmer reminded us all why he is a Golden God by poking a double into the corner in left field.
Unfortunately the men who came up after him were unable to plate him and the Royals' hopes died in the fifth inning.
Then in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and Hosmer in the on-deck circle, Vinnie Pestano plunked Mitch Maier setting up an epic face-off with the game almost on the line. On three straight pitches, the Crime Horse swung mightily. Not once. Not twice. But thrice he sent his bat bursting with potential through the zone but sadly failed to put the ball in play.
The Royals lost 19 - 1.
14 of those? Earned and charged to Vin Mazzaro in his two-and-one-third inning pitched.
He pitched, of course, because Kyle Davies left after recording one out in the first, allowing three base-runners via the base-on-balls before leaving with shoulder soreness. He is scheduled to get an MRI tomorrow.