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Cy Montgomery, M's send 7-0 message to Royals

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Seattle will not give up ground in Grass Creek so easily.

What could have been, Michael?
What could have been, Michael?
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Feeling the need to directly respond to the previous night's crucial loss to his original organization, Mike Montgomery took to the mound with a purpose: hold the Mariners' ground on the field of battle in Grass Creek, Wyoming.

Facing their former highly touted left-handed pitching prospect, the Royals mounted serious threats against the Mariners and Mike Montgomery in the first and second innings. The Royals loaded the bases in the first with no outs, and it looked as though Mike Montgomery might be in for a long night. An embarrassing Eric Hosmer strikeout and a Kendrys Morales grounder to first to commence a double play later and the Royals were out of the inning without plating a single run. Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez reached to start the second--error and ground-ball single to left, respectively--but they too were stranded as Cy Montgomery struck out the bottom third of the order.

As soon as Salvador Perez stroked that single in the second, it was as though the Royals suddenly became possessed with the notion that they must swing early and often against the former top prospect. Their approach at the plate seemed to imply a necessity to end what was then a game knotted at zeroes with the first pitch they saw because apparently that will be the only one that can be put into play. The Royals collectively flailed at nearly every pitch Montgomery offered, striking out and grounding out with an expediency that would have been marvelous if it was not the Royals chasing and was not in the midst of such a meaningful battle for the future of Grass Creek.

If one was looking for an example of the Royals' impatience, one needn't look any further than the trio of eight pitch innings doled out by Cy Montgomery in the fifth, sixth, and eighth innings. It was as though the vestigial demon of each conflict the southpaw had with management throughout his early career in the Royals' farm system was being exorcised with each appallingly brief frame.

Facing a mediocre offense in a pitcher-friendly park, Jeremy Guthrie was able to keep the Mariners from scoring in the first three frames, but things got ugly in the fourth and fifth innings. As someone at this stage in his career with his extremely limited skill-set is prone, Guthrie stretched the defense to the bounds of their abilities in the fourth, and they were ultimately unable to bail him out of his self-created jams. After loading the bases following an Alex Gordon sliding attempt at a catch that held Kyle Seager at third but advanced Seth Smith to second and let Dustin Ackley reach safely, Guthrie walked in the first Mariner run of the night. It only got worse from there. Guthrie allowed two more in the inning and then ceded a Seth Smith RBI-single and a two-run Ackley dong in the fifth.

With Montgomery retiring 24 of the final 26 batters he faced, striking out 10 along the way and walking none, the Royals had no hope. Michael Mariot gave up a dong-shot to Kansas City-native Logan Morrison in the eighth, running the score to 7 - 0 Seattle, and the Royals faithful in Grass Creek were left to pick up the shattered pieces of their crystalline dreams. What this means for their safety against both Mariners fans and Wolves, etc. is anyone's guess. Presumably every one of the Kansas City backers will sleep clutching their muskets this eve.