Wade Miley threw a complete game shutout as the Royals lost 6-0 to the Seattle Mariners Saturday night. Yordano Ventura was pulled in the fifth inning after giving up his sixth walk. Eric Hosmer loses his hitting streak.
The night began inauspiciously, with Ventura yielding four runs on two home runs in the home half of the first inning. Four runs may as well have been forty with how Kansas City has been swinging the bat lately, and what had been true for the past four games continued to be true tonight.
As Kansas City extended its scoreless innings streak into the twenties, Wade Miley was allowed to lower his ERA by two full runs, sitting now at a healthy 5.06 following his nine scoreless. He yielded just five hits and zero walks while striking out just four batters.
Seth Smith went yard for the second consecutive night as Kyle Seager joined the homer parade and put the game effectively out of reach about nineteen minutes after it had begun.
I don't know what the solutions are. As of now, the only people in the lineup who are hitting well are Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer. Escobar's OPS (.515) is in danger of dropping below the half-millennium, which is just unprecedented territory for any batsmen, let alone a team's leadoff hitter.
What if I told you that Omar Infante is one of the four best hitters on the team right now? Maybe that would clue you in to how poorly the season goes.
But let's not put this all on the offense. During the five-game losing streak, the best pitching performance the team has received was from Chris Young, who gave up three runs in 5.1 innings against the Angels. Here's the rundown:
Kennedy: 11 baserunners (4 walks)
Volquez: 14 baserunners (2 walks)
Medlen: 6 baserunners (5 walks)
Ventura: 9 baserunners (6 walks)
No one pitched through the sixth inning.
Kansas City drops to 12-11 and third place in the American League Central. Tomorrow, they will try and get their first win in a week, as Ian Kennedy (2-2, 2.77 ERA) will tilt against Taijuan Walker (2-0, 1.44). If you were wondering which game the Royals were most likely to win, it was tonight.