The Royals continued their soul-crushing ineptitude on offense managing just six hits and one run in a 2-1 loss to Texas. The Royals have scored seven runs in their last 60 innings. They have not scored more than three runs in a game since April 14 against the Angels.
The Royals were shut down against Nick Martinez, who tossed a no-hitter through the first five innings. That’s right, THE Nick Martinez, the one with a career MLB ERA of 4.44, who as just called up from AAA. Some call him “Cy” Martinez.
Drew Butera finally broke up the no-hitter with one out in the sixth inning with a single to left. A soft groundout by Alex Gordon got him to second, and with two outs, Mike Moustakas came through in the clutch with a two-out single. If you’re thinking that a two-out RBI seems like a rare occurrence with the Royals, that’s because it has been.
The Royals were 4 for 47 with two outs and runners in scoring position before that Mike Moustakas single.— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) April 23, 2017
Ian Kennedy was on his game again, following up on last week’s start against the Angels, which was his best performance ever in a Royals uniform. Kennedy allowed a second-inning home run to Mike Napoli, but was nails aside from that, allowing just four hits and one run in seven innings of work, despite just three strikeouts.
The Rangers threatened to score in the eighth. With one out in the eighth, Carlos Gomez singled against Joakim Soria, followed by a walk to Nomar Mazara. After a Shin Soo Choo strikeout, both runners advanced on a wild pitch. But Soria retired Mike Napoli on a groundout to third to end the threat.
In the ninth, Travis Wood allowed a single to Rougned Odor, who stole second. Ned Yost wisely brought in righty Peter Moylan to face Elvis Andrus but it didn't matter. Andrus singled to drive home the winning run in a walk-off victory.
The Royals have shaken things up to get more offense but the shaking has not worked. You have to wonder if more changes are around the corner.