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Pitching sputters, Royals lose 8-3

Skogy was not sharp.

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Kansas City Royals Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Looking to continue the Royals good run of starting pitching, Eric Skoglund got off to a rough start, laboring in a long first inning. After limiting the damage in that inning, Skoglund’s night blew up in the following one, with Jean Segura and Robinson Cano doing most of the damage by way of extra-base hit, extending the Mariners lead to four.

The Royals got back into things for a brief moment though, with Mike Moustakas cutting the deficit in half by blasting his second home run of the year, this one off a real pitcher.

After Skoglund hit his short pitch limit in the fifth inning, the Royals turned to Blaine Boyer, who didn’t make things easier for the offense, surrendering three runs while recording just as many outs.

The Royals threatened in the sixth, scoring their third run of the game off a Mike Moustakas single, his third run drive in on the night, and loading the bases with two outs. Paulo Orlando settled things down though, striking out on a pitch outside of the zone.

Brian Flynn and Burch Smith finished things off on the pitching side, with Smith making his first appearance since Opening Day.

Mariners closer Edwin Diaz came into pitch with a five-run lead, ending any hope of a Royals comeback. He struck out the side, getting Paulo Orlando, Alcides Escobar, and Abraham Almonte to all go down swinging.

Another day game tomorrow. The pitching matchup with feature two talented lefties who have struggled early in the season, Danny Duffy and James Paxton.