Bye Bye First, Royals Drop Game One, 7-5 to Mariners
Okay, I started this off the right way.
It’s no secret that James Shields is awful when it comes to first innings. Relatively speaking, it was a good inning for Shields considering he only gave up one earned run.
It was the other innings that wreaked havoc for Shields. I just don’t get it. This has been a typical start for James Shields as of late. I’m on the same page as Rex Hudler when he says that Shields is pitching for a contract. It just seems like everything from Big Game has been forced, and way too… stiff. Juego just needs to go out and pitch like we all know he can do. If he truly is pitching for a contract, he’s lowering his value. Shields certainly isn’t doing himself any favors.
It was about the fifth inning when thought about giving up hope. It was after Salvador Perez homered to left field that I thought we had a chance. It wasn’t until a two run shot from Mike Moustakas that I thought we would win the ballgame. It was 5-3, I had my rally cap on, and Ryan was wearing his shirt. The very next inning, Kansas City scored two more to actually tie the game.
The game was a stalemate until the ninth inning. Until the ninth inning when All-star closer Greg Holland came in and ruined the hopes and dreams of nearly 40,00 people that had gathered at the K to watch their first place Kansas City Royals. It was the second run that put the dagger in Kansas City.
One run deficit in the ninth? Sure… That’s doable. Two run deficit in the ninth? Might as well just mail it in, right guys? Jarrod Dyson led off with an infield single. Omar Infante struck out, ending his night with the infamous, golden sombrero. Eric Hosmer then singled to get Dyson in scoring position.
Next up, Billy Butl-
Wait. Ned Yost pinch ran for him in the eighth. His options for pinch-hitting were Pedro Ciriaco, Nori Aoki, and Brett Hayes. Yes, because those are the exact guys I want up in a big spot. Good thinking, Ned.
Naturally, in the midst of his at-bat, Nori Aoki fell down. Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Aoki hit into a fielder’s choice to advance Dyson to third. Just when there was a faint glimmer of hope still shining in the eyes of the sellout crowd, Alex Gordon came up in the biggest spot of the game, and…. Struck out.
It was nice while it lasted. I remember first place like it was yesterday. So young, with so much potential for great things. It’s gone now. We hardly knew you. Oh well, I’m still banking on a Jason Vargas no-hitter tomorrow. Onward, Royals fans. Okay, I’ll let you grieve.