Extra Tough Loss for Chen, Royals 11-5
Last time out, Jeremy Guthrie pitched seven innings, while battling through a fifty-three minute rain delay. Luckily, there was no rain in sight, and Jeremy Guthrie was allowed an uninterrupted start tonight. Unfortunately, Guthrie's start would be a bad one.
Tonight's contest between the Twins had a rather odd start. Not that Jeremy Guthrie allowing two runs in an inning is odd, but it's the way he did it that is rather befuddling. Kennys Vargas and Oswaldo Arcia both had an RBI apiece, but Guthrie managed to throw only eleven pitches in the inning.
Kansas City came right back in the home half of the first inning with RBI's from Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez, but the score only held until the fourth inning when Jordan Schafer singled home Chris Parmalee. Oswaldo Arcia also had an RBI single in the inning.
The rest of the game was filled with the Twins scoring two, the Royals scoring two. The Twins scoring one, the Royals scoring one, and so on, and so forth. Until..... Bruce Chen in the top of the tenth inning of an important game? Bruce Chen in the top of the tenth inning of an important game. Yes, folks. Ned Yost has finally lost his marbles. With two on, and one out Yost had nobody warming in the pen, so clearly it was Chen's game to lose, and.... He did.
Bruce Chen allowed six (SIX) earned runs in the bottom of the tenth inning. It was evident that Ned Yost was "just a fan" as he likes to say. Bruce Chen, whose ERA is pushing 8.00, has absolutely no value to this team anymore. I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I would've rather had Aaron Crow in the game.
Not that I want your day to be totally horrible, but the Tigers beat the Yankees today, so Kansas City is back down to a one-and-a-half game lead in the American League Central. Oh well. There are still twenty-nine games left to play. Onward, gents.