First Game Recap of the Year! WOOT!
With Opening Day less than two weeks away, the Royals aired their first of four Spring Training games on Wednesday in efforts to prepare for the regular season. The Boys in Blue come in at 13-8, which is good enough for second in the Cactus League standings. They face American League Central foe, the Chicago White Sox, who are just 7-11, and not showing any improvement thus far in the spring games.
Jason Vargas took the hill for the Royals. Vargas comes in with a bit of an inflated ERA at 17.55, but in spring, it’s hard to remember that ERA does not measure whether a guy is struggling or not. Jason Vargas showed much improvement, which was a welcome sight for most. Vargas went six complete innings while allowing just one earned run on three hits. The successor of Vargas was Louis Coleman, in which he promptly gave up a long solo home run to Avisail Garcia. Franklin Morales, the third pitcher featured for the Royals in the match, had a shaky outing. A leadoff triple followed by a ground-rule double was allowed to give the White Sox a 3-0 advantage. Later in the inning, Morales hung a pitch for Keon Barnum, and it was getting quickly out of hand. Brian Flynn was the final pitcher of the night. He was impressive in his inning of work, and sat down three straight on two groundouts and a strike out.
Kansas City bats fell silent as Carlos Rodon flaunted a nasty slider in his four innings of scoreless work. Chris Beck also took on three innings of work. The two of them allowed six hits through seven innings. Notably, Carlos Rodon struck out nine hitters and walked none. Chris Beck also struck out two. Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain, Kendrys Morales, Omar Infante, Paulo Orlando, and J.C Boscan each collected a hit. Alex Rios, who has impressed his new club this spring, had two hits. Chicago ended up getting the 6-0 victory as our bats fell silent.
The Royals dropped to 13-9 this spring, which still isn’t all that bad. Chicago is now 8-11, but with the pre-season winding down, they will have to get it in gear these last couple of weeks. It’s been a long offseason for the Royals and their fans. In a little less than two weeks, the long wait will be over, and they will start their tour in efforts to defend their American League title.