After a three game winning streak including a two game sweep of the Colorado Rockies, the Kansas City Royals have lost two straight games against the Baltimore Orioles at home.
In the first game of the series the Orioles won 2-1. Royals’ rookie Yordano Ventura struck out nine batters with only one walk through 6 1/3 innings of work. Ventura allowed the only two runs of the game courtesy of fourth inning two run home run by Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz. This was only Cruz’s second hit against the Royals this season, both of which were home runs.
After Cruz’s homerun, Ventura shut down the Orioles’ next ten batters including six straight strikeouts. The Royals only run was provided by a sacrifice fly by third baseman Danny Valencia in the bottom of the fourth to score first baseman Eric Hosmer. Orioles starting pitcher Wei-Yin chin allowed only one run off of seven hits in 5 1/3 innings before turning the ball over to his bullpen, who shut down the Royals not allowing a hit.
Game two consisted of a pitching gem by Orioles starter Chris Tillman. Tillman had a complete game shutout with the Royals only managing five hits with three strikeouts. It was the first career shutout in Tillman’s career.
Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie had a solid outing as well. Guthrie lasted eight innings allowing eight hits for four runs. Like the game before, the Orioles got to the Royals pitching in the top of the fourth inning. Orioles first baseman Chris Davis capped off a four run inning with a solo shot. This game the Orioles’ the lead and they would cruise the rest of the way.
The Royals are now 20-21 on the season which puts them in third in the division. The Royals look to end the two game slump, and get back to .500 in game three of the series Saturday night in Kansas City. Starters Bud Norris and Danny Duffy are scheduled to start.