Royals rout Rays 11-1 in makeup of May snow-out
The Royals’ Jeremy Guthrie grinded through five shaky innings.
Third baseman Mike Moustakas grinded through a calf strain that’s
still causing him trouble.
The rest of the Kansas City offense ground up Rays starter
Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer, Billy Butler also went
deep and the Royals romped to an 11-1 victory over Tampa Bay on
Monday in a steamy makeup of a snowed-out game from early May.
Perez finished with four RBIs, Butler drove in three runs and
Moustakas also drove in a pair as the Royals won their second
straight following a seven-game slide.
”We’re a good team. We’re a good-hitting ballclub,” Moustakas
said. ”We knew we’d be able to get to the pitcher early and score
Hellickson (10-8) allowed five runs in just 2 2-3 innings for
Tampa Bay. It was the struggling right-hander’s shortest start
since June 30, 2012, when he went the same distance in a game
against Detroit before getting pelted in the leg by a line
”The offense to me looks like it is back on track,” Royals
manager Ned Yost said.
Guthrie (13-10) allowed six hits and three walks but twice
delivered timely strikeouts. He fanned Kelly Johnson with two
aboard to end the third inning, and then struck out David DeJesus
on a called third strike to leave the bases loaded in the
Rays manager Joe Maddon argued that the call and was tossed by
plate umpire Greg Gibson.
”It’s been exasperating. They beat us up. We don’t like Kansas
City,” Maddon said, ”except for the food. The Plaza is nice and
the barbeque, and this is one of the best ballparks in the American
League, in all of baseball really, but they just beat us up.”
James Loney drove in the only run for the Rays, who no doubt
rued having to make the quick trip to Kansas City in the midst of a
six-game homestand. They began the day a game back of the Red Sox
in the AL East and lead the American League wild-card
It seemed like a season ago when the teams first tried to play.
The temperature was 41 degrees with a wind chill of 21 at first
pitch on May 2, and Kauffman Stadium resembled a snow globe by the
fourth inning as flurries fell. The game called with the Royals
It was 93 degrees at first pitch Monday, making for a 52-degree
difference from the original date. Sunny skies and a slight breeze
made it feel even warmer.
The biggest subplot to the game wasn’t the weather, though, but
the return of Myers to Kansas City. The former minor league player
of the year was the key to a seven-player trade last December that
netted the Royals starting pitchers James Shields and Wade
Myers hadn’t played at the K since the All-Star Futures Game in
2012, when he went 2 for 4 and drove in the three runs. He didn’t
fare nearly as well against big league pitching, either: He went 0
for 4 with two strikeouts, slamming his bat down after a pop out in
the fifth inning.
”The fans kinds of wore me out in right field,” he said,
”otherwise it was good.”
The Royals struck first on Butler’s RBI single in the first, but
they didn’t really break through until the third inning. Three
straight hits and a walk scored two runs, a sacrifice fly added
another, and Justin Maxwell’s RBI single helped drive Hellickson
from the game.
Hellickson fell to 0-5 in his last six starts. He’s made it
through five innings once.
”It’s very frustrating when you don’t give your team a chance
to win at all, 5-0 in the third,” he said. ”You don’t give them a
chance to come back.”
The Royals tacked on five more runs in the sixth against the
Tampa Bay bullpen, highlighted by Perez’s three-run shot. That was
more than enough help for the Royals’ relief corps, which put
together four shutout innings to end Guthrie’s three-game losing
”I created some problems for myself,” Guthrie said. ”The bats
picked us up fortunately and we won it pretty easily, even though
it was a struggle early.”
Notes: Royals RHP Luke Hochevar was absent after his wife gave
birth to a daughter Sunday. Hochever will rejoin the club Wednesday
in Minnesota. RHP Will Smith took his place on the 25-man roster.
… Rays LHP Matt Moore (sore left elbow) remains on track to start
a minor league game Thursday. He could rejoin Tampa Bay at the
Angles on Sept. 3. … Rays OF Jason Bourgeois cleared waivers and
accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Durham.