the team’s All Star, Billy Butler, to come up huge when the team needed him most. Butler hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth last night, giving the Royals a much needed 8-7 victory over the Mariners. With the win, Kansas City moved to 39-51 on the season, 10.5 games out in the AL Central.
Butler’s heroics saved what could have been a disaster for the Royals, as Kansas City blew a four run lead late in the game thanks to some horrendous pitching from its bullpen. Bruce Chen provided the team with a quality start, and Kansas City’s offense was rolling early thanks to big hits from Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas. The team also got a two run homer from the hot-hitting Lorenzo Cain, who is now 10-20 in the midst of a six game hitting streak. However, after building what seemed to be an insurmountable lead, Kansas City’s Jose Mijares and Aaron Crow gave up three runs in the seventh. Had Butler not saved the day with his walk-off, this would have been an extremely tough loss for Royals fans.
Kansas City’s entire pitching staff struggled all series long, giving up 26 runs over three games and wasting a pretty good offensive series from the Royals. With the troubles on the mound, the Royals have called up lefty Will Smith, who is 3-0 with a 1.30 ERA in his last four starts at Triple-A Omaha. To make room for Smith, the team optioned Ryan Verdugo, who struggled in his major league debut on Tuesday.
Smith will pitch for the Royals today in the team’s final game of its series with the Mariners. He will face Felix Hernandez (7-5). The game will begin at 1:10 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium.
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Thursday, July 19, 2012
Billy Butler's Walk Off Gives Royals Much-Needed Win Over Mariners
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