The Royals managed 11 hits and 9 runs in 8 innings of work today. 2 of the hits were XBH, both were HRs (Butler, Maier). The hitters today walked 5 times against 4 strikeouts, getting back to the habit they had earlier this spring of walking more than striking out, an awesome accomplishment as a team. Brayan Pena was thrown out trying to steal second and Chris Lubanski was picked off of first base. Mitch Maier made the only error.
The pitching today gave up 2 runs on 10 hits. Chris Shelton and Jeff Clement had the lone extra base hits, both doubles. The pitchers gave up just 2 walks while striking out 13, easily their best numbers in those two categories of the spring. One note is that Mike Sweeney got the start at DH batting 4th against his old team, Mike went 2-3 with a run and a strikeout.
Hitter of the Game
The hitter of the game award goes to Billy Butler, who smacked a 3 run homerun. Billy was 1-3 with 1 run and 3 rbi. Billy's average this spring sits at an even .300. Other notables were Mitch Maier who had an inside-the-park-homer and David DeJesus who was 2-3 with a run.
Pitcher of the Game
The pitcher of the game award goes to Heath Phillips. Heath pitched 2 scoreless innings, allowing just one single while striking out 3. Heath's ERA for the spring sits at 1.13 in 8 innings. Juan Cruz also made his debut today pitching a scoreless inning, giving up one hit and striking out two.
The Royals will host the Chicago White Sox in Surprise tomorrow at 3:05 Central Time tomorrow. The Sox will start Clayton Richard. Horacio Ramirez gets the nod for the Royals. Following the lefty will be Kyle Davies.
Thanks as always for reading. Expect my candidate for the "breakout candidate of the year" in the outfield tomorrow.