www.mozilla.com Weather Central
Voices
Headlines

MLS and players reach deal -3/5/2015, 10:58 AM

KU's Ellis out vs. OU -3/5/2015, 10:58 AM

Kacperska ready to step up -3/5/2015, 10:58 AM

Gregorian: Royals' bats come alive in exhibition -3/5/2015, 10:57 AM

Wichita State's Wessel, Carter chosen for MVC's Most-Improved Team -3/5/2015, 10:57 AM

TV analyst Mark Adams loves the MVC -3/5/2015, 10:57 AM

Bills get their workhorse back in LeSean McCoy -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Perry Ellis will miss regular season finale -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Kansas rallies, wins Big 12 outright -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Wildcats have shot at tourney? -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Lehman, Hobson collect MIAA honors -3/4/2015, 1:44 PM

Two headed to nationals for Tiger track -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Tiger softball earns Tuesday sweep -3/3/2015, 7:45 PM

Season ends for FHSU men -3/3/2015, 10:20 AM

Claflin great Jackie Stiles inducted into NFHS Hall of Fame -3/3/2015, 10:19 AM

KU's Big 12 streak one for the ages -3/3/2015, 10:10 AM

FHSU's Keehn wins second MIAA title in track -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Wessel continues to spark Shockers -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Ronda Rousey's fast work, like at UFC 184, a big draw -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Minnie Minoso's love of baseball never waned -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

FHSU wrestling sending four to nationals -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Kansas State rallies late to put away Iowa State -3/1/2015, 9:33 AM

No. 8 Kansas holds on to defeat Texas, 69-64 -3/1/2015, 9:31 AM

Wichita State captures MVC crown by beating Northern Iowa -3/1/2015, 9:30 AM

Ellis' Younger cruises through Friday at 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Hays High's Deterding second in 4A -3/1/2015, 9:58 AM

Norton wins title with backside points -3/1/2015, 9:36 AM

Hoxie's Porsch repeats in 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:43 AM

FHSU splits at Northeastern State -3/1/2015, 9:41 AM

HHS girls win on senior night -3/1/2015, 9:40 AM

HHS boys roll by Great Bend -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Class 3-2-1A State Wrestling finals results -2/28/2015, 9:37 AM

Tigers fall, need win to host first round -2/27/2015, 10:20 AM

Tiger women, MIAA champs, hang on -2/27/2015, 10:29 AM

Monarchs survive on senior night -2/27/2015, 12:17 PM

With KU back in control, Jayhawks prepare for 'high drama' -2/27/2015, 10:19 AM

Nino Williams takes long road to success at Kansas State -2/27/2015, 10:18 AM

Sub-state basketball pairings -2/26/2015, 10:37 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Younger part of youth movement for Railers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

Big 12 reprimands K-State after court-storming -2/26/2015, 10:53 AM

Hays High's top four headed to Salina -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- HDN area state qualifiers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Porsch seeks a repeat in state finale -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Freshman Hutchinson leads young group of Redmen -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Norton steps up again to have shot at 3-2-1A state crown -2/26/2015, 10:50 AM

Shockers fight past Indiana State, set up big Saturday -2/26/2015, 10:27 AM

Rhoades back at state -- this time in 4A -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

TMP survives Plainville -2/25/2015, 11:26 AM

K-State issues apology -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

HHS swept at Dodge -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/25/2015, 10:21 AM

Royals still hoping for Starling to break out -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Penske revels in Logano's victory at Daytona 500 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcat's win throws a roadblock at Jayhawks -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

KBCA prep basketball rankings, Feb. 23 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcats get it done -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

No-name Hahn wins Northern Trust Open -2/23/2015, 10:24 AM

FHSU softball splits on Sunday in Minnesota -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Lutz: VanVleet has another day to remember -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

VanVleet takes Wichita State's assists title in win -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

'Cats seek confidence before game with KU -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

Perry Ellis, No. 8 Kansas rebound from loss, beat TCU -2/22/2015, 12:47 PM

Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

Monarch girls run away from Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:38 PM

TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

Wrestling roundup -- Hays High sends four to 4A state -2/22/2015, 8:19 PM

Victoria puts together complete game in win at Ness City -2/22/2015, 12:40 PM

HHS girls fall down early, lose at Garden -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Earnhardt Jr. makes Duel history, Patrick qualifies -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

HHS sends relays to state -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Tiger women No. 1 in Central Region -2/18/2015, 5:04 PM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/18/2015, 11:22 AM

Barton's Hensley named Player of the Week -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

K-State hopes to build some momentum at TCU -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

Two in a row for HHS girls -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

Hot early, HHS boys get win at Abilene -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

All is possible at Daytona -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

WVU tops Jayhawks in wild finish -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chiefs can find impact receiver in NFL draft -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chargers set sights on LA, push San Diego officials for action on stadium -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Defense a constant for Shockers -2/17/2015, 10:26 AM

FHSU, UCM series moved to Hays -2/16/2015, 10:55 AM

KU prepares for full-court press -2/16/2015, 10:17 AM

Foster lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma on Saturday -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Three Tigers crowned MIAA champs -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Bowyer, after crash, slams qualifying format -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Phillipsburg girls knock off TMP at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Hays High girls snap losing skid -2/15/2015, 2:21 PM

Hays High stunned by Liberal at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger women's streak halted at Pitt State -2/15/2015, 10:26 AM

Tiger softball 1-3 to start season -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Sports Scores

Tuesday

Prep basketball

Boys

Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

Girls

Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

Sylvan-Lucas 43, Natoma 41 (ot)

Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

Thunder Ridge 33, St. John's Beloit-Tipton 30

Click To View All


myTown Calendar

SPOTLIGHT
Royals fall to Red Sox

[var top_story_head]

Royals fall to Red Sox

Published on -7/20/2014, 9:44 AM

Printer-friendly version
E-Mail This Story

By Andy McCullough
McClatchy-Tribune
The challenge arrived in the form of a 92-mph fastball. Danny Duffy did not have to throw it. But he opted for valor rather than discretion, and the Royals suffered the consequences in a 2-1 loss to the Red Sox.
In the sixth inning of a tied game Saturday night, Duffy fell behind hirsute Boston slugger Mike Napoli. At 3-1, with none on and one out, Duffy could have placed Napoli on first base with a free pass. Instead he flung a belt-high heater.
"He was ready for it," Duffy said. "To say the least."
The baseball disappeared in the glare of the lighting stanchions high above the Green Monster and crashed onto Lansdowne Street. As Duffy walked off the mound, the thought coursed through his mind: I should have walked him.
The home run cracked the deadlock and resolved the night's proceedings. The Royals, 48-48, were once again unable to challenge their cellar-residing foes in the latter innings. The Royals have lost five of seven, fallen back to a .500 record and third place, and effectively decimated all the goodwill engendered by their performance last month.
"Time is of the essence," manager Ned Yost said. "We need to make up some ground."
If this defeat lacked the head-scratching and kvetching of the previous night, the end result was still the same, yet another one-run defeat for a team that has experienced far too many this season. The offense failed to protect Duffy, who yielded those two runs across 6 2/3 innings. The hitters cobbled together five hits and four walks against Red Sox starter Rubby De La Rosa, from which they generated just one tally.
"When you put up one run, you're not giving yourself a chance to win the game," Royals designated hitter Billy Butler said.
The loss dropped the Royals' record in one-run games to 10-20. The year before, the club won 31 games like this, the most in the American League. To Yost, the responsibility for the difference falls at the feet of the offense.
"We're not scoring enough runs," Yost said. "Simple as that. When we score, we win."
Asked if the club needed to acquire a hitter before the July 31 trade deadline, Yost demurred. He bemoaned both the lack of available targets on the market and his own club's inability to heat up as a collective unit. At a time when Eric Hosmer and Omar Infante are swinging well, others like Butler, Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain have cooled.
The night before, Yost committed a tactical blunder that cost his club a victory. Yost accepted responsibility for the mistake, exposing left-handed reliever Scott Downs to give up a two-run home run to pinch hitter Jonny Gomes, and the grumbles inside the clubhouse about the decision had faded by the time Saturday's game began.
A third-inning triple by Jarrod Dyson led to an early Royals lead, but for the second occasion in two days, an error by shortstop Alcides Escobar cost the Royals a run. Duffy was laboring in the fourth, after a single by Napoli and a walk by Gomes. Just back from the disabled list, Shane Victorino ripped a grounder up the middle. The ball was well-struck but playable — it could have generated a double play.
Instead, the baseball shot beneath Escobar's glove and through his legs. Napoli chugged home from second. Duffy managed to settle down and pick up a pair of fly-outs to limit the damage. Afterward he refused to blame his teammates for both their defensive miscues and their offensive malaise.
"I'm the one that went out there and threw a fastball at Napoli's letters," Duffy said. "I'm the one that he hit the home run off. I could have done my job better tonight."
His teammates, meanwhile, appeared content wasting opportunities. From the fourth through the sixth, the team blanked on a trio of chances.
"They were two-out opportunities," Yost said. "But every once in a while, you need to get a big hit."
On Saturday there were none to be found. The Royals went zero for five with runners in scoring position and stranded seven. In the top of the fourth, before the Red Sox evened the score, Gomes collided with rookie shortstop Brock Holt, and Mike Moustakas reached second on the error. There he remained, because Nori Aoki struck out.
In the fifth, Gomes and Holt miscommunicated again, this time allowing Infante's bloop to fall for a two-out double. There he remained, because Hosmer struck out.
In the sixth, Gordon rolled a single down the third-base line, and took second with one out on De La Rosa's subsequent wild pitch. There he remained, because Butler grounded out and Aoki did likewise.
And so they sagged back into their clubhouse, their shots missed, their openings closed, another loss hanging on their resume. Here in the middle of July of the most anticipated Royals season in 20 years, more of the same only stings.
"We didn't give ourselves a chance to win," Butler said. "Because when you score one run, it's not going to work out most nights."
digg delicious facebook stumbleupon google Newsvine
More News and Photos

Associated Press Videos