October 31, 2014

Royals reach new franchise low

The Kansas City Royals have reached a new low when it comes to futility at “The K.” The Royals were held to four hits and couldn’t deliver when it mattered, going 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position. The Royals lost to the Minnesota Twins 3-0, for their 11th straight defeat at home. ┬áThat passes the mark set last year at the start of the season.

“We’re just not getting the job done right now. It’s plain and simple,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “You can come up with all the reasons and all the excuses why, but we’re just not producing offense for our pitchers right now. Those things turn, but it’s an extended stretch for us where we’ve been struggling offensively.”

Ryan Doumit homered off Luis Mendoza (1-3) leading off the fourth inning. Doumit and Josh Willingham added RBI singles in the fifth inning to give the Twins a three-run lead.

The Royals are hitting.183 with runners in scoring position since May 21. Up to that point, they led the AL with a .308 average in those situations. Even having George Brett as the interim hitting coach has not changed much.