It was the wrong time for the Royals to play the Tampa Bay Rays. The Royals suffered an 11-1 loss to the team with the best record in the majors at 17-5. Alberto Callaspo had two of the five hits Rays starter Matt Garza gave up. One of those was a solo home run in the fourth.
That was the only bright spot for the Royals. That and maybe catcher Jason Kendall passing Jim Sundberg for sixth place on the career list for games caught after squatting down for his 1,928th game behind the plate.
Jason Bartlett and Reid Brignac drove in three runs each for the Rays who have won 14 of their last 16 games. Royals starter Luke Hochevar didn’t last long going just 2.2 innings allowing nine runs on 11 hits. Things are looking bleak for the Royals who have lost seven of their last ten.
So, while one small market team beats up on Boston and New York early in the season with talks of postseason, we’re left waiting for the next Zack Greinke Bobblehead night in Kansas City.