Indians Walk Their Way To Victory, Kansas City Royals Lose Yet Again

The Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians begin a three-game series on Tuesday.

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Royals OF Alex Gordon: 'It's A Lot More Fun Winning Than Losing'

The Kansas City Royals finally got one in the win column yesterday for the first time in 13 games. Now they have put another feather in that cap, giving the team a two game winning streak. That’s a good feeling for a team that’s now 5-14 overall.

“It feels good to get two out of three on the road,” Alex Gordon said. “It’s a lot more fun winning than losing, especially 12 in a row. We’re enjoying it, but I think we came here today with the goal to win again.”

Gordon had two hits today and a home run yesterday, so his bat is coming alive at the right time. The Royals need him to hit after signing the big extension just before the regular season started.

“That’s why those streaks happen,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “You can’t catch a break. You can’t find a hole. They’re making great plays. You’re not getting a call from an umpire. It’s always something. Don’t ask me what it is. Whatever it is, when it turns you get on the right side of it for a while.”

Royals fans can only hope the All-Star magic of 2012 can keep the momentum going for a while.


Royals Best Indians 4-2 For Second Straight Win

The Kansas City Royals' bats weren't nearly as potent as last night's four home run attack, but they fared well enough against the Cleveland Indians for the team to grab their second straight win. That's good news for a team that had previously lost their last 12 games.

Luis Mendoza pitched five solid innings for the win and Mike Moustakas, Alex Gordon, Brayan Pena and Billy Butler had two hits apiece to help pace the Royals earlier today.

The Indians managed just six hits on the day and the Royals bullpen combined with Mendoza for a solid pitching performance that the team needed most. The Tribe definitely missed Shin-Soo Choo in the line-up today, but the good news is that his hamstring injury is not expected to linger for long.

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Royals Refused To Obsess About Losing Streak During 12-Game Skid

Few teams have endured the miserable losing streaks that the Kansas City Royals have over the last several seasons, but the youth infusion and influx of talent is supposed to change that. At least this year, it’s clear there will still be some growing pains. Yet despite dropping 12 straight before last night’s 8-2 win ove the Indians, the Royals said they were staying focused on the right things the entire time.

“It does us no good,” said Royals starter Luke Hochevar, “to sit there and think about, ‘If we didn’t lose this game,’ or, ‘If this streak didn’t happen.’ We have to focus on what’s in front of us and focus on the things that we need to do to be successful. I think that’s going to be our next step: putting it behind us.”

Hochevar picked up the win last night in a much needed game for the Royals. Yost praised his pitcher after the game.

“That was a huge start by Hoch to be able to get us into the seventh inning with the lead against a club that whacked him around last time he faced them,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “That was a pretty darn good effort tonight.”

Eric Hosmer said the bats are finally starting to come alive, which will give the pitchers some breathing room. That will put such streaks to rest most of the time.

“This lineup is really starting to heat up,” Hosmer said. “Guys are starting to hit well. … This offense has been hitting, we just haven’t gotten many balls falling our way.”

The Royals head to the third game of the series in Cleveland today.


Royals Finally Break Losing Streak With Big 8-2 Win Over Indians

It was only a matter of time, but for the Kansas City Royals and their fans, it could not come soon enough. After 12 straight defeats, the Royals took out their frustrations on the Cleveland Indians pitching staff last night to the tune of 8 runs, getting two home runs from Billy Butler in the process in the 8-2 win at Cleveland.

Butler was the biggest story in the game with his third and fourth home runs in the game in the first and final innings. Eric Hosmer added his fifth and Alex Gordon also hit his third shot of the season as well. In short, the Royals’ power came out in droves and made a statement that perhaps all was not last after all. The Royals totaled 11 hits and 5 walks on the night.

Luke Hochevar picked up the win for the Royals, allowing two runs in six-plus innings. Ubaldo Jimenez took the loss for the Indians. The Royals are now 4-14 on the season.


Indians Walk Their Way To Victory, Kansas City Royals Lose Yet Again

Twelve in a row.

There isn't much to say about this team right now, or at least anything that is constituted as family friendly. With Tuesday evening's 4-3 loss at Progressive Field to the Cleveland Indians, the Kansas City Royals now sit at 3-14 on the season. Fan apathy has set in, just a tenth of the way into the season.

The same struggles are there, the Royals continue to struggle with runners in scoring position, meanwhile as a team the club walked nine Cleveland batters on the evening. Jonathan Sanchez accounted for seven walks in just 4.2 innings pitched.

Looking at the positives, Mitch Maier played a heck of a game, collecting three hits and saving at least two runs from scoring in the ninth when he chased down a Travis Hafner fly ball hit deep. He doubled his RBI's for the season, with two in the loss.

Kansas City finally showed signs of life in the ninth, as Chris Getz doubled and scored from third on a groundout from Billy Butler. However after Eric Hosmer singled, Jeff Francoeur grounded out to end the game.

What's really frustrating is you outhit a team 12-8, yet lose, primarily because of the number of walks allowed.

Royals fans are currently numb and looking for answers, but I don't have any. You could point the finger in any general direction and have a reasonable argument for what has gone wrong. However I believe the Royals need a change, and they need a change at the very top.

For 20 years it's been the same song and dance, no matter what the talent level is on the field. This organization needs a paradigm shift, problem is I don't see it coming anytime soon. It is indeed far from "Our Time".

Keep your heads up folks, tomorrow is a new day...

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