OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: Guillermo Moscoso #52 of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated by teammates after he was taken out of the game in the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at O.co Coliseum on September 7, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
The Kansas City Royals narrowly avoided being no-hit by Oakland's Guillermo Moscoso on Wednesday.
Wednesday was a night to forget for the Kansas City Royals. It took nearly eight innings and 23 outs before the Royals finally mustered a hit against Oakland A's starter Guillermo Moscoso. The right-handed Venezuelan was perfect through six and two-thirds innings as well before walking Alcides Escobar.
The walk snapped Moscoso's streak of retiring the previous 30 batters, an Oakland franchise record. Making just his 18th major league start, Moscoso struck out four and walked one, and nearly registered his first career complete game before being pulled with two outs in the ninth inning after throwing 129 pitches. His ERA dropped to 3.34 with the gem outing.
"I guess my one bad pitch came in the last inning," Moscoso said. "They showed the last two games that they are good hitters and that just made me focus more. I was feeling great."
Having scored 18 runs in their previous two games against Oakland -- both wins -- manager Ned Yost just tipped his cap to the fine pitching performance:
"You have to take your hat off to that pitching performance," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "We've been swinging the bats really well. You know what? That kid threw a damn good game and that's just the way it is."
Royals starter Bruce Chen fell to 10-7 on the year after allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits in five and one-third inning.