Kyle Davies certainly didn't see the progression he wished to see as we get closer to the start of another major league season, though it certainly didn't look that was as the Royals jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead over the Milwaukee Brewers after the first inning, though they did fall to Milwaukee by a 7-5 final.
RBI doubles by both Billy Butler and Melky Cabrera off Brewers starter Takashi Saito in the first inning provided Kansas City with a quick 2-0 cushion for Davies to take the mound. However Davies was far from perfect giving up five runs on eight hits over two innings, sparked by a two-run home run by Carlos Gomez in the second inning. The lone bright spot for Davies on the day was the fact he struck out four and walked none. Alcides Escobar did hit a home run to provide Kansas City with a brief 3-1 lead in the second before Milwaukee took control.
The Royals did once again draw within a run in the late inning on an RBI double by prospect Eric Hosmer and Chris Getz, who had scored in a wild pitch by the Brewers' Cody Scarpetta. Hosmer was 2-for-2 on the day with an RBI, and is now batting .474 this spring.
Other notable hitters on the day for Kansas City were Aviles and Kila Ka`aihue collecting two hits, while Getz collected three hits on the day. Getz also collected two stolen bases.
Davies took the loss for Kansas City, which fell to 10-6-1, while Wily Peralta picked up the win, and Sean Green the save for the Brewers, who improved to 10-6. A boxscore can be found here.
The Royals are off tomorrow, their only day off during spring training, and will be back at it on Tuesday facing the Oakland Athletics in Surprise. Nate Adcock will start for Kansas City, while Brandon McCarthy will starts for the A's.