For Kansas City Royals pitcher Kyle Davies today was a pivotal start against the Cleveland Indians. After having been beat up on the mound last time out, Davies was out to show progress and for the most part you have to be happy as a Royals fan. Over five inning, Davies gave up two runs on six hits, striking out four while walking just one batter.
After a second inning RBI double by Alex Gordon, the Indians scores twice in the top of the third to take the lead, but Davies was able to settle back down after a wild pitch and keep his composure.
After a Jeff Francoeur ground out that scored Billy Butler, Chris Getz singled with two outs to score Melky Cabrera and place the Royals back on top 3-2 in the fourth. On the day Getz was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI to lead Kansas City hitting, while Cabrera was also 2-for-3 including a double, walked, and scored twice.
Blake Wood and Tim Collins were shaky in middle relief for Kansas City as the duo combined to give up three runs on four hits over the sixth and seventh innings, however the Royals fortunately had scored three runs in the sixth inning, fueled by Lucas May's RBI double, stealing of third base and then scoring on a Getz single.
Robert Fish had has second straight scoreless appearances for the Royals after coming over from the New York Yankees organization, while Greg Holland finished out the ninth for his third save of the spring. Despite the troubles, Wood earned the win while David Huff was charged with the loss for Cleveland.
The Royals improved to 14-6-1 this spring, while the Indians fell to 7-11. The boxscore can be viewed here.
Up next for Kansas City is a matchup tomorrow with the San Francisco Giants. The Giants are out front in the Cactus League standings with a 17-6 record, while the Royals sit in second. The two teams have the best spring records in all of baseball. Bruce Chen will pitch for the Royals, while Barry Zito will be on the hill for the Giants.