If it wasn’t for the two-batter sequence featuring back-to-back home runs to Chase Headley and Jesus Guzman, Kansas City would havehad a chance. Unfortunately for the stalled Royals offense, it was enough for the San Diego Padres to come away with a 2-1 win on the back of Clayton Richard’s stellar pitching.
Richard threw six shutout innings for the Pads, allowing only three hits and striking out five. Sanchez, meanwhile, went three innings and allowed the solo shots as well as another couple of hits (total of 4) and one walk. He struck out five. It was the messy sort of performance that drove the Giants crazy and it’s likely that the Royals will have to get used to the mixed results that Sanchez offers.
Brayan Pena was responsible for the only run for the Royals on a pinch-hit home run off Joe Thatcher in the seventh frame. Besides that, the Royals only managed five hits. Lorenzo Cain stole his fifth base of spring training.
The Royals play the Padres again on Wednesday in their final game of the spring. Danny Duffy and Luis Mendoza will share time on the mound.