The Kansas City Royals fell to the Minnesota Twins 2-1 in 11 innings of play. The Twins were able to win the game in the top of the 11th inning when Royals closer Jonathan Broxton was not on his game and it started when he allowed Joe Mauer to ge on base with a double. Then Broxton allowed Josh Willingham to hit a single that scored Mauer and was the eventual game-winning run.
This Royals were actually lucky to see the 11th inning as reliever Greg Holland who worked out of a 10th-inning jam. He first allowed Nick Mastroianni to lead off with inning with a triple, but Holland kept Mastroianni on third by by retiring Alexi Casilla on a grounder. Then he struck out Ben Revere and Jamey Carroll. Overall Holland struck out four in two innings.
Royals starting pitcher Luke Hochevar had one of his best outings of the year as he lasted seven innings, struck out six and allowed only one run which was a solo home run. HIs counterpart was Nick Blackburn, who was just recalled from the minor leagues and held the Royals to one run and seven hits over 6.2 innings, while walking none and striking out two.
However, it was once again the Royals bats who could not get the job done. In their last attempt in the bottom of the 11th inning they had chances as Alex Escobar started off the inning with a double. He then advanced to third base, however Mike Moustakas hit a grounder to second base but Escobar was tagged out at home plate when trying to score the tying run.
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