the republic logo

Guthrie walks 6, Royals blanked by Pelfrey, Twins 3-0

bug
Share/Save/Bookmark

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Even with a gift out, Jeremy Guthrie was too wild for his own good.

Guthrie matched a career high by walking six and also hit a batter as the Kansas City Royals lost to the Minnesota Twins 3-0 Wednesday night.

Guthrie (0-1) gave up three runs in the first inning. Overall, he allowed six hits in five innings. Only half of his 98 pitches were for strikes.

"It's real uncharacteristic of Jeremy," manager Ned Yost said. "The veteran pitcher in him allowed him to keep us in the game through five and get us in a spot where we can manage it. Three runs is not an insurmountable lead."

"It's one of those games, but Jeremy doesn't panic. He will bend at times, but not break. He doesn't freak out he can't find his command," he said.

The Twins scored all their runs in the first on three hits, two walks and a hit batter. Brian Dozier and Kennys Vargas had RBI singles and Oswaldo Arcia was hit with the bases loaded.

The Twins loaded the bases in the second on Torii Hunter's double and walks to Joe Mauer and Dozier. Hunter took off from third, trying for a straight steal of home, and was out.

"Hopefully you get miracles," Guthrie said. "Stolen bases (outs) with the bases loaded and their best hitter up. Stuff like that."

Mike Pelfrey (1-0) pitched seven scoreless innings to pick up his first victory since 2013. Mauer reached base four times with two hits and two walks and scored a run.

Pelfrey's last victory was Sept. 23, 2013, against Detroit. He went 0-3 in five starts last year before undergoing season-ending elbow surgery on June 10.

PHOTO: Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie delivers to a Minnesota Twins batter during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, April 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie delivers to a Minnesota Twins batter during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, April 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Pelfrey gave up five singles, walked two, hit two batters and struck out four. It was his longest outing since he went seven innings against Texas on Aug. 31, 2013.

Glen Perkins got the last three outs for his third save

Yohan Pino replaced Guthrie and threw three scoreless innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: LHP Brian Duensing (right intercostal strain) started soft tossing Wednesday.

Royals: 2B Omar Infante (strained left groin) missed his third straight game. Manager Ned Yost said Infante could have played, but did not want to push him.

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP Phil Hughes (0-3, 5.30 ERA) starts against the Mariners on Friday.

Royals: RHP Yordano Ventura (2-1, 4.80 ERA), fined Tuesday for hitting Oakland's Brett Lawrie Sunday, starts Thursday against the Chicago White Sox.

BULLPEN DYNAMITE

Royals relievers Pino and Franklin Morales combined for four scoreless innings after Guthrie was pulled. The Royals' bullpen has allowed three runs in 46 1-3 innings. "They've been nothing less than dynamite," Yost said.

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.


All content copyright ©2015 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.