The Pittsburgh Pirates (14-29) and Kansas City Royals (19-28) linked up Sunday afternoon in the finale of a three game set at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. The Royals took games one and two from Pittsburgh, but the Pirates were looking for a different result the third time out. However, this game would lack drama, as the Royals went on to trounce the Pirates, 11-0.
Chad Kuhl only managed 2.1 innings for the Pirates, allowing four hits, nine runs, and six walks. He tallied five strikeouts, but his ERA ballooned up to 5.50. On the other hand, Brad Keller was outstanding for the Royals, tossing a complete game shutout. He allowed five hits, walked one, and struck out two.
Kansas City did their damage mostly in the first and third innings. Maikel Franco singled in the first, scoring the first run of the game. Another run scored on an Alex Gordon groundout. Two more runs would score off a wild pitch, staking Kansas City to an early 4-0 lead.
Then, in the bottom of the third, Salvador Perez hit his fifth home run of the year before a pair of bases loaded walks would yield two more runs for the Royals. Whit Merrifield singled in a pair before Perez did the same, pushing the Royals lead up even further, making it a 10-0 game. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Dozier homered for his sixth time this season, tallying the Royals’ 11th run of the game.
Colin Moran and Josh Bell both picked up hits in the ninth, but that’s all they’d get before Gregory Polanco lined out to end the game, securing an 11-0 Royals victory.
Chad Kuhl took the loss, dropping his record to 1-2, while Brad Keller got the win, improving to 4-2.
With a makeup game added in, the Pirates play four to open up next week against the Reds at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. First pitch for game one Monday is slated for 4:10 ET.