Royals stop Astros in Springer's debut

Royals stop Astros in Springer's debut
April 16, 2014, 11:30 pm
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Houston Astros right fielder George Springer (4) bats during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Minute Maid Park.

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Springer Day was an exciting day for the Astros. It also made for an exciting game. George Springer himself reached base twice in his big-league debut and scored a run, but it was the Royals who emerged the victors by the end of the night, 6-4, in 11 innings.

TURNING POINT

Mike Moustakas, he of the .098 average heading into the 11th, turned on a Jerome Williams pitch and sent it to the right-field seats. That broke the 4-4 tie.

STARTING PITCHING

Keuchel seemed to encounter trouble through the first four innings, but limited the damage to two runs in six innings, with six hits allowed and five strikeouts. Keuchel seemed to get better as the game went on and, in doing so, limited his pitch count and got deeper into the ball game. His final numbers are even more impressive given the early turbulence.

BULLPEN

Brad Peacock got some work in before his scheduled start on Sunday. He left after two thirds of an inning with two Royals in scoring position. Kevin Chapman relieved him to face fellow lefty Eric Hosmer. Chapman walked Hosmer. Matt Albers came in and was greeted by a Salvador Perez two-run single, driving home both of Peacock's runners. Albers did help escape the inning by striking out Billy Butler. After that, the bullpen was steady. Josh Fields was impressive. Williams gave up the winning run.

AT THE PLATE

Springer was the focus, but the team seemed improved from the night before, especially limiting the strikeouts (it helps when Yordano Ventura isn't the opposing pitcher). Marc Krauss was another bright spot, which was especially good to see given his struggles thus far. Krauss knocked out a two-run home run in the sixth and also added another hit.

IN THE FIELD

Two double plays were turned by the same Marwin Gonzalez-Jose Altuve-Jesus Guzman trifecta. Gonzalez did fumble an infield grounder in the seventh that was ruled a hit. Gonzalez also made quite the play throwing on the run to get Lorenzo Cain in the ninth. Jason Castro, who also hit a home run, nabbed Norichika Aoki trying to steal second in the eighth. The Astros were clearly better in the field than the Royals, who made four errors.

ATTENDANCE

Announced attendance was 23,043 to witness George Springer Day.

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