Royals lose in home sellout
The Kansas City Royals fell to the Seattle Mariners 7-5 at Kauffman Stadium and put a damper on their spotlight, which had been shining since their recent 10-game winning streak, their longest since 1994. The game was symbolic of their transitory week.
Kauffman stadium sold out for the first time since opening day with the fans bleeding blue and white again. Royals’ ace James Shields (8-3, 3.70 ERA) started but gave up five runs through seven innings. The Royals responded with five runs in the fifth and sixth inning off the Mariners’ Hisashi Iwakuma (5-3, 3.04 ERA).
The game was tied until the ninth inning when Royals’ closer Greg Holland gave up two uncharacteristic runs. Holland has a 1.88 ERA and 21 saves. The Royals had loaded the bases with one out in the eighth inning but couldn’t score and the momentum quickly swung to the Mariners.
A celebrity classic preceded the anticipated series opener. That game was well-represented too. Team White featured Weird Al Yankovic, Alex Smith, Jason Sudeikis and Dianna Agron. Team Blue featured Paul Rudd, James Marsden, Rich Eisen and Rob Riggle.
The Royals were flying under the radar during their 10-game winning streak. After they won their 10th game, the third in a four-game series against the Detroit Tigers and moved 1 1/2 games ahead in the division, they lost.
The Royals have dropped out of first place and the sizzle award returns to the Kansas City steak.