The Kansas City Royals aren’t giving too much credence to the old saying that defense wins games. The Royals are playing good defense, but they are not winning games. Manager Ned Yost and his staff need to keep figuring out lineups that can put more runs on the board, but they don’t have much to work with.
The Royals lost 9-2 to the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night, and they also had a rather impressive defensive streak snapped.
On Sunday, they matched a club record with their 11th straight game without an error. However, Mike Moustakas had an infield error on Monday to end KC’s hopes of setting a new record. The current streak also went 101 straight innings, five short of the club record of 106. The team has four errors this month after making 47 over the first three months.
Coming into Monday’s game, Yost said he was proud of the team’s defense and realizes that teams can win games with defense and pitching. Defense is definitely the strength of this team, but Yost admitted that the lack of offense is proving costly for the Royals.
Kansas City was out-hit 18-5 on Monday night. The defense made one error, but obviously didn’t cost the Royals the game. The Orioles were too explosive to allow the Royals to respond with a productive offense.
David Lough continues to swing a productive bat for Kansas City with two hits and an RBI against the Orioles and is now at .296, but his teammates continue to struggle at the plate and the Royals fall further behind in their bid to get closer to the .500 mark.