Game Date: March 9, 2008
Cubs 13, Royals 1 / Box Score
Royals Spring Training Record: 5-6
The Royals were on WGN today and it would have been nice if they weren't. I can't imagine a much uglier game for the Royals. They were out-hit 21-2. They made two errors and the scorekeeper must have fallen asleep on several other plays. Mark Teahen and Tony Pena struggled with balls hit into the sun and when they weren't letting balls drop in, Mark Grudzielanek was either making a poor throw or not coming up with a ball.
Brett Tomko was hit hard, giving up five earned runs on nine hits and one walk in 2.1 innings. Leo Nunez gave up three earned runs in three innings. And every reliever who came in after him (Mahay, Yabuta, and Pimentel) gave up at least one earned run.
Jose Guillen saw his first at bats of the spring. He was 0-for-3. Of course, when you get just two hits as a team, nearly everybody is hitless. But it's still spring, thankfully.
In B-game action, Mike Maroth pitched a scoreless inning and a third, giving up a hit and two walks. He still has a stiff left shoulder, but he's working through it.
The Royals lowered the number of guys in camp to 50 by cutting ten players and re-assigning them. Here's the list:
- Mike Stodolka
- Chris Lubanski
- Adam Donachie
- Damaso Espino
- Julio Pimentel
- Roberto Giron
- Matt Peterson
- Matt Wright
- Ben Hendrickson
- John Foster
Hideo Nomo will go for the Royals tomorrow afternoon in Surprise against Barry Zito of the Giants.