Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, May 20th
(All times eastern)
Arizona Diamondbacks (18-23) at Kansas City Royals (16-23), 2:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Wade Miley (4-1, 2.52)
Kansas City - Nathan Adcock (0-1, 2.51)
(Sports Network) - After stopping a losing skid in the second game of this
weekend's series the Kansas City Royals will try to put a win streak together
when they finish up a three-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Kauffman
Arizona handed Kansas City its third consecutive loss on Friday with a 6-4
victory on the strength of a three-RBI game from Miguel Montero.
On Saturday the outcome was much different as the Royals jumped out early and
often and held on despite a late charge from Arizona to capture a 7-3 victory.
The Royals offense pounded Arizona starter Ian Kennedy for six runs on eight
hits over 4 1/3 innings and tacked on another run in the sixth to take a 7-0
lead into the seventh inning.
"It was terrible," Kennedy said of his outing. "I was falling behind guys. I
wasn't throwing strikes and they did what they needed to do."
The Diamondbacks would respond with two runs in the seventh and one in the
eighth but didn't have enough to overcome the early deficit.
Bruce Chen worked 6 1/3 effective innings in which he allowed two runs on
eight hits to earn the win for Kansas City, with the bullpen finishing off the
game by allowing just one run on three hits over the final 2 2/3 innings.
Billy Butler launched a three-run home run, his eighth of the season, in the
third inning and Mike Moustakas, Brayan Pena and Alcides Escobar each had
multi-hit games for the Royals.
Paul Goldschmidt went 3-for-4 and scored a run while Robin Roberts, Willie
Bloomquist and Jason Kubel all had RBI in the loss for Arizona, which had won
consecutive games for the first time since the end of April entering play.
Left-hander Everett Teaford was originally scheduled to make the start for
Kansas City this afternoon, but after being placed on the DL due to a strained
lower abdominal muscle on Saturday the Royals will turn to Nathan Adcock.
In his two seasons in the majors Adcock has made only three starts and had yet
to make one this season.
This season Adcock has an 0-1 record with a 2.51 ERA in four relief
appearances, the longest being a five-inning outing in which he allowed one
run on three hits in a 4-3 loss to Baltimore earlier this week.
The right-hander has not made a start since allowing seven runs over 2 2/3
innings in a 12-7 loss to Texas in May of the 2011 season.
Adcock has never pitched against Arizona and has a 3.86 ERA in just two
appearances in interleague play.
On the opposite side Arizona will send 25-year-old Wade Miley to the mound.
Miley scattered seven starts over the 2011 season but has been a fixture in
the Diamondbacks pitching staff this season and has become a solid starter in
Through eight appearances, five of which were starts, Miley is 4-1 with a 2.52
ERA that is the lowest among Arizona pitchers who have made at least four
starts this season.
Miley rebounded from his first loss of the season with a strong performance in
his last time out. The right-hander pitched 6 2/3 innings while allowing one
run on eight hits to pick up his fourth win of the season as Arizona downed
the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 on Tuesday.
Miley has never made a start against a team from the American League.
Kansas City and Arizona are meeting in consecutive seasons for the second time
in their team's histories. Last season the Diamondbacks swept the Royals at
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