Royals rally to victory
Ka’aihue homers for first time this spring
Thursday, March 3, 2011
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kansas City manager Ned Yost isn’t rushing to judgment on the Royals despite liking what he sees so far.
Brett Carroll’s sacrifice fly scored the go-ahead run and Kila Ka’aihue added a three-run homer in the eighth inning, rallying Kansas City to an 11-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.
The Royals overcame a three-run deficit and then blew a two-run lead before improving to 3-1 this spring.
“The trap you fall into in spring training is when somebody has a good day, you get high. When somebody has a bad day, you get low,” Yost said. “You can’t do that. We evaluate the whole spring.”
Ka’aihue homered for the first time this spring, sending a 3-2 pitch from Luis Vasquez to left-center. Joaquin Arias added a two-run shot in the ninth as Kansas City rapped out 13 hits.
“Just another good day,” Yost said. “We’re swinging the bats well. We’re playing great defensive baseball. I’m really encouraged about our baserunning.”
Pinch-hitter Jarrod Dyson and Mitch Maier had RBI singles, giving the Royals a 5-3 lead in the sixth.
The Dodgers tied the game at 5 in the bottom of the inning when Justin Sellers singled in two runs.
Brandon Sisk pitched one shutout inning for his first victory of the spring. Lorenzo Cain, Melky Cabrera, Arias and Maier each went 2-for-2 for the Royals.
Vasquez allowed four runs and four hits in three innings.
New Dodgers manager Don Mattingly didn’t get a look at left-hander Ted Lilly, scratched from his scheduled spring debut because of flulike symptoms. Mattingly said Lilly could possibly pitch in a “B” game against the Chicago White Sox today. He was replaced by non-roster invitee Tim Redding.
Juan Castro had a three-run homer for the Dodgers in the second and James Loney went 2-for-2.
The Royals tied the game with three runs in the fifth, including RBI singles by Cabrera and Billy Butler. Dodgers reliever Scott Elbert gave up consecutive walks with the bases loaded, forcing in Jeff Francoeur with the tying run.
“I’m sure he’s frustrated,” Mattingly said. “We’re going to take the whole package and see what happens. It’s one day. Let’s see how he bounces back.”
Jay Gibbons was hitless in two at-bats on his 34th birthday in his first appearance of the spring as the Dodgers’ designated hitter. He missed four days because of the flu before returning to workouts Tuesday.
Notes: The Dodgers signed LHP Clayton Kershaw to a one-year deal worth $500,000. He will start opening day against San Francisco on March 31. ... The Dodgers signed 17 other players to one-year deals. ... Dodgers RHP Ronald Belisario was placed on the restricted list. He has yet to appear at spring training, apparently because of passport problems in his native Venezuela. ... Former Royals manager Trey Hillman was in the Dodgers’ dugout in his new job as Mattingly’s bench coach.
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