BY SPNW Staff 11:14PM 09/24/2015

Game recap: Royals 10, Mariners 4

Takeaway

Starter James Paxton left the game in the second inning with another finger injury, this time a torn nail, and the Kansas City Royals tore up six Mariners relievers on the way to a 10-4 win (box score) Friday night at Kauffman Stadium, where a happy crowd celebrated the first Central Division championship in the club’s history. The Royals are the first in MLB to clinch a division title, and will be in the playoffs for the second year in a row after a 29-year drought.

Essential moment

In the sixth, Lorenzo Cain drove a liner to left, scoring two runs to give Kansas City a 5-3 lead that would continue to swell against a hapless bullpen.

Hitters

Mark Trumbo had two hits and two RBIs. Logan Morrison’s lone hit was a homer to right field for the Mariners final run in the ninth. Kansas City generated 15 hits, with Mike Moustakas leading with a 3-for-3 night plus two walks and three RBIs.

Pitchers

Paxton gave up two runs before his injury. Rob Rasmussen, Logan Kensing and Joe Beimel surrendered one run apiece, with Kensing absorbing the loss. Royals starter Johnny Cueto, acquired in a midseason trade and 2-6 as a Royal, improved to 10-12 with the win, giving up three runs and two walks in seven innings’ work.

Words

“I don’t know if it’s the same issue or not. All I know is it was bleeding, and he couldn’t throw any more. It’s hard to throw baseballs with blood flying all over the place. He pulled the nail off.” – Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon on Paxton’s finger

Noteworthy

Ketel Marte stretched his hitting streak to 12 games with a leadoff bunt single . . . Seattle finished 2-5 against the Royals . . . Paxton missed most of the summer with an injury in his index finger.

Next

The Mariners fly to Los Angeles for the final road series of the season with three games against the Angels. The Mariners’ Vidal Nuño (1-3, 3.64 ERA) will face Garrett Richards (14-11, 3.73 ERA)  at 7 p.m. Friday.


YourThoughts

  • Talkjoc

    Doesn’t anyone have nail clippers. Paxton would probably cut the end of his finger off. Like the guy a lot but he can’t stay healthy. Damn it, I sprained my finger typing this. On to the DL.

  • Sam Base

    If James Paxton is going to have a career at this point he’s going to need a bevy of brilliant surgeons, a suit of armor like Iron Man, and The Pope. I’m not saying it’s IMPOSSIBLE, but good luck, Jim….

  • mindful

    What sucks , Is just if m’s had the bullpen this year. be in 1′st place in the west. What crazy is looking at how long KC bullpen been working for. and there ERA, and M’s blown more game this year then they did in 4 years KC bullpen,

  • Rj Smith

    It might be time to judge his trade value after/if he pitches in winterball.

    • mindful

      Paxton is done as starter. can see his arm is done. were getting no trade value for him now. baseball do not teach players how to throw correct it all about the speed. till there arm is trash. And with the pitch counts . They learn to over throw and waste there arms now days.