Bruce Chen showed why he has been the Royals best and most consistent pitcher in recent history by keeping the Minnesota Twins off balance throughout Tuesday night’s 1-0 victory. Chen (5-5) outdueled Francisco Liriano allowing only four hits through seven innings with no walks. Chen was pulled out of the game in the eighth inning with only 88 pitches thrown. Greg Holland held Minnesota in check in the eighth and Jonathan Broxton, in typical fashion, made things interesting in the ninth by allowing runners on first and second before eventually picking up his 14th save. Kansas City’s only run came in the second inning after Eric Hosmer reached base on a fielder’s choice, stole second, and scored on a Brian Pena single to left.
Side Note: Eric Hosmer continues to show signs of improvement raising his batting average to .218. Prior to this week, Hosmer had hit in 11 of 12 games for a .356 average with six of 16 hits going for extra bases.