Run prevention has been the name of the game for the Kansas City Royals so far in 2014.
Despite an offense that has struggled as much as any in baseball, including an utterly depressing lack of home runs, the Royals still have a positive run differential per game and a .500 record. If their inconsistent offense can find a way to put runs on the board night after night, this team just might be able to meet the high expectations set for them as a potential playoff team in 2014.
On Saturday night they won another white-knuckle, low-scoring game thanks to an outstanding pitching performance from Danny Duffy. There was almost serious drama as Duffy carried a perfect game into the seventh inning. Instead he and the Royals had to settle for a key 1-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
That had to be an especially tough pill for Markakis to swallow after he put such a great swing on that pitch, left-on-left, on a night where Duffy was dealing.
The Royals will go for a series split in their four game set with the Orioles on Sunday afternoon in Kansas City.