Offense sputters as Royals lose 3-1 to Indians

You’re excused if you skipped this Royals game to watch the Chiefs’ season opener.

This one went just about how you’d expect — a “quality start” from Zack Greinke, and next-to-zero offense from the Royals against presumptive Cy Young winner Cliff Lee in a 3-1 loss to the Indians in front of 15,023 fans at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday.

Of note was an addition to the list of memorable Royals gaffes this season.

Indians shortstop Jhonny Peralta — about 15 pounds heavier than Usain Bolt and a few mphs slower — scored from first baseon a single.

Now, to be fair, Peralta was running on the pitch, and Cleveland catcher Victor Martinez’s single found a big hole in right-center field. But still. Peralta has the speed you’d expect from someone with eight steals in a six-year big league career, and he scored from first, without a throw.

The Royals got their run in the sixth inning, when Alberto Callaspo’s single drove in Jose Guillen.

Other than that, the Royals predictably struggled against Lee, who is 21-2 after winning his seventh consecutive start and has surrendered just seven earned runs in his last 50 innings and lowered his ERA to 2.28

Esteban German had the only extra-base hit of the game for Kansas City, a leadoff double in the fifth. Joey Gathright then struck out trying to bunt, David DeJesus flew out, and Mike Aviles grounded out.

The Royals have now scored three or fewer runs in 18 of their last 29 games

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