Timely hits can often make the difference, and Kansas City finally excelled in that area on Tuesday. The Royals went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position in Monday's 4-1 loss to Toronto, which capped a 9-for-60 (.150 average) stretch with runners in scoring position.
In Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Indians, the Royals notched four hits in 13 at-bats (.308 average) with runners in scoring position.
"We're going out there and we're playing the game the right way. It's just not falling our way right now," said third baseman Mike Moustakas. "We need those hits. We'll get those eventually. It's a long season, but we're going out there every day playing hard. We're going out there and giving ourselves a chance to win every game. I think that's the more frustrating thing."
Royals manager Ned Yost has warned his players against trying too hard in high-pressure situations. Kansas City stranded 11 runners in Tuesday's loss.
"We're trying to get them to try easier right now. If you look at our numbers, we're actually swinging the bats pretty well with nobody on base. But when we get guys on base, our numbers drop pretty dramatically. It's just a case where they're pressing a little too much. Once they can relax a little bit and get over that, everything is going to fall in line."